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4 locations for last-minute summer holidays in the Alps

Summer in the Alps offers a unique blend of adventure, relaxation, and breathtaking scenery. And while the mountains are renowned for their winter sports, they transform into a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts during the warmer months.

So, if you’re looking for a last-minute summer holiday, here are five Alpine destinations that promise an unforgettable experience.


1. Châtel

Why visit in summer?

Châtel is an exceptional summer destination offering a blend of natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and charming village life. Nestled in the heart of the Portes du Soleil, this picturesque Alpine village boasts a wealth of activities for all ages and interests.

Whether you’re hiking scenic trails, biking through lush landscapes, or trying activities like paragliding and white-water sports, Châtel provides endless opportunities for adventure.

The serene Lac de Vonnes is perfect for a relaxing picnic or a peaceful fishing day. With a vibrant village centre featuring shops, bars, and restaurants, Châtel combines the excitement of outdoor pursuits with the comfort and charm of a traditional Alpine village, making it an ideal summer getaway.

The village of Chatel in summer
© L.Meyer – Châtel

Summer activities and events in Châtel

Outdoor Activities

People play mini golf in the mountains
© L.Meyer – Châtel

Events and festivals

Where to stay

Chalet Q

Modern dining room overlooking mountains

Embrace the summer at Chalet Q, a stunning contemporary retreat perfect for mountain adventures or relaxation. Explore the mountains on foot or by bike, or simply soak in the breathtaking views from the comfort of the chalet.

A short walk from the centre of Châtel, Chalet Q offers easy access to a fantastic selection of shops, bars, and restaurants. And despite its serene residential location, Chalet Q keeps you close to all the action.

Alpine living room with mountain views
Chalet Amarou
Hot tub with mountain views

After an exciting day in the mountains, you’ll love returning to this charming, newly-built chalet. Unwind in the hot tub as the sun sets, or sip a drink on the balcony while taking in the stunning views over the rooftops to the mountains.

This chalet offers the perfect summer retreat for outdoor enthusiasts!

Modern alpine living room with large screen TV
Chalet Lula
Two summer chairs facing out over sunny mountains

You’ll love returning to this delightful chalet in Châtel after a warm day in the mountains. Unwind with a drink on the balcony while taking in the stunning views over the rooftops towards the surrounding natural beauty.

Just 550m from the village and cycle path, this area is a paradise for walkers, bikers, and nature lovers!

Alpine living room with large windows overlooking windows
Solly Nook
Sunny decking with outdoor dining table and hot tub

Nestled in a serene forest setting, Solly Nook is the perfect summer retreat. This three-bedroom apartment, accommodating up to eight guests offers everything you need for an unforgettable holiday.

Just a 10-minute walk from the village, Solly Nook provides easy access to a fantastic array of shops, bars, and restaurants. The cycle path is only 200m away, making it simple to explore the area.

As a member of the Multipass program, Solly Nook offers competitive prices on activities such as hiking, biking, paragliding, and climbing. Nearby lifts and restaurants add to the convenience.

Alpine living room with leather sofa
La Grange au Merle

A hot tub, sauna, home cinema, and children’s playhouse are just a few of the highlights of this beautifully restored farmhouse, perfect for up to 13 guests.

Set in a residential area on the edge of the picturesque village of Châtel, the chalet is a short walk from both the village centre and the lifts.

After a busy summer day hiking or biking in the mountains, you can unwind in the hot tub, relax in the sauna, or gather to watch a film in the home cinema while enjoying breathtaking views.

2. La Giettaz

La Giettaz is a hidden gem in the French Alps, offering a serene and authentic mountain experience away from the hustle and bustle of larger resorts.

In summer, this charming village becomes a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. With its stunning alpine scenery, La Giettaz provides a perfect backdrop for hiking and mountain biking, with trails that wind through lush meadows and up to breathtaking peaks.

The village’s traditional Savoyard charm, combined with local festivals and warm hospitality, makes it an idyllic destination for a peaceful summer retreat.

So, whether you’re exploring the diverse flora and fauna, enjoying a picnic by a mountain stream, or simply soaking in the panoramic views, La Giettaz promises an unforgettable summer escape!

People hiking in the mountains
© Val d’Arly Mpnt Blanc Tourisme

What to do in La Giettaz in summer

Outdoor Activities

  • Hiking: Numerous trails are on offer, ranging from easy walks to challenging climbs, offering stunning views of the Alps.
  • Biking: Discover a grand selection of bike trails with varying difficulty levels, including routes that connect to the Aravis mountain range.
  • Paragliding: Experience the thrill of flying over the beautiful alpine landscape on a tandem flight.
  • Fishing: The Arrondine mountain stream is an ideal fishing spot for a peaceful day by the water.

Summer activities and events in La Giettaz

Head to the Tourist Office’s website to find out the activities and events taking place this summer in La Giettaz.

Where to stay

Chalet Victorina

Summer decking at chalet with mountain views

This stunning chalet near La Giettaz is a perfect summer retreat, nestled in a wonderfully secluded location surrounded by nature.

In the summer, a hiking trail passes just below the chalet, and numerous bike trails provide access to the challenging Aravis peaks, making it an ideal base for outdoor enthusiasts looking to explore the beauty of the Alps.

Secluded chalet with walking trail

Chalet Le Grenier à Neige

Summer chalet with mountain views

Nothing has been overlooked in the renovation of this traditional 5-star chalet for 12 in La Giettaz, a tranquil resort nestled between Megève and La Clusaz.

After a day in the mountains, unwind in the spa area with a sauna and hot tub, or relax on the sunny balconies.

Summer offers just as much excitement as winter, with 60km of trails for mountain bikers and 140km of marked footpaths, providing endless opportunities for adventure and exploration.

Summer chalet with large windows overlooking the mountains

Le Mazot de la Caillère

Alpine living room with fluffy carpets

This charming chalet for four, just 300m from the centre of La Giettaz, is a true gem. Detached properties for smaller groups are rare, especially ones like Le Mazot de la Caillère, which boasts high-standard facilities including a balcony, a terrace with panoramic views, and a sauna.

Guests will love the convenience of being so close to village amenities. In the summer, you can try the summer luge, go climbing, or take the lift up the mountains to enjoy a scenic picnic. This chalet offers the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure for a memorable summer getaway.

Sunny balcony with mountain views

Chalet Goville

Outdoor summer chalet with dining area and lawn

Sleeping 15 people in seven en-suite bedrooms, Chalet Goville is the ultimate summer retreat. This luxurious chalet features a wine cellar, a bike room and a fabulous wellness area with a sauna and a stunning hot tub room offering panoramic views of the Aravis mountains. It’s perfect for gathering with friends or family, and with 450m² of space, privacy is guaranteed.

The renovation cleverly incorporates glass panels to maximise natural light and showcase the breathtaking views, while retaining the original architecture that adds character to this beautiful home. Make the most of the large terrace and garden where you can soak up the rays throughout the summer months.

Cosy living room with fire

3. La Clusaz

Why visit in summer?

La Clusaz is an ideal summer destination that combines the charm of an alpine village with a wide array of outdoor activities. Located in the Aravis region, La Clusaz offers stunning landscapes and clear mountain lakes, making it a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

In the summer, the village transforms into a vibrant hub of activity, where you can explore scenic hiking and biking trails, try your hand at paragliding, or simply relax and enjoy the breathtaking views.

The local culture and warm hospitality, coupled with a variety of events and festivals, ensure that there’s always something exciting happening. So whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping sports or a peaceful retreat, La Clusaz provides a perfect summer getaway!

La Clusaz church in summer
© C Hudry, Aravis.com

Summer activities and events in La Clusaz

Outdoor activities

A group mountain bike through summer pastures
© C Hudry, Aravis.com

Events and festivals

  • Fête du Reblochon: Celebrate local cheese with tastings, workshops, and activities.
  • Trail du Bélier: Watch or take part in this renowned trail running competition.
  • Village markets: Weekly markets take place on a Monday showcasing local produce, crafts, and delicacies.

Where to stay

Chalet Backflip

Summer chalet with parking

In summer, you’ll discover great walks right from the doorstep of Chalet Backflip, while the lively centre of La Clusaz is just a brief walk or bike ride away (1.5km). There, an array of bars, restaurants, and shops awaits your exploration.

Additionally, enjoy the luxury of a sauna and soak up the sun on your balcony, all without relying on a car. With the village conveniently situated just 1.5 km away, summer convenience and leisure are seamlessly intertwined.

Groups of up to 24 people can book this chalet with the neighbouring apartment, Chalet Frontflip, which sleeps 10, and the Chalet Sideflip, which sleeps four.

Chalet Charmar

Chalet with a view over the mountains

Ideal for summer getaways, this spacious accommodation comfortably accommodates up to 12 guests across six bedrooms (with a maximum of 8 adults). Perfect for two or three families or a gathering of friends, it offers ample space to revel in the beauty of the surrounding area. Situated in a mid-terrace position, the property boasts breathtaking views overlooking the Beauregard plateau.

During the summer months, you can delight in leisurely walks down the piste into La Clusaz, though the return trip might pose a bit of a challenge unless you opt for the lift!

Modern alpine dining room

Dorealp

Summer chalet balcony

For those seeking an ideal summer retreat in the Alps, Dorealp stands out as a gem. Located amidst many chalets accommodating large groups, this exceptional apartment, located on the second floor of a chalet, offers ample space for up to six guests.

Tucked away in a tranquil cul de sac, it’s a mere seven-minute stroll from the bustling village of La Clusaz, bustling with a variety of shops, bars, restaurants, and a vibrant weekly market showcasing local produce and crafts.

Enjoying splendid views and a sun-soaked balcony, this residence promises the perfect summer escape.

Alpine apartment modern living room

More summer chalets in La Clusaz

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4. Saint-Jean-de-Sixt

Why visit Saint-Jean-de-Sixt in summer?

Saint-Jean-de-Sixt is a picturesque village in the heart of the French Alps, making it an ideal summer destination for those seeking both adventure and relaxation.

Situated between the renowned resorts of La Clusaz and Le Grand-Bornand, this charming village offers a tranquil escape with stunning mountain scenery and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

In the summer, Saint-Jean-de-Sixt becomes a great base for outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and paragliding, providing endless opportunities to explore the natural beauty of the region. The village’s central location also makes it easy to access a variety of cultural events and local festivals, ensuring there is always something to do nearby.

Summer activities and events in Saint-Jean-de-Sixt

Outdoor activities

  • Hiking: Click here for more information on trails and guided walks.
  • Mountain biking and cycling: Challenging trails and scenic routes suitable for all abilities are outline on this web page.
  • Paragliding: Book a tandem flight near St Jean de Sixt with Airlinks.
  • Bun J Ride: Discover this unique and adrenaline-filled activity where you’ll be launched from a springboard!
  • Fishing: There are plenty of spots available and licenses to choose from, check here for more information about fishing in Saint-Jean-de-Sixt.
A man rides the Bun J on a bike
© Saint Jean de Sixt Tourist Office

Events and festivals

Throughout the summer, there is a selection of events and festivals taking place in Saint-Jean-de-Sixt and across the Aravis region. Take a look at the links below for more information:

Where to stay

Chalet Elomaz

Chalet terrace with outdoor furniture

This charming contemporary chalet is ideal for groups planning to explore the Aravis region and beyond.

Families will feel right at home at the spacious Chalet Elomaz: parents can enjoy the indoor pool and relax in the sauna, while children will love the large garden at the edge of the forest.

The village centre is just 700m away, easily accessible via the main road to La Clusaz that runs just below the chalet. You’ll find a good selection of shops and restaurants in the village, with even more options in La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand. Additionally, the beautiful medieval town of Annecy is only 25km away, offering a wonderful day out at any time of the year.

Garden with wooden bench overlooking mountains

Chalet Alex

Chalet with table tennis and table football

The lovely 5-star Chalet Alex is perfectly situated for a summer getaway, close to the resorts of La Clusaz and Grand Bornand, both less than a 10-minute drive away.

Located at the end of a private road and just 1.7km from the village of Saint-Jean-de-Sixt, Chalet Alex offers a tranquil retreat while still being minutes from restaurants, bars, and shops. It’s ideal for families, featuring a newly-landscaped flat garden bordering the forest, a large terrace with a hot tub, a pétanque court for summer evenings, and three seating areas where you can watch TV, play games, or simply unwind with a glass of wine.

Designed to maximise the fabulous outdoor life in the Alps, Chalet Alex provides ample space to store bikes and outdoor gear, ensuring you’re always ready for your next mountain adventure.

cHALET WITH PÉTANQUE COURT AND GARDEN

Chalet Loisel

Alpine living room with mountain views

This charming traditional 4-star chalet in Saint-Jean-de-Sixt, built by a local craftsman in 2000, is perfect for a summer retreat. Facing south, it was designed to capture the sunshine and offer breathtaking views along the Aravis Valley to Thônes. Recently renovated and updated, it combines classic Alpine charm with modern comforts.

In the village, you’ll find several shops and restaurants, and it’s just a few minutes drive to the market town of Thônes, which offers larger supermarkets and a weekly market.

Sleeping 10 people, this chalet is ideal for two families, and kids will love the large flat garden, a rare find in the mountains, perfect for summer play and relaxation.

Outdoor dining table with mountain views

Chalet Antigone

Summer chalet with outdoor dining

Tucked in a quiet close of just five properties at the foot of the mountains, Chalet Antigone is an ideal spot for a family summer holiday in the Alps.

It’s a short drive (or a 15-minute walk) to the village of Saint-Jean-de-Sixt, where you’ll find a variety of shops, including a popular bakery, sports hire shops, a delicatessen, supermarket, bar, and restaurants.

Despite its peaceful location, Chalet Antigone offers convenient access to the main road linking La Clusaz to Le Grand Bornand. It’s just a 30-minute drive to Annecy and less than an hour to Geneva airport, making it easily accessible.

The chalet features a spacious garden perfect for games and sunbathing in the warmer weather. The sheltered terrace, with stunning views of the Aravis mountains, allows you to relax or dine outdoors, regardless of the weather. If it gets chilly, you can gather inside around the cosy fireplace.

This chalet is an excellent choice for families with young children, offering a level, secure garden and a TV/games room on the second floor that kids will love.

Alpine chalet living room with grey sofa

Chalet Beauvoir 12

Summer chalet with outdoor pool and hot tub

Chalet Beauvoir is the perfect base for an unforgettable summer holiday in La Clusaz. Refurbished in a contemporary Savoyard style, it offers all the comforts and amenities you might need.

The heated outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi are available year-round, allowing you to relax and take in the stunning mountain views at any time.

The chalet also features a gym, sauna, and hammam, providing plenty of options for unwinding after a day of exploring the Alps.

Summer chalet with outdoor dining

Preparing for a last-minute holiday

OVO Network’s 24-hour hold

When it comes to selecting the ideal chalet, it’s often a collaborative decision involving multiple individuals.

Understanding the need for coordination among your group members, we provide the convenience of placing up to three 24-hour holds on your preferred chalets via our website.

During this period, no credit card details are required, and the chalet is reserved exclusively for you, ensuring no one else can book it.

Equipment

  • Clothing: Pack layers, as mountain weather can be unpredictable. Include waterproof jackets, sturdy hiking boots, and comfortable sportswear.
  • Gear: Depending on activities, bring or rent mountain bikes, hiking poles, and climbing gear. However, many resorts offer rental services for bikes, kayaks, and other equipment just make sure to do your research!
  • Essentials: Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are crucial for sun protection at high altitudes.

Transport

  • Flights: Book last-minute flights to Geneva, Lyon, or Grenoble. These airports provide easy access to the listed resorts.
  • Train and bus: Consider taking trains or buses from major cities to your destination. France has an extensive and efficient public transport system.
  • Car hire: Renting a car offers flexibility, especially for exploring multiple locations.
Hands typing on a laptop keyboard

Prices

  • Accommodation: Look for last-minute deals on hotel websites or booking platforms. Many resorts offer discounted rates for spontaneous travellers.
  • Activities: Check for package deals that include multiple activities or services. The Multi Pass in Portes du Soleil is a great example.

Travel rules

  • Entering France and Europe: As of 2024, UK citizens need a valid passport with specific validity requirements. Check here for the latest details.
  • Health and safety: Ensure you have travel insurance that covers outdoor activities. Familiarise yourself with local health and safety guidelines, especially related to COVID-19.

Final tips

  • Plan ahead: Even for a last-minute trip, a bit of planning goes a long way. Research your chosen resort and activities to make the most of your holiday.
  • Stay flexible: Be open to adjusting your plans based on weather and availability. The Alps offer endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation.

With these tips and insights, you’re ready to embark on a spontaneous and exciting summer holiday in the French Alps. Whether you’re seeking adventure, tranquillity, or cultural experiences, these Alpine resorts have something for everyone!

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