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Enhance your wellness in the French Alps

The French Alps, both in winter and summer, are the perfect environment to improve your health and refine your sense of well-being. Typically, the mountains appeal to thrill-seekers looking for adventure, but those looking for a gentler experience will find plenty of ways to enhance their wellness in the French Alps.

A quick search online will throw up many articles and reports on the various health benefits that holidaying – or living – in the mountains offer, such as:

  • Reduced stress
  • Better cardiovascular health
  • A stronger immune system

With activities such as hiking, yoga, meditation, paddle boarding and more; there are numerous ways to enhance your wellness in the French Alps. Read on to discover more…


Yoga

As well as relieving stress and brightening your mood, another fantastic advantage of Yoga is that it can be practised anywhere. All you need is yourself, a Yoga mat and enough space for your moves! So it’s no surprise that Yoga is becoming an increasingly popular activity for wellness in the French Alps. 

The peace and tranquillity of the mountains makes the French Alps the perfect setting to salute the sun! Whether you are a beginner, or more experienced, there are a number of different styles of Yoga that can suit you. If you’re not sure where to begin, there’s a choice of instructors in the Alps who can help. With online classes, retreats and even private lessons available at your chalet, you’re sure to find an approach that you enjoy. 

Wellness in the mountains: Yoga with a view!

Explore yoga retreats in stunning scenery with Emily Ruth Yoga, Morzine. Credit: Emily Ruth Yoga

If you’re looking to enhance your wellness from your doorstep, then many of our properties have large terraces and flat gardens – the perfect space for a peaceful Yoga session.  Breathe in the fresh air and take in the scenery!

Mindfulness in the mountains

Meditation and mindfulness are techniques that many people find effective for relieving stress and anxiety. Meditation is often incorporated into Yoga sessions with guided, focused breathing. However, with apps such as Calm and Headspace gaining popularity, many people are deciding to adopt this practise into their daily routines. 

With vast, open spaces, quiet surroundings and very few distractions, the French Alps are the perfect location for practising meditation. According to some ancient beliefs, meditating in the mountains can even bring you closer to ‘enlightenment’- believed to be one of the ultimate goals of meditation.

Stand up paddleboarding

Stand up paddleboarding, or ‘SUP’, is an increasingly popular low impact water sport. Water is known to have a relaxing effect on the body and mind, and stand up paddle boarding is a wonderful way to get a full body work-out, whilst immersing yourself in the incredible surroundings of an Alpine lake. If you want to find out more about water sports, take a look at our 10 amazing Lake Annecy Water Sports to try on your summer holiday blog.

For an all round wellness experience on the water, why not try ‘SUP Yoga’? By practising yoga techniques on the water, you can challenge yourself further by testing your balance and engaging your muscles while resisting the movement of the board. 

Wellness in the French Alps: Stand up Paddleboarding

Stand up paddleboarding is a great option for those wanting to take in the scenery and enjoy the lake at their own pace.

Pamper yourself

Your wellness experience doesn’t have to be physically demanding! Making time for yourself is essential to your well-being, and what better place to relax than at a wellness centre? Some health benefits of spa treatments include: better sleep, relief from aching muscles, improved blood flow and decreased stress. There is a fantastic range of spas offering treatments to help you unwind and improve your wellness in the French Alps.

If you are holidaying near Chamonix, we highly recommend taking a trip to QC Terme Spa.* Combining breathtaking views, with a unique Alpine experience QC Terme is a day out you won’t want to miss.

If you’d rather be pampered in the comfort of your own home, why not take a look at Massage Me – The Mobile Alpine Wellbeing Service. Massage Me offers a range of treatments that are customisable to your body’s specific needs, and their experienced practitioners are on hand to discuss any requirements you have before your session, so that you get the most out of your massage.

Wellness in the French Alps: Pamper yourself at a wellness centre

QC Terme Spa is an idyllic spot to soothe aching muscles, or simply enjoy some time to yourself.

Take a hike

Walking and hiking are perhaps the most accessible ways to improve your wellness in the French Alps. With endless options of trails for all levels, hiking is the perfect way to clear your mind, while breathing in the fresh mountain air and embracing the great outdoors! 

If you’re planning to bring your dog on your next wellness trip, then check out these 6 awesome dog friendly hikes.

Wellness in the French Alps: Take a hike

Fresh air and unbeatable views are guaranteed when you take a hike in the French Alps. Photo credit: Pierre Gibauld

Eat alfresco!

Spending time outdoors has numerous benefits when it comes to our health and wellbeing, so when the sun is shining, why not make the most of it and eat outdoors! The mountains are home to hundreds of picture-perfect picnic spots, and with plenty of local markets selling fresh produce, you won’t struggle to find healthy options to fill your hamper. 

Wellness in the French Alps: Alfresco dining with a view.

A picnic with a view at Chalet Polanka, St Jean de Sixt.

If you prefer staying closer to home, many of our properties have excellent outdoor seating areas and barbecue facilities, meaning that you can embrace the great outdoors right from your doorstep.


The mountains are a wonderful place to escape to for a relaxing, rejuvenating holiday at any time of year. While famed for skiing, there are so many other fantastic activities on offer – if you’d like to find out more, take a look at our suggestions on what to do away from the slopes.

Amy Oliver About Author

Hi I’m Amy and I work on the Social Media Team at OVO Network. I have spent winters in the Alps since 2016 and I am now based in the beautiful town of Annecy. I love making the most of being surrounded by the lake and mountains with my dog!