Who said that summer necessarily rhymes with sandy beaches and turquoise waters? For mountain enthusiasts, it is even more beautiful in the middle of summer, when nature reasserts itself and the massifs take on a thousand and one colours. In addition to the beauty of the landscapes, another reason which pushes holidaymakers to choose the mountains in summer: it is pleasant there, without the temperatures being suffocating and the heat inconvenient. In a few years, the occupancy rate in the mountains in summer has continued to climb and even experienced an explosion following the pandemic.
In the Hautes-Alpes department, accommodation reservations via the PAP platform increased by 20.5% in 2022 compared to 2019. On the Club Med side, there has also been greater attendance in the mountains in summer for a few years. . Proof of this: the brand with the trident is constantly opening new clubs to expand its offer and thus confirms this trend. So much so that up there on the mountains, there is no shortage of perched haunts! In the heart of the Alps, we toured three of them to see if life at altitude in the middle of summer was worth it. The verdict ? Vacations by the ocean are overrated! Discover our good addresses to escape the crushing heat in the middle of summer!
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La Rosière or the well-being cure
Meet here at an altitude of 1950 meters in the Haute Tarentaise, right in front of Mont Blanc. To get there, count about 10 hours by car, or 1h30 by plane starting from Brussels to Lyon. Then, count another 3 hours at least to reach the station. A long journey certainly, but La Rosière offers a real getaway where life is good. The view of the surrounding valleys is already in itself a permanent meditation as life there is soothing and relaxing. And for good reason, at Club Med la Rosière, everything, absolutely everything has been thought out to invite you to let go of the ultimate. Here, your only concern is to observe the Tarentaise Valley which opens 180° in front of you. Between the indoor swimming pool, the outdoor swimming pool and the 650 m2 wellness area consisting of a hammam and a rest room, you are immersed in the alpine ocean for a well-deserved makeover. In addition to the infrastructures that invite you to relax, activities such as yoga, provided by Heberson Oliveira, the master of Vibhava Yoga, will allow you to completely disconnect. To admire the stars, don’t forget to take a walk at nightfall and why not, to go as far as the Saint Michel Chapel, whose existence dates back to 1653 and which has the particularity of being illuminated the night. In winter, this small resort also has everything to offer since it allows us to ski both in France and in Italy with the Petit-Saint-Bernard pass as a link.
Les Arcs for an endorphin shot
If from our point of view, La Rosière is a more family resort which has managed to preserve all its charm, Les Arcs is not lacking in personality either. Club Med has even made it a favorite destination for sports enthusiasts. And for good reason, from Les Arcs, you have access to the famous Tarentaise and Beaufortain passes. With the My Club Med Guide application, it is possible to discover more than 70 hiking routes departing from the various Club Meds. There are routes specially designed for hiking, trails or mountain biking, each time with an overview of the level of difficulty. An excellent idea to allow even the uninitiated to indulge in the joys of mountain sports while enjoying the diversity of the landscapes. Because the real good idea of Club Med is to make mountain sports once reserved for seasoned athletes accessible to everyone. So even amateurs can get all the gear they need to plan their outing. This summer, the Amazing Week – a concept that offers a different theme each year and which is a hit – focused on the biking experience. At the beginning of July, cyclist Sylvain Chavanel, 6 times French time trial champion, accompanied holidaymakers on their bike outings. For those who would like to learn about the joys of mountain sports in summer, Les Arcs is therefore an ideal stopping point, especially since even in the middle of summer, the temperatures remain mild, allowing us to even dare to go out in full day!
Peisey Vallandry, a breath of fresh air
At the gates of the Vanoise, Peisey-Vallandry is located only 1600 meters above sea level, which makes it a favorite destination for families. Before 15 months, it is indeed often not recommended to climb higher than 1700 meters to prevent our toddlers from getting altitude sickness. But if Club Med de Peisey-Vallandry attracts couples and their children, it is above all for its offer specially designed for kids. It is indeed possible to have your children looked after from the age of 2, at the mini-club, by early childhood professionals who offer a host of activities intended for their awakenings. Your little ones thrive while you really enjoy your vacation. A godsend for parents who know it better than anyone: holidays with the kids can sometimes take on the appearance of a cross. So while our kids are being pampered, we take the opportunity to chill at the pool, enjoy a meal in one of the resort’s restaurants or simply read a book on the large panoramic terrace.
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The ideal spots to escape the heat wave in summer
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