Anyone who has visited the mountains in summer knows that there’s something very special about the Alps in their “green season” when the days are long, the sun is warm and the landscape is as stunning as ever.
The traditional village of Les Gets in the French Alps is a classic example of this. In winter it’s a famous ski resort, in summer a place to relax and unwind whilst savouring the mountain views over a long coffee in one of the mountaintop restaurants.
The beauty of an Alpine holiday in Les Gets is that it can be as relaxed or as full-on as you wish. Famous for its family-friendliness throughout summer and winter, you can choose just to take some gentler strolls or relax by the swimming lake – fully life-guarded and swimming pool regulated but a beautiful natural lake with a treetop adventure climbing course next door.
But if you’d rather push your lungs and limbs to their limits, there are plenty of adrenaline activities to try locally, including downhill biking (hundreds of kilometres of trails including an 80km return route over the border into Switzerland), road cycling or tandem paragliding from the local peak, Mont Chery, where first-timers are amazed by the strange combination of peacefulness and sheer fear that paragliding produces! And of course you could turn that gentle stroll into a serious mountain hike on one of the hundreds of kilometres of well-maintained and signposted paths!
Whilst many tour operators come and go from the village during the year, with most just focusing on the ski season, Chalets1066 offer mountain holidays in Les Gets all year round. Based locally, they know everyone and have expert knowledge of all the activities on offer.
The business is family run. In the ski season, Susan, Nathan and Morven run operations, and in the summer her son is in charge. Susan’s husband Mark is responsible for marketing and finance all year round. Before the family bought this business, they spent around 10 years taking summer holidays in the Lake District, but Sue believes that Les Gets offers far more than the Lake District and at similar if not lower prices.
The first Chalets1066 property was called Hastings (hence the company name!), and it remains a favourite and one which epitomises the summer experience in Les Gets. Since then they have expanded the business and now run some 17 properties in Les Gets.
The accommodation which Chalets1066 have available for the summer includes a range of self-catered chalets and apartments ranging from good-family-value apartments to luxurious chalets (fully catered is offered as well in the ski season). As Chalets1066 have a team in Les Gets, they are able to offer far more than just basic self-catering – they also offer optional hotel services too. For example, someone is always available to help organise activities such as white water rafting or paragliding. For bookings please visit: www.chalets1066.com, e-mail: [email protected] or phone 0207 183 5082.