Morzine and Les Gets luxury chalets

Les Gets, quite possibly one of the prettiest resorts in the Alps, is quickly catching up with some of the more known resorts with exclusive luxury chalets.  With its Savoyarde charm and traditional French feel, Les Gets’ own ski area is perfect for families. However, by skiing up and over the Pleney mountain into Morzine you can then cross the village to take the Super Morzine Gongola which opens up the vast playground of the Portes du Soleil. With over 650km of pistes and large areas of off-piste terrain there is plenty of skiing and boarding for experts too. We look at some of the best Morzine and Les Gets luxury chalets below.

Les Gets - Portes du Soleil
Skiing down into Les Gets from the Chavannes slopes

Morzine, slightly better known than its pretty neighbour, is now also a contender with having some of the swankiest chalets around.  Outdoor pools, cedar sauna huts buried in snow and Michelin trained chefs are what’s to be expected in  a chalet with a self playing grand piano, an indoor slide from its bar to its snooker room, or a cinema complete with its custom cashmere snuggle rugs.  OK, so the village hasn’t got Hermes or Chanel but why go into the village to shop when you’re staying somewhere incredible – you’d would be hard pushed to even have to drag yourself out to go for a ski!

Morzine - Portes du Soleil
Morzine – Portes du Soleil

The fairly fledgling The Boutique Chalet Company are certainly putting their stamp on the luxury chalet market and have been expanding at a rapid rate throughout Morzine and Les Gets with chalets like Ferme de la Corderie.  The Ferme du Moudon which was made famous by the television show, Grand Designs, is everything you would expect from its pedigree.  And then there’s the food, oh the food, totally designed to suit you and your tastes, there is no set weekly menus in this kind of chalet.  The talent and imagination of the chefs working in the Morzine and Les Gets luxury chalets make you feel so lucky you’re there.

Ferme de la Corderie - Les Gets
Ferme de la Corderie – Les Gets

I’d love to go but I can’t fill a chalet I hear you say? Well this winter season for the first time, The Boutique Chalet Company are offering their ‘Boutique Weeks’.  You get exactly the same service as you would if you had booked out the entire chalet but you can book by the room to share with other guests – a great way to make new friends and live in alpine luxury for a fraction of the cost!

The privately run Ferme de Montagne in the La Turche area of Les Gets is certainly not to be over looked. With its 2 to 1 staff ratio you know that you are going to be pampered.  Included in the price is also a ski guiding service which means you don’t even need to look at a piste map!  This boutique chalet hotel has thought of everything. There is even a well stocked pillow menu to ensure that guests have a perfect night’s sleep. This attention to detail in the service and the inspired culinary offerings are what draw returning guests back each winter.  Short stays are entirely possible during low season weeks so why not book a romantic short break at the Ferme de Montagne?

Dinner at the Ferme de Montagane - Les Gets
Dinner at the Ferme de Montagane – Les Gets

After the success of the Chalet Grand Corniche in Les Gets, Consensio have taken on Chalet Jejalp in Morzine which is the ultimate chalet to get away from it all.  From the minute you enter the chalet with your very own slippers lined up waiting for you, you know you’re going to be very well looked after – and who doesn’t want to quaff champagne while having your skis and boots fitted in the chalet?  Waking up in a Consensio chalet is the ultimate in indulgence – you tell your chalet host the night before your tea or coffee choice and they’ll wake you up with it, and even open the curtains for you if you like.

Chalet Jejalp - Morzine
Chalet Jejalp – Morzine

The luxury doesn’t stop when you leave the chalet either, Les Gets has some fabulous mountain restaurants. Don’t let its exterior put you off as Chez Nannon serves the best Cotes du Boeuf and La Paika is worth a trip for BBQ giant prawns alone.  Sunday lunch at Le Grandes Ours on the ‘locals’ mountain of Mont Chery in Les Gets, is a hidden gem – the views over to Mont Blanc are simply stunning.

If you would like to stay in one of the Morzine and Les Gets luxury chalets that we feature above please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Family Summer holiday in Les Gets

I have often considered taking a family summer holiday in Les Gets but for the last few years have been swayed to book a villa in Portugal or Corfu instead. This summer I had the opportunity to take my 13 year old daughter away for a short break and so it didn’t take much time to decide on taking her to the French Alps for some ‘alpine adventure’.

The first thing to consider was the weather. Of course this is a little hit of miss in the mountains but I had been to the Alps on a golfing trip some summers before and remembered that it was hot and sunny most of the time. This most recent trip was no different with a little light drizzle on one afternoon but 3 days of blazing sunshine for the rest of the trip. Sun screen and sun glasses are two definite essentials for the summer in the Alps suitcase!

The second thing to consider was where to stay; and thirdly, what activities to do whilst there.

Family summer holiday in Les Gets
Family summer holiday in Les Gets

We chose Les Gets in the French Alps. It’s a charming, traditional village with real alpine charm and being only one hour’s drive from Geneva international airport meant it was an easy journey. The resort really comes alive in July and August and is a mecca for both road and mountain bikers. There is also a decent golf course, wonderful hiking trails and some of the best via ferrata this side of the Dolomites. Once we had decided on Les Gets we then set about looking for a suitable ‘family friendly’ hotel. In the end it was a simple decision to book a room at the two star Hotel Christiania. This is a fantastic British owned, managed and staffed hotel that is centrally located and also situated right at the foot of the ‘home’ bike trails. The main lift accessing the Chavannes mountain is literally less than 50 metres from the front door – its location could hardly be bettered.

Hotel Christiania in Les Gets
The lounge and bar area of the Hotel Christiania – Les Gets

 

Apart from having absolutely loads of fun activities to try a family summer holiday in Les Gets has the added bonus of being incredibly good value when compared to a villa holiday in the Med. Our family room which could comfortably sleep four (a double bedroom connecting to a separate bunk room and bathroom) worked out at a little over £100 per night! With cheap flights and reasonably priced car hire (essential to explore the area) our basic holiday cost (travel from Gatwick and 4 nights half board) came to under £800 for the two of us.

Day One – Getting to Les Gets

We got up at a very civilised hour, enjoyed a leisurely breakfast at home in London and then drove to Gatwick airport to catch a lunchtime flight to Geneva. A little over 4 hours later we were sitting in the lounge of the Hotel Christiana enjoying a cup of tea and chatting to John, the owner. Later that afternoon we strolled through the village centre to the Air Aqua Mountain Adventure (2AMA) office to sort out our activities for the next few days. There are various places through which to book a guide but we found the 2AMA staff to be very helpful and accommodating.

Day Two – Via Ferrata

We drove to Samoens (about 30 minutes away) to meet our via ferrata guide. For those that don’t know via ferrata (iron way) is proper rock climbing made easy. Wearing a harness and a hard hat you simply clip onto the safety line and then follow the route of metal rungs that are fixed to the rock face. Although the harness will stop you falling hundreds of feet to your death you still don’t want to have to rely on it – even harnessed to the safety line you will fall 6 to 10 feet and get a few nasty bruises on the way. The Samoens via ferrata is 800 metres in lateral length and 400 metres vertical offering a real mix of thrills including a suspended rope bridge, vertical ladder, steep rock climbs and horizontal cliff traverses. I don’t have the best head for heights but as long as I didn’t look down was OK. The only snag was that the Samoens via ferrata route is basically a loop that takes you up, and then back down again. The down element had its moments!

The via ferrata above Samoens, France
The via ferrata above Samoens, France

In the afternoon we drove back to Les Gets and took out our mountain bikes and put them on the gondola to the top of the Mont Chery. As complete beginners to off road riding we elected for a relatively simple horizontal ride along the ridge to Mont Caly, a journey of about 4km. Here we found a delightful mountain restaurant and ate a very hearty plate of local charcuterie before descending on the tarmac road back down to Les Gets (approx 8km).

Day Three – Canyoning

We drove back to Samoens to meet our 2AMA guide and then drove on to the Canyon Balme near Cluses. There we met up with a French man and his 14 year old son. We hiked up along the trail following the side of the gorge for about 400 vertical metres. Wearing thick wetsuits on a hot day in July this climb was fairly arduous so it was a cooling relief to finally jump into the ice cold water of the mountain stream. There were two abseils (20 metres and 35 metres) down waterfalls and then a series of chutes that had been carved into the rock by rushing water over the millenia. These were a bit like a toboggan run and could be taken feet or head first. It was a fantastic day enjoyed by adults and children equally. I would thoroughly recommend. Here is a You tube clip of the gorge descent taken by another party.

Canyoning near Cluses
Canyoning near Cluses

Day Four – A rest day

This was a drizzly day so we got up late, enjoyed a leisurely pizza lunch in Les Gets and then read our books back at the hotel.

Day Five – more via ferrata and return to the UK

In the morning we drove to St Jean de Sixt (20 minutes away) to tackle the toughest via ferrata in the region. In all there are 6 grades of via ferrata which range from Grade 1: ‘tame – yup this is easy’ to Grade 6: ‘yikes – I don’t like this at all!’. The via ferrata Rocher de la Chaux has two routes, one which is a grade 5 ‘difficile’ and the other which is a grade 6.  From the bottom of the cliff I took one look at the latter and backed out. My daughter, who unlike me has a very good head for heights, couldn’t wait to get going. Here is some You Tube video from the less difficult route.

After her amazing ascent we then drove back to Geneva and caught a late afternoon flight back to Gatwick Airport.

For such a great value holiday we both had an amazing time. If you are looking to take a family summer holiday in Les Gets then I would wholeheartedly recommend you do. Please do give me a call – I would be delighted to help you get it booked up. T: +44 (0)20 7801 1080.