#TeamCoco have had their fair share of ski holidays this year and the ski season may have come to an end, however the mountains still offer the best summer destinations for the more active holiday maker. The Oxford Ski Company extensively researches each of its destinations and can provide you with unparalleled knowledge and advice in booking your summer alpine break. As the snow thaws a network of walking, cycling, hiking trails and golf courses are unveiled. Visitors can enjoy fishing, swimming and kayaking in the lakes and the more adventurous and revel in the mountain heights whether paragliding, white water rafting, rock and mountain climbing.
The Oxford Ski Company’s concierge team are on hand to ensure that every aspect of your trip is organised to perfection – from spa treatments to bike hire and guided walks. Here are the company’s top recommended alpine retreats for this summer:
ZERMATT – The jewel of Switzerland’s crown, The Matterhorn offers a spectacular location for mountain activities. Accessible only by train, the cobbled streets, ancient barns, chocolate box picture perfect chalets are located within one of the pretties resorts in the Alps and provide a great base to enjoy mountain bike and hiking trails or a leisurely round on the Matterhorn golf course. Daredevils can enjoy mountain and rock climbing or water adventures on the Schalisee, the largest lake in the Nikolai Valley.
Chalet Grace ( summer rates starting from CHF 15,500/ £10,718 a week) already has a renowned reputation as one of the most luxurious chalets in Zermatt, built to the highest standards and with its south facing balconies and three levels of floor to ceiling windows, guests can enjoy the striking scenic views of the Matterhorn and surrounding mountains.
The property which can sleep 10 people provides spacious and luxurious bedrooms with its deep rugs and carpets and en-suite bathrooms for additional comfort. The open plan lounge is an inviting area for large groups with its French stone open fire-place and adjoining bar area. This space opens up to a large outside living space with loungers tables and chairs providing uninterrupted views of Zermatt town below and the Matterhorn at the end of the valley.
Inside, entertainment can be found with a luxuriously seated cinema, a games room with a pool table and a spacious glass fronted Wellness centre including sauna, shower room, massage room, a large Pilates and Yoga space and outdoor hot tub.
CHAMONIX – Steeped in history and buzzing with adventure the thriving town of Chamonix occupies a dramatic setting beneath the iconic Mount Blanc, just an hour away from Geneva airport which serves its international and cosmopolitan crowd.
Chalet des Drus ( summer rates starting from €9,950/£7,198 a week) sits on 4000 m2 of private park in Les Bois, one of the most exclusive locations in the Chamonix Valley, which enjoys 360 degree views of the Mont Blanc massif, Le Brevent, the Aguille Vert and Les Drus.
The chalet provides contrasting scheme with its traditional materials and modern design features, such as glass stairway and slate dining table using iron legs from the workshop of Mr Eiffel (architect of the Eiffel Tower). Sleeping 14 guests, the chalet has an indoor swimming pool and spa area complete with massage, steam and Hamman room as well as a private cinema and games room.
THE DOLOMITES – Offering 360 degree views of the jagged peaks of the famous Dolomiti, the towering bare rock faces of the UNESCO world heritage site offers a chance to be at one with Mother Nature with its range of outdoor activities from cycling and hiking.
San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge ( summer rates starting from €2,400/£1,736 a day based on two sharing) emanates a unique style and charm of a mountain residence and its setting provides exceptional luxury in an ecological style. A ‘refuge’ in the truest sense of the word, the traditional fine craftsmanship has been safeguarded throughout the generations to protect its heritage within this chic and cosy nest, ideal for soaking up the relaxed Italian atmosphere.
Sleeping six people, the lodge provides a sanctuary complete with spa, sauna, private garden to relax in as well as full access to its extensive wine cellar.
CHATEL, FRANCE – The traditional farming village of Chatel can be found at the top of the Abondance Valley nestled amidst the pine trees, conveniently located an hour away from Geneva in the hiking and mountain biking region of Portes du Soleil. A resort full of ambience, the centuries old farm buildings and wooden lodges provide plenty of atmosphere and activities for the family with this ‘Famille Plus’ rated resort by the French Ministry of Tourism.
Maison Blanche & Verte (summer rates starting from £7,000 a week) offers the perfect mix of cutting edge design outstanding facilities and exceptional service, where no detail has been overlooked. The thoughtfully laid out chalet sleeps 12 guests with six en-suite bedrooms which can configured as twin or super king-sized beds, and living areas spaced out in separate wings so that night owls and early birds can co-exist without disturbing each other – ideal when travelling with children.
The child friendly chalet offers a separate mezzanine area for them to play in, all within earshot of the adults, or they can enjoy the marvellous cinema complete with popcorn holders in the seats.
The main open plan living room and open fire place offers the perfect entertaining space from which the adults enjoy the delights of the extensive wine cellar or casual family dinner. Alternatively relax in the chalet’s indoor swimming pool with jet stream or sauna and private gym.
For further inspiration or information please visit www.oxfordski.com or call your Personal Travel Consultant on 01993 899 420 to discuss you specific travel requirements.