A postcard sent to loved ones back home could never quite capture a true experience of luxury holidays in Switzerland. The sound of cow bells echo throughout the valleys, vibrant alpine flowers bloom in the sunshine, the taste of the traditional Swiss cuisine (mainly cheese!), and a world of adventure activities await mountain lovers for an unforgettable alpine getaway.
The Swiss Alps in the summer feature some of Europe’s best luxury chalets to call home for the week, or longer…! Sun-drenched terraces, exceptional wellness facilities and breathtaking mountain views make the perfect recipe for that well deserved summer break. Guess you would have to be there…
There are many reasons to spend summer in the Alps, but what makes a luxury holiday in the Swiss Alps so special? Luxury holidays in Switzerland can cover a lot, so we put together this handy guide to help you plan your next Swiss Alps summer holiday.
Sunshine, glaciers, forests, vineyards, sports and breathtaking views, summer in Crans Montana offers a luxury lakes and mountains holiday like no other. Crans and Montana are twinned cosmopolitan resorts that bring together leisure, activity and nature on a sun-soaked plateau with panoramic views of the Rhone Valley. Get active by hiking some of Switzerland’s most picturesque hiking routes, pedalling mountain trails and alpine roads on two wheels or soaking up the alpine lake waters by wakeboarding, water-skiing or wild swimming. On a par, golf enthusiasts simply have to explore the picturesque golf courses and attend the world-class events, as Crans Montana is one of the top golfing destinations in the world…
And after a day playing golf in Crans Montana, or lapping up the water activities on the lake, somewhere to recharge and unwind is essential. For a large property, offering ultimate summer holiday luxury, and leaving little left to be desired, Ultima Crans Montana will be perfect choice. Set in private grounds with its own private lake and 1,000sqm of wellness facilities, there’s a risk you will never want to leave.
A ski paradise for freeriding in the winter, and a mountain bike capital in the summer, Verbier is a destination that accommodates adventure seekers all year round. However it’s not all about finding a thrill, this south-facing Swiss Alpine resort sits in a sun trapped bowl and has plenty on offer for the ultimate summer mountain escape. From classical music festivals and horse jumping championships, to cheese and wine tasting, cultural activities are aplenty. Restaurants and bars are some of the best in the region for their locally sourced cuisine and stunning views. Verbier is also home to the highest peak in the 4 Vallees region, Mont Fort. If you enjoy wholesome experiences, a sunrise summit with breakfast should be top of your Verbier bucket list! Need more convincing? Check out our guide to a luxury summer holiday in Verbier.
There is a large choice of luxury summer chalets in Verbier, and our portfolio features the crème de la crème, ensuring your luxury holidays in Switzerland are met with comfort, style and high level service. Most chalets benefit from sunshine soaked balconies and terraces with strategically positioned chocolate box buildings dotted around the valley bowl. You can find anything from a cosy family size chalet like Le Ti Chalet with a hot tub and garden space, to larger rentals such as Chalet Chouqui for up to 20 guests, complete with an indoor pool, steam room, hot tub, garden and cinema. Or escape the buzz of Verbier in the summer with a stay at Chalet V in neighbouring village La Tzoumaz. With easy access via cable car to everything Verbier has to offer, it is the ideal spot to enjoy unwinding and recharging with the family, marvelling at the stunning views, splashing in the pool and playing ping pong or pinball.
A champagne resort by reputation, and sitting on the shores of a sparkling lake it’s easy to see why. St Moritz attracts the rich and famous all year round, and a drier climate brings 322 days of sunshine a year. The dramatic landscapes of mountain peaks and fresh water lakes will be sure to take your breath away, whether you take a hike or enjoy it from a soak in the natural mineral springs. If you crave to be waterside on your summer holiday, look no further than St Moritz. Whether you sit lakeside in the sunshine with a glass of rosé and let the buzz of the cosmopolitan resort pass you by, or dive on in and get involved in a vast range of water sports on the lakes, a summer holiday in St Moritz will deliver. With so much on offer, you’ll want to cork it and savour the taste until you return to this stunning Swiss resort…
So if you’re all about being lakeside on your luxury lakes and mountains holiday in Switzerland, St Moritz is the alpine destination for you. Views of the turquoise alpine lakes can be seen from many of our luxury summer chalets in St Moritz, coupled with sun soaked terraces, you can recharge and unwind with ease. Apartment Lakeside and The Loft Apartment are catered summer chalets in St Moritz, offering a contemporary stay for 6-8 guests. Apartment Giuliani also offers stunning views of the lake whilst benefitting from cosy but contemporary social spaces for the group to gather after a day exploring St Moritz.
Arguably the most famous resort in Switzerland and not only for the iconic Matterhorn peak that completes the skyline, Zermatt is a must visit. It is no surprise that this Swiss summer destination makes it to our list of the Top 5 Summer Resorts in the Alps. The car free village sets the bar high for an authentic mountain getaway filled with the perfect balance of adventure, leisure and relaxation.
This magnificent summer resort in Switzerland has a diverse offering for all from summer skiing on the glacier, to clay pigeon shooting, Matterhorn helicopter tours to paragliding, and of course plenty of hiking and biking trails to explore. Not to mention the novel Alaia Bay giving you the opportunity to ski and surf in the same day in the mountains!
In our opinion, you will struggle to beat a lakes and mountains holiday, and Zermatt is an excellent choice. The serene turquoise mountain lakes add superior beauty to your alpine hike but if hiking is not your thing, there are many ‘must ride’ mountain lifts to ascend. Discover the Matterhorn Glacier Ride for far-reaching views of the Swiss, French and Italian Alps, and the Sunnegga Funicular for views from the plateau, or a picnic and swim at Leisee lake.
Whether your priorities lie with a central location, exceptional wellness facilities or high level service (or all three!), you can rest assured there’s a luxury summer chalet in Zermatt to suit your tastes. Chalet Zermatt Peak is one of the most exclusive properties in Zermatt, whereas Heinz Julen Penthouse boasts some of the most impressive architecture, courtesy of famous local designer Heinz Julen. And with access to a shared wellness area and stunning Matterhorn views from the balcony, High 7 Penthouse is a perfect option to relax after a day exploring Zermatt in the summer.
If you’re all about unrivalled summer views from the comfort of your chalet on luxury holidays in Switzerland, take a look at our top chalets with Matterhorn views. If you choose to take a self catered summer chalet in Zermatt, be sure to check out our Top 10 Zermatt Restaurants in Summer.
Another car free village, Saas Fee summer resort is underrated, bursting with Swiss charm and rural heritage. Discover wonderful sights along the many hiking trails rich in flora and fauna; be sure to pause and catch your breath from stunning views, maybe even stop for a well-deserved mountain lunch to refuel. Test your limits with alpine adventures such as climbing, canyoning, summer skiing, glacier hiking and mountain biking. Or let the cable cars and funiculars take the strain and head up high for culinary and sight-seeing excursions, complete with stunning backdrops. It’s an alpine destination for luxury summer holidays in Switzerland that perfectly accommodate the whole family.
Being the largest of our two luxury summer chalets in Saas Fee, Chalet Lycka features above as an excellent choice on a summer holiday in Saas Fee. Perched on the mountainside, accommodating up to 17 guests in 600sqm, there isn’t much this chalet leaves to desire. Whether you spend your days in Saas Fee hiking, biking or even summer skiing, you can spend your evenings at Chalet Lycka recharging in the outdoor Nordic bath, sauna, steam room, cinema or with a game of pool. Your designated chef will be able to serve up your feast alfresco with a side order of stunning mountain views, before you retire to the outdoor fire pit as the sun sets on another fantastic day in Saas Fee.
If you are after something smaller, Stirling Chalet accommodates 8 guests and offers a great location with stunning views, a whirlpool spa and a sauna.
Perhaps after reading this, you will be the sender of the postcard? If you are looking for more advice on planning your luxury holidays in Switzerland, get in touch with our Summer Alps Specialists by sending an email or calling.