Summer in Chatel is a hive of activity, as well as a beautiful spot to escape to for some downtime in a beautiful setting. If you are considering your next summer holiday to the Alps, then why not visit this gorgeous summer resort. Being only an hour and a half drive from Geneva airport and less than an hour to Morzine, it is one of the most accessible destinations in the Alps.
As part of the Portes du Soleil region, known as “The Doors of the Sun,” alpine activities and entertainment are at the core of the summer lifestyle in Chatel. This mountain resort is open from June to September for the summer season, and we have a selection of luxury summer chalets in Chatel for a fabulous stay.
Here are some of our favourite summer activities in Chatel and where to enjoy them…
Recent years have seen welcome mountain biking investment in Chatel, with the creation of many new mountain biking trails. The lifts are converted from winter ski lifts, to carry bikes and passengers, so the highs of the mountains are accessible to everyone!
Situated high above the lifts from Pre-la-Joux, those dare-devil adrenaline seekers can find themselves flying between the mountains at speeds of over 100kph on the Fantasticable Zip Wire – try to enjoy the incredible views if you dare open your eyes!
This acrobatic adventure park is one of the many family summer activities in Chatel. Why not have a go at climbing through the treetops, breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy the spectacular views of the valley at this fun adventure park in Super-Chatel.
If you are a bit of a water baby and are looking for some adventure in or on the water, then Chatel offers both Lac de Montriond and La Plage de la Beunaz water park. If watersports take your fancy then have a look at our watersports in the Alps blog.
Whatever your ability or appetite for a challenge, there are plenty of mountain hiking and walking trails in Chatel. You could choose a more leisurely walk up to the cheese farm, or tackle a full days hike up to the top of the mountains and watch the stunning sunset.
Down the valley on the River Dranse, you can travel along the rapids and through the gorges on various levels of adrenaline pumping tours! Incase white water rafting is not your thing, you can try hydrospeeding, airboating or canorafting.
There are plenty of fishing spots in and around Chatel and the Abondance Valley. From the family-friendly Lac de Vonnes, to one of the best homes of trout in the area, the River Dranse, you can enjoy a leisurely afternoon of fishing in the warm sunshine.
The Abondance Valley also offers fantastic rock faces perfect for Via Ferrata! If you have limited mountaineering experience but want to make the most of the mountain peaks and superb views, Via Ferrata is the perfect summer activity to try in Chatel. Equipment hire and instruction are all readily available, so you can just turn up and have fun!
Experience this natural wonder close up! Steps lead you down into the gorge where you can see how erosion has sculpted the marble over thousands of years. This really is a once in a lifetime trip and an absolute must whilst on your summer holiday in the Alps.
On the shores of Lake Geneva lies the medieval fortress, Chateau de Chillon. Here you can learn the history of this ancient castle spanning several centuries and take in some culture during your visit to the Alps.
Many of the activities listed are included in The Multi Pass Portes du Soleil and allow unlimited access for just a few Euros per person, per day. Other activities offer good discounts to holders of a Multi Pass as well.
After all that action, you are going to want somewhere to rest your head, here are a few gorgeous luxury summer chalets in Chatel for you to browse!
Chatel Luxury Summer Chalets
Grange Au Merle is a traditional chalet with Savoyard character. The living area has large floor to ceiling windows so you can relax whilst taking in the majestic mountain views. Enjoy the spacious garden and outdoor hot tub on those warm summer days.
Nestled in a central location in Chatel, yet boasting a lovely garden and views to die for, Chalet Isobel is a fabulous chalet for a summer holiday to Chatel. Sleeping up to 8 guests across 4 bedrooms, and offering great value for luxury, Chalet Isobel is ideal for a relaxing family mountain holiday. Well located to enjoy everything Chatel has to offer, Chalet Isobel nevertheless boasts an outdoor hot tub, media den and foozball table, so you might be tempted not to leave!
A super sociable chalet, with a gorgeous, open plan living area where the whole group can enjoy evenings together, Chalet Cannelle also boasts a generous garden, fabulous views, and a peaceful location. Offered on a bed and breakfast basis for relaxing mornings, the rest of the day is your own to enjoy as you wish! Whether you decide to explore the surrounding mountains, or sunbathe in the garden before alfresco drinks and a BBQ as the sun sets, Chalet Cannelle is a beautiful spot to escape to.
If you would like to book a stay in one of our luxury chalets in Chatel or would like to discuss any of these summer activities in Chatel with a member of our summer specialist team, please get in touch by sending us an email or giving us a call on +44 1202 203659.