It’s January and I don’t know about you, but I am dreaming of sunnier days (in more ways than one) and spending time exploring the mountains in the summer. There is a particular resort prominent in my daydreams and that would be the luxury mountain resort of Verbier. Having been lucky enough to visit a couple of summers ago, I was blown away by this magnificent, popular Swiss resort. And its south-facing orientation means there is plenty of opportunity to soak up the sunshine! Arguably as popular in the summer as it is in the winter, Verbier offers a wealth of mountain activities, luxurious experiences and some of the best luxury summer chalets in Switzerland. Let me paint the picture of what you can expect from a summer holiday in Verbier…
Verbier is set on a south-facing plateau, with stunning views reaching down the sun-kissed green valley that echoes with a hazy hum of jingling cow bells, summer bird song and a faint whiz of mountain bikes as they speed on down the hills. Whilst there is a relaxing peacefulness, Verbier is a hub of summer mountain activity and alpine culture, evident in the energy throughout the resort centre. With plenty of hiking and biking trails as well as more extreme mountain activities such as via ferrata and paragliding, you will have earned your time soaking up the sunshine with a nice cold beverage at one of Verbier’s bars or your luxury chalet’s private terrace.
As Verbier is an easy transfer from Geneva International Airport, plenty of guests holiday in Verbier for a just week or weekend; but it’s also popular with visitors who prefer to stay for a few weeks or even the whole summer season. There are a couple of well regarded summer camps and international schools, where the children can participate in a unique and valuable learning experience, whilst the parents enjoy a change of scenery, working from home in one of Verbier’s best summer chalets. Then out of hours, you can enjoy some quality family time ticking off your own Verbier bucket list!
Summer Mountain Activities in Verbier
Whether your intentions for a summer holiday in Verbier are to relax, soak up the sunshine, enjoy the fresh alpine air and simply appreciate a change of scene, or to seek adventure by exploring the mountains on foot, bike, parapente, through the treetops or even clinging onto a rock face, there are summer activities in Verbier suit everyone…
There are over 500km of hiking trails in Verbier. With this huge choice of trails, there’s something for all abilities whether you are looking for leisurely trails and guided tours or more advanced hiking challenges and trail running, Verbier hiking trails will deliver!
Road biking, downhill mountain biking and e-biking are all popular forms of 2-wheel mountain activities in Verbier. Exploring the mountains by bike is a great way to cover some ground, and with 800km of varied trails, there is A LOT to see! If you need the added assistance, or your legs are feeling weary towards the end of your summer holiday in Verbier, then an e-bike is the perfect choice to get around!
Road biking is a great way to add more culture to your summer holiday in Verbier. Discover some great road biking itineraries in Verbier that will take you on a pedal pushing journey to explore charming alpine villages and travel through legendary mountain passes. For the thrill seekers or first-timers, there are 17km of downhill mountain bike tracks, ramps and jumps to experience, making Verbier one of the capitals for mountain biking in Switzerland!
Playing golf in Verbier is a special experience. Whether you are a keen golfer or like to have a bit of fun, there are two 18-hole courses as well as a driving range and mini-golf course to practise your swing. Parcours des Moulins is ideal for perfecting your golfing skills and is open to all golfers and families. For players with a handicap or course permit, head to Pacours des Esserts to advance your technical skills at an altitude of 1,800m. There is no better setting to play golf than with a stunning backdrop of the beautiful 4-Vallees mountain range.
From freeriding, ice climbing, and heli-skiing in the winter, to paragliding, Via Ferrata, sky diving and climbing in the summer, Verbier is undeniably one of the best places in the world for adventure sports. Like most of the mountain activities in Verbier, there are varied levels of Via Ferrata and climbing to suit your ability, but they do require a head for heights and a good thrill threshold. For the ultimate alpine adventures, take the Les Gentianes to Androsace Via Ferrata route which takes you up to an altitude of over 3,000m, or head up high in the skies and parachute, or free fall from a helicopter at 4,000m!
The Mont Fort Via Cordata could be a good place to start for those curious to seek alpine activities with an element of thrill. It’s the perfect mixture of hiking, rock climbing and mountaineering with opportunities to marvel at one of the best panoramas in Europe! For the early risers, Mont Fort also offers the best sunrises, which you can experience on early morning guided tours with breakfast or yoga included!
Wellness and Leisure in Verbier
Taking a more relaxed approach to your summer holiday in Verbier, there is plenty to experience to feel recharged and rejuvenated. At the Centre Sportive de Verbier there is an outdoor heated swimming pool surrounded by the most incredible mountain views. With tennis and squash courts, indoor climbing, volleyball courts and a large garden, it’s an ideal stop for the whole family.
The thermal baths near Verbier, Les Bains de Levey or Bains de Saillon are the perfect spots to spend some time pampering yourself and enjoying a touch of ‘you’ time. Les Bains de Levey has the warmest thermal water in Switzerland at 33 – 36°C and can be enjoyed in a variety of pools. At Bains de Saillon, in addition to the thermal baths, you’ll find a semi-Olympic sized pool, a giant slide and a paddling pool to entertain the children whilst you’re in the zone! On the way back, why not pass through the vineyards at Valais? Other public spas in Verbier include Away Spa and Fitness and SPA Cinq Mondes.
Alternatively, consider a private spa experience in your own luxury chalet in Verbier! The majority of our Verbier summer chalets feature spa facilities such as hot tubs, swimming pools, saunas and steam rooms. On top of this, your chalet concierge will be able to arrange in-house yoga and pilates classes, or even massage treatments, so you can fully relax and unwind in the comfort of your own alpine home. Some of our chalets even run their own mountain fitness retreats, if you’re really keen to enjoy a healthy and fulfilling summer holiday in Verbier.
Summer Camps and International Schools in Verbier
Video Credit: Les Elfes Verbier.
Providing a truly unique learning experience, combining sport, cultural and artistic activities, the international schools and summer camps in Verbier are highly recognised institutions. Whether you need a day to yourself, or move to Verbier for a season, the schools will be able to accommodate children for day camps or for residency! From tennis to cooking, and language skills to music, there is so much on offer for a unique and valuable educational experience. Les Elfes is a renowned summer camp and international school in Verbier offering workshops and educational experiences for children between 6 and 17 years.
In the Evenings
Perhaps the only thing that got you through the last hour of that alpine hike was the thought of pulling off those hiking boots, pouring a glass of Champagne and sitting on your chalet terrace catching the rays from the evening sun. Or of course, diving straight into the hot tub, also with a glass of Champagne, and feeling your whole body enter relax-mode. Whichever your preference, your evenings on your summer holiday in Verbier may be no more than relaxing and dining…
If however, you’ve got the energy, or if you enjoyed a less strenuous day, how about taking the evening to experience some of Verbier’s finest produce? Take a tour or participate in a workshop at the Laiterie de Verbier for some of the best Swiss cheese you will ever taste (it has won the Swiss Cheese Awards on many occasions!). Or for a taste of the stronger stuff, head to Vie Montagne for a V bier Brewery Tour. All the beer is brewed on-site, using the freshest mountain water and you will get to sample some of Verbier’s best beer! For more Verbier evening activities, check out Verbier Excursions to arrange and even tailor excursions for you.
Luxurious Experiences in Verbier
There’s something special about Verbier. Whether it’s the views, mountains activities, luxury summer chalets, or sharing holiday experiences with loved ones, Verbier steals a piece of everybody’s heart. And if you think a summer holiday in Verbier can’t possibly get any more special…well it can! Kando Events are masters at creating extraordinary luxury experiences in Verbier. From enjoying a memorable moment with that special person, to corporate events, weddings and private parties, Kando Events will ensure you are celebrating in style with a bespoke luxury experience. Kando Events challenge themselves with the impossible and can make your wildest of wishes come true.
In one of Switzerland’s best summer resorts, you can expect nothing less than some of Switzerland’s best summer chalets! Our portfolio is growing and I have featured just a handful of our luxury summer chalets in Verbier…
Home to their very own mountain fitness retreats, as well as being one of the best places for a summer corporate trip to the Alps, Chalet No 14 is one of Verbier’s best summer chalets. Its size means it works well on a room-by-room basis, as well as exclusive use for large groups. Offering 12 super-king double or twin bedrooms, it also boasts a master suite with its very own cedar hot tub on the balcony! For those who aren’t residing in the master suite, you won’t miss out on enjoying relaxation time as this chalet benefits from excellent spa facilities including a 10m indoor swimming pool, indoor Jacuzzi, steam room, cold plunge pool and an (additional) outdoor cedar hot tub!
Chalet Les Etrennes is like a breath of fresh mountain air from the inside out. It is well positioned in a peaceful location with stunning mountain views, which are elegantly framed by the large windows throughout the property. Every bedroom on the second floor benefits from access to the terrace, perfect for enjoying a morning coffee or soaking up the sunshine after a day exploring. From the terrace, and directly from the master bedroom, you can reach the outdoor sunken hot tub and beautifully landscaped gardens.
With a terrace basking in the sunshine and incredible mountain views, I couldn’t resist showing off Chalet Pierre Avoi. Not only does this chalet benefit from stunning scenery, it’s just a 5 minute drive into the centre of resort and has some great wellness facilities to help you recover and recharge after a day exploring the 4 Vallees. Although advertised on a self-catered basis, you can add a chef and/or host and experience a catered summer chalet in Verbier.
Situated in a private enclave of Savoleyres, Chalet Spa is one of the best summer alpine retreats in Verbier. Tranquillity and peacefulness surrounds as you while away the hours in the chalet’s exquisite spa facilities – it’s not called ‘Chalet Spa’ for nothing! With an infinity pool, Jacuzzi, cedar wood hot tub, sauna, Hammam, gym, treatment room, games room and home cinema, you may struggle to leave the chalet at all! As far as luxury summer chalets in Verbier go, this is one of the best!
A truly unique chalet that offers a special experience. This wonderful summer chalet is located just around the mountain from Verbier in La Tzoumaz, which means ‘taking a break’ in the old dialect of the Valais. You’ll be sure to feel as though you have had a good break at Chalet V, particularly with the fantastic wellness facilities, including an infinity pool with panoramic views. Although just a 5 minute cable car ride to Verbier, there are many hiking and biking trails that start in La Tzoumaz. With charm, privacy and pure luxury, it’s the perfect place for well-deserved summer holiday to the mountains.
If Verbier is on your list for your next summer holiday to the Alps, give us a call on +44 (0)1202 203659 or send us an email and our Summer Mountain Specialists will be happy to help you plan. We understand that after the year we’ve had you need to be confident that you and your booking will be safe on a summer holiday to the Alps but with many of our partners offering flexible cancellation terms, we think it is important to pencil something in to look forward to!