Peak Retreats adds new properties to its 2019 summer programme in the French Alps
Peak Retreats (www.peakretreats.co.uk; 023 9283 9310) has added a new resort and properties to its 2019 summer programme for family activity holidays. Great places to stay in St Martin de Belleville, Samoëns, Les Saisies, Arêches-Beaufort, Tignes, Les Houches, and Valmorel have all been announced.
St Martin de Belleville
St Martin de Belleville is perfect for a family summer Alpine holiday. The surrounding area has a particularly rich natural and architectural heritage (with guided weekly visits available from local volunteers), as well as the mouth-watering Savoyard cuisine. The summer months also offer the opportunity to try a number of outdoor pursuits, including ice climbing, via ferrata, and white-water swimming.
The French Alps specialist has added the luxurious 5* hotel La Bouitte to its summer programme for 2019. The intimate hotel is located in the pretty hamlet of Saint Marcel, 1km from the centre of the charming village of St Martin de Belleville. The family run hotel boasts a 3 Michelin starred restaurant, and the Bela Vya Spa, which offers Savoyard inspired wellness treatments. www.peakretreats.co.uk
Also in St Martin de Belleville, the stylish self-catered apartments at Chalets Home have been added to the Peak Retreats summer programme. Situated just 300m from the centre, there is a choice of two 5-bedroom chalets (sleeping up to 12) or three 3 to 5-bedroom apartments (sleeping up to 10), all with en-suites. This stylish accommodation includes a fully equipped kitchen, living area (with fireplace), balcony and unlimited free WiFi. The MountainPassions team visited all the Chalets Home apartments while we were in St Martin last winter (new ski review coming soon). The contemporary style interiors give a great feeling of space with plenty of light streaming through huge picture windows into the main living areas whilst the en-suite bedrooms are calm and functional. We loved the occasional private spaces for relaxation and reading plus the bright accent colours in natural materials used throughout. www.peakretreats.co.uk
The traditional village of Samoëns is popular with summer visitors as there is so much to do in Samoëns and the surrounding areas, with the rivers Giffre, Dranse, and Arve for fun in the water and chairlifts/gondolas allowing access to the highest points for mountain walks. This season Peak Retreats has added the recently built stunning self-catered apartments and hotel suites Alexane 150m from the centre of Samoëns (which opened in December 2018) to its summer programme. The high-quality residence includes 31 apartments and a number of hotel suites, with access to the spacious leisure centre with heated pool and sauna, a bar-lounge area with WiFi, children’s area, and free underground parking. There is also the Italian restaurant Fabio located in the residence. www.peakretreats.co.uk
Les Saisies also has a brand new 4* residence featured in the summer programme for Peak Retreats. Les Saisies draws visitors because it sits between the valleys of the Beaufortain and the Val d’Arly, two magnificent areas of Savoie, with views towards Mont Blanc. Les Chalets des Cimes offers mountain views and is situated just 200m from the resort centre. Facilities include panoramic lounge, multimedia room, indoor poll and wellness area, and free WiFi. An onsite restaurant is also planned.
Peak Retreats adds the traditional friendly Beaufortain village of Arêches-Beaufort to its summer programme. Found in the Savoie region, Arêches-Beaufort is known for the local speciality – Beaufort cheese. Visitors can visit the cheese cooperative and museum in nearby Beaufort to find out more about how the cheese is made and its history, and for those who get a midnight craving the museum has a cheese vending machine outside! The area also includes over 225km of marked trails and circuits for hiking or mountain biking.
Stay at the brand new 4* residence La Cle des Cimes. Located 400m from the village centre of
Arêches-Beaufort, this self-catered accommodation includes spacious well-appointed apartments. Facilities also include access to the indoor pool and wellness area and free WiFi. www.peakretreats.co.uk
Other new accommodation
Also new for summer 2019 are the brand-new Altaviva apartments in Tignes 1800, the impressive
apartments at Chalets Elena in Les Houches and Anitea in Valmorel, and the 3* Club Hotel les Brevières in the pretty low-key village of Tignes Les Brevières.