Spanning eight countries in Europe, the Alps are an extensive mountain range full of dramatic peaks, lakes, chocolate-box towns and lush valleys. The Alps are perhaps best known for its skiing opportunities, and for its reputation as a winter playground. Come summer though, the snow melts and gives way to the hidden rivers, mountain passes and cities that make the Alps so much more than a place to don your ski gear and take advantage of the après-ski. This summer, discover the mountains in warmer climes with four of the best getaways in the Alps.
In the heart of the French Alps, Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley is one of the most visually dramatic and stunning in the area. In summer, it becomes a hiker’s paradise with highland trails opening up and offering some of the best mountain views in France. Stay at Le Morgane hotel for style, luxury and some of the best food in the valley. Visit the hotel’s website here.
A charming city in Italy’s South Tyrol, Brixen offers a unique mix of Austrian and Italian culture and history, as well as an unrivalled position at the foot of the Dolomites. This is a place that enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year, making it a great place to visit come summer. Hotel Pupp is located in the centre of the city in a modern boutique building, where mid-century style takes centre stage and outdoor terraces give the best views over the city. To find out more, visit Hotel Pupp’s website.
The second-largest city in Austria, Graz has everything from Renaissance and baroque architecture to modern design, an innovative arts scene and access to some of the most beautiful mountains in Austria. Just south of Graz, the terrain is made up of vineyards and orchards, with wood and glass houses suspended over them – think contemporary alpine luxury without the snow. For more information, visit the Pure Life website.
Near the Mont-Blanc in the French Alps, Megève is a typical Alpine village full of old-school charm. Outside of winter it becomes a place to discover Michelin-starred restaurants and slow French living. Le M de Megève is the most stylish place to stay in the village, with a luxury spa and Hammam giving it an added does of relaxation. Go to Le M de Megève website for more information.