10 reasons why an Alpine summer holiday in Verbier should be next on your travel wish list

10 reasons why an Alpine summer holiday in Verbier should be next on your travel wish list

I know. You’re thinking – An Alpine Summer holiday? What? I’ll pick the beach please. Before you do, hear me out.

Whenever I used to think of the Alps I typically stereotyped it with being a winter destination, primarily between December and April, with skiing or snowboarding being the key day time activity, followed by après-ski at night.

On a recent trip to Verbier in June, right in the heart of the Swiss Alps, I realised just what a fantastic summer destination the Alps make and thoroughly fell in love with it so here are my top 1o reasons to swap that beach break for a holiday in the Alps instead. I know I will certainly be heading back!

1. Stunning Mountain Views

In summer the white snowy Alpine slopes are covered with lush green meadows and carpets of wildflowers, especially the vibrant purple lupins that add a pop of colour to the stunning  landscape with the snow capped peaks in the distance. Postcard perfect. Just imagine the scenes from The Sound of Music!

2. Outdoor activities

Hiking in these truly stunning surroundings with spellbinding  views are just something else. Whether you’re into short walks/long walks or guided walks, there is something for everyone and some amazing scenic trails and routes.

You can also choose to go biking and there are even some electric bikes available, that make it that much easier to go uphill on those windy steep roads.

There are some lovely golf courses offering awe-inspiring views so if you’re a keen golfer this would be one heck of a scenic course to play on!

For the Yoga enthusiasts, imagine doing yoga with the crisp fresh mountain air and sound of nature all around you? A perfect setting!

The more adventurous can go paragliding and rock climbing which offers a more adrenalin rush. If you look closely at the photo above you can spot someone paragliding!

3. Fresh air

There is nothing quite like breathing in that crisp fresh mountain air – if only I could have bottled it up! It definitely has health benefits to it! You only realise when you compare how easy it is to breathe versus being in a polluted city.

4. Glorious Weather

Sunbathing at the top of a mountain or at your chalet definitely beats sunbathing by the pool. The weather is absolutely glorious in the summer months and the  mountains help provide a natural barrier against clouds and rainfall. Plus you have gorgeous views to look at whilst you top up on that Vitamin D!

5. Perfect Picnic spots

There is no shortage of beautiful vantage points to stop and have a picnic. It’s just so ravishing wherever you look and I was just so mesmerised by the views. Our accommodation, The Lodge, kindly packed us a lovely picnic cooler bag filled with delicious sandwiches, cookies, fruit and Toblerones. It was just perfect.

6. Festivals and fun things to do

In summer Verbier comes alive with a multitude of festivals and performances, such as a Jazz festival, bike fest, golf competitions, cheese workshops, as well as lots of activities for the kids, making it an ideal destination for a family holiday too.

The Lodge also has a bunk room where all the kids staying at the resort can share a room doubling the fun! They are also fantastic at organising activities for the kids to do.

7. Price

Visiting the Alps during the summer is an incredibly cost-effective way to visit the region and stay at an amazing luxurious resort. The Lodge, Verbier, part of the Virgin Limited Edition collection currently has an incredible offer whereby you can get one night free for stays of four or more nights between Sunday – Thursday. You can find out more here: http://www.virginlimitededition.com/en/the-lodge/offers/summer-free-night-offer-4for3

8. Unique/different type of break

Visiting the Alps offers a totally different type of summer holiday to visiting a beach destination and there is just so much to see and do that it is fun for everyone no matter what age.

Plus if you are a keen photographer there is no shortage of scenic views to capture with your lens!

9. It’s easy to get there

It is so simple to get to Verbier! We flew into Geneva Airport and the train station is situated within the airport itself. From here we took a scenic train to Martigny where you change and board an adorable Swiss train to Le Chable.

From Le Chable you can either take a taxi transfer to Verbier or the cable car, if the service is running. At present it only runs on the weekends during the summer months but conveniently the Medran Lift Station is located really close to The Lodge.

10. Spa and wellness

The Lodge has an in-house Spa as well as indoor pool and jacuzzi as well as an outdoor jacuzzi with immense views, which was my favourite spot to relax, unwind, take in all those serene views and allow myself to recharge and rejuvenate before heading back to the hustle and bustle of real life.

I have been in plenty of jacuzzis and hot tubs but give me one with incredible unbeatable views and I will find it heart breaking to leave!

If you, like me, love to incorporate Spa time and wellness into your holidays, The Lodge is perfect.

If I’ve tempted you to consider a summer break in Verbier you can read my review of The Lodge here: Luxurious Swiss Chalet Chic at The Lodge, Verbier

To find out more about The Lodge or to request a booking, you can visit their website: http://www.virginlimitededition.com/en/the-lodge

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Binita Shah-Patel

Hi, I’m Binny – a writer, dreamer, serial wanderluster and travel addict. I am originally from Kenya but now live in London. I set up this blog to share my experiences eating out as well as travelling.

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6 Comments

  1. July 8, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    Ahhhh this is giving me wanderlust and making me want to watch the Sound of Music and head straight to Verbier! Beautiful!

  2. July 8, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    I think you’ve totally sold it to me! There’s nothing not to like plus I’m interested in paragliding in that clean Alpine air!

  3. July 9, 2018 / 9:01 am

    Verbier looks utterly beautiful!! I’m not quite sure I could convince Mr S to go out of ski season but I think I know where our next ski destination will be.

  4. July 10, 2018 / 12:19 pm

    The views are stunning! I can imagine how refreshed and re-energised you must have been after your stay!

  5. July 25, 2018 / 10:48 am

    This looks gorgeous! I went to the French Alps for the first time this winter snowboarding and we’re definitely looking at a summer alpine escape now as well! Will keep Verbier in mind!

    Kathryn // http://www.theglutenfreecheerleader.com

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