Embrace the beauty of the great outdoors this summer and book one of The Wordrobe’s favourite European mountain escapes.
From trail running in Italy to cultural exhibitions in Austria, there’s plenty of adventures (and luxury abodes) awaiting.
1 Courmayeur Mont Blanc, Italy
With rolling green slopes, a warm climate and a wealth of outdoor activities on offer, Courmayeur Mont Blanc is a must-tick on the list for outdoor lovers.
Situated on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc, from June until October sees this renowned ski resort transformed into a snow-free destination filled with Alpine pastures, unspoilt hiking trails and picturesque lakes.
Try your hand (or legs) at mountain biking, high altitude hiking, trail running, sport fishing and water rafting – with plenty of wellness and dining opportunities to counterbalance the calorie burning.
Those looking for a slightly different holiday can get their adrenaline pumping with one of the resort’s mountain guides. Take on a challenging trek of the Mont Blanc or one of the famous annual trail events each year, drawing in expert runners from across the globe.
Races include the Gran Trail Courmayeur, the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® which involves a complete circuit of the Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland and is possible to complete on bike and foot, and the Tor des Géants®, the world’s hardest endurance trail taking place in Valle d’Aosta.
Stay here: A mere 500 metres from the centre of town, Grand Hotel Courmayeur Mont Blanc makes the perfect alpine accommodation.
Book a Superior Room to enjoy stunning mountain views from your private balcony, before donning a robe and enjoying the benefits of the tranquil 500sqm Elysium spa. Sleek in design, this five-star stay retains plenty of authentic character throughout to provide an elegant escape.
For more information, visit courmayeurmontblanc.it/en
2 Hotel Kristiania, Austria
The hills are alive… with the sound of moo-sic. This summer, escape to the striking Austrian mountains and experience a completely unique art focused pop up at Hotel Kristiania.
For the first time since 1970, the family-owned boutique hotel will be opening every weekend throughout the summer season from 9th July, hosting a small number of guests at a very special cultural pop-up.
With just six suites available to book from Thursday – Sunday, guests can access an immersive programme of Austrian art and culture that’s perfect for both an immersive and educational break.
A revolving art gallery, in collaboration with Sturm Schober, will be on display within the hotel with artwork from local artists including Austrian Post-war & Contemporary artist, Norbert Fleischmann; contemporary artist Wolfram Ullrich and the four-man group, Gelatin, to name just a few.
A collection of extraordinary installations will also be featured outside. In addition to having the opportunity to meet and converse with the artists, guests will also have the chance to take part in a number of workshops such as porcelain painting hosted by the word famous Augarten. As well as exploring the local food scene thanks to producer-provided dining, classical music aficionados can enjoy matinee performances by a musician from the Freiburg Barock Orchestra and a member of the ensemble recherche.
Rates from €520 (currently approx. £470) per night per room on an all-inclusive basis including breakfast, hikers’ picnic, afternoon tea, dinners and entertainment. Visit kristianiapopup.at to make a booking.
3 Suvretta House, Switzerland
Pack a suitcase and head to Suvretta House, the ‘Grand Dame’ of the Swiss Alps from now until autumn as the iconic hotel extends its summer season until 18th October.
Large and spacious, this elegant abode offers plenty of room for guests to sit back and relax, all while keeping a respectable distance from other visitors. Onsite, make use of the tennis courts and golf driving range, while for those who want to explore further afield the Engadine Valley awaits.
With endless mountains to hike and majestic lakes to sail on, Suvretta House is the perfect base disconnecting from months of lockdown, breathing in some fresh alpine air and finding real restoration. New for this season, the hotel is offering the Suvretta House Activity Package, enabling visitors to tailor every aspect of their stay.
Activity highlights include hiking (or biking) the hills and traversing the 580km of hiking trails right on the hotel’s doorstep, which range from leisurely panoramic walks to more demanding mountain climbing tours.
A treat for the eyes, the Engadine Valley is home to Switzerland’s only National Park, stretching over 170km² and home to 5,000 species of animal wildlife, 650 varieties of flowering plants, as well as 21 different hiking trails and guided glacier walks.
As well as the more heart-pumping options, guests can also try everything from goat trekking and picnics to paddle boarding, golf, and sailing on the magnificent Lake Silvaplana.
Summer rates start from CHF 410 (currently approx. £441) per night, B&B. Visit suvrettahouse.ch to make a booking.
4 Hotel Union Øye, Norway
A firm favourite with mountaineers since its opening in 1891, the 27-rooms are individually designed with handpicked antique furniture and have been named after previous historic visitors including writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, composer Edvard Grieg and former King of Sweden and Norway, King Oscar.
The hotel has recently undergone a refurbishment which has seen the renovation of the two Junior Suites – Karen Blixen and King Kaakon – and the two drawing rooms.
Located in Hjørundfjord, the most majestic and secluded fjord in all of Norway, with sheer mountainsides rising from the deep fjord, it’s the perfect place for visitors looking to avoid the crowds and reconnect with nature.
Drink in beautiful nature and enjoy a range of hikes, bike rides, picnics plus more in the surrounding mountains. Founded by Norwegian couple Knut and Line Flakk, 62ºNORD is a leading experiential travel company committed to offering highly personalised, world-class adventures on the North West coast of Norway, providing explorers with plenty of unforgettable memories.
Rates at Hotel Union Oye from NOK 2,290 (currently approx. £175) For more information please visit: 62.no/en
5 Chalet Hibou & Chalet Pelerin, French Alps
New for this summer, Eleven Experience will be providing three levels to choose from, ranging from a full board, full experience option to a more dressed-down Self-Catered Chalet stay. Guests are also able to customise the number of staff at the chalet to suit the size and comfort of their group.
Easily twinned or occupied separately, the sister properties are primed for an active post-lockdown summer holiday, ideal for groups of friends or family longing to re-connect. Located in the Savoie region, bordering Switzerland to the north and Italy to the East, these chalets are the ultimate summer playground where guests will have access to the most beautiful hikes and trails.
From mountain and road biking to trekking alpine forest trails that wind past centuries-old churches and sapphire blue lakes, as well as the opportunity for white water rafting and Alpine rock climbing, no two days will be the same.
Whether an adrenaline junkie looking to scale tricky Alpine rocks or an avid cyclist keen to explore the famous routes from the Tour de France, expert guides are on hand to tailor all activities to guests’ abilities.
By night, recharge in the chalets’ freshwater pools, sip wine on the patio overlooking panoramic views, and enjoy the craft of a private chef’s handiwork as you try tempting regional specialities like tartiflette, paired with fine French wines.
Summer rates for exclusive use at Chalet Hibou start from £6,550 per night based on 16 guests. Visit elevenexperience.com for more.