Choosing the destination for your next family summer holiday is a dilemma. You want it to be perfect for the whole family, with just the right mix of activities and relaxation, not to mention a bit of luxury thrown in for good measure… you deserve it!
Some say that staycations in the UK are on the up, whilst others still see the value in taking the family overseas for their summer holiday. What remains the same whether choosing home or away, is what families want from their trip:
Escape the humdrum of day to day life
Spend time together as a family
Experience new things
Create brilliant memories
So what’s it going to be? Do you opt for a staycation where you holiday somewhere luxurious in the UK and all the activities are on the doorstep for you, or do you head to the French Mountains for your very own Family Alpine Adventure?
The Most Inspired Location
If you opt for a summer staycation in the UK, you could choose to stay in a cottage in the lake district, a seaside apartment in Cornwall, or a purpose built woodland holiday park with swimming pools and woodland walks. With the latter, you know that everything you are going to need is one place. These locations are purpose built in forests to give that feeling of being at one with nature on bike or foot, whilst retaining all the comforts and mod cons of home.
These parks are dotted all over the UK, so there is less travel involved which is important if you don’t have lots of time and want a shorter break. There are no flights or long drives, so you don’t let travel cut into your valuable holiday time. However, they can be expensive and dare I say it, a little contrived!
That said, when you choose somewhere like Morzine in the Alps for your family holiday, you literally have the best of both worlds. Who wouldn’t want to have an enormous, completely natural outdoor playground for their summer holiday destination? Just think of flower-filled meadows, turquoise lakes, epic waterfalls and vast fir tree forests overlooked by stunning snow-capped mountains. This adventure destination is 100% natural and has been 1000s of years in the making.
The Alps is really accessible, quick and easy to get to. It’s also a brilliant destination if you just want a short break, but with an abundance of activities to choose from, you wouldn’t get tired of getting away for a longer break either.
A cheap and short flight from the many local airports in the UK to Geneva, followed by a 90 minute transfer will transport you to a different world, where your alpine adventure can begin. Several low cost airlines operate these routes and if you plan ahead, you can bag some very reasonable deals, even in peak season.
If you prefer not to fly, then incorporate the adventure of a road trip into your holiday. The freedom of taking your own car, travelling at your pace and with much more luggage, is a very liberating experience, and the journey is breathtaking once you hit the mountains!
Widest Choice of Activities
Some purpose built venues in the UK have many indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. There is a whole timetable of what’s on when, duration and cost. Here are some examples:
Cupcake decorating workshop (8-11 yrs) – duration 1.5 hours – cost £25
Teach me balance bike (2-5 yrs) – 45 mins – cost £9.25
Aerial Tree Trekking – 1 circuit – £27
Pony Trekking – 1 hour £32
Archery – 1 hour £25
Tennis – £8
Indoor Climbing Wall – £20
There are adrenalin fuelled thrills, creative activities and relaxing spa treatments. You can book and pay for everything in advance so you don’t miss out, especially at busy times.
Having a schedule is good but sometimes you can miss out on the spontaneous things. Also your holiday can turn into a logistical nightmare where one child needs to be at one activity while another needs to be elsewhere.
If you choose a luxury option for your staycation, chances are you will have free entry into a large covered pool area surrounded by tropical plants and trees with a wave pool, wild water rapids and relaxing whirlpools for all the family to enjoy.
You won’t be missing out on diving into an aquatic paradise in the Alps, however, Avoriaz is home to ‘Aquariaz’ a huge park with slides, heated pools and fun for the whole family. You will, however, be missing out on paddling in natural rivers and diving into refreshing natural freshwater lakes and swimming in crystal clear glacial meltwater!
Choosing the mountains for your holiday destination with lots of different activities that you can book up when you are there and do as a family, can make for a more harmonious holiday experience.
Plus all the activities are in a natural setting. If you want to ride the rapids, then experience the real thing – enjoy a rafting experience down an alpine river with your very own guide.
Imagine learning to mountain bike as a family then exploring the mountain with a picnic or stop off at a lovely high altitude restaurant and sunbathe on the terrace while you wait for your alpine salad and crisp cool glass of wine.
If golf is your favourite past time, then experiencing a round of golf in the Alps takes some beating. Choose between the 9 hole course in Avoriaz or the 18 hole option in Les Gets with stunning views of Mont Blanc.
Fishing is popular too and Morzine has lots of things going on over summer. Sporting events, concerts, festivals.
Morzine is a mecca for road cyclists due to the large number of mountain cols, providing steep climbs, long descents and amazing scenery. It’s no surprise that the area has hosted the Tour de France 20 times since 1975. Why not challenge yourself to experience some of the routes that those world famous champions make look so easy?
Sometimes getting the kids to go for a hike can be difficult. Well you can guess again in the French Alps. The sunny weather means that they don’t always have to be wrapped up in warm clothing and waterproofs. They will love hopping on and off a chairlift to travel about the mountain whilst listening to the distant clang of cow bells below.
In fact riding the chairlifts is a highlight for most holiday makers in Summer, especially families, where kids love nothing better than experiencing the ups as well as the downs! It’s like your very own alpine roller coaster! You can get all the way to Switzerland riding the lifts from Lindarets with about half an hour of walking each way.
Of course there is always a bar or restaurant for drink stops or ice cream treats. Or popping to the Lindarets to feed the goats.
The Most Luxurious Accommodation
A staycation option can offer luxury lodges and waterside accommodation with hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms all in very modern and new buildings. The self-catered places to stay give the ultimate freedom so you can choose to eat out or buy from the in-house supermarket when you want to eat in.
If money is no option then you can choose a 4 bedroomed treehouse for £8198 for a week in August.
The Alps has some beautiful accommodation and because the summer is regarded as low season, you can stay in very special and unique places for a lot less than you would imagine.
From old chalets which have been stylishly renovated with an alpine twist, to modern, centrally located apartments, all with individual character and stunning views, not to mention saunas and outdoor hot tubs. You will never tire of seeing those breathtaking mountain vistas and green pastures that surround Morzine.
If the thought of household chores is not what you want from your summer holiday, then why not opt for a fully catered service? Included in the holiday cost is a 3 course evening meal with wine, continental breakfast and freshly baked cakes with tea and coffee in the afternoon. You won’t have to lift a finger if you don’t want to, isn’t that what holidays are all about?
Best Value For Money
When you choose a staycation, you can save on reduced travel costs, which is a bonus and that money can be spent on more luxurious accommodation, more activities and more meals out.
Also, you don’t have to worry about exchange rate fluctuations between sterling and the euro so budgeting is easier.
A word of warning, do your sums on the total cost of your holiday, as activities in the UK can be expensive and are often of shorter duration. Over a few days these costs can really mount up into a not so pleasant surprise.
A large number of log cabin style forest retreats will set you back the best part of £2000 for a basic 2 bedroom cabin style accommodation during the school holiday period and only include the cost of basic activities.
If you decide to opt for an alpine family adventure, yes you will have to pay more for travel but once in the Alps, the accommodation, food and activity costs are much better value for money.
- 22 mountain ski lifts for hikers
- Outdoor Swimming Pool Complex and Spa in Morzine
- Bathing lakes in Les Gets and neighbouring Montriond
- The ice rink in Morzine
- Tennis centre in Morzine
- Mini Golf
- Road trains around the town
Where Is the Best Weather?
We all know that summer weather in the UK can be very unpredictable. However, if you choose the right staycation destination, then they will have indoor facilities as well as outdoor to combat those days when being outside just isn’t fun. Indoor pools, tennis courts and climbing walls are very popular. Always remember to keep some of your budget for days when it’s raining, as you will spend more on activities.
Sometimes people think that the weather in the alps is cold all year – how wrong they are! In the height of summer temperatures can be in the mid to high twenties with up to 10 hours of sunshine.
You have perfect conditions for your alpine adventure – warm sunny days that won’t sap your energy and hours of sunlight so you can really get the most from your holiday experience. When it does get hot, there is nothing better than cooling down by the river running through Morzine.
Experience a Destination With Authenticity and Character
If you opt for a luxury staycation, then rest assured, much time effort and energy will have been spent on trying to provide you with everything you need, everything you feel comfortable with. From the brands you like in the on-site supermarket to the restaurant chains you know from the high street. They even provide you with your favourite designer labels in case you want to spoil yourself.
If you choose an alpine town like Morzine for your next family summer holiday, you will experience an authentic alpine town with character and culture. In summer the town has a very relaxed and friendly vibe with emphasis on being outdoors and enjoying all things adventure.
You can brush up on your french as you converse with the locals—you’ll be surprised at what you remember and great for the kids to practise what they are learning at school.
Staycation or Alpine Adventure—So Who Wins?
It’s all about personal taste, but for me, I would always choose a natural adventure playground over something more man-made.
Picking a destination with sunny weather is much more conducive to embracing the outdoors as a family. Simply put, an Alpine adventure is all about having fun whilst creating wonderful memories in a stunning setting.
I have been organising family holidays for people for over a decade and they absolutely love the idea of being in a natural setting with the laid back luxury of an authentic old French market town.
So this year when you are faced with the dilemma of where to go on holiday with your family, choose something you just can’t do at home—experience a summer holiday in the mountains.
If you’re feel ready to embark on an summer adventure of your own in the French Alps, get in touch today.
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