Hurtling down white water rapids, whizzing down a 2km zip wire, jumping off rocks into pools of alpine water, testing your head for heights on a via ferrata, flying in the sky paragliding… an alpine activity holiday is perfect for guaranteed fun and adventure in the mountains with your friends and family.
Take that to the next level and do it in style with all the trimmings to accentuate your emotions , pamper your body and appreciate your surroundings.
Here are three of our favourite luxury places to stay in the Champsaur valley which is situated on the edge of the Ecrins National Park and boasts the best weather in the Alps – another important factor to consider for a successful activity holiday!
All the accommodations are well situated in the valley for easy access to a range of activities like canyoning, rock climbing, paragliding, white water rafting, via ferrata and more.
This is a beautiful alpine style chalet situated in 6000m of private grounds in a small alpine hamlet. Forget all your worries as you sit on your sun terrace and take in the stunning panoramic mountain views on offer from the chalet
Marie-Christine and Patrick own and run the chalet and will give you a warm welcome. You can stay on a bed and breakfast or half board basis, taking advantage of the owner’s home-cooked local specialities.
The chalet has four ensuite bedrooms and one suite available to guests and it is possible to take the whole chalet or individual rooms. All guests have use of the large and beautifully presented alpine style lounge area with open fire, comfortable sofas and dining table.
There is also a well being room with infrared saunas – the perfect solution to aching muscles after a day in the mountains. Massages are also available. Slippers dressing gown and towels are provided as part of your stay.
The extensive grounds are open access to all guests and it isn’t rare to open your shutters in the morning and see a deer or two.
It is situated high up on the mountain side overlooking the valley with no neighbours or other properties overlooking it. At the Serigues – you really are the ‘King of the Castle’!
The original stonework has been preserved wherever possible but inside the rooms have been renovated in a luxury contemporary design using quality furnishings with every attention to detail, making for a beautiful contrast.
All the rooms have king size beds and luxury bathrooms with walk in showers. Every room has a view overlooking the valley and is equipped with flat screen TV – not that you need a TV with views like this!
Guests have use of a well being room with hot tub, steam room and of course a view.
Downstairs is the breakfast room with access to the sun terrace and gardens, for guests. There are tea and coffee making facilities available.
The chalet is part of a family of four other similar luxury chalets situated on the sunny side of the valley in the charming village of Chaillol.
Furnishings have been chosen individually for each chalet with special attention to detail to give each chalet it’s own character – a unique cross between Alpine and Japanese. The unusual Japanese influence is due to a historic relationship with a Japanese village that has evolved around an annual classical music festival which takes place every year in Chaillol.
Each chalet has it’s own private outside space and in front there is also a common area where the owner often puts up a table tennis table for guests to use.
In the Quilliwasi chalet there are two bedrooms (a twin and a double with king size bed) as well as a mezzanine area for a third person or couple making it the perfect size for a family stay.
Downstairs is a modern alpine style fitted kitchen with all mod cons and cosy living area with dining table, open fire and flat screen TV.
After a day of activity, you can look forward to a soak and pamper in the outside hot tub of the chalet.
Article written by Sally Guillaume, owner and director of Undiscovered Alps who specialise in activity holidays in the Alps.