Megève – a Perfect Haven for Wilderness Seeking

We are all very conscious coronavirus has affected consumer attitudes towards travel and sustainability. The pandemic has increased awareness of the environmental and social impacts of tourism. In the social distancing era, Megève Tourism believes holidays centred around nature will soar in popularity. Families will crave wide-open spaces and inspiring views after being in lockdown, and escaping to the mountains will feel safer than visiting hot, crowded beaches. The real draw, however, will be the many miles of meadows for exploring and numerous lakes to splash in. The restorative benefits of being in the mountains also make it the ideal choice of holiday to recuperate, soak up on vitamin D and fathom the chaos of Covid-19.

After months of us all pacing around our homes, it is high time to let off steam. Run, play, dance, laugh out loud … To help let go, Megève has put together a whirlwind of colourful, fun-filled activities, shows, walks and concerts of all kinds. Megève is always adapting and is proud to offer extremely rich entertainment with 940 activities and entertainment slots in total aimed at families. Let us not forget the little angels of course; Megève has just what they need for a wonderful holiday too. 

Megève Tourism has launched the “Summer Collections” for the warmer months. These are inspirational notebooks highlighting the richness of its territory and local know-how, which will guide the visitor throughout their stay as well as highlight the tourism diversity in the resort. There are more than 130 activities to choose, from perfume creation to souffle making with 65 newly created free activities introduced this summer. The themes incorporate the Original Megève Collection, Serenity Collection, Trends Collection and Sensation Collection, which have been defined in connection with village values.

The real need to get back to basics through nature to appreciate the great outdoors and intriguing traditions have been brought together in the ‘Trends and Original’ collection. Here, guests can take part in a series of mountain activities as well as learn authentic skills that highlight Megève’s heritage and its history. The ‘Trends and Sensations’ collection will showcase sporting activities as well as culinary, artistic and unusual events. There are more than 130 refreshing activities to get that ‘Feel Good’ factor in the mountains this summer and the drive from Calais, although eight hours, could not be simpler or more picturesque as the mountains approach. To find the best-tailored experiences, head to Megève. 

Trends Collection

Jazz in the Garden : Megève’ s iconic five-star hotel, Les Fermes de Marie, is launching weekly evening Jazz in the Garden. Every Tuesday 19.30-21.00. Free.

Discover Reflexology workshop: Find out about Podo-Fascia reflexology with Fanny – a combination of two therapies and enjoy a magical experience in the garden of Megève Museum, on the banks of the river. Once a month Wednesday pm. Free

VIP Rooftop Dining: the oldest hotel in Megève, the Grand Hotel du Soleil d’Or that originally opened in 1901, has reopened its doors after a top-to-bottom revamp. The renovations have restored the hotel to its former glory. Enjoy an exclusive one-off gourmet evening at the rooftop bar with panoramic mountain views on 15 August 2020. €69 pp for a five-course meal. 

Zen Paddle Session: work on the core with an instruction led Paddle Zen session in the heart of the mountains in the outdoor Olympic pool. Weekly from 28 July to 18 August. €15 pp. 

Cocktail Workshop : Learn the art of mixology during an original workshop. Weekly until 31 August. Free

Serenity Collection

Yoga Session Facing Mont Blanc: stretch, breathe and let time stop with a relaxing yoga and self-discovery session towards the panoramic views of Mont Blanc. Weekly on a Wednesday morning. Free.

Mountain Sunset Hike: strolling in the mountains of Megève, appreciate the open space and inspiring views. A family can enjoy a private-sunset session, which takes place every Wednesday evening 18.30-21.00 by booking a knowledgeable mountain guide. From €22 pp.   

Originality Collection

Mountain Fly Fishing: with spectacular views of the mountains, where better to connect with nature. Dabble and enjoy the freedom of fly fishing with a private guide on this enthusiast’s retreat, with a night in a mountains refuge. From €165 for up to two people, daily in summer.

The history of Megève’s Chocolates: another must-try Megève specialty are the glacons, which are small meringue-covered praline chocolates. Free tasting available every Thursday afternoon.

Sensations Collection

Electric Mountain Biking Megève: with its mountains, forests, off road trails and plunging descents, Megève is the ideal place for electric biking. Try this revolutionising sport every Tuesday morning. Free.

Private Mont Blanc flight: take to the skies over the Alps in a private light-aircraft for a panoramic sensation to see the Megève Valley, the Bossons, Taconnaz and Vallee Blanche glaciers in the Chamonix Valley. Daily from €44 – €160 pp

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