May 2015…//The same sky-high, super-luxurious ski resorts that bring thrilling adventure each winter remain open for business during the beautiful summer months – and have some exciting events to boot. Bramble Ski and Haute Montagne deliver the highest excellence in service and attention to detail in some of the most desirable European ski properties and this summer are inviting guests to sample a taste of the pristine mountain air in warmer months in stunning south-west Switzerland.
Whether guests choose to hear world-class musicians by way of Montreux Jazz Festival, take in a few chukkas at the Hublot Polo Gold Cup or catch some play at the Omega European Masters, Bramble Ski and Haute Montagne’s exclusive chalets in Gstaad, Verbier and Crans Montana provide the five-star accommodation while the dewy Swiss Alps and exquisite wild flowers provide a stunning backdrop.
An exciting programme of activities await summertime guests in each destination, however, the sublime Montreux Jazz Festival is reachable from Gstaad, Verbier and Crans Montana. A one-of-a-kind festival held annually on the shores of Lake Geneva, the 2015 event runs from 3rd – 18th July and will feature the best melodies from the likes of Lionel Richie, John Legend, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige and Paolo Nutini. While away the hours listening to the best in international jazz next to the shimmering lake for a summer experience to remember.
Summer in Gstaad
Situated in the Berner Oberland, Gstaad is a beautiful village home to exclusive luxury shops and restaurants, and this summer an array of exciting sporting events. July kicks off with the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major, which starts on 7th until 12th July, before the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open tennis is set to provide some thrilling rallies between 27th July – 2nd August. Finally, the Hublot Polo Gold Cup marks its 20th anniversary this year between 13th – 16th August and continues to be one of the best high-goal polo tournaments in Europe.
After all the excitement of world-class sport, guest can retreat to Haute Montagne’s Chalet Lottie – an original farmhouse dating from 1867, which is now a masterpiece seven-bedroom iconic Alpine home complete with an outdoor hot tub. Among a plethora of original features, including the authentic wooden beams and panelling, beautiful sculptures and striking art have been combined to create a show-stopping property. The chalet’s secluded and elevated position makes for breath-taking views of the surrounding peaks.
Lottie is available from the end of June to September with prices ranging from CHF 19,500 / £13,422* to CHF 30,000 / £20,800* per week, for accommodation only. Haute Montagne can arrange additional services at guests’ request for an additional charge. (*Prices in Pound Sterling are according to today’s exchange rate.)
Summer in Verbier
One of the most prestigious resorts in the world, Verbier is as famous for its elite visitors as it is its vast terrain and this summer invites the world’s best show jumping horses and equestrian greats for Verbier International Jumping. Against a panorama of the stunning Alps, sporting memories are set to be made between 14th – 23rd August. Meanwhile, a lack of snow means that Verbier is perfect for running, hiking and cycling in the summer months, not least for the professionals who enter the Grand Raid Marathon on the 21st and 22nd August. Cyclists will endure a gruelling 125km race over rugged terrain that’s only for the brave hearted.
If the mere thought of such a challenge exhausts, then Haute Montagne’s Makini – with its individual spa including indoor heated pool, luxury hammam and sublimely relaxing Jacuzzi – is just the ticket. A magnificent five-bedroom Alpine home, this chalet sits majestically on the banks of a glistening pond in the highly desirable Hameau development.
Makini is available in the summer months at a cost of CHF 100,000/ £69,400* per week. This is fully serviced with professional chef, hosts, housekeepers, private chauffeur and chalet manager. Food and alcohol is an additional charge plus 10%, plus TVA. (*Prices in Pound Sterling are according to today’s exchange rate.)
Summer in Crans Montana
Golf’s top-flight Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia are teeing off in Crans Montana this summer for the ultra-prestigious Omega European Masters. Taking place between 23rd – 26th July, ticket holders can watch four rounds in a spectacular setting of sun-drenched green pastures with views of spectacular snow-topped mountains in the distance.
Such an occasion requires truly exquisite accommodation and Bramble Ski’s Chalet Du Bonheur offers luxury in bundles. Recently completed, the stunning Chalet du Bonheur nestles in a forested enclave close to the centre of the village of Crans Montana. Built using traditional wooden timbers and natural stones the chalet has become a luxurious freestanding five-bedroom home. The ground floor houses a spa with gym, sauna and hamman, while doors can be thrown open onto the terrace and garden where a large hot tub sits, surrounded by forest.