It’s the third year we have spent the summer in Morzine at the Retreat and I cannot think of what we would have done without it. If you have kids and like fantastic views, an amazing selection of out door activities and great kid friendly amenities – this place is for you. (Also if you don’t fancy 80 degree heat with nothing else to do other than get sand everywhere and hide under umbrellas then you will also love it.) To me, Morzine has everything you could want for in the summer – especially when you are staying in this great luxury pad… amazing walks, restaurants, lakes, swimming pools and a great family friendly town centre.
For us, a big thing that makes the Retreat work so well is the fact that it is walking distance from one of the most wonderful lakes we have ever been to (Lac Montriond) which has boats and canoes for the older kids (on the main lake) and a smaller lake with a little waterfall and a sand area for those of us with toddlers. Just to the side of the lake you can also go-carting and horse ridding which is also a fantastic way to keep the kids happy whilst being out of the sun. The walk from the chalet to the lake is really very enchanting (don’t be tempted to use the car) – only 20 mins with kids – and one of the prettiest walks you will ever have. It will take you a bit longer on the way back as you will probably be been carrying a tray of frogs from the nature walks around the lake. I have stayed in the centre of Morzine before and much prefer being slightly out of town as the main attraction for us in this area is the country side and this amazing lake.
We are not big ramblers but we have really enjoyed some fantastic walks around here – we recommend you put the kids in the back packs and headed up to the Mines D’or (there are a few circular walks that you can do with children before running over to the fantastic restaurant by the lake for lunch). Today is our last day and we are off to do our favourite trip – taking the tele cabin Plenay then walk along the top to Le Chavannes – enjoy a fantastic lunch and walk down into Le Gets where there was a kid’s playground (and also grab a taxi or a bus for the short trip back to the Chalet). Another walk well worth doing is one that starts in Le Gets – take the Tele cabin Du Mont Chery and walk along the side of the mountain to Le Mont Caly – again a great mountain restaurant and some fantastic view of Mont Blank. It’s the stuff memories are made of and the views are guaranteed stay in your mind to keep you sane through bleak winters. The Retreat feeds the soul and is a tonic to all that stay in it.