I have ALWAYS wanted to visit the Swiss alps, but I have a secret, I can’t skii and I am not a fan of the winter (I know, I know what kind of blogger am I!). So when I found out that there are literally hundreds of things to enjoy in the summer in Nendaz I couldn’t wait try them ALL! With mesmerizing traditional Swiss festivals, picturesque mountain views, and outdoor activities to suit everyone, Nendaz is Swiss perfection pretty much any time of year.
Our first day was spent in the extremely luxurious and chic Geneva before we headed to Nendaz, which lies on a sunny terrace above the Rhone Valley near Sitten (Sion), the capital of the Valais.
I’ve written down my top Nendaz activities so you can plan for your dream summer trip.
If you plan your trip in summer you can experience the International Alpine Horn-Festival – the biggest event of its kind in Switzerland. On our first day in Nendaz we got a gondola up the mountain to experience the festival and wow was it worth it! With more than 100 players of all nationalities and lots of events and activities – it really is an unmissable event with the most beautiful scenery and traditional alphorn melodies right in the middle of the Alps – it was like something straight out of a film! In addition to some beautiful music and fascinating traditional costumes, there was also tons of traditional food options. In the evening we headed down to the big festival tent in the middle of the town for food and traditional music for some real insight into traditional Swiss culture.
Below photo courtesy of the amazing Travel Blogger Allison
Swim in Switzerland’s stunning outdoor pool
Possibly one of my favorite days, the sun was shining and the the pools backdrop of the Mountains looked so beautiful it almost looked like a painting. Situated in the centre of the village – and just a five minute walk from our Chalet – the outside pool is truly an extraordinary experience, most pools I have visited are usually surrounded by the beach but the contrast of the mountains really took my breath away. As the pool stays at a refreshing 25°C during the whole summer season, even on the chillier days you can enjoy a swim whilst overlooking the magnificent panoramic view of the Rhône valley. We did a lot of hiking, mountain-biking and runs so it was a perfect time to relax and get ourselves a glowing tan!
The luxury literally never ends in this town. We treated ourselves to spa day in one of Switzerland’s most scenic towns situated at the heart of the Haute-Nendaz mountain and the “Quatre Vallées” ski resort. And wow was this a real treat! After a really busy few weeks at work before the trip, this 4* spa definitely lived up to its reputation for recharging your batteries in complete serenity! Notable for its chic and contemporary style and spectacular panoramic views, the spa definitely did not disappoint! The spa is beautifully decorated in wood and stone, and consists of: Biological sauna · Finnish sauna · Steam dew bath (hammam) · 3 grottos (stone grotto, salt grotto, ice grotto) · Kneipp circuit · Flotation pool · Counter-current swimming pool · Panoramic sauna · Jacuzzi · Children’s area with pool, fountains and hut · Fitness OUTDOORS · Sauna · Swimming pool heated to 35° C, 15 metres in length massage benches, waterfall and terrace. What more could you ask for?!
We were lucky enough to be invited to Cafe du Sapin-Blanc, Rated No.2 out of all restaurants in Nendaz. the restaurant was quirky and quaint with lots of character overlooking the beautiful valley. We sat outside sipping wine among the picturesque views. Below is a picture from the terrace we sat all evening laughing over copious amount of delicious food and wine. The views were almost as good as the food!
My absolute favorite though was La Lanterne et Le Vieux Chalet, located in Haute Nendaz. And although Alex, the owner, was taken a back by me revealing I was actually a vegan – he made sure my food was cooked from scratch and given to me with the rest of the dishes handed out. And it was delicious. He provided me personally with an off-the-menu selection of outstanding vegan salads, appetizers, mains, and a refreshing dessert. The locals wines were also great to compliment the food (can you tell we all like wine?!) The Swiss cuisine was honestly some of the finest I have tasted. As a vegan I do find it hard to eat whilst travelling especially around Europe where bread and cheese is the ULTIMATE. But both restaurants provided amazing dishes for me. They both had an intimate and homely vibe and I would 10/10 recommend them both.
As Nendaz is literally FULL of activities I had to write two who posts on it to give it the justice is deserves! So stay tuned for Part 2 all about the great outdoor summer adventures, the stunning sunrise on Mont Fort in the Alps and of course, the spectacular luxury chalet we stayed courtesy of Travelopo.