Me and my notions decided to pack up and head off to the French Alps for a bit of R&R, or yoga and hiking actually, last week and I can safely say it’s the first time I’ve come back from a trip feeling better than when I left. I’d already been on a multi activity yoga trip with Yoganic Moves (well, if watching the crew sail the 99ft gullet yacht is classed as an activity) in Turkey earlier this year so when instructor Annick invited me to go yoga and hiking in the French Alps, it was a no brainer. You know the usual saying, “you’d need another holiday to get over it”? Well I got a bit sick of feeling worse-off after a supposed “break”, so I decided a bit of fresh air, outdoor activities and healthy eating were exactly what I needed.[dt_gap height=”10″ /]
[dt_gap height=”10″ /]I flew to Geneva airport in Switzerland which is about an hour drive from Samoëns, across the border in the French Alps. I didn’t really know what to expect, but it’s basically a ski resort without snow. The temperatures were late teens to early twenties on sunny days (at the beginning of September) and quite chilly after sunset, coupled with the fact we needed gear for yoga and hiking made packing only hand luggage for five days rather difficult…but, you know, I soldiered through.[dt_gap height=”10″ /]
[dt_gap height=”10″ /]Samoëns is seriously scenic, that’s my morning flat white is cute little coffee and gift shop Popcorn Vintage in the town. Reflections in the lake on an after dinner stroll and the twinkly lights of Trueman Alps chalets where I stayed.[dt_gap height=”10″ /]
[dt_gap height=”10″ /]You can rent out the self catering apartments and there’s a heated pool and sauna too. The hot tub was out of action while we were there but I can imagine jumping in after a day on the slopes or having a massage with Debbie the owner who also provides beauty treatments on site!
I’ll have a list of things to do while in the French Alps up soon, so stay tuned!