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Sunshine and Spas – cool tips for hot days!

Chamonix, mountain sports capital, can also be conducive to relaxation! ! Check out these special offers: Pools, Spas, open air Jacuzzis, fine dining and tea time treats!


The following establishments propose a gourmet lunch which includes access to their Spa facilities: pool, hammam, sauna, jacuzzi.

Deep Nature Spa et Restaurant l’A -  Hotel les Aiglons, Chamonix

DeepNatureSoinsavecPierreLunch on the terrace with views of Mont-Blanc and access to the Spa and superb outdoor pool

Luncheon = choice of starter and main course or main course and dessert: 22.50 €   (55.50€ to include a 25 minute massage)

Reservations: +33(0)450 559 093  Spa open from 10h to 20h

Spa Serenity – Parkhotel Suisse, Chamonix

JacuzziEnjoy lunch in the traditional Parkhotel restaurant and discover the roof top Serenity Spa and terrace in the very heart of Chamonix with 360° views!

Luncheon = Starter and main course 20€ , with dessert 23€ Reservations: +33(0)450 530 758

Caudalie Spa and Crystal Restaurant – Les Granges d’en Haut, Les Houches

IMG_7221Enjoying an exceptional location above the village of Les Houches,  the Crystal restaurant and the Caudalie Spa and pool are most definitely worth the trip!

Luncheon = starter, main course and dessert: 35€

Reservations:  +33(0)450 546 536


Charamillon mountain restaurant – Balme mid stationIMG_0901IMG_0894

Take the gondola lift up from Le Tour (45 minutes on foot if you walk up), and don’t forget your bikini or trunks!

Enjoy a 20 minute exclusive jacuzzi, a smoothie of your choice and a pancake, for  unbeatable value: 6.90€ (towel provided)

Reservations not necessary – Jean (John)  is the charming host at Charamillon.

Hotel Excelsior swimming pool – Les Tines hotelexcelsior

Take advantage of this delightful pool which enjoys an enviable location in the hamlet of Les Tines (3 km north of Chamonix)

The Excelsior pool side offer includes: Pool entry, a soda or a beer, a snack (sandwich, hot-dog or croque-monsieur) and an ice-cream. Adults: 13€  Children 5 to 12 yrs: 9€

Chamonix Swimming Pool – Centre Sportif Richard Bozon IMG_9340

For a municipal swimming pool and Spa, this must take some beating! Olympic size oudoor pool with Mont-Blanc views, 2 indoor pools with reserved children’s area, outdoor paddling pool and fun play area, large covered slide, lakeside lawns with snack bar… and a Spa which includes sauna, hammam, jacuzzi…

Entrance to Spa and Pool: 12.50€ open daily from 10h to 19h

Hameau Albert 1er – Spa, pool, terrace and tea time – Chamonix Hameau Albert1er 012gouter.nicolas tosi

If you have a sweet tooth, this is the place for you!

The traditional farmhouse restaurant of the Maison Carrier is reputed for its “vrai”!An alpine pudding trolley that has to be seen (an savoured) to be believed! Tea time on the terrace is served between 15h and 18h. Self-serve buffet: 12.50€

The gardens of the Hameau Albert 1er are also open to the public for refreshments. Access to the swimming pool is reserved for guests of the Spa “Le Bachal”.

Reservations:  +33(0)450 530 509

The Cosmo Jazz Festival – a phenomenal success!

The Cosmo Jazz Festival goes from strength to strength!

The ‘hills’ are alive with the sound of music and the bars are buzzing to the beat late into the night. Wherever you walk in Chamonix, jazz notes will reach your ears, and you will be enticed from one set to the next – it’s awesome!

JAZZ RACINES HAITI Brevent 31/07/13

JAZZ RACINES HAITI Brevent 31 July 13



The concerts in the mountains certainly are Cosmic! The locations have been carefully chosen to offer a natural amphitheatre and the accoustics are incredible. The experience is memorable for both the musicians and the public!


Chamonix 30th July

Have a look at the video of Korean singer YOUN SUN NAH as she performed to 1800 spectators at the Grands Montets on 1st August.

The Cosmo Jazz ended last night, Sunday 4th August 1014179_562904447100051_988336938_n

André Manoukian (organsizer and jazz musician) gave a surprise concert which turned into an incredible Jam session on the Place du Triangle de l’Amitié.

This year’s Cosmo Jazz Festival has been a huge success. A fantastic selection of artists, magnificent locations and glorious weather.

Keep and eye on the festival website and hopefully you’ll be here next summer to share the occasion with us :)