A 2 bedroom boutique apartment (sleeps 4-7) in Chamonix centre with underground parking and WiFi

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Not one for getting cold and out of breath up a mountain?

We have loads of friends that come out to Chamonix just to spend some time in the gorgeous surroundings and soak up the fun loving, relaxing atmosphere. Here's our favourite things to do when the weather doesn't make it fun to play out! 

SPA'S: Relax in style

  • L'Heliopic (next to the Aiguille du Midi cable car): Large pool with a fire place and seating area with comfy swing chairs, sauna and steam room, ice cave and cold water wells. 
  • Grand Hotel des Alpes (Chamonix centre): Indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. A range of treatments are also on offer but remember to book in advance, especially during busy periods.
  • La Morgane (2 mins walk from the Aiguille du Midi cable car): Indoor pool, sauna and steam room, an absolute plethora of treatments and massages.

SHOPPING: From local markets to chic boutiques, Chamonix has something for everyone

  • The weekly farmers market takes place in the town square, the Place Du Mont Blanc (5 minutes walk from The Astor), beautiful fresh fruit, vegetables and lots and lots of CHEESE!!! The rotisserie chickens are famous and people flock from far and wide to get one! We recommend 'booking your chicken' early in the day as they sell out quick!
  • There are also a farmers market in Les Houches (bus stop outsde the Carrefour) - see travel in the Chamonix Valley for details on bus times. Every wednesday, 3-7pm, Route Du Pont, Les Houches
  • There are artisanal food shops dotted thoroughout Chamonix Centre, where you can buy beautiful meats, cheese, macaroons, cakes, chocolate and much much more. 
  • Window shop in the designer stores such as Chanel and Lacoste
  • There are numerous outdoor/ski/mountainwear shops to call in at, from the very reasonaly priced Quechua on the Avenue de l'Aiguille du Midi, to the usual brands such as The North FacePeak Performance and Patagonia
  • Snell Sports is a huge shop on the main street (Rue du Docteur Paccard) that is a bit of a Chamonix institution and sells all brands of mountainwear.
  • Our favourite shop for gifts has to be Alp Chic on Avenue Michael Croz. This cool little shop sells everything from mouse mats to trays, posters and even deck chairs, all printed with their Trademark alpine carttons - an example of which can be seen below. Definately worth a visit to buy a momento of your holiday!

We recommend dropping into Alp Chic for souvenir shopping

 

Why not pop to the weekly farmets market in Place Du Mont Blanc on saturday (8am to 2pm) to stock up on great local produce to take home as gifts for friends and family. 

FUN!

  • Bowling, Mini golf, Pool and Billards (Chamonix Sud main bus stop): Open daily between 5pm and 2am. You don't normally need to book in advance and always worth a visit, especially if you have young ones.
  • Cinema (Chamonix main square, opposite the post office): Watch all the latest releases in a classic cinema. They show films in both French and English (with French subtitles). Click here for the lastest show times.
  • Golf de Chamonix: Just by Flegere lift station, with a large car park available: The course is open to visitors and you need to book in advance. You have to hold a Green Card in order to meet the minimum standard, or at busy times you may need a handicap of 36.

VISIT ITALY!

Its great to go through the Mont Blanc Tunnel and visit the Aosta Valley. Its a 25 min drive through to Val Veny which is the nearsest place to park and catch a lift up to ski, but there is so much more on the doorstep: