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High heels and extreme sports: luxury sports breaks in the French Alps

Sophisticated ladies be advised; hiking boots are obligatory when visiting Samoëns, a deceptively sweet French village that hosts a range of Alpine adrenalin sports.  Winter or summer, Samoëns is bustling with activity yet this authentic, friendly French village remains relatively undiscovered.  A charming mix of rustic French farmhouse and chic modern hotel, Ferme du Ciel offers a reassuringly elegant base from which to explore the area and to experience some sporting challenges. There are a range of physically and mentally challenging sports for those gutsy enough to partake, including rock climbing, abseiling, canyoning, white water rafting, hydro-speeding, caving, parapenting, mountain biking, glacial hiking and more.  Staff at Ferme du Ciel will arrange bookings and transport to your preferred activities, and you can relax afterwards with a gentle swim, round of golf, massage … or a Champagne on the terrace if its more your style.  Whatever your adrenalin-fix, well-appointed Ferme du Ciel is the ideal base from which to enjoy it in comfort. Returning home from each action packed day to serious luxury at Ferme du Ciel is more than a relief – it’s a pleasure.  The chalet offers six deluxe ensuite bedrooms sleeping up to 18 people very comfortably, along with an expansive modern living space and all the trimmings, including sauna, Jacuzzi and spacious Italian-tiled bathrooms loaded with Molton Brown goodies.  Great food is an important part of the chalet’s sophisticated package, and their in-house professional chef uses fresh local produce to prepare multiple-course evening meals in harmony with an extensive wine cellar.. If you’re more inclined to be adventurous in winter, Ferme du Ciel’s ski and snowboard camps in partnership with elite ZigZag Ski School are another of their remarkable packages.  Under the guidance of a highly respected professional ski or snowboard coach, you’ll work on your technique or explore some of the Grand Massif’s little-known off-piste terrain.  Open to skiers and boarders of all levels, it’s the perfect way to bring your family or friends together to enjoy healthy outdoor adventure in luxurious surroundings.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Telegraph.

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  1. Molton Brown is a sure sign of a quality establishment. If a hotel is willing to pay a little extra for the little luxuries, its a good one in my book!

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