Stay in a NEW Land Rover Shelter in La Plagne, French Alps
Get off grid this summer: Experience the ultimate mountain adventure in a converted Land Rover refuge at 2,600 m
Calling adventurous fans of quirky accommodation! If you’ve dozed in a treehouse, bedded down in a tepee, woken up in a shepherd’s hut or yawned in a yurt, then sleeping in a Land Rover atop a mountain is surely the next glamping experience to add to your wish list!
Take in superb panoramas, sweeping valleys and fresh mountain air with a unique stay in a Land Rover shelter on the Roche de Mio, high up in the French Alps, at 2,600 m. Designed with the support of Land Rover, these classic vehicles were originally used during polar expeditions and have now been converted into a cosy mountain hideaway for a special night’s stay for a couple, family or group of friends.
Meeting the driver at 6 pm at Plagne-Bellecôte, guests are transferred by a separate Land Rover to their spot for the night, with the chance to take the vehicle for a spin on the way up. The mountain refuge features two shelters with, between them, space for six to sleep, plus relaxing communal areas and an outside cabin with toilet facilities. Electricity is provided by battery and plenty of jerrycan water is available, so, whilst the setting is remote, all mod cons are provided (no need to go full Bear Grylls just yet.) The living room even boasts a fondue table and guests can pre-order this Savoyarde speciality to enjoy at altitude – surely the ultimate dinner with a view?
Waking up to breathtaking alpine views the next morning, guests will feast on a delicious French breakfast before either an invigorating hike or Land Rover transfer back down to the village.
Open until 31 August, the cost is from €60 / £52 pp based on six sharing, including breakfast. To book or for more information, call +33 (0)6176 99102 or visit the website.
Also happening in La Plagne this summer:
NEW: ‘Fest’e Bike Plagne’: inaugural electric mountain biking event, 15 August
La Plagne has established itself as a key destination for e-mountain biking, and this summer the resort is launching the first edition of a day of festivities devoted to the sport. The ‘E-Balade’ is the highlight of the day; a free group ride on a circuit from Plagne Centre to Dou du Praz, suitable for all abilities. Guests can also witness an incredible (some would say impossible!) timed climb by e-bike pros, a trial show, bike park demos and free tests of Haibike’s E-Bike range, as well as plentiful food and drink.
New for 2018, the resort has also introduced ‘E-Spots’; fun zones designed specifically for e-bikes, with different exciting sections and raised bends for a thrilling ride. These zones run alongside the resort’s impressive 150 km of marked trails, with nine easy and accessible routes through alpine meadows and forests that are suitable for all levels, ranging from 13 to 23 km in length and with vertical gains of 155 to 900 m.
‘Fest’e Bike Plagne’ is a free event. Access to trails is free and e-bikes can be rented from €45 pp / £40 pp (half day) / €65 pp / £57 pp (one day). Children’s bikes also available.
NEW: Invigorating spa and wellness centre in Champagny en Vanoise
This beautiful alpine village is home to a new 250 m² spa, featuring two saunas, Jacuzzi, steam room, Turkish bath, cold splash pool, relaxation room with ‘experience’ showers and treatment area. After a day of energetic mountain hiking or biking, treat those weary muscles to a relaxing spa session, as well as a swim in the newly-refurbished Piscine Municipale.
Entrance to the spa and swimming pool costs from €14 / £12 pp for a one-day pass. Treatments start from €70 / £62 per hour.
White water thrills on the magnificent Isère River
This glacial river running through the Rhône-Alpes region is one of the top locations for white water activities in Europe. Visitors to La Plagne can try rafting, hydro speeding or canoe rafting on a 23 km stretch from Bourg Saint Maurice to Centron, riding the famous rapids at Aime, and enjoying Centron’s magnificent gorges and the Roman bridge.
Suitable for beginners and for children aged 12+ (there is also a 7 km discovery course for children aged 8-11), prices are from €42 pp / £37 pp.
Hiking through the Vanoise National Park
Take in the stunning landscapes and charming mountain villages of the Vanoise National Park on a summer alpine hike. Walkers of all ages and abilities can make use of the excellent network of free hiking routes in the area, from fun and sporty circuits ideal for families, to exhilarating and rugged trails for experienced hikers.
Climb, zip wire and rope walk across the Via Ferrata mountain route in Les Bourtes
Take on the challenge of a rock-climbing course where there is no need to unclip. The Via Ferrata les Bourtes in Belle-Plagne is an intermediate 600 m rocky itinerary at the giddying heights of 2,350 m to 2,560 m. Perfect for a family or group of friends, the two-hour course (part of three in La Plagne) can be taken with or without a guide and features a rope bridge, ramps, ladders and two exhilarating zip wires.
Access free of charge. Open to 2 September. Min. height 1 m 20 cm. Rental equipment from sports shop costs from €15 / £13 per day.
Return flights (London-Geneva) cost from £133 pp with easyJet. One week’s self-catering in Plagne Centre costs from €60 pp / £53 pp, based on four sharing a studio apartment.
Note to Editors: For additional information on the resort, see the full summer 2018 press kit.
Press: For further information, high-resolution images and press trip enquiries, please contact Kate Chapman or Lizzie Cooper at Travel PR on 020 8891 4440 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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