Holidays: our 6 original suggestions for recharging your batteries in the mountains

We go green at Aribert

Want to disconnect closer to nature? We bet on the house of Grenoble chef Christophe Aribert. At the crossroads of the Vercors, Belledonne and Chartreuse mountains, this gastronomic setting radiates beyond its cuisine and invites you to slow down. At the foot of his native mountains, in the heart of the park of Uriage-les-Bains, stands the Maison Aribert, two stars in the Michelin guide and one green star. If its organic, lively and regional cuisine (walnuts from Grenoble, Chartreuse, Antésite…) gives a large place to vegetables, it gives pride of place to freshwater fish (Arctic char, Archiane trout, Cristivomer…). Inspired by nature and the forest, this expert in naturopathy, passionate about epigenetics, prepares creative dishes enhanced with aromatic nuggets from his spiral-shaped “mandala garden”, where energy and nature merge. Its herbal concentrates and powders, chocolate mint, lovage, pepper grass, chives, underline light recipes with finesse and radiance, ideal for aligning your chakras.


The Aribert house.©Studio grandpa loves grandma

In order to evacuate stress and perk up, its new guest house, housed in a 19th century building, a few steps from the restaurant, was designed with a limited environmental impact. Facing the mountains, slow therapy operates: rooms with a view, mineral colors and raw materials inspired by nature. A barefoot course in the grass is even offered to soak up the good earthly energies. No air conditioning, no television, no spa on the menu, but a range of gentle therapies, such as Ayurvedic massages to evacuate tension, hatha yoga to clear your mind, kinesiology and etiopathy to free yourself from emotional blockages. Two pools of cold water and hot water welcome sports enthusiasts to boost blood circulation after a hike, mountain bike or ski tour. And to get away from it all, workshops to choose from depending on the season: picking wild plants or sealskin. With its herbal tea room, a cozy library corner and a turntable where you can spin the chef’s vinyl collection, you feel at home, only better. A haven of inspiring pleasure to refocus on the essentials.

Gourmet menu, €125 (4 courses), €175 (8 courses), €195 (10 courses).

Maison du Chef, from €210 per night, with breakfast.

Maison Aribert, 280, alley of Young Bayard, Saint-Martin-d’Uriage (38),

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We choose a spa at the top

Located at an altitude of 1,850 meters, this luxurious spa, which reopens its doors on June 2, concentrates the strength of the mountain and the purity of its crystalline waters. After a thermal circuit of purification in the various pools at 34°C, we immerse ourselves in an invigorating contrast pool at 14°C. Then place to relax in a cabin whose bay windows open onto the Pyrenees, with The Moon & The Sun Body Ritual which activates the yin and yang energies. The practitioner alternates head-to-toe maneuvers using soothing moonstones and rejuvenating sunstones, embellished with pure oils of anti-stress ylang-ylang and invigorating myrtle. “This ritual of deep energy regeneration increases the vibrational frequency and strengthens self-confidence”, assures Elena Mateu, the director of the spa.

The Moon & The Sun Body Ritual, €145 (75 mins) at the spa of the 5* Hermitage hotel, Crta. General S/N, Soldeu AD100, Principality of Andorra. www.hotelhermitage.

We try cold yoga

Ready to immerse yourself in the glacial waters of the high altitude lakes and streams of Pralognan-la-Vanoise? Yes, you can! This is confirmed by Caroline Favre, yoga teacher and Ayurveda therapist, who is inspired here by toumo yoga, born in the Tibetan highlands. The entry into the water is prepared in full consciousness, by refocusing the mind thanks to different techniques: conscious walking, guided meditation, work on the breath and visualizations. We then descend gradually in water at a few degrees, to the shoulders. “Once the shock has been mastered thanks to the breath, we dive into the heart of ourselves. The body and the spirit are in harmony and are one with the great whole of this grandiose setting.

We adopt the gathering spirit

Nettle butter: this butter should not be prepared too long in advance, otherwise it will take on an unpleasant taste. Beat 150 g of unsalted butter for a few minutes with a fork. Add 1 tbsp. Fine mustard coffee, 1 tsp. Teaspoon herb sea salt, mix well. Using a sharp knife, finely chop 2 handfuls of well-dried nettle leaves. Mix with the butter and serve immediately on bread or crackers.


roasted cristivomer, mushrooms and parsley ©Studio papie aime mamie

Recipe taken from “The Kitchen of Wild Plants”, by Meret Bissegger and Hans-Peter Siffert, ed. Ulmer.

Once a week in July and August, €40, 2.5 hours. Open to everyone, except pregnant women or women undergoing IVF and people with heart conditions. Instagram @caroline.favre_

We dive into a sound bath

“Only he who listens to the noise of the present can make the right decision. This phrase from Paulo Coelho, Hélène Martin has made it her own by offering sound therapy sessions to young and old, in her space dedicated to games, art and well-being, in the heart of nature, in Valloire Galibier. . Gongs, Tibetan bowls, ocean drums, chimes, flutes… rebalance your energies and aim for harmony.

€17 per session, €30 per parent/child pair.

We take the train

We reconnect with the contemplative pleasures of train travel – panoramic, please! – through a circuit marked out with precision by the Swiss tourist office. From Zurich to Lucerne, via Montreux and Saint-Moritz, the program takes you through breathtaking landscapes (the Lavaux vineyards, the Rhine gorges, etc.), visits to picturesque towns and mountain excursions to stretch your legs. legs. Right on the slow travel trend, which encourages people to slow down and reduce their environmental impact. “The crisis has reinforced the will of the Swiss tourism industry to pursue its policy in favor of more responsible travel, in particular thanks to the Swisstainable sustainability strategy,” enthuses Alexa Chessex, Director of Swiss Tourism in France. In summer, this soft tourism attracts more and more French people, who see Switzerland as a somewhat exotic summer destination right next to their home. A piece of advice to make the most of your stay: opt for the package that includes accommodation, tickets and reservations.

Le Classique circuit, 7 days, 6 nights, from €1,140.

We live at night

The trend is for night outings to admire the starry vault. A hiking circuit, with a stroll under the stars and an evening of star gazing.

The Tour du Queyras under the stars, 7 days, 6 nights, with accommodation, full board, transport and supervision by a state-qualified mountain guide.

From €695 per person.

A contemplative walk in the soft light of the end of the day.

Twilight hike in Pralognanla-Vanoise, every Tuesday and Thursday in summer, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. €30 per adult.


In Pralognan-La-Vanoise, in Savoie, for a hike at dusk. ©Gilles Lansard

A climb to a refuge for dinner and an introduction to sky observation, before descending in the light of the moon and the stars… or a headlamp.

La Tête dans les étoiles evening, €48 per adult.

The ideal equipment

A watch with a high-precision altimeter to track your altitude in real time. Apple watch series 7, Apple, €429.


A practical, light and comfortable travel pillow for restful nights. Recovery pillow, Blackroll, €89.90.


A three-pocket waist bag, which can hold up to 5 liters of your essentials. Double escape bumbag, Eastpak, €42.


High-top walking shoes w vectiv fastpack mid futurelight waterproof, The North Face, €160.


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