Gstaad off-season.

The famous exclusive ski resort, Gstaad, is never really ‘off season’ as the polished up-market haven offers a wide range of activities all year round. And getting there is pretty breathtaking too! A train journey from Geneva will take you along the Lake before heading into stunning Alpine scenery.

One effortless way to fully appreciate the mountains is to take a hot-air balloon ride. The area’s microclimate makes for perfect conditions, so there’s no better place to take to the skies. If you’re fit and raring to go, there are some perfect hikes around. And if you’re a demon on horseback, Gstaad has just recently opened new stables, so you can enjoy a gallop in the countryside. If you prefer something less energetic, there are plenty of spas for pampering and a little R&R.

The rich and famous stay at the Grand Hotel Park (www.grandhotelpark.ch) but at £325 per night, you may want to look for a cheaper option. There are a number of B&B’s in the area so check www.bedandbreakfast.com for prices and reviews.

Easy Jet (www.easyJet.com) flies low cost to Geneva from a number of UK airports and full-service British Airways flies to Geneva from London Heathrow.

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