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The Covid-19 pandemic ended the winter season prematurely, but thankfully we have seen the light at the end of the tunnel! Here at Morgan Jupe, we are delighted to breathe in that fresh mountain air once again, get lost in the majestic views around the Portes du Soleil and most importantly welcome back our wonderful guests!
Although life in Morzine is pretty much back to normal, we understand that it’s important to take precautions and keep as safe as possible. Luckily, the alps is the perfect destination for a safe and socially distanced summer getaway. From walking to hiking, rock climbing and chalet BBQ’s – there’s no better place to keep your distance than the great outdoors.
Read on to find out more about how you can have a safe and socially distanced holiday in Morzine this summer…
A significant number of holiday makers decide to drive to Morzine every year, rather than fly. The channel tunnel from Folkestone or the ferry from Dover to Calais allow you to cross the channel with ease, and without any reason to leave your car. The channel tunnel is the quicker option, but the ferry is usually cheaper. Either way, self-drive seems to be the safest way to travel, as it enables you to keep your interaction with others to a minimum.
From Calais, the drive is around 8 hours with large grassy areas and picnic tables at most service stations. This means that you can take your own food and again, avoid coming into contact with the public with trips to supermarkets, restaurants or bars. Most petrol stations are ‘pay at the pump’ and accept contactless cards.
Standard Measures in Morzine
Lifts opened on 27th June 2020 in Morzine, and Les Gets welcomed their first mountain bikers and hikers from the end of May. Strict measures have been put in place to make sure each guest can feel comfortable and safe.
Keeping a distance of at least 1m and observing hygiene guidelines at all times is mandatory and key in keeping safe, no matter where you are.
Masks and Sanitisers
The tourist office, together with the local activity companies, will be organising free outdoor activities throughout the season. There will be something going on every day, however, all limited to 10 people. Hand sanitiser and masks will be provided, and any equipment will be disinfected.
Morzine’s free shuttle buses will be operating throughout the summer. However, the town hall is currently devising a series of measures to make sure all travellers are safe and protected, this includes passengers having to wear a face mask on public transport in France.
Morgan Jupe Self-Catered Chalets & Apartments
Throughout the summer, all of Morgan Jupe accommodation is self-catered, so any contact with staff is kept to an absolute minimum. We are able to offer a completely contactless check-in/check-out everywhere apart from apartment Plein Soleil (this is the only property without a lockbox).
Escape the Hustle and Bustle
All of Morgan Jupe apartments and chalets are located just outside of town; close enough to stroll in if you feel comfortable, far enough away so that there’s no need for any contact at all. There is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to enjoy the best mountain views you can find on your socially distant summer holiday.
Access the Mountains with Ease and Lift Protocols
It’s not just the views you’ll love, but how easy it is to access the mountains from our properties. Immerse yourself in a glorious, hassle free hike and enjoy the fresh mountain air. If you don’t fancy walking all the way, no problem! The Morzine summer ‘multi-pass’ gives you full access to the chairlifts around the Portes du Soleil.
Face masks are obligatory when riding on the lifts on your socially distanced summer holiday – you can ask for a free mask at the Pleney lift pass office. Families and groups of friends will be able to use the lifts together. Otherwise, there will be empty seats on chairlifts (every second chair) and only 4 people will be allowed in the Pleney bubbles while the Nyon cable car will see its capacity cut by 25% with ground markings separating people. All lifts will be disinfected regularly.
There’s no need to visit the Supermarket!
Even with strict measures put in place, we understand supermarkets may be the last place you’d like to visit at the moment. And that’s not a problem! We are happy for a member of our dedicated team to do your pre-arrival shop so the items you request will be ready waiting for you on arrival. If you need a top up during the week then we’re happy to do this for a small fee. We can also offer drinks deliveries throughout your stay. Simply just chat to Jess upon booking and she will provide you with a drinks list. What’s more, we can organise fresh deliveries from the bakery each morning straight to your door.
During those warm summer nights having a BBQ is the perfect way to spend your evening. Each of our chalets complete with a BBQ and decking space for you to enjoy with your group. If you’re staying in one of our apartments, then you can purchase a disposable BBQ from any local supermarket.
Another great idea is to visit Lake Montriond. It is located just a 10-minute drive from Morzine, a 25-minute walk from Montriond and is on the bus route from both. It offers the perfect backdrop, nestled at the foot of high cliffs and there are stone BBQs already located along the side of the lake, but you are also welcome to take your own!
If you don’t feel like cooking, there are some restaurants delivering takeaways to your very door or you can book a paella pot to be cooked for you (at a safe distance) by Kayleigh from the Black Stag Food Catering Company.
Days Out & Activities
Other than hiking, there are plenty of other wonderful activities that can be done with social distancing and/or with safety measures put in place. Such as, road cycling, hiking, mountain biking, tennis and golf which can all be enjoyed as a family/couple at a safe distance from others and are all great ways to enjoy the stunning scenery and fresh mountain air.
What better way to get your body moving in the fresh mountain air beside those breathtaking views? Our local yoga and pilates instructors are already hosting outdoor socially distanced classes and they can offer private sessions on the terrace at your accommodation too.
You can find their timetables on their Facebook pages:
So, if you’re looking for a socially distanced holiday with the promise of fresh new surroundings, mountain views, bright blue skies and plenty to do… why not visit the French Alps?
We started Morgan Jupe in 2012 with a wealth of experience in hospitality and a lifetime connection to the Alps. It is our passion for fine food and great wines that defines our product; it is our desire to offer guests a chalet holiday unlike any they have experienced before that sets us apart.
Our mission is to consistently deliver an unrivalled level of service across all of our properties. Both friendly and professional, our team of dedicated staff will go above and beyond to make your stay truly unforgettable.
We offer full weeks or short breaks in our fully-catered, flexi-catered and self-catered properties throughout the winter. In the summer, all of our properties are available on a self-catered basis only and for full weeks.
We continue to develop balanced menus with quality produce and we go to great lengths to source our extensive wine list directly from producers. The introduction of an all-day driving service in nine-seater Land Rover Defenders has become an iconic feature of our brand in Morzine. Each chalet now has a dedicated driver and vehicle throughout the winter.