The wellness trend has swept through the hospitality and travel industries – and now it’s making its entry into property, too. In many ways, it’s not a new idea for anyone who owns their own ski homes, but just repackaged under a new name. From the chance to truly to disconnect, to the fantastic new facilities you’ll find on your doorstep, here’s why buying a ski home is the ultimate lifestyle investment in wellness.
Switch off – completely
First and foremost, whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in nature or to get the kids to put down their phones and screens, skiing is the perfect way to truly switch off. For many families, time at their ski home and skiing is the best way of getting everyone together without any of the distractions of work, school or the daily humdrum.
And in the summer, taking to the trails for hiking, mountain biking or even just a gentle stroll is just as effective for switching off. Throw in fabulous views and clean air and you have a recipe for success!
Get the heart pumping
Most of us working desk jobs probably don’t get the exercise we need – but it’s a huge booster for your mood and your mental health as a whole, as well as the obvious physical benefits. And while heading out to the gym at 6:00am before a day at the office might not be most people’s idea of fun, who could say no to heading out of your own ski-in, ski-out apartment onto the slopes?
Add to skiing, snowshoeing and the like all the other activity options you have on your doorstep – take the world class Chamonix Golf Club, for instance, designed largely by Robert Trent Jones Sr. Or what about Crans-sur-Sierre, with its panorama over the Matterhorn and Mont-Blanc. You’ll be hard pressed to find somewhere you’ll play with better views.
Sit back and relax in world-class facilities
A natural big plus of owning a property in a ski resort is the provision of fantastic facilities, and that goes just as much for wellness. The tourism trends of shorter ski stays and expectations for a more varied experience mean that resorts have really stepped up their game in this area. From the renovated historic spa of Cauterets, to swish newer offerings like Val Thorens’ luxurious spa, or the unbeatable network of 30 spas in Leukerbad.
Buying your own ski home
If this all sounds like just the lifestyle you’re looking for, then start your property hunt today. With many major currencies strong against the euro now, this is a fantastic time for international buyers looking at countries like France, Italy and Spain. That said, nobody knows how long this strength will last, and we could well see a reversal of fortunes as Brexit trade talks get underway. That doesn’t mean, however, that you need to let that impact your budget – if you secure yourself a fixed exchange rate, you can enjoy today’s strength for up to twelve months. Find out how in the Property Buyer’s Guide to Currency.