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Beautifully decorated and furnished chalet to the highest standards. It was given a 5 star rating by the Samoens tourist office. Spread over 3 floors the ground floor has its own open plan kitchen/living/dining area and could be used as separate flat. Master bedroom with a jaccuzzi bath. A spa room on the ground floor with sauna, shower and cold tub. Large balcony with dining table and large decking area outside ground floor with compfortable outside sofa and arm chairs. Chalet is south facing and has stunning views across the valley. Two floors with fireplaces. Baby cot available
The chalet sits in a beautiful little hamlet called Mathonex slightly up the hill above Samoens and is a short drive (4km) into the town centre and to the main bubble lift (approx 5km).
Samoens is a very family friendly resort and has a creche for small children allowing the rest of the group to go skiing or enjoy other activities throughout the year. Early booking is recommended though. During the winter or summer season, the tourist office offers a variety of activities and entertainment for adults and children including wonderful fireworks during the main seasons.
Every Wednesday morning is market day from around 9.00-12.00. This is a typical and wonderful huge French market selling everything from food to home accessories, clothes and gifts to take back home.
For those in need of some relaxation, there are a number of places where one can book a massage.
There is a large supermarket on the edge of town and a number of smaller one's plus delicatessen shops selling local produce in the town centre.
Samoens is part of the Grand Massif ski area offering 265km of ski runs of all levels connecting Samoens, Morrilion, Les Carroz D'Arache, Flaine and Sixt. It has a recently build a huge ice ring which is in the centre of town. As an alternative to downhill skiing, there are also many 'ski de fond' and 'snow shoeing' trails. For some additional fun you can walk to a yurt which serves meals or go dog sledging. In the run up to Christmas, there is normally a small Christmas market in the main town square.
Samoens has been repeatedly on the Tour de France route which has come through the town and up the hill (almost past our chalet) to and over the Col de Joue Plain. This is also the summer route from our valley to Morzine.
There are many different activities on offer during the equally popular summer season for all ages from mountain biking (bikes can be hired in town), white water rafting, Via Ferrata, fishing in the local river, swimming in the local swimming pool or lake, tree adventures (including zip wire), paraponting, horse riding, tennis and much more. Samoens has also started introducing musical entertainment and concerts. Over the past couple of years, the Geneva Opera has layed on performances which have been hugely popular. It is a fantastic area for walking almost all year round. The 'Bout du Monde' at the end of our valley is well known for its beauty and the many waterfalls which are building up once the snow is starting to melt.
Between the main seasons our valley is slightly quieter, but as Samoens is a historic working town, it will never be as deserted as many other purpose build ski resorts. Spring and autumn are beautiful seasons for those who enjoy walking and appreciating the stunning outdoors without bumping into lots of other tourists or visitors.
This season, Samoens claim to fame was a visit by actor Tom Cruise, who paraponted off the Samoens landmark mountain, the 'Criou", as one of the stunts for his next movie which will be featured in 2020. For those interested, here is a link: