Where to Stay in Samoens | Welove2ski
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Where to Stay in Samoens

Where to Stay in Samoens | Welove2ski
Photo: © Hotel Neige et Roc

Samoens is a large and quaint old village. Unfortunately you can’t ski to it but have to download by cableway. “One of the most beautiful villages in the alps,” said a reporter.

”There are some fairly rock-starish chalets just outside of the centre – the type of place only Russians could normally afford – but they are within the range of mere mortals in Samoens,” says one reporter. “I have stayed in one, and I am not a Russian. It was Chalet Arnica.” The self-catering, free-standing chalet sleeps 12, and has an open fireplace, a big modern kitchen and south-facing terrace. It’s 800m from the lift, so a short drive.

Where to Stay in Samoens | Welove2ski
Photo: (c) OT Samoens.

The old and the new

Villa Rose, in the heart of the village is a boutique hotel and luxury catered villa created in contemporary Belle-Époque style. It’s elegant yet intimate. Chalet La Remise is a self-catering chalet sleeping 12, a mile from the lift (the free shuttle bus stops nearby) Sadly, this one doesn’t have an open fire, but the kitchen is spacious and high-spec, and there’s a garden for the little ones. Les Fermes de Samoens 
is also a few years old – a low-rise development of traditionally-styled apartments, set between the old town centre and the lifts. The shuttle bus stops nearby and the development includes a small heated swimming-pool and sauna. Newer is Residence La Reine des Pres, so beautifully built from wood and stone that it bends into the mountainside. The apartments share a swimming-pool and fitness facilities.

Club Med is here, with 420 rooms and two restaurants. The main restaurant has four corners: a family corner, a baby corner, a wine corner and a healthy food corner. The Gourmet Lounge is a gastronomic restaurant with menus created by Michelin-starred chef, Edouard Loubet. Childcare is on offer for babies from four months old up to teenagers aged 17. Hotel Neige et Roc is a family-run three-star on the edge of the village, with an excellent reputation for its food, and a good-sized pool and spa area.

Chalet living

La Ferme de Fontany is a lovely chalet owned by the same family as the Neige et Roc and is about a mile out of town, so you’ll need a car. The spacious chalet was built in the 18th century, sleeps 10, and has rooms full of character with a central open fire in the sitting room, silk curtains and hand-made quilts in the bedrooms, and an excellent kitchen.

Ferme du Ciel is set above the village, and there is a minibus service to drop and pick guests up. Alternatively, it’s a short stroll downhill (25 mins slowly) to the village should you would prefer to walk. The original farmhouse was revamped ten years ago with stylish features such as floor-to-ceiling windows and an open-plan living area. There is a central stone fireplace and a fireside dining table, five double bedrooms and a family suite. Chalet Apassion is located half-way between the two main lifts, and has a private shuttle service.The accommodation is made up of five double bedrooms, a large open-plan living room and dining area, and a separate TV room.

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Sean Newsom

As well as founding Welove2ski in June 2007, Sean has written about skiing and snowboarding in the British press for 28 years. For the last 20 of them, he’s also been the ski travel editor at The Sunday Times.

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