Samoëns isn’t just a winter wonderland
When most people think about the French Alps, they envision snow-capped mountains, skiing by day and hot tubbing by night. In reality, this season only lasts from December until April. Once the snow melts and the region reveals its other natural beauty, there is a lot more to discover.
Samoëns is a beautiful town right on the French/Swiss border, steeped in history it remains a less touristy place than others in the area. The name is a medieval expression for the seven mountains that surround the village and dates back to 1167.
What to do in summer
This town built on the ruins of the castle of Montanier is only one hour from Geneva airport and is the original home of the stonecutters. The historical architecture is reason alone to visit. Art lovers will revel in the many sculptures, statues, and stone vaults to explore.
There are so many activities you can do here during the summer months including horseback riding, paragliding and cycling. Water-based fun includes canyoning, fishing, rafting and water-skiing.
Adventurers can explore the many caverns and abysses while hiking. For thrill-seekers, why not take one of the (still operating) ski lifts to the top of the mountain and then bike down.
Day tours from the area will take you to famous places like Evian, the home of the world’s most popular spring water. Annecy, the ‘Venice of France’ is also a similar distance away, as is Chamonix, at the base of Mont Blanc.
A unique experience
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a whole Samoëns luxury chalet to yourself? During summer, that dream can become a reality. Ferme du Ciel can house up to 18 people and is ideal for a family-friendly luxury holiday, or for a group of friends who want to experience the best in Samoëns accommodation.
Stay for a week and you’ll get private use of comfortable lounging areas, outdoor terraces, a jacuzzi, pool and sauna. The food and beverages are exceptionally great – your personal chef will cater four dinners for you, and you can purchase award-winning wines from the cellar.