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While the village of Samoëns is particularly well known for its ski resort, it is also home to some exceptional heritage, offering a break combining sport and culture.

Samoëns is a commune situated in the south of the department of Haute-Savoie, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, close to the French-Swiss border. This land of stonecutters is a village resort par excellence, with its high-altitude ski area and a picturesque village in the Giffre Valley.

The ski resort of Samoëns boasts an exceptional view in the heart of the French Alps. It is part of the Grand Massif ski area, and is connected to four other resorts: Sixt Fer à Cheval, Flaine, Les Carroz and Morillon. From the village, you can get there in just eight minutes via the Grand Massif Express lift, and explore the 165 miles of slopes, which offer skiing for beginners and seasoned skiers alike.

Don't miss out on the other surprises Samoëns has in store, which you'll discover as you walk around the village. You can admire exceptional architecture, including in the église Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, where the chapels and oratories bear witness to the religious devotion of the village's ancestors, as well as the fountains and chalets from the 1950s and 60s.

A 3.5-hectare botanic garden contains some 4,500 species of mountain plants from five continents. A leisure centre has been built around the village's two lakes, which offer a wide range of activities (tennis, football, adventure park, paragliding, etc.) to entertain kids and grown-ups alike. The famous Gouffre Jean-Bernard cave is also perfect for potholing.

Samoëns is easy to get to by motorway from Geneva or Chamonix. You can also take the train to Cluses station, which is just over 12 miles away, and then reach the village by taxi or coach. In winter, there is also a shuttle service to Geneva airport.

An exhilarating break awaits you!

Top hotels in Samoens

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hôtel Le Gai Soleil
Hôtel Le Gai Soleil
3 out of 5
26 rte de Taninges, Samoens
The price is £132 per night

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jaysinia Alpine Botanical Gardens and Samoens Ski Resort. Base de Loisir des Lacs Aux Dames ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (34 reviews)

"A very homely hotel, great facilities, great swiming pool and spa. Close to town center but the garden is a beautiful place to relax, would definitely recommend."…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2019

Hôtel Le Gai Soleil
Hôtel les Glaciers
Hôtel les Glaciers
3 out of 5
The price is £110 per night

Offering ski-in/ski-out access, this hotel in Samoens is in the mountains, within a 15-minute walk of Jaysinia Alpine Botanical Gardens and Samoens Ski Resort, ...

3.8/5Good! (65 reviews)
Ski trip

"Nice basic hotel with great breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2020

Hôtel les Glaciers
Les Suites d'Alexane
Les Suites d'Alexane

Situated in Samoens, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jaysinia Alpine Botanical Gardens and Samoens Ski Resort. Grand Massif Express Gondola and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (37 reviews)

"Fantastic hotel and great service"…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020

Les Suites d'Alexane

Popular places to visit in Samoens

Avoriaz Ski Resort
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Avoriaz Ski Resort

4.5/5(49 reviews)

When you have the urge for a premiere experience in European skiing, look no further than Avoriaz Ski Resort, pride of France.

Top things to do in Samoens

4-day Ski pass Grand Massif from April 4th to 17th
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4-day Ski pass Grand Massif from April 4th to 17th

£156
Per adult
4-day Ski pass Grand Massif from Jan 4th to 24th
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4-day Ski pass Grand Massif from Jan 4th to 24th

£157
Per adult
2-day Ski pass Grand Massif from Jan 4th to Jan 24th
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2-day Ski pass Grand Massif from Jan 4th to Jan 24th

£79
Per adult
2-day Ski pass Grand Massif from Dec 14th to Dec 20th
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2-day Ski pass Grand Massif from Dec 14th to Dec 20th

£79
Per adult
4-day Ski pass Grand Massif from Dec 14th to 20th
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4-day Ski pass Grand Massif from Dec 14th to 20th

£157
Per adult
Tandy paragliding
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Tandy paragliding

£145
Per adult

Reviews of Samoens

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Apr 2019

Great ski area and not overcrowded.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2019

Interesting market and shops with plenty of accommodation, restaurants and bars.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Feb 2019

A lovely town. Beautiful in winter, and obviously lovely in summer too. Make sure to visit La Cirque du Fer a Cheval. But much too busy in February half term.

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