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Samoëns holiday rentals in the French Alps

Built by master stonemasons in the wide Upper Giffre Valley, the resort town of Samoëns is considered to be among the most beautiful ski stops in the vast domain of the Grand Massif. But to compare it with the Brutalist rises of Flaine, a partner resort that sits just 1 ridge over, would be unfair. Samoëns is a stunner, laid on a grid of car-free cobbles that pulses with wine bars and antique stores. Of course, the mountains remain the reason most people come – Samoëns holiday lettings are linked to ski gondolas and hiking trails that go right into the Haute-Savoie.


Stonecutting heritage near Samoëns holiday lettings

Samoëns wasn't always famous for its skiing. Centuries ago, the place bred some of the finest stonemasons in Europe. The outline of limestone quarries on the surrounding peaks is testimony to the hardy material they mastered, while plenty of buildings in the beautiful town centre are packed with products of their expertise – head into the Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption Church to see examples of that. In the early 1900s, Samoëns native, Marie-Louise Cognacq-Jay, added to the prestige of the resort with her beautiful Jaysinia botanical garden. It sits near the centre of the village and can still be explored – it's replete with trees, shrubs and alpine flowers, and babbling creeks.


Activities and attractions in Samoens

Are you looking for top things to see and do while you're in town? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that makes Samoens a fun place to get away to. These are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Planpraz Tram (12.8 mi / 20.5 km)
  • Planards Adventure Park (13.1 mi / 21.1 km)
  • Aiguille du Midi Cable Car (13.3 mi / 21.4 km)
  • Sea of Ice (13.9 mi / 22.3 km)
  • Bellevue Cable Car (13.9 mi / 22.4 km)
  • Grand Massif Express Gondola (1.2 mi / 2 km)
Outdoor activities

Hitting the slopes of Samoëns

With a wealth of ski-in, ski-out Samoëns holiday lettings on the menu, and all the sweeping mountains of the Haute-Savoie on the doorstep, this resort really does live up to its reputation as a winter sports Mecca. The combined ski terrain offered by the Grand Massif might not be the most extensive or the highest in France, but it does pack in a real variety of riding and breathtaking views to balance that out. In total, the domain clocks up 72 lifts, 140 separate runs and a trio of snow parks for the boarders and tricksters.


Seasonal weather in Samoens

Travellers enjoy Samoens for its skiing. To make the most of the cold weather activities, you might consider visiting in July, February, January or December, when snowfall averages 0 inches and temperatures average -3°F.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Samoens

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to take in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Samoens. These are some of the area's most stunning features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Mont Blanc (18.4 mi / 29.7 km)
  • Parc de Merlet (13 mi / 21 km)
  • Aiguille du Midi (16 mi / 25.8 km)
  • Jaysinia Alpine Botanical Gardens (0.8 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Base de Loisir des Lacs Aux Dames (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • Lac de Joux Plane (3.3 mi / 5.2 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Samoens

Fly into Geneva (GVA-Cointrin Intl.), the closest airport, located 31.8 mi (51.2 km) from the city centre.

How to get around

How to navigate around Samoëns

Regular coach transfers bring most skiers to the resort of Samoëns from the nearby airport at Geneva. Once you're off those, getting back and forth to the cable cars is made easy, thanks to the regular ski buses that run loops around the town, between December and April. They are usually free to anyone holding a ski pass – or dressed in ski gear – and even link with nearby resorts, like Flaine. In the summer, travellers tend to prefer to bring their own car. Having the freedom of your own ride means you'll be able to drive to the start of hiking trials or biking routes whenever you want.

Restaurants and bars

The best restaurant areas in Samoëns

  • Rue des Billets is the heart of Samoëns, where enchanting French bistros brim with wine and cheese bakes
  • The western edge of the resort has plenty of French bakeries selling pastries and sweet cakes
  • Those who like a hearty meal during their ski session will love the restaurants that pepper the slopes of the Grand Massif area – they've got burgers, steaks, French fries and more
  • If you ski into the town of Flaine, it's possible to pick a lunch of pizza or garlic-infused escargot – the choice is yours
Essential info

Facts and tips for a Samoëns holiday

  • Samoëns ski passes provide access to the whole of the Grand Massif domain
  • The ski season in Samoëns usually lasts from December to April
  • Samoëns holiday rentals get booked fast for the winter months, so try to bag yours early
  • Proper ski insurance is needed if you want to hit the pistes
  • Consider using tyre chains if you're bringing the car to Samoëns when there's snow

How many holiday rentals are available around Samoëns?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 6,361 holiday lettings around Samoëns. From 1,498 chalets to 4,264 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Samoëns?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Samoëns:

  • Chamonix City Centre: 1,112 holiday homes
  • Flaine: 247 holiday homes
  • Les Bossons: 1,550 holiday homes
  • Le Tour: 109 holiday homes
  • Montroc: 91 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Samoëns? offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Samoëns. From travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Saix Ski Lift: 8,339 holiday lettings
  • Gers Ski Lift: 8,563 holiday lettings
  • Grand Massif Express Gondola: 8,301 holiday lettings
  • Chariande Express: 8,565 holiday lettings
  • Soleil Ski Lift: 8,565 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Samoëns listed on where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Chalets in Samoëns?

Yes, of course. offers 1,498 Chalets in Samoëns. Our other popular types of Samoëns holiday rentals include:

  • Flats: 4,264 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 199 self catering accommodations
  • Villas: 34 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Samoëns?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 788 holiday homes with pool available in Samoëns. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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