Just outside Morzine, this comfortable and sunny modern apartment has a spacious open plan design, high vaulted wood beam ceilings with 3 large balconies that provide exceptional views of the surrounding mountains. The apartment occupies the whole of the top (second) floor of the building so easily accommodates 6 people, with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and the bonus of underfloor heating throughout. The very large and well lit living area is adaptable to the different needs of all the family or group of friends - there is plenty of room and seating to relax at the end of the day, and TV & DVD and broadband internet are all available. The well designed & equipped open plan kitchen and adjacent dining area makes life easy for those who enjoy cooking, dining and wining at home. A Savoyard restaurant and bar a short walk from the apartment is a convenient alternative at the end of an active day. There is a private parking space and secure storage for skis, boards, & bikes.
Morzine and the surrounding area is a great all-year round destination for holidays; Apartment Octavia is a convenient base for exploring everything that is on offer. The open style of the apartment with its large windows and balconies gives an outlook on the constantly changing mountain scenery in all directions. Winter is not only down-hill skiing and boarding - support Morzine's ice hockey team, the PIngouins; try snow-shoe walking; ski de fond; watch the Grand Odyssey Husky Race or even try husky sledding yourself. The large indoor swimming pool complex, opened January 2012, is a welcome new addition to the existing outdoor pool.
The summer calendar is packed with local events and activities and the various lakes close by are popular for picnics, swimming, a gentle stroll or fishing. For the activist, there is white water rafting, parapenting, tennis, horse riding, canyoning, as well as walking and cyclng. In relaxed mode, take a drive down to Lac Leman and wander around the spa towns of Thonon and Evian, or Yvoire and perhaps a boat trip aross the lake to Lausanne. Spring and autumn are perfect for enjoying mountain walking. The many local bars and restaurants provide a taste of local food in an attractive alpine setting.
For families, the large open air swimming pool in the centre of Morzine is an ideal venue for basking in the sun and some splashing around. It has 3 pools, a waterslide, volleyball courts and landscaped gardens ideal for sunbathing and plenty of space for children to play.. Morzine Tourist Office has a lively calendar of events across the summer season and the opening of a large number of ski lifts during the season makes an extensive area of the surrounding mountains easily accessible for walkers and mountain bikers, young or old.
Lake Montriond, a 10 minutes drive, provides a beautiful mountain setting for a lakeside family picnic day. Spend the day enjoying sun bathing by the lake, swimming, canoeing, pony rides, and a leisurely walk around the lake along the wooded slopes; the more energetic can also head off up to the Ardent waterfall.
WALKING: Around Morzine, the mountains, rivers and lakes provide endless variety for walking. From Apartment Octavia itself you can take a gentle stroll through the woods along the RIver Dranse right into Morzine; or you can set off to follow some of the more demanding routes up to the Roc d'Enfer, or the Col de Cou with a view into Switzerland. The area is criss-crossed with walking trails for all levels of fitness. Or for a more relaxed approach, you can use the network of ski lifts open during the peak summer months to get you up the slopes to points of interest and sample a traditional French lunch in one of the many mountain restaurants.
ROAD CYCLING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING: Morzine and Avoriaz and the Aulps Valley area is excellent for road cycling with famous climbs for the enthusiast including the Col de Joux Plane and the Col de la Joux Verte up to Avoriaz. A number of mountain circuits are in the immediate vicinity of Apartment Octavia making it a good base for a cycling holiday at altitude without having to carry all the luggage. And for those who like to take up the challenge of local events, the Cyclosportive Morzine/Vallee d'Aulps takes place in June every year. Morzine and the Portes du Soleil also offer some of the best mountain biking in Europe, with over 380km of marked trails & world cup downhill courses. It is good for beginners as well to have a go with bike hire and local instructors on hand.