Tripadvisor Excellance 2014 Apartment Buqa,Samoens
Chalet | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
This brand new Apartment has been built on the foundations of the BUQA philosophy allowing friends and family of all generations to Bond and Unwind in Quality surroundings, All year round.
Within an exclusive Chalet-style development situated on a quiet lane, the apartment offers a perfect blend of tradition with contemporary living. Stylish interior décor, a traditional wood-burning fire-place, the latest technology and accented lighting throughout give this self-catered apartment an air of comfort and luxury. A WiFi network, Wii-Fit,Sony PS3 games consoles, media system and LCD screens in each room and a huge selection of movies, games and books give you the opportunity to truly kick back and unwind after enjoying the outdoors.
The apartment has its own lockable garage with equipment storage facilities and ample outdoor parking space. The ground floor entrance leads to an open plan contemporary fully equipped kitchen/dining area, , washer/dryer and iron in utility cupboard, a stylish twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a separate WC. This is well suited for wheelchair access. The first floor is occupied by a spacious living room with a traditional wood-burning fire-place, modern technology, amazing views and a large south-facing balcony to enjoy the warm summer air and the not-so warm winter air too! The master bedroom and a stylish bathroom with Jacuzzi bath also occupy the first floor.
The mezzanine floor with lots of floor space for the little ones is our definition of the ultimate chill zone. Full media system, sofa, bean bags and stunning mountain views, as well as twin beds make this area a great hang out day and night.
This spacious apartment comfortably sleeps 8.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Geneva international airport 60 km, Nearest railway: Cluses 17 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||3 Sofa beds, Single beds (5), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
Technology in Apartment: · Free WiFi connection accessible throughout the apartment. · SKYPE communication access · 37” LCD plasma screens in lounge, bedrooms and mezzanine. · Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit Games consoles with good choice of games and accessories. · Media Centre Systems in kitchen, bedrooms, lounge and mezzanine. · Media Streamer – a database with over 500 movies and tunes at your fingertips. · Modern accented spotlights, with dimmer functions throughout. · Underfloor heating throughout the apartment. · Temperature control throughout the apartment. · Vacuum cleaner, iron and hair dryer, and European plug socket adaptors.
Luxury, Style and Comfort: · Atmospheric Wood burning log fire in lounge, with chrome tools. · Quirky wall paintings with global influences. · Bean bags, suede seating stools and pull-out coffee tables. · Modern solid pine dining table and stylish tableware. · Outdoor dining furniture on the balcony · High-chair, travel cot and children's dining set.
|Further details outdoors|
Buqa is situated in the Heart of Samoens Village. It stands over looking the village with great panoramic views. Its well situated so you get the best of both worlds. The privacy whilst enjoying the village vibe. There is ample secure private parking at Buqa.
The Rhone/French Alps region
Samoens is a summer and winter Mountains and Lakes resort that makes a significant part of the Grand Massif plains in the Haute-Savoie region of France. Regarded as a romantic resort - as displayed by ‘love hearts’ dotted around the village - Samoens has remained relatively undiscovered, unspoilt, cultured, charming and is a truly picturesque village. Sat at 800m, it is considered an ideal family holiday destination and a get-away for those who have a passion for the outdoors.
Where is it?
At the foot of the imposing Criou Mountains and a short step from Fer a Cheval, Samoens is sat proudly in the heart of Giffre Valley, 20 minutes drive from Le Cluses, 55km from Geneva, 30 minutes drive from Portes du Soleil and 40 minutes from Chamonix...to mention a few!
Natural Beauty and History...
Samoens is a far cry from a concrete jungle that often comes hand in hand with a typical all year round alpine resort. Samoens has been awarded a coveted Coq d’Or for being one of the prettiest villages in France. Furthermore, it boasts an art-cultural authenticity; once a stone cutting centre, Samoens has preserved its historical inheritance, being the only French ski resort to be listed as a Monument Historique. With its rustic, characteristic focal points dotted around Samoens, such as the Village Church, medieval water fountain in the square and The Botanical Garden at the heart, Samoens has kept ‘true to self’. It has maintained its ancestral rural, traditional feel. With the hubbub of the Wednesday market that brings this village to life, you’d agree that Samoens is much more than a winter ski resort, it is a real community, all year round.
Samoens excellent snow record in the winter months, and easily accessible at 1600m, Samoens is part of the Grand Massif, linked to a network of pistes, allowing extensive skiing. It is also a quick -and free- shuttle bus ride away from surrounding ski resorts such as Flaine, Le Morillon, Le Carroz and Sixt, opening you up to 265km of vast piste plains, which is about as far as the eye can see... and much, much more.
In Summer, Samoens makes a significant part of the Mountain Biking culture, with 600km of track to venture. Not only that, but Tour de France have been known to cycle through certain parts of Samoens. With the array of activities at hand and the beautiful scenery at its doorstep, this resort allows you to do as much, or as little as you like.
There is plenty to see and do in and around Samoens, mostly within leisurely walking distance.
Centre of Samoens
The centre focal piece of the village is the Jaysinia alpine botanical garden, created in 1906, and boasting over 8000 varieties of alpine flora, as well as waterfalls, castle ruins from XII century and a chapel from XVIII century. Buqa is sat in perfect balcony view of this beautiful 3.5 acre garden.
The square in the heart of the village has an Ice Skating rink, which converts into an outdoor nightclub - great fun, especially on New Year’s Eve!
Samoens and its surrounding area has all the amenities that cater for the residents and visitors. There is a good choice of bars, cafes, restaurants as well as pharmacies, over 40 clothes, trinkets, crafts and souvenir shops, supermarkets, ski/bike equipment and hire shops, bakeries, chocolatiers... and a tourist information office to help you find all of the above!
There is a variety of banks and ATM machines in the town. Samoens, like the rest if France, operates in Euros. For your convenience, all the shops, bars and restaurants accept major credit cards.
Every Wednesday, there is a market, which sells local fresh produce of the Haute-Savoie, such as cheeses, (Raclette and Tartiflette are the local specialities), sausages and wines, as well as local crafts- all reasonably priced.
There is also a Dairy factory and gallery Frutiere de Samoens for those with a real appreciation of the cheese making process.
You will find a living farm museum Le Clos Parchet in the village, for those among us who want to explore the history of the Upper Giffre Valley.
Recreation and Relaxation
To relax indoors, Criou cinema is in the centre of Samoens and it offers 2 to 3 shows a day during the season.
There are many beauticians dotted around the village, for relaxation, pampering spas and complementary therapies such as Reflexology and Indian head massage. One therapist who comes recommended is Claire. She is located next to the church in the square.
t: +33 (0) 672 62 24 64
The Sports Centre is one of the newest additions to the village. It has an indoor climbing wall, indoor tennis and squash courts, and Parc d’Activities for real family fun.
There are local guides available all year long (it is worth noting that they are prominently French speaking only)
Places nearby to visit:
Flaine is a vaste open ‘snow bowl’, and at 1600m it is renowned for excellent snow conditions and sunny days. This purpose built ski resort features the first 8-seater high speed chairlift Les Grands Van, and is ideal for a family skiing holiday.
Flaine is also considered a good centre for summer walking, past deep ravines, rocks and fissures. Guides available through Flaine tourist office.
Sixt fer a cheval boast a cascade of waterfalls through high mountains and forests, as well as a huge glacial amphitheatre, Cirque fer a cheval. This resort provides a special day out to enjoy the scenery and tranquillity of the mountains.
Les Carroz is a traditional alpine village, perched on a plateau at 1140m. Its little cafes and pavement of quirky shops compliment the wholesome feel of the Grand Massif. Don’t be fooled. It has much to offer in both seasons. For Mountain Bikers there is a permanent down hill track that’s 4.5km and 800m down!
Morillon mirrors its neighbouring resorts. It has a 16th century church at its heart and is very popular among the French tourists. It also features a handiski school, specialised in handicap ski. In summer, Morillon is great for mountain bikers. In addition, it boasts Lac Blue recreational park, situated in the centre. Activities on offer include fishing, tennis, volleyball, horse-riding, mini-golf and petanque.
Less than 1 hour’s drive away from Samoens, Chamonix is considered the ultimate paradise experience for all snow and bike enthusiasts, and those looking for a alpine adventure. The cherry on the cake is the backdrop of Mont Blanc - the highest mountain in Europe - with its majestic glaciers; which can be viewed perfectly from Aiguille du Midi.
The variety of terrain on offer for snow riders of all ages, abilities and tastes make it deservingly the ski capital of the French Alps in the winter months. Such activities include skiing, on and off piste, snowboarding, speedriding, heli-skiing, shoe-snowing and cross country.
The summer season in Chamonix offers a multitude of sporting activities such as hiking over 350km marked trails, mountaineering, rock climbing, mountain biking across 40km of tracks, paragliding, 18 hole golf and numerous water activities.
Chamonix town is also popular for being vibrant and diverse. It offers a great nightlife, a good choice of bars and nightclubs with amazing House DJ’s, as well as plenty of shops, attractive boutiques, museums and café's adorning the streets to appeal to all holidaymakers.
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20 Sep 2014
"Urlaub mit herrlichen Erinnerungen"
Merci !!!! Es war von der Planung übers Internet, die Begrüßung durch Gill und der gesamte Aufenthalt ein absolut gelungener Urlaub . Samoens liegt herrlich zwischen Bergen eingebettet und ist ein … More
13 Sep 2014
"Top notch place to stay with all mod cons and tech for the kids..."
Very tastefully furnished and well stocked apartment - with everything you need for a great time which is 2-3 mins walk to the centre of the village. Samoens is a lovely village ideally situated - with lots of places to eat and drink, a local market and fresh food - good large supermarket 5 mins away.
We rented the apartment for a week - which wasn't really long enough for us to do all we wanted to do - weather was great with lots of sun during the day and when it rained - it rained overnight
We did lots of cycling, climbing (Via Ferrata ) and rafting as well as lots and lots of hiking up into the mountains - literally right on the doorstep - this is truly a beautiful part of the Alps with so much on offer. If you are feeling lazy you can always take the lifts up and walk down..!
We would highly recommend to anyone who loves all the modern creature comforts and wants to be able to access the great outdoors right on your doorstep.
22 Aug 2014
"Beautiful, clean and modern Chalet in a stunning location"
The apartment was exactly as promised, spotlessly clean, and every modern appliance you could ever need. It wasn't lacking anything. We met the local contact person who was extremely helpful and friendly.
The customer service proved by Elan was exceptional both in the lead up to the stay and our time there. He was extremely prompt with answering all our questions and seemed to genuinely care that we had everything we needed and that we had a good holiday.
Well done Team Buqa, what a perfect stay.
It's comments like this that makes proud of the work we do.
Thanks again Debbie.
6 Jul 2014
"Fantastically chilled holiday in the most beautiful location."
Apartment Buqa is the perfect place to get away from it all. The views from the balcony are simply breathtaking- paragliders, waterfalls and clouds. There is plenty to see and do in Samoens even off season. The botanical gardens are truly stunning and are the perfect place to take in all the stunning scenery. Apartment buqa is fully equipped to cater for the odd rainy day too- films, music, games and books all to be enjoyed beside the roaring log fire for when the temperature drops. So all in all a truly chilled out and buqafied holiday!!
Buqafied ! Thanks for choosing Buqa :)
11 Jun 2014
"Excellent chalet and beautiful town"
We really enjoyed our stay at Buqa. The chalet was very well equipped and had everything you would need for a holiday (and more). It was clean and modern and we would highly recommend it.The chalet is… More
Buqafied! Thank you for a great review Danielle. We hope to see you in the near future :)
11 May 2014
"A perfect stay in Buqa"
The Buqa appartment is very comfortable and very-well equipped. We spent a very good time in Buqa with our 2 children. Jacuzzi, wii games for children, comfortable sofas and beds, well-equipped kitchen, beautiful view from balcony at 5 minute-walk from Samoens center! Can you have better holidays?
Elan helps you to prepare your stay and is very comprehensive. He answers all your questions very quickly!
Buqa team is perfect too!
Thank you and keep "buqafied"!
30 Apr 2014
"Apartment Buqa - excellent accommodation for a great ski holiday"
From the electrically heated ski-boot storage to clean white sheets and towels, apartment Buqa offers welcome comfort and luxury after a great day's skiing on the Grand Massif.
We loved: the high tech: from kitchen to entertainment, this apartment lacks nothing - even includes a welcome jacuzzi bath and underfloor heating - not to mention the awesome wood burning fire place!
We were impressed by the cleanliness and high level of maintenance.. not to mention the brilliant service and friendliness from both owner and caretaker.
We will be back :-)
Thanks for the feedback and rebooking in March 2015.
2 Mar 2014
"Great chalet where we felt very much at home"
We had a wonderful week at the Buqa chalet. We received a warm welcome from Gilles and had all the information beforehand from Elan. Everything was at hand in the chalet and facilities close by. We had a great week of skiing in the beautiful and extensive Grand Massif area and would very much recommend staying at the Buqa Chalet.
We're happy you are Buqafied :)
2 Feb 2014
"Everything exactly as promised."
The apartment was spotlessly clean, well equipped and everything worked. The location is convenient for the village but quiet, with no passing traffic.
There is a log fire which is nice to sit round but there is no need to light it for heat as the underfloor heating is very effective.
We were two couples and a toddler and had plenty of room. Only slight critcisms would be storage if more people stayed, and the stairs to the second floor are steep.
We met the owner and the local contact person and both were very friendly and seemed to genuinely care that we had a good holida.
Thanks for the great review. We're happy that you had a great stay and appreciate the feedback.
Re the storage, we can put some additional storage boxes under the stairs. These have been ordered and will be in place for the next guests. We'd also recommend putting any spare luggage in the garage.
Re the stairs and toddler - we have two young children and tend to use the safety gates for peace of mind.
Your feedback is extremely valuable thanks again,
30 Jan 2014
"Fantastic apartment in ideal location"
We stayed at Buqa for a week early January 2014. What appealed to us initially was price, location and the seperate TV/ gaming area for the kids. When we arrived our boys (aged 9 and 5) were very exci… More
Thank you so much for the comments guys.
Glad you had a great holiday
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