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)|
|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, 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|
|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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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
2 Jan 2014
"lovely apartment in good location"
We spent Christmas 2013 in Samoens as an extended family and I booked Buqa for some of my family members. It's located within a development of new chalets and we all stayed next to each other, in… More
Happy New Year and thank you so much for the great comments. You have been great guests and left Buqa in a very respectful state. We look forward to seeing you back in the future.
19 Aug 2013
"great base to explore the region"
Excellent accomodation with great views from the balcony
Entertainment system really good when you have teenagers
Standard of furnishings good
Good communication with owners and on site representative
Splendid - nice to have you Buqafied...
1 Aug 2013
"A great apartment in a wonderful location"
The process for booking, collecting keys etc was all seamless which was great. The property itself is lovely in an excellent location with a view of the village below. It is only a couple of minutes walk down to the village but a bit longer back up the hill! Samoens itself is really nice with plenty going on in July including Bastille Day fireworks while we were there. The pool in Samoens was a big hit with our kids (its about 2 mins drive or 10 mins walk away from Buqa). There is loads to do in the area including walking, rafting, zip wire park and paragliding - we tried all of these. The wifi and the entertainment systems were invaluable to keep everyone happy when we got back to the apartment each day. It was hot while we were there but there were fans provided for the bedrooms which helped. Overall we had a great stay in the Alps this summer.
It's nice to hear you are Buqafied :)
19 Jul 2013
This is a great place to stay. Very nice chalet with excellent facilities. The movies box is the best (especially with staying with a toddler!!) They had everything we needed including a cot, high chair and baby gates! Very impressed with Buqa! Elan was fantastic, checking we arrived there and home safely. Very nicer person indeed!
21 Mar 2013
"Great place, great location!"
I visited Buqa in Feb 2013 with friends and I must say, what a place!! It has everything you could want in a ski resort apartment:-•Excellent facilities and decor (the kitchen and bathrooms were gre… More
21 Mar 2013
"Fantastic apartment in a lovely resort"
I stayed here with friends who were re-visiting this apartment, and the impression they gave was that of a perfect retreat after a hard day on the slopes. I was certainly not disappointed. The facilit… More
21 Mar 2013
"Gadget heaven & super modern decor with a chalet twist"
this is the second time we have stayed at buqa, so that in it self is saying enough.both times we have stayed, we have arrived before the cleaners have finished (addicted snowboarder), but they have n… More
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