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Like skiing? Then go Massif in Samoens, France

The charming mountain village of Samoens is nestled in the Grand Massif ski area, which connects the resorts of Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon, Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval, and Samoens. But it's not just for snow hounds. Samoens is a ville fleurie, an accolade awarded to the most beautiful towns in France, and a popular summer destination. Don't miss a trip to the Jardin botanique alpin La Jaysinia, a botanical garden which specializes in alpine flowers. Get your French getaway off to a great start by booking a Samoens vacation rental with magnificent mountain views.

Things to do

Green-fingered folk will love this alpine botanical gardens

After a busy winter season, you would think the Alps quietens down. But it's just as popular in the summer months when Samoens becomes a magnet for hikers, bikers, and outdoors enthusiasts. If you're of the green-fingered variety, why not visit Jaysinia, the town's beautiful botanical gardens which sit at an altitude of 2300 feet. Established by Marie-Louise Cognacq-Jay in 1906, it features more than 8,000 plants from around the world, including 4500 alpine species. It also has the ruins of the 12th-century Tornalta Castle, fountains, and waterfalls.

Activities

There's no business like snow business in Samoens

The French Alps is regarded as one of the premier skiing destinations in the world. Surrounded by the Alps' dizzying snow-capped peaks, a Samoens vacation rental makes the perfect base for exploring Le Grand Massif. Skiing and snowboarding aside, you can also try other winter sports like dog sledding, snowshoeing and, if you're feeling brave enough, ice climbing. For families there's also plenty of sledding and ice skating opportunities. And after a busy day on the slopes, kick back and enjoy the village's lively apres ski scene.

Weather

Like plenty of snow? Samoens certainly has the chill factor

Like much of the French Alps, Samoens becomes a playground for winter sports between November and April when the snow falls thick and fast. Despite the cold, days are often bright and sunny with plenty of blue skies. However, it's worth remembering that winter is peak season in the Alps and Samoens vacation rentals are at a premium. In the summer the temperatures can reach the 70s and low 80s and rainfall is rare. If you're a fan of the wet stuff, then visit in spring or fall, when showers are plentiful.

Natural features

Hikers are pining for alpine peaks in Le Grand Massif

Part of Le Grand Massif ski area, Samoens is a small mountain village in the Haute-Savoie region of the French Alps and an hour's drive from Geneva. The area is a dream destination for the hiking brigade, with dizzying mountain peaks and craggy rock faces as far as the eye can see. But there are plenty of more leisurely treks on offer too. In the Giffre Valley which surrounds the village, you'll find nearly 560 miles of hiking trails, all studded with wildflowers and boasting magnificent mountain views. If you're lucky, you may even spot some alpine wildlife.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Samoens

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

Can I find a vacation rental around Samoëns?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,372 vacation rentals near Samoëns. From 1,560 Chalets to 4,318 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Samoëns for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Samoëns:

  • Avoriaz: 478 vacation rentals
  • Chamonix City Centre: 1,212 vacation rentals
  • Argentière: 381 vacation rentals
  • Villars-sur-Ollon: 236 vacation rentals
  • Flaine: 280 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Samoëns?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Samoëns. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Jaysinia Alpine Botanical Gardens: 8,471 vacation rentals
  • Grand Massif Express Gondola: 8,576 vacation rentals
  • Retour-Pendant Ski Lift: 8,800 vacation rentals
  • Chariande Express: 9,010 vacation rentals
  • Gers Ski Lift: 8,848 vacation rentals

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

Can I rent Chalets in Samoëns?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,560 Chalets in Samoëns. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Samoëns include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 4,318 rentals available
  • Houses: 198 rentals available
  • Villas: 18 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Samoëns?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 944 vacation rentals with pool available in Samoëns. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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