This place definitely deserves it 5 star rating, and I would definitely go back. There were only two of us and we got upgraded to a 4-6 people apartment, so that size apartment is what I can base this review on.
The layout is about 7 different chalet style lodges, each only 3 floors tall and is built from stone, as all good places in Samoens are, and then finished with wood under the roof. It looks very attractive and it should be said in keeping with Samoens which is definitely one of the nicest skiing resorts Ive stayed at in terms of asthetic appeal.
One of the major benefits of staying here is that the reception is open all day, so if you arrive early or want to leave late you can leave all your bags in the main reception area. This reception area gives a great first impression with welcoming sofas arranged around an open fire. This is the also where you go to get to the swimming pool & spa facilities.
Our apartment was equally well furnished with quality wooden furniture and very comfortable beds. the whole places feels new, but without feeling clinical. Our apartment block had about 12 apartments in it, so not too many people to disturb you and despite the fact that both our neighbouring apartments had kids in, we never heard a thing. There is pretty much everything you could ever need in the apartment, and our only small complaint was that the oven was quite complex to operate (and we are normally good with technology!!) as it was some sort of combination microwave oven, and that the kitchen knives were very blunt - in fact the dinner knives were better in some cases! But apart from these minor issues, everything was perfect.
You are even provided with 2 tea towels and washing up liquid and sponge, so no need to worry about cleaning products if you come by plane as we did. The only thing you are expected to clean are the cutlery as well as empty the dishwasher and bins - so again no need to waste luggage allowance with that, or even waste precious time away cleaning up.
The apartment was so welcoming that despite planning to eat out more, we only ate out once at Table de Fifine, which is right next door to the chalet, and is excellent. It isnt the cheapest, 60 euros for 2 people, 2 courses, but it is brilliantly decorated inside and all the plates and things they serve your food on seem unique too.
Another benefit of this apartment is the bakery service, so every day from 07:40 you can go over to reception and collect whatever bakery items you have ordered, and for not an expensive price either. So fresh french bread, without the walk in the cold - fantastic!!
Each apartment block has its own ski room, and you get your own lockable ski cupboard with the heated boot racks to dry and warm your boots each morning - is really good.
The swimming pool is a decent size, and the whirlpool and steam room are super. Everything is really clean and was never busy when we went, which was at 17:00 ish when you would expect it to be busy after a day on the slopes. You can also get in and out even if all the changing rooms are in use as there is a door at the end to avoid just this problem - its not obvious, but it is there! I cant comment on the gym as I didnt use it, but there definitely is one.
I actually liked where the apartment is located as it is nearer to the ski lift than virtually any other place as it is out of the main centre of the village. Is probably about a 400m walk or so there, so not too bad. The apartment is probably about the same from the centre of the village in the other direction.
The staff are all fantastically friendly, and all speak great english and always do what they can to help, which was good to know.
My final point would be that these apartments are perfect for Samoens. Dont come to either if you want wild night life and lots of apres ski, but come if you want a quiet, comfortable & relaxed holiday in a beautiful region with access to a superb ski area.
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