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“Chalet La Roche - 5 Star all the way !!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Absolute Alpine
Ranked #4 of 8 Samoens B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
York, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Chalet La Roche - 5 Star all the way !!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

What can we say about our experience with dealing with Sam and Steve at Absolute Alpine but WOW !
What can we say about staying in the Chalet La Roche but WOW!
In fact everything had the WOW factor !!
We went along as a group (6 adults and 2 very young children) and travelled on the 25th January for a weeks skiiing and loved every minute.

We were picked up at the airport by Steve from Absolute Alpine and couldn't see much on our transfer to the chalet as it was dark, but when we got to the village of Samoens it was like going back to Christmas as everything was lit up and looked all so magical and couldn't wait to see it in the daylight .

We arrived at our chalet and greeted by Vic and Geoff who turned out to be not only a fantastic couple but our cook (Vic) and her helper/host !!( Geoff). The food was out of this world and everynight we left the table feeling very satisfied (No good for the waistline though !!) and every course was a favourite . We asked if they could come home with us but we were politely told we couldn't afford them !!
We even had a homemade cake waiting for us when we got back in the afternnoons

The Chalet it's self is absolutely gorgeous and very tastefully decorated, and the views across the village and mountains are breathtaking .

I remember going to bed that first night and feeling like a child at christmas waiting for tomorrow to come and certainly wasn't disappointed .

After a wonderful breakfast (so much choice) we all headed up the mountain and again we were all very impressed as eveything was on hand and well catered for all level of skiers, non skiers and young children , definitely a big plus .

After our day on the slopes we had the luxury of the huge hot tub on the balcony which certainly was a luxury !!

Overall nothing was to much trouble and because we all enjoyed it that much, we have all booked to go again next year.

Roll on 2015

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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AbsoluteAlpine, Owner at Absolute Alpine, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Wow! Thanks for such a thorough review!

It must have taken you ages to write that but hopefully it was time spent bringing back fond memories. We very much enjoyed having you to stay and we're really excited about the fact that we're going to be seeing your friendly faces again next year!

Thanks so much for your review,
Steve, Sam and the Absolute Alpine team
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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2014

Just got back from an amazing week in Samoens staying in the Le Grande Ourse Chalet. Steve, Sam, Luke, Alice and the wonderful chef Gilly have looked after us so well. From the moment we arrived those little 'go that extra mile' moments were so special from the lovely bubbly and canapés on the first evening, the quality toiletries in the rooms, the freshly baked cake each day, the high standard of food (every meal was perfect!) and most of all the helpfulness of the staff. We found this on so many occasions as the team always went out of there way to make it that little bit more special. So kind! It is clear to
see that going that extra mile is a speciality of
Absolute Alpine! We hope to
see you all soon in the
future. Big thank you to you all for making a
wonderful trip so very special with so many
fantastic memories.

  • Stayed January 2014
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Thank Wharfey
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AbsoluteAlpine, Owner at Absolute Alpine, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Thanks so much for your review.

We're really chuffed that you had such a lovely stay with us. Going the extra mile is definitely something that the whole team takes seriously. Holidays are extremely important and we like to do whatever we can to make sure that they are as relaxing and memorable (for the right reasons!) as possible.

Thanks again for sharing!
Steve, Sam and the Absolute Alpine team
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Colchester, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2014

Thanks to all at La Grande Ourse, we had a fab holiday! Very well catered for by all the lovely staff and ferried to the mountain and back by Steve, fab food, clean and very comfortable chalet, We will be back, great place to stay with friends or family.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Sheila D
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AbsoluteAlpine, Owner at Absolute Alpine, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to post a review Sheila.

We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you as new additions to the group of 'regulars' whom you came with. It was a lovely week having you in the chalet and we very much hope to see you back here again sometime soon!

Thanks,
Steve, Sam and the Absolute Alpine team
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2014

Well, what can we say, I think the reviews already justify just how amazing this place is.

The chalet was beautiful, with amazing views and, of course, a hot tub! The food each night was spectacular and the hosts Vic and Geoff were very accommodating.

Sam and Steve were brilliant and went the extra mile to ensure that our holiday was the best it could be. We went skiing for the week for our friends 30th and it was no bother to arrange a birthday cake as well as the Husky Rides we wanted to do.

Overall, highly recommend this place, I want to go back now!!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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AbsoluteAlpine, Owner at Absolute Alpine, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Thanks Joanna,

It was a real pleasure having you to stay and we're pleased that you had a great holiday with us. Your whole group was a lot of fun and you made looking after you during your holiday really enjoyable.

It's lovely to have positive feedback about the food. We think that mealtimes are particularly important after a day on the slopes and we take pride in delivering high quality food... accompanied, of course, by free flowing lovely wines!

Thanks for sharing your feedback and we hope to see you next year!
Steve, Sam and the Absolute Alpine team
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Swindon, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2014

Amazing place with great food from a creative chef and great service from Sam, Steve and chalet staff - having the chalet to ourselves for a family with 2 couples and a child was ideal and the hot tub was a welcome bonus after a days skiing.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Thank XinaJD
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AbsoluteAlpine, Owner at Absolute Alpine, responded to this review, January 25, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us.

It was a pleasure having you all to stay and, thus far, you still hold the record as our keenest skiers this season!

We pride ourselves on the quality of our food on our catered holidays (hence a professional chef looking after you) and it's nice to hear that Gilly delivered the expected level of yumminess.

We hope to see you out here again... Although if you come later in the season after the clocks change you'll be able to squeeze in even more slope time and make your record even harder to break!

Thanks again for sharing your feedback,
Steve, Sam and the Absolute Alpine team
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Chester, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014

We travelled with a baby and a toddler to Chalet La Roche with Absolute Alpine and Sam and the team made our stay so relaxing. They had thought of absolutely everything we'd need for both children and the chalet was a dream. We spent most of each day in the kitchen living room that has fantastic views of the village.

It's location was perfect for us, close enough to the village centre for our morning boulangerie run and only a 10 minute walk (in shoes) to the ski lift - close enough for us not to mind missing the free ski bus.

The village was busy enough to keep the children and non skiers busy. Hopefully we'll be back again soon if not for the skiing the place has plenty to offer in summer.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Hawys77
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AbsoluteAlpine, Owner at Absolute Alpine, responded to this review, January 25, 2014
Hi Hawys,

Thanks for taking the time to write a review - they really do help add credibility to what we offer.

We're really pleased that the whole family had a wonderful stay with us. It's not always the case for non-skiers on a winter holiday but, as you point out, Samoens is a beautiful village and nice place to enjoy non-skiing activities.

We understand how it can be tricky travelling with the little ones and really try to make sure you have everything on hand to make life easy whilst away from your normal environment and without well established routines and equipment. I'm glad we got everything covered - we were impressed by the fact that you were on a ski holiday with such a young (and remarkably cute) baby!

Thanks again for sharing your experience,
Steve, Sam & the Absolute Alpine team
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Norwich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2014

Having enjoyed 4 ski holidays at the same resort elsewhere in France, we had decided to try somewhere new. Sameons was recommended by friends so we set about finding accommodation. We were so very lucky to find and book Apartment La Roche! Its a super apartment. The living area is compact but there are 2 good sized bedrooms with comfy beds, both with en suite shower rooms. The apartment is super cosy warm and has everything you could need. On the evenings we didn't eat out, we found it very comfortable and relaxing. Prior to our arrival, Sam provided great advice and information in reply to my questions and queries and during our stay both Sam and her staff (Victoria and Jeff?) were beyond helpful. We are already planning another holiday there next year! Thank you absolute alpine!!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Thank samantha s
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AbsoluteAlpine, Owner at Absolute Alpine, responded to this review, January 25, 2014
Thanks Samantha,

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. We are really pleased that you had a nice stay with us and are chuffed that you liked the village (we love it ourselves but accept that we may be slightly biased).

We choose our team carefully and I'm glad that Geoff and Vics were able to be helpful and assist you in getting the most from your holiday even though you took the apartment on a self-catered basis.

Thanks for booking again so quickly - we look forward to seeing you again next winter!
Steve, Sam & the Absolute Alpine team
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Property: Absolute Alpine
Address: La Grande et La Petite Ourse | Chalets de Levy, 74340 Samoens, France
Location: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Grand Massif > Samoens
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Samoens
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We’re a family run, chalet company offering two luxurious fully catered chalets for ski and summer holidays in Samoens, French Alps. Our two chalets cater for groups from 4 to 21 guests.Each of our adjacent chalets have its own hot tub and plenty to entertain the whole family (UK TV, DVDs, CDs, Nintendo Wii and more). ... more   less 

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