Lake Annecy is a magnet. You can water ski, wakeboard, kite surf, row, or just let yourself be mesmerized by its silvery waves or sky bursting with fireworks. The city is celebrated as much for its pyrotechnic arts as for its superb animated film festival. As far as La Clusaz, this region gives pride of place to nature and the spirit of celebration. In winter, you can descend the slopes on a snowboard, a traditional sled called a “paret” or by skijoring, in which you are pulled along by horses. You can even dance to the rhythm of the DJs while savoring mulled wine...
Property reopened on 04/06/2020
Restaurant and hotel in a village. Overlooking Lake Annecy and facing the Bauge Mountains, Le Clos des Sens is a discrete historic manor built in 1866. Between contemporary preciosity, a rustic touch and true authenticity, the table setting continually dialogues with the works of art, setting the scene for the culinary creations of Laurent Petit. The chef's cuisine, lakeside vegetarian that is 100% local, is an ode to the three lakes of Savoy: Léman, Annecy and Bourget. The lounge-fireplace design, the beautiful terrace with old chestnut trees, as well as the swimming pond that borders a remarkable garden of herbs, lend themselves to dreaming. As for the spacious rooms, they distinguish themselves by their strong character. ... Learn moreless
The second largest glacial lake in France, Lake Annecy has lots on offer for fans of water sports: waterskiing, wakeboarding and speedboating (with or without a licence), not forgetting the stunning Roc de Chère Nature Reserve. Fans of paddle boarding can give themselves a solitary treat on the lake’s...Read More less
Considered the "Venice of the Alps", Annecy has managed to preserve the charm of its old town. Its beautiful streets covered by archways still hold a wonderful food market every Tuesday and Friday. Between the cold cuts and cheeses produced in the surrounding mountains, you’ll discover delicious local...Read More less
Property reopened on 05/06/2020
Hotel and restaurant on a lake. This fine early 20th-century mansion on the banks of Lake Annecy is a rhapsody of blue and gold: the blue of the façade and the lake viewed from the terrace meets the golden yellow of the wood cladding the walls and the sun that shines into the guestrooms through the large picture windows. This house offers an intimate setting with a warm, cosy ambiance. And all around is resplendent nature, as celebrated by the Chef's cuisine. Since 2010, Yoann Conte, following in the footsteps of Marc Veyrat, has drawn his inspiration from the passing seasons and their plants to reinterpret local cuisine, serving, for example, fish from the lake with fresh herbs and alpine flowers. ... Learn moreless
Every evening in June, as soon as night falls, open-air movies are projected on giant screens at locations such as the square in front of the Town Hall, Vignières Pommaries park, and the Annecy Stud Farm. During the famous Animated Film Festival, you can also(re)discover the great classics of the animated...Read More less
Considered one of Europe’s best fireworks festivals, every year on the first Saturday of August, Lake Annecy Festival draws several thousand spectators all along the shores. A must-see for locals and tourists alike, the show begins at dusk. An hour and a quarter of water jets, fireworks and music in...Read More less
Property reopened on 21/05/2020
Restaurant and hotel on a lake. Located on the edge of Lake Annecy and protected by the surrounding mountains, the Auberge du Père Bise is a peaceful and authentic setting conducive to relaxation. A unique spot on the waterfront with mountain views… This stunning property, taken over by chef Jean Sulpice and his wife Magali, has long been witness to the richness of our gastronomic heritage. Passionate about nature, which has become his signature, chef Jean Sulpice traverses the Savoie region so dear to him, exploring it with originality, independence and gourmet enjoyment. Come and discover the new Auberge du Père Bise by Jean Sulpice with its hotel comprising 23 rooms and suites, gastronomic restaurant, bistro and delicatessen. ... Learn moreless
Philippe Rigollot is as famous in Annecy as the Tour Eiffel is in Paris. Anne-Sophie Pic's former head pastry chef set up shop on the edge of the lake with his wife to the sheer delight of the city's inhabitants. A Meilleur Ouvrier de France and Pastry world Champion, Philippe makes pastries,...Read More less
I head to this passage regularly either on the bike or in the car (the Tour de France peloton climbed it for the 100th Tour de France in 2013). You enjoy a magnificent view over the Tournette mountain and Lake Annecy in all its length. Heading back down to Lescheraines and then the Col de Plainpalais,...Read More less
Started in 1312 and always held in the village's central square, the market in Thônes hosts salted meat and cheese producers every Saturday morning. Hardly surprising when you think that Thones is considered the capital of Reblochon...
In the very remote village of Ecole, you simply must stop at Le Pain des Belledonne bakery. Once there, ask for a nut, almond and raisin cake. You can also stop off at the nearby Tournette cheese shop, La Compote or La Fruitière de Lescheraines to purchase a nice Tome des Bauges cheese.
Property reopening on 01/08/2020
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. Marc Veyrat has created a mountain hamlet at an altitude of 1650 metres, on the land of his ancestors, a restaurant folly touching the starry sky, an exceptional hotel, a relaxation area hewn out of the rock, an organic farm, kitchen gardens, beehives, a botanical walk... Savoy architecture meets the modern age to create something truly unique. Marc Veyrat is back to offer us his new pastoral, mineral cuisine. Herbs picked in the open countryside early in the morning and woodland aromas add to farm-produced ingredients: when gastronomy, luxury and simplicity come together, it is a marriage made in heaven. Here, creativity, sophistication, terroir and nature live happily together. ... Learn moreless
As an artisan ripener, Joseph Paccard patiently selects and "nurtures" each cheese in his cellar. In this mysterious, hidden-away world of Slow Food, hygrometry and temperature appear to be the masters of time. The visit continues with the tasting of Manigodine, Reblochon, and Tome de Savoie cheeses...Read More less
For more than a century now, both the children and adults of Manigod have been taking out their parets as soon as the first snows cover the slopes of the village. This small wooden sled, made with a board to sit on and a handle to steer, has the particularity of being equipped with only one runner. Extremely...Read More less
Property reopening on 11/12/2020
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. The beauty of the alpine surroundings of the Aravis ski slopes, the creativity of its cuisine and the way every guest’s expectations are listened to turn this chalet with its elegant design into an exceptional destination in the heart of the village of La Clusaz. After a vigorous day on the slopes, relax in the superb Cristal Spa where, in addition to the fantastic treatments, guests can enjoy the hammam, sauna and pool. Gourmets will adore Le 5 restaurant, which offers dishes made from responsibly sourced local and regional products. After dinner, cap the night off with a cigar in the English-style smoking room before retiring to a rustic but refined guest room. ... Learn moreless
A Nordic discipline, skijoring was presented as a demonstration sport at the 1928 Olympic Games in St. Moritz. Nearly a century later, the activity remains relatively unknown although it is still practiced. Attached to a small horse or pony, the towed skier glides at a walk, and then at a trot before...Read More less
In the midst of the Aravis mountain range during the summer grazing men have continued the traditional Reblochon production, morning and evening. This farmed run by Nicolas Veyrat is one of my favourite suppliers of farmhouse Reblochon and Chevrotin cheeses. You find the scent of the grass and the perfume...Read More less
Who hasn't dreamt of skiing in the middle of the night ? 2013 saw the tenth anniversary of the Full Moon Party in La Clusaz. Imagine skiing to the beat of a DJ set while the clock strikes midnight under the disco lights! With a mulled wine, music and skiing, this makes the evening a formidable combination...Read More less
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I was born in Aix-les-Bains to a family of restaurateurs, so entertaining and sharing were part of my upbringing. As a teenager, I served my apprenticeship in a Michelin-starred restaurant in Le Bourget-du-Lac. Later on, I made up my mind to send a CV to Marc Veyrat (on blue paper). The four and a half years I spent alongside the 'man in the hat' were filled with joy, tears and all the stuff of cooking and life. He taught me that there are no rules to gastronomy, it is based on inspiration, emotion and history. It was also there that I met a brilliant sommelier named Magali who would become my wife. I've always found it hard leaving my mountains. So much so I opted to stay in Savoy rather than accept Pierre Gagnaire's offer to move to Sketch in London. I need to be in touch with the land, to feel it and hold its produce in my hands. So these days I live between Val Thorens and Parc des Bauges. A universe between the high mountains and snow. Twice or three times a week before sunrise, I take out my climbing skins and ski over towards Cime de Caron or Aiguille de Péclet and then come back down to my stoves ...