During a winter sports break or a summer holiday, discover Annecy in all seasons, as part of a family holiday or a romantic getaway. Les Collectionneurs offers a selection of charming establishments in the "Venice of the Alps" where you can stay or grab a bite to eat.
The city of Annecy is easily accessible from Paris by train, with connections in Lyon, and can also be reached by plane from Geneva airport in Switzerland. Once you've arrived, you simply must take the time to wander along the lake shore, passing from the Paquier to the Gardens of Europe. This walk will take travellers to the Lover's Bridge or to the gardens of the Imperial Palace, the grand hotel of Annecy, located just on the edge of the old town. The historic heart of the city, with its crisscrossing canals, is a wonderful place to stroll, before passing by the flower-strewn lock and the Palais d'Isle, and climbing up to visit the Annecy castle, a 12th-century fortress rebuilt by the Dukes of Savoy.
For thrill-seekers, a paragliding trip provides a breathtaking view of both the lake and the Alps. This is just a taster of the experience of a hike to the Gorges du Fier or the summit of Mount Veyrier. In the winter, snow sports aficionados are just a stone's throw from the ski resorts of Grand-Bornand, La Clusaz or Megève.
Whether you're on holiday with family, friends or as a couple, the welcoming hotels and guesthouses selected by les Collectionneurs all have a distinct identity, but share a common desire for quality. Rooms, as comfortable as they are spacious, offer all modern comforts, from the fully-equipped bathroom with bathtub and shower, to the top-quality bedding, and essential technology such as air conditioning, free wifi access and a flat-screen television. The added bonus? These establishments often provide a porter and a dry-cleaning service. Travellers with children will be able to benefit from a babysitting service on request, to treat themselves to, for example, a calming break in the wellness spa and relaxation area. In the morning, guests can take advantage of the view in a lush, green setting, while enjoying a buffet or continental breakfast.
The shores of Lake Annecy and the beautiful, snow-kissed mountain landscapes invite you to cosily snuggle. To recharge, there's nothing better than the sensory pleasures of a jacuzzi, a hammam or a sauna with a view of the lake at the Cottage Bise hotel. In winter, enjoy the delight of a swim in a heated indoor pool overlooking a snowy landscape, or in summer, a panorama over the grounds in full bloom. The wellness area invites you to relax in the whirlpool or savour the benefits of body treatments or a relaxing massage. Sports aficionados will appreciate the gym, combining cardio and weight training machines.
Staying in one of the hotels in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes will leave you with unforgettable memories of your holiday. Les Collectionneurs select a range of establishments, hotels or guesthouses, which stand out for their unique charm, rich history, and the passion of their owners.
By establishing themselves in places steeped in rich local history, these establishments embody the spirit of the region. The story of l'Abbaye de Talloires dates back over a millennium, when the first community of monks settled in the area. Although this important historic site was forgotten for several centuries, artists and politicians flocked to it from the 19th century. Napoleon III and the Empress Eugenie once stayed here during a visit to the region after the annexing of Savoy to France in 1860. The American writer Mark Twain described his impressions of the abbey in letters written during his travels, and Paul Cézanne once painted its outline.
The Abbaye de Talloires is located in a magical setting, a charming guesthouse surrounded by terraces under the shade of plane trees, French gardens, and a private jetty overlooking the lake. Just a few kilometres from the iconic city of Annecy, all visitors can relax in an elegant mansion decorated in a refined style combining a warm welcome with the spirit of a holiday villa. Mountain lovers will adore staying in the heart of the Aravis Range during a skiing holiday. It's possible to book a night or more in an authentic wooden chalet at the foot of the ski slopes, away from the noise and traffic.
Whenever you think of the Haute Savoie you're likely to dream of cheese from high alpine pastures such as Beaufort, Abondance and Tomme, along with winter recipes savoured by the fire. The reblochon tartiflette and the three-cheese Savoyard fondue are sure to appeal to food lovers. But these traditional dishes, which can be enjoyed with a white wine from Savoie, cannot sum up the complexity of the cuisine of the region.
Les Collectionneurs offer a selection of establishments that share a taste for authenticity. The proximity of Lake Annecy naturally inspires these passionate restaurateurs to produce seasonal menus and generous signature dishes. It is possible to extend this indulgent trip by booking a room in a hotel with a gourmet restaurant.
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