Buqa Host


Its always nice to know a little about who will meet and greet you. So let me introduce myself. My name is Gilles Van Pouke and I am your BUQA host throughout your stay in Apartment Buqa, Samoens.

French-born, I moved to Samoens village with my family a little over 20 years ago... and I am happy to say that it has been my Home ever since :)

Being in my 30s, I am a great lover of the active outdoor lifestyle, and at the same time I have a great appreciation for the beauty, authenticity and changing pace that a place has to offer. For me, Samoens strikes the perfect balance of both.

Known well by the locals as Gillu, I have an all-rounded knowledge of the history of the Haute Savoie region, as well as outdoor activities, services, events and attractions that are on offer in and around Samoens and the Grand Massif throughout summer and winter months.

Buqa Hosting

As I am a great believer of the Buqa ethos of Respecting the Alps, being kind to the environment, and enjoying quality time with loved ones in affordable luxury, I am delighted to have be part of Team Buqa!

I will meet and greet you at Apartment Buqa upon your arrival. This will include a tour around the apartment, where I will show who the workings of the place, such as the heating, lights and technology. The bed linen, towels and firewood, and any special equipment (such as cot, highchair) will be ready for you to use. In addition, I will also happily provide a Welcome hamper of goodies and essentials upon request, so that your first outting needn't be to the local store :)

I will gladly answer any questions you may have about Buqa or Samoens, and basically I am at your disposal 24/7 during stay. I can recommend ski hire places, provide information on ski passes, ski instructors, cherry-pick walking/cycling trails to suits your needs, suggest nearby places to visit/ eat/drink ... and basically the A-Z of what you require to make your time at Buqa a memorable and Buqafied one :)

In a nut-shell, the only thing I can't do is control the weather during your stay!

Looking forward to meeting you.