«Holiday living in charming village homes» – The village of Albinen aspires to be a lively meeting place with a local cuisine, culture, sports, events and workspace.
The local conditions are unique: the municipality of Albinen (altitude 1350 m) is perched on a south-west facing sun-drenched slope above the Rhone valley. It is noted for its relatively mild climate, plentiful sunshine and gorgeous panorama views. Many buildings, especially in the village center, are several centuries old and the village has been designated a Swiss heritage site.
But there is more: the municipality of Albinen is part of the Pfynwald landscape park and features a type of cultural landscape shaped by centuries of farming activity with old irrigation canals known as Suonen. Visitors who like to ski, hike or bike will be happy to know that the attractive resort of Torrent is just 10 minutes away by regularly scheduled bus Albinen - Leukerbad or by car via the Flaschen gondola station. And a few minutes further up along the same road is Leukerbad, the largest thermal spa resort in the Alps. This makes Albinen also an ideal destination for a bathing and wellness holiday.
ALBIJOU depends on the participation of the owners of second homes and holiday apartments who agree to have their properties managed by a professional hospitality organization during certain times of the year. By renting these underused properties and optimizing their use we can turn them into an asset for the village. ALBIJOU handles the logistics, communication and selection of holiday rentals. By bundling all these elements into one comprehensive service ALBIJOU takes the notion of the village hotel one step further than similar projects elsewhere (both in terms of participation and content).
participation: involving all interested parties – notably the local population who lend the village its unique and authentic character – is very much part of the program. Albinen has a vibrant local culture that can be integrated and active local participation promotes identification and creates jobs.
content: ALBIJOU's business model goes beyond merely providing room and board for holiday guests. By integrating workspace, cultural programs and tourist activities ALBIJOU becomes a one-stop destination that benefits visitors and villagers alike, and while it embraces the advantages of digitalization it still remains a platform for personal exchange.
ALBIJOU seeks to promote the appreciation of the social, cultural and scenic features of Albinen. Our priority is to manage the existing potential of the village in a sustainable way to benefit everyone. ALBIJOU builds on Albinen's natural diversity which attracts and inspires. Its many offerings appeal to people who are looking for relaxation but also want to benefit from leisure, sports and cultural activities and exchange ideas with the village population and other holiday guests.
Discover this wonderful place! Come visit us!
The lobby is our centrally located platform for personal interaction. Here we welcome you and try to answer all of your questions. We offer suggestions, give tips and help you to make reservations or book activities. We have a lending library of practical items and are always happy to receive your input and feedback.
It's easy to relax and enjoy Albinen as soon as you arrive. Just ask, and we will put together a breakfast basket for you or prepare a lunch package for your hike. If you wish your shopping will be delivered to your apartment – or maybe you want to go out and enjoy the cuisine and hospitality of a local restaurant.
Would you like to learn more about the local nature and cultural landscape? take a walk along a Suone (irrigation canal)? observe a bearded vulture? mix your own herbal tea? help a farmer bring in the hay? or visit the nearby spa town of Leukerbad? We will help you find everything you want to do.