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Rainy-day activities in the Espace Diamant

When it comes to picking a travel destination, weather can often be a deciding factor. But what if we told you there was somewhere you could enjoy yourself even if it’s raining?

The Espace Diamant area offers a whole host of activities for everyone to enjoy in the rain. Whether you’re looking to try out a new sport, relax at the spa or indulge in the local food scene – you’ll find a way to enjoy yourself no matter what the weather.

Read on to find out the top rainy-day activities in and around the Espace Diamant…

Rainy days in the Espace Diamant

A chart showing how many rainy days there are in the Espace Diamant
The average number of rainy/snowy days per month in the Espace Diamant ©

When planning your trip, it’s good to know what the weather is like throughout the year. And as you can see from the graph above, rainfall varies significantly from one month to the next in the Espace Diamant region.

During the winter season, precipitation will likely be in the form of snow, creating excellent skiing conditions. And, if you plan on visiting in the summer, you can expect to experience warm and sunny days that gradually become cooler as autumn approaches.

However, weather can be extreme in the Alps, and conditions can change in an instant, with rain storms occurring at any time of year. Therefore, it’s good to have a bank of rainy-day activities to turn to if the weather isn’t so good…

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The top 6 things to do in the Espace Diamant when it’s raining

1. Pamper yourself at the spa

When the weather isn’t great, there’s nothing quite like a spa day to lift your spirits and help you relax. Luckily, the Espace Diamant region is home to a number of spas to choose from, each offering its own unique atmosphere and range of treatments.

Whether you prefer relaxing massages, facials, swimming or simply soaking in a hot tub, there’s a spa that will cater to your needs. So why not treat yourself to a day of self-care the next time the rain starts pouring?

Here are the top spas in the Espace Diamant:

MMV Spa at Le Signal Aqua Leisure Centre, Les Saisies

Enjoy a massage alone or as a couple, take a dip in the pool or unwind in the sauna at this Alpine spa in Les Saisies.

Les Chalets de la Griyotire, Praz-surArly

Les Chalets de la Griyotire offers a range of amenities to help you relax on a rainy day. Swim some laps of the heated pool, enjoy the detoxifying heat of the sauna, or indulge in a massage treatment.

Líf Beauté Holistique, Flumet

If you’re looking for a treatment, but don’t want to go to a full spa, Líf Beauté Holistique is the perfect option. They offer a variety of treatments for both the face and body that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Calgary Spa Hauteluce

Located in Hauteluce, Calgary Spa is the perfect place to decompress when the weather isn’t so good. The spa features a 24m2 pool, sauna, hammam, and jacuzzi, all available for visitors to enjoy. During the winter months, wellness treatments are also available, but you need to book in advance to secure your spot.

A woman lies down with eyes closed as someone applies a face mask on her
Take shelter from the rain and focus on some self-care – photo by John Tekeridis

2. Visit Le Signal Leisure Centre

When the weather outside is less than ideal, indoor sports centres are the perfect solution to keep you active and entertained. Le Signal Aqua Leisure Centre in Les Saisies offers a wide range of activities for all ages, including:

  • A 200m² pool, a hydromassage feature, countercurrents, a 35m² paddling pool and plenty of deckchairs.
  • Aquasports including water aerobics and aqua bike.
  • A wellness area (over 18s only), with jacuzzis, a sauna, hammam, relaxation room and treatment rooms.
  • Sports courts for playing indoor football, handball, badminton, basketball, volleyball and squash.
  • An indoor climbing wall.
  • A fully equipped gym, plus a hypoxic room where you can train in high-altitude conditions.

Opening times at the leisure centre vary throughout the year and it closes during off-peak periods. Make sure to check the website for full details.

4 people ride aqua bikes in an indoor swimming pool
An aqua bike session is a great way to keep fit in the water ©Les Saisies Tourism

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3. Go bowling

Les Saisies is home to a couple of bowling complexes where you can hide out from the rain.

As well as offering a multitude of indoor sports activities, there is also a 6-pin bowling alley at Le Signal for families to enjoy.

Alternatively, Bar 1650 is a good option for adults and groups of friends in search of a livelier atmosphere. Enjoy a game of bowling or pool, grab a drink from the bar and if you’re lucky you may even catch some live music whilst you’re there!

4. Visit a museum

If you find yourself stuck inside on a rainy day, why not head to a museum and make the most of your time? Not only does it provide shelter from the rain, but it also offers a fantastic opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the area.

Here are a couple of museums in the Espace Diamant that you can visit free of charge:

Hauteluce Eco Museum

Learn about the rich heritage of the valley and discover various historical artefacts including traditional local attire, reconstructed historical homes and classrooms, and temporary exhibitions at this museum.

“House of Fairy Tales” museum

Though a slightly unusual activity, this quirky exhibition of fairy tale clay figurines will certainly be one to remember. Step into the world of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Goldilocks, and listen to their stories being told. Afterwards, enjoy a snack or even take part in a clay workshop.

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5. Go on a day trip

If you happen to have your car with you whilst staying in the Espace Diamant, you’re in for a treat!

There are so many beautiful sights to see if you’re willing to take a short drive outside of town. From breathtaking mountain views to charming countryside villages, there’s something for everyone.

So when the weather’s not so good, why not take advantage of the opportunity and enjoy a change of scenery?

The Medieval City of Conflans

Located in Albertville, this medieval city is steeped in rich history dating back to the 14th century. Old shops, narrow streets, a baroque church and quaint gardens look out over the Combe de Savoie Valley.

Plus, there’s a beautiful dog-friendly hiking trail if you don’t mind a wet walk through the woods. At peak times, there are a couple of bars and restaurants in and around the city such as Ô Besoin d’Air and Le Bistrot Gourmand where you can have lunch or grab a coffee.

Depending on where in the Espace Diamant region you’re staying, the drive will take between 30-40 minutes.

A medieval stone building
Explore the Medieval City of Conflans in Albertville © Pierre Morel, Albertville Tourism

Art and History Museum, Albertville

The Museum of Art and History in Albertville is another excellent day trip idea. Again, it’ll take you roughly 30-40 minutes to drive there from your chosen resort in the Espace Diamant.

Learn all about local history, agriculture, religion and art, as well as discover a number of fascinating artefacts along the way. It will take you anywhere between 30-90 minutes to tour the entire museum and there are plenty of cafés and restaurants nearby where you can have a rest stop before heading back up the mountains.


Although a little further out, taking around 60-90 minutes to drive there, Annecy is well worth a visit. Also known as “the Venice of the Alps”, the crystal-blue lake, meandering canals, charming cobbled streets and medieval architecture are sights that can’t be missed.

In terms of activities, there are countless things you can do on a rainy day. From cultural visits such as Le Palais de I’Île and Musée-Chateau D’Annecy to shopping, bars and restaurants – it’s a wonderful day out for the whole family.

Take a look at our complete guide on what to do in Annecy when it rains to discover all the activities on offer.

Le Palais de I'Île in Annecy in the middle of canals and restaurants
Learn about the history of the old prison of Annecy at Le Palais de I’Île – photo by Mathias Reding on Unsplash

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6. Sample the local cuisine

Eating and drinking are activities that can be enjoyed in all weather! And no matter which Alpine resort you stay in, you’re sure to be treated to a plethora of culinary delights.

Here are some top-recommended restaurants to try in the Espace Diamant region:

Le Restaurant les Arcades, Les Saisies

Duck fillet, veal, fresh fish and regional specialities prepared by Chef Laurent Métral accompany an extensive wine menu at this restaurant in Les Saisies. Prices are a little higher compared to your typical Savoyarde restaurant in town, but it’s perfect for a treat.

A dish of meat and vegetables on a terracotta plate
© Le Restaurant les Arcades

La Table des Armaillis, Les Saisies

La Table des Armaillis is another up-market restaurant in Les Saisies. Slow-cooked pork, grilled mountain trout, guinea fowl and Arctic char can be found on the menu as well as a delicious choice of cheese and desserts.

Restaurant Les Ronins, Praz-sur-Arly

Expect a varied menu of the day at Restaurant Les Ronins, Praz-sur-Arly featuring classics such as faux filet, risotto and pot-a-feu – all the perfect hearty food for a rainy day!

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Le Serasson, Praz-sur-Arly

If casual dining and signature Savoyarde dishes are what you’re looking for, then head to Le Serasson in Praz-sur-Arly. Tartiflette, fondue and mouth-watering desserts are served with a smile by the friendly waiting staff.

Le Toi du Monde, Flumet

Fresh produce and home-cooked food are at the heart of Le Toi du Monde’s ethos. In fact, it has even been recognised by the Michelin Guide, which awarded them a green star for sustainability.

The dishes are seasonal, highlighting the very best of what the environment has to offer. You can visit their website to see their latest menu and find out more about the restaurant and its unique offering.

A wooden chalet style restaurant with spiral staircase
The interior is just as remarkable as the menu at Le Toi du Monde © Le Toi du Monde

Le Resto, Flumet

Incorporating local produce from neighbouring suppliers, La Resto, Flumet guarantees a cosy atmosphere where you can enjoy regional specialities. Take in the breathtaking views of the Bellecombe Bridge and the Old Mill in Tienne whilst you enjoy your meal.

Mont Blanc Restaurant & Goûter, Hauteluce

Mont Blanc Restaurant & Goûter in Hauteluce is a must-try culinary experience. Drawing on their experiences with starred chefs, and time spent in Norway and Lyon, founders Helene and Benoit bring their guests innovative, refined gastronomy, with eco-responsibility at the forefront. Visit the website to discover more.

A white bowl with greenery and herbs
© Mont Blanc Restaurant & Goûter

Le Passe Partout, Crest Voland

Le Passe Partout Crest Voland offers no-frills mountain food, with Alpine favourites such as fondue and charcuterie taking centre stage.

With so much to see and do, the Espace Diamant is a destination that can be enjoyed in all weather. Come rain or shine, you’ll never get bored of the stunning scenery, delicious food and fun-filled activities.

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