The Haut-Lac International Centre is located in a practical and welcoming building set in its own grounds (25,000 sq metres) overlooking the picturesque Swiss village of Les Sciernes in the heart of the Swiss PreAlpes. The Centre rises above the village facing south to capture incredible views of the surrounding mountains and benefiting from maximum sunlight all year round but especially during the summer season. Les Sciernes is 10 minutes from Gruyere, 30 minutes from Gstaad and 40 minutes from Montreux.
The Centre offers mainly twin-bedded rooms with a few larger rooms for three or four. Most of the rooms have access to large balconies overlooking the surrounding countryside. All rooms are nicely decorated and have hot and cold running water. Boys and girls stay on separate floors and each floor has 3 shower rooms and 1 bath. Staff are housed on the third and fourth floors and there is a night monitor on duty on each floor in case of emergency. On the second floor is a large multi purpose hall used for presentations, games and of course the weekly disco.
The ground floor provides a communal area of large and spacious rooms with high ceilings. Comfortable furniture and décor add to the warm friendly atmosphere. On this floor are 2 large dining rooms seating up to 150 people .There is also a large salon/reception area for the students and staff to use as a meeting point or just to relax.
Four games rooms are equipped with American competition pool tables, indoor table tennis tables, table football, airhockey tables and play station (twelve consoles) as well as a multitude of board games. A vending machine where students can purchase snacks and drinks is also available in this area. Next to the games rooms is the television room which is equipped with all the latest technology – large screen plasma TV, DVD Home Cinema and satellite television – so students can relax in the comfortable sofas and enjoy their favourite movies.
Elsewhere on the ground floor is a first aid room - in case of accidents or illness and an internet café - so students can keep in touch with friends and family. Students also have access to a card phone and can contact the office if they need to send or receive faxes. In the basement are the sports equipment rooms and a fitness area.
The Centre has a large garden overlooking the mountains and village. A large barbecue area and wooden benches and tables for outside dining allows students to have the pleasure of eating outside and taking advantage of the warmer weather. A beach volleyball court is a popular item during the spring and summer programme.