Switzerland is an expensive destination for holidays. Since the increase of the Swiss franc, many people think twice before booking their holidays in Swiss lands. Nevertheless, Switzerland is an unique place that you need to see at least once in your lifetime. There are breath-taking landscapes, a specific horizon made of magnificent lakes and sharp mountains. One of the most beautiful region is the one around the Leman Lake, also called Geneva Lake. In one side you have Switzerland and in the other France. In order to enjoy the best possible your holidays in this Swiss region, here is our top 5 best luxury hotels you might want to consider next time. Wilkommen in Der Schweiz.
Geneva, cosmopolitan luxury with Le Richemond
Geneva is probably one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. With its 200’000 inhabitants, Geneva has more than 125 different nationalities permanently living in the city. It is a true luxury destination and a very wealthy clientele enjoy shopping at the famous Rue du Rhone. If you are looking for a great hotel to stay, you can choose without hesitation Le Richemond. This prestigious address is opened since 1875 and was owned by four generations of the Armleder family. Since 2004, the hotel was sold and today the Dorchester Collection is managing the hotel. At Le Richemond you will feel a complete Swiss luxury way of life. Nothing is too much but every single detail will be handled with care. The location is perfect, just by the lake from which you can see the famous Geneva Water fountain over the lake. You will be by foot just a few minutes away from all shopping areas and places to be. The room service is amazing, LuxuryActivist team had the chance to try it in avant-premiere. You can see our review here. They also have an amazing spa by Sisley, one of a kind with a full range of massages (some of them very exclusive). Here our review about the spa.
For more information, you can visit the hotel official website: http://www.dorchestercollection.com/fr/geneve/le-richemond
Lausanne Palace, Luxury all season
Sometimes in luxury hotels you might find the ambiance a little “cold”. At Lausanne Palace, all the employees are very efficient, professional, respectful… with a smile. They know you expect to spend a nice moment there and they will do all their best to make it happen. Despite of the respectful size of the hotel, there are only 146 rooms, 30 of them being suites. It has 4 restaurants and was inaugurated in 1915. Since 1980 it is the official residence of the Olympic committee president. What are the highlights? They have an amazing Spa with all sorts of massages. If you like Ayurvedic massages, it is one of the best spot in the region. They also have a nice interior swimming pool and fitness. One special detail is the Sunday brunch. Potentially one of the best in the region. You can read our full review here. If you wish to learn more about the Lausanne Palace, do not hesitate to visit the official website: http://www.lausanne-palace.com
Le Mirador Kempinski Mont-Pelerin, luxury with a view
One of the specificities of Switzerland is its amazing breath-taking landscapes. So in order to enjoy such view you better find the right spot. When it comes to finding the perfect spot, Le Mirador Kempinski is world champion. Located on top of Montreux and Vevey, around 1000m altitude, Le Mirador Kempinski offers a magical view to all Leman Lake. You will enjoy an outstanding journey with the charms of being in the heart of the Alps. The restaurants are amazing and the Spa area very impressive. You can see our review here.
They have an interior swimming pool with view to the top of the mountains. The Spa is managed by Givenchy and it offers an ideal choice of different massages. 2 interesting bespoke services they have concern transportation. The hotel has a beautiful Rolls Royce that can pick you up or drop you at the airport. This is what we call traveling with class. The second service is an heliport. Either with your personal helicopter or by renting the services of one, you are able to get your airport transfer or simply discover the region with a great sight-seing. These 2 services require an extra-cost but at this level of experience, it is not really a problem. Visit the website for more information:
On the French side, luxury and Golf
If we continue our journey around Leman Lake, we obviously end up in France. There you can find a very interesting Resort that combines the best of luxury and luxury sports: Golf. In this resort located in the charming town of Evian-les-Bains, you will find 2 distinctive hotels: the Royal Evian and the Evian L’Ermitage. Both are located in the middle of a beautiful parc that contains a professional golf track. Every year, in September, the Evian Master of Golf takes place. It is one of the key female golf events in the world and brings to the small city of Evian an international clientele. On the hotels, the Royal Evian is a 5 stars hotel and the Evian L’Ermitage is a 4 stars. Both represent a stylish environment between mountain and lake. Both have amazing spas and services. You can read our review about the Evian L’Ermitage here. If you are a Golf player you will be pleased by the outstanding situation of the parcour. You can check more details about Evian Resort by visiting the official website that presents both hotels.
Villa Cecile, confidential luxury on the Leman lake
To finish our around the lake trip, we are happy to present to you the Villa Cecile. In the picturesque city of Yvoire, just by the lake. This charming country house will reveal its charms for those curious enough to discover it. There are 2 external swimming pools and a very qualitative spa. The restaurant will please those who like organic food, some of it vegetarian but all prepared with great care. The Villa Cecile has 22 rooms all decorated with great taste and you will find yourself at ease in such cosy environment. You can learn more about this great address on their official website:
In conclusion, the Leman lake area is full of great surprises. You will be conquered by the majestic spirit of the surrounding mountains and the peacefulness of the lake. Switzerland is an amazing country that will surprise you with more than one facet.
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