La Réserve Genève Hotel & Spa
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African-inspired luxury hotel and spa a short way out of the city centre.
You wouldn’t expect to find a slice of Africa on the shores of Lake Geneva, but five-star hotel La Réserve tries its best to evoke the sense of luxury you might experience in a big game reserve lodge. Rooms are decorated in muted, earthy tones, with wood floors and rugs patterned in a contemporary faux-animal print. Most encourage you to be at one with nature by featuring patio doors leading on to a balcony or terrace, some opening directly onto the landscaped gardens and swimming pool area. There the tenuous similarity ends, but the hotel has plenty has plenty going for it with or without its African vibe. Particular reasons to visit include the huge spa with its indoor and outdoor pool overlooking Lake Geneva, and the its five restaurants and bars. In summer live music and DJs create a lively atmosphere on the terraces, while in the colder months head to the winter lodge to skate on its private ice rink. The hotel isn’t in the centre of Geneva, but instead of city life you get a leafy setting, uninterrupted lake views and a quicker exit to the towns and villages dotted around the lake.