Set in Switzerland and only a two-hour flight from the UK, Geneva is one of the highest ranking cities in the world for quality of life. Famed for the beautiful Lake Geneva, the city is the perfect setting for romantic walks along the lake shores or wandering through the picturesque streets and well-kept parks. Swiss International Airlines fly to Geneva from London City and London Heathrow airports from £101 return.
Grand Hotel Kempinski
We stayed at the Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva, with its fabulous setting right on Lake Geneva and newly opened 1,400 sqm Le Spa. The view from the room was incredible: Mont Blanc and the French Alps on a clear day, plus an uninterrupted view of the famous Jet D’Eau. The Swiss pride themselves on cleanliness and efficiency, all of which was very much in evidence in the spacious rooms.
The newest addition to the Grand Hotel Kempinski is their fabulous spa, which exclusively offers award-winning Cinques Mondes therapies. The spa is super-spacious, with 12 large treatment rooms, a traditional hammam and a post-treatment relaxation area so you can truly relax without feeling like you have to be hurried out after your massage. For something extra special, there’s even a VIP suite with private hammam, oversized tub and treatment beds for two – his ‘n’ hers heaven!
If you’re not quite brave enough to go for a dip in the clear waters of Lake Geneva, the Grand Hotel Kempinski has the largest private pool in Geneva right on your doorstep!
Water Water Everywhere
One thing Geneva is not short of is water, with its many lakes, streams and rivers. Make the most of having incredible Lake Geneva within skipping distance and hop on a boat for a tour of the lake or a quick trip over to the heart of the city on the opposite side. It’s a great opportunity to get a picture of the famous Jet D’Eau up close. Head to the Bains des Paquis, right near the hotel, and catch some summer rays on the lakeside loungers.
The Medieval Old Town
With its winding steps, cobblestones and beautiful trees, the Cour Saint-Pierre is the perfect spot for a romantic stroll. Make sure you perch yourself on the world’s longest wooden bench (yes, really!) and look down over the huge Bastions Parc, the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic.
The Scenic Route
Something you might not know about Geneva is that it’s a mere stone’s throw away from picturesque Swiss countryside that’s home to some 400 wine growers – the perfect excuse for a wine-tasting session! Venture out and feel like you’ve just been teleported into deepest rural France.