More of a country club than a hotel in its look and feel, La Réserve is about a 10-minute drive from Geneva’s city centre. It’s an easy place for guests and locals alike to come for a meal, a spa treatment, a gym session and a swim, or just a drink in the bar.
There’s parking galore too, and extensive gardens with a huge pool and a stunning view over the lake and the Alps. I mention locals because there is always a buzz here: people coming and going and a Ferrari or two parked outside.
And while you might find the safari theme of the establishment somewhat at odds with the environment, La Réserve offers oodles of panache, style and elegance – it’s Jacques Garcia all the way in terms of design. And while there are no live animals around, the African story continues in the cigar bar off the lobby with its books and board games, to the beautiful, mounted butterflies on the wall, the colourful, decorative parrots on the lights and the huge elephant statue that dominates an area just off the lobby.
La Réserve has taken a stance when it comes to decor – one that is far removed from the reserved and traditional Swiss approach. You will notice the difference; this place is not part of a large hotel group. Character and individuality are very much alive here. Embrace the approach, and you will be welcomed with open arms and made to feel very much at home during your stay.
Hospitality like this comes down to one person’s vision: Michel Reybier, the hotel’s dynamic owner. For those who’ve never heard of him, he also owns hotels in Paris and Ramatuelle, vineyards in Bordeaux (and Hungary) and is part owner of Genolier, the renowned Swiss clinic down the street from here. And therein lies the secret to this property’s spa and wellness prowess – something many guests come here specifically to indulge in, hoping to walk away feeling like a new person.
Whatever your motives, you will be well looked after. Come to party, come to enjoy the surroundings, or come to heal and rejuvenate. No matter what, you’ll want to return someday soon.
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