Allow me disclose La Réserve Hotel and Spa Geneva, a secret getaway located a couple of kilometres outside Geneva in a quiet and gorgeous residential suburb on the banks of Lake Leman. A green and spacious park area of 4 hectares surrounds the 5-star hotel, which offers 73 rooms, 29 suites, 5 restaurants, a spa, outdoor pool and a tennis court.
The hotel drew design inspiration from African lodges in a way that is harmonious and refined. Talented French designer Jacques Garcia combined neo-Baroque flair with African elements, which can be noticed in the warm colors of the leather furniture, curtains, velvet fabrics and travel photos from distant times and places.
I stayed in very cozy and bright Lake Suite that allows one to admire the lake and Mont Blanc from the patio. The suite has a very home-like atmosphere and is a perfect place to relax and distance oneself from everyday life. I enjoyed its spacious living room, quiet bedroom featuring a window wall, and large bathroom with a whirlpool tub.
The relaxation continued in the Nescens Spa, which is the first health spa opened by Professor Jacques Proust, the founder of Nescens Swiss luxury cosmeceuticals. I was amazed by the great range of services this spa has to offer! Nescens Spa includes an indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, hammam, fitness center, and has a dedicated team of therapists, medical specialists in anti-aging, preventive and aesthetic medicine. I enjoyed the treatment from their in house “better aging” program.
The culinary highlight of my stay was dinner in the Michelin-starred restaurant Tsé Fung, which specializes in Cantonese haute cuisine. Tsé Fung is managed by third generation chef Frank Xu, whose family hails from Shenzhen, China. Peking-style roast duck, red rice rolls with prawns, Szechuan eggplant and chef Frank’s steamed sole fillet were the absolute highlights for me and should not be missed!
Staying in La Réserve is pure bliss; one loses track of time and place and just enjoys the luxurious adventure.