Surrounded by a giant 42-acres park, the 4-Star Evian Ermitage hotel offers easy access to the shores of Lake Geneva. The view on the lake and the French and Swiss Alps is breathtaking. The hotel is located only 2h15 from Lyon by car, 4h30 from Paris by TGV!
Located in Haute-Savoie, Evian-les-Bains is a charming town, a symbol of the French style of the Belle Époque. For more than two centuries, the famous water of Evian has been sold throughout the world. Its exceptional properties make it the thermal water of preference. The town, its charming streets, shops, train station and harbour, are easy to reach thanks to a funicular within walking distance from the hotel or to a shuttle service also available.
The hotel Ermitage was built at the beginning of the last century and has an Anglo-Norman-Savoyard architecture. Located in the heart of the Evian Resort, this family house is equipped with all the essentials to welcome and comfort baby, and is dedicated to golf, relaxation and outdoor sporting activities for parents and their children. The atmosphere is friendly and warm. Respectful towards nature, the establishment has been labelled with ‘Earth Check’, an international ecological certification programme in the field of tourism.
The establishment offers its guests:
The decoration of the Ermitage is inspired by nature with materials such as stone, wood and leather. The tones are warm, the ambience sumptuous. The large period fireplace in the lobby offers it’s guests with first-class relaxation.
The hotel is a dream location to organize weddings, baptisms, birthdays and other parties of all kinds. Dads, businessmen and working mothers will appreciate the many meeting and seminar rooms that are available.
Jerome, age 37, married, father of Achille, 4 years old, from Brussels
Update: with memories of my stay in this magnificent hotel still fresh in my mind, I recently had the pleasure of talking to Laurent Roussin, general manager of the Ermitage and Royal Evian hotels, and father above all. It was an opportunity to find out a little more about this resolutely Kids-friendly establishment!
Several months ago I decided to flee the greyness of winter and go green. During a long weekend of four days, I stayed in a preserved place, lodged between lake and mountain, accompanied by my wife and my 3-year-old son. We enjoyed a parenthesis of total disconnection, in the heart of nature.
When we landed at Geneva airport, a driver from the hotel came to meet us to help us carry our luggage and put them in the trunk of his elegant black vehicle with a logo of the Evian Resort. Inside was fixed the child seat that we had ordered during our booking. An hour later, we arrived at the Ermitage Hotel.
It was my first ever visit the Ermitage Hotel, but I had heard a lot about it from my wife, who had been lucky enough to stay there twice. When our son was born, I offered her a ‘mom-baby’ trip so that she could enjoy a moment of relaxation, face to face with this little man who had just appeared in our life. During this getaway, the spa therapists gave my wife treatments to relieve her body after the delivery and taught her the art of massaging her baby. This privileged moment was unforgettable for her. She had enjoyed it so much that the following year she took advantage to escape a few days with her friends for a short ski break to return to Evian with our son. After each stay at the Ermitage, my wife returned to Brussels relaxed and with a refreshing spirit. She praised the kindness of the staff, the comfort of the hotel, the activities and the attention dedicated to the children, the surrounding nature…so much that I was curious to discover with my own eyes this place of soothing virtues.
When we entered our lovely room overlooking Lake Geneva, I immediately knew that we would enjoy a lovely stay. The housekeeper had placed in the room few tangerines, a chamber pot for my son and natural cosmetics of the Naive Mask adapted to the skin of young children. A welcome gift was waiting for my son in his bed: a nice a stuffed hedgehog, next to a nylon bag specially designed to take his belongings to the Kid’s Resort.
The wood panelling of the room, the large comfortable bed, the refined decor and the splendid view of the lake and the Hotel Royal nestled below (a splendid 5-star palace on the same site as the Ermitage Hotel) created a pleasant feeling of serenity and voluptuousness. This same feeling was reflected throughout the hotel with decorative elements chosen for warmth. For example, the majestic open fire in the lobby, where you can enjoy a tea, or the noble thick carpet that lines the corridors and restaurants of the hotel.
From the receptionist to the maid, to the concierge, valet or waiter, each member of staff is charming and willing to meet your every need.
A small detail that shows how much children are pampered in Evian – in the main toilet, there is a urinal that has been specially adapted to the height of the smallest. A detail that may seem derisory, but which reassures the young dad that I am: in this luxury hotel, no fear that children are ignored, here they are the kings! Moreover, by taking a look at the other occupants, I quickly noticed that the majority of customers were young families, like us. A chance for my son Achille to make friends during his stay.
The Ermitage has two restaurants and a cosy bar that welcomes children with a huge jar filled with ‘Fraises Tagada’ candies. La Table restaurant offers gourmet cuisine that enhances local seasonal produce. This is where a generous breakfast is served every morning, like a buffet. The other restaurant, La Bibliothèque, was our headquarters for the duration of our vacation. This place is more laid back than La Table and offers dishes more suited to our 3-year-old son. The restaurant is housed in a library filled with books for adults and children that guests can borrow. The menu varies according to the season, but still keeps great classics such as Caesar salad, beef burgers, salmon pavé or croque-monsieur. But what forms the highlight of this restaurant is undoubtedly the large adjoining playroom! Billiards, toys and wooden games allow children to have fun while Mom and Dad finish their meal. With my wife, we really felt like eating at home.
Staying at the Ermitage gives you the right to enjoy the bar and restaurants of the other hotel at the Evian resort: the Royal. A few days before our arrival, its restaurant Les Fresques had just been haloed with its first Michelin Star – we could not miss the opportunity to eat there. Therefore, we called upon the services of the babysitter who came to keep Achille in our room and we enjoyed a delicious gourmet dinner, in an exceptional setting, with the finale of the famous Top Chef cooking show. A fun little detail, the name of the restaurant is drawn from the impressive hand-painted frescoes that adorn the ceiling of the restaurant. And to better admire this work of the goldsmith, the menu of the restaurant contains a mirror that allows you to admire the frescoes without having to look up. Fun!
At the heart of the huge park that borders the Ermitage Hotel is the Kid’s Resort, a magical arena that is dedicated to children’s entertainment. To access it, you will have to take a small path that borders the pond and then cross a wooden footbridge. This 1,000 sqm venue welcomes children from 4 months to 10 years, while teenagers aged 10 to 15 have their own space: the Teen’s Resort.
The icing on the cake: The Kid’s Resort has its own pool, where children can have fun under the supervision of a lifeguard and assistants.
Over the 4 days we spent in Evian, we enrolled our son for 4 half days at Kid’s Resort. He loved it: DIY, lunch with friends, sports tournaments…and also an ice hockey game on the small ice rink installed outside!
We took full advantage of the hotel’s indoor pool, spa and gym. As our vacation fell on Valentine’s Day, my wife gave me the present of a relaxing 50-minute massage. I love massage, and I was very satisfied with the care I received. The therapist massaged me deeply to eliminate all points of tension – a vigorous massage, which I still felt the benefits from several days later.
During the day, we also loved the joys of the nearby mountain. We went to the station Bernex, located 15 minutes’ drive from the Evian Resort. Lucky for us, it had snowed a few days before and the sun had his hat on! Bernex is a small family resort that’s very nice. We sledged and ate a delicious Savoyard fondue in a high restaurant.
One night, with my son, we also had a good time playing the arcade games installed at level -1 of the Royal Hotel. Do not miss this fun spot!
I have only one wish: to return to the Ermitage in summer to enjoy the outdoor pool, the golf course and mountain biking on the many nearby courses.
As its name implies, the South-Facing Room enjoys a southern exposure. Being located on the 4th floor, it offers a magnificent view of the park of the hotel. The romantic and welcoming setting seduces families. This sublime attic room features a bedroom with King size bed (or 2 twin beds), a living room area and a sumptuous bathroom. The bathroom is equipped with a shower or a large bathtub that is very useful for children's baths. The toilets are separated. L'Occitane en Provence products are already waiting for you in this luminous bathroom. This room type cannot accommodate extra beds. For the wellbeing of families, the South-Facing Room can be connected to another room (on request).
Elegant and comfortable, the Privilege South-Facing Room offers a beautiful view of the park of the hotel or the mountains and a perfect southern exposure. This sublime room features a bedroom with a King size bed (or 2 twin beds), a living room area, as well as a sumptuous bathroom. Some rooms in this category feature a balcony and a seating area. For the wellbeing of families, this room can be connected with a Deluxe Lake View Suite, on request, to accommodate 4 adults and 2 children (up to 13 years old). The sofa-bed is perfect for 1 or 2 children (up to 13 years old). A cot is available on request. Free of charge. The bathroom is equipped with a shower or a large bathtub which is very useful for children's baths. The toilets are separated. L'Occitane en Provence products are already waiting for you in this luminous bathroom.
Families looking for comfort and luxury are seduced by the Deluxe Lake View Room which enjoys a magnificent view of Lake Geneva. This sublime room features a bedroom with a King size bed (or 2 twin beds), a living room area, a sumptuous bathroom, and a furnished loggia, ideal for watching the sunset with your beloved ones. Good to know for families, this room can be connected to another one on request to accommodate 4 adults and 2 children (up to 13 years old). The sofa-bed is perfect for 1 or 2 children (up to 13 years old). A cot is available on request, free of charge. The bathroom is equipped with a shower or a large bathtub which is very useful for children's baths. The toilets are separated. L'Occitane en Provence products are already waiting for you in this luminous bathroom.
Elegant and comfortable, the South-Facing Junior Suite offers a magnificent view of the park of the hotel or the mountains, as well as a perfect southern exposure. This sublime suite features a bedroom with a King size bed (or 2 twin beds), a living room with a 2-seater sofa-bed, a sumptuous bathroom, as well as a furnished loggia, ideal for watching the sunset with your beloved ones. The sofa-bed is perfect for 1 or 2 children (up to 13 years old). A cot is available on request, free of charge. The bathroom is equipped with a shower or a large bathtub which is very useful for children's baths. The toilets are separated. L'Occitane en Provence products are already waiting for you in this luminous bathroom.
The sumptuous and family-friendly Lake View Suite offers a beautiful view of Lake Geneva. This sublime suite features a bedroom with a King size bed (or 2 twin beds), a living room with a 2-seater sofa-bed, a sumptuous bathroom, as well as a furnished balcony, ideal for watching the sunset with your loved ones. The sofa-bed is perfect for 1 or 2 children (up to 13 years old). A cot is available on request, free of charge. Good to know for families, this suite can be connected to a Privilege South-Facing Room on request, to accommodate 4 adults and 2 children (up to 13 years old). The bathroom enjoys a natural light and is equipped with a large bathtub which is very useful for children's baths and a large shower. The toilets are separated. L'Occitane en Provence products are already waiting for you in this sparkling bathroom.
Elegant and comfortable, the Deluxe South-Facing Room offers a beautiful view of the hotel park or the mountains and an ideal southern exposure. This luxurious room features a master bedroom with a king size bed (or 2 twin beds) and an extra bed perfect for a child, as well as a sublime bathroom. The bathroom is equipped with a shower or a large bathtub, very useful for children's bathing, a separate toilet and L'Occitane en Provence signature products. Some rooms in this category are accessible to people with reduced mobility. It is possible to add a cot free of charge in the room (on request). Good to know for families, this room can be connected to another room via a connecting door. Baby equipment free of charge on request: cot or umbrella bed, sun lounger (up to 6 months), changing mattress (up to 2 years), baby bath or bath deckchair (up to 2 years), bath thermometer, bottle warmer, steriliser, bottle brush, bathrobe, bedpan and WC reducer, step stool, bed barrier and stroller.
Elegant and comfortable, the Family Lake View Room offers a magnificent view of Lake Geneva. As its name suggests, it is perfect for families so don't hesitate any longer! This luxurious attic room, located on the 4th floor, features a master bedroom with a King-size bed (or 2 twin beds) and a living room separated by a curtain with a 2-seater sofa bed perfect for children. It also features a sublime bathroom with a shower or a large bathtub, very useful for children's bath, a separate toilet and L'Occitane en Provence's welcome products. Good to know for families, this room can be connected to another one via a connecting door. It is possible to install a cot free of charge (on request). Free baby equipment on request: cot or umbrella bed, sun lounger (up to 6 months), changing mattress (up to 2 years), baby bath or bath deckchair (up to 2 years), bath thermometer, bottle warmer, steriliser, bottle brush, bathrobe, bedpan and WC reducer, step stool, bed barrier and stroller.
Elegant and comfortable, the Castel Lake View Room enjoys a magnificent view of Lake Geneva. This luxurious room features a master bedroom with a King-size bed (or 2 twin beds) and a 2-seater sofa bed perfect for children. It also features a sublime bathroom with a shower or a large bathtub, very useful for children's bath, a separate toilet and L'Occitane en Provence signature products. Good to know for families, this room can be connected to another room via a connecting door. Note that this type of room cannot accommodate an extra bed. Free baby equipment on request: cot or umbrella bed, sun lounger (up to 6 months), changing mattress (up to 2 years), baby bath or bath deckchair (up to 2 years), bath thermometer, bottle warmer, steriliser, bottle brush, bathrobe, bedpan and WC reducer, step stool, bed barrier and stroller.
Staying at the Hotel Ermitage gives you access to the Kid's Resort, an exceptional area of 1.000 sqm (10764 sqft) which is located inside the hotel's huge park. Besides, it has been exclusively designed for young travellers.
The Kid's Resort and the Teens Resort are free for children from 3 to 9 years old, and teens from 10 to 15 years old. In addition, families enjoy the benefits of complimentary accommodation for children up to 13 years of age when sharing a room with their parents. A discount of up to 50% is offered to children up to 13 years of age staying in separate rooms, and breakfast is also free of charge. During the French school holidays, all lunches and dinners enjoyed at the Kid's Resort are also free for children. Excluding school holidays, the "children's menu", worth €20, is complimentary in the hotel's restaurants.
Open every day of the year, from 9 am to 6 pm, the Baby Resort welcomes newborns aged 4 to 36 months! Babies are supervised by professionals: childcare specialists, nurses, and teachers. In addition to a games area, Baby Resort offers a nappy room and a nap room. The children's well-being and the serenity of parents are key. A varied programme is offered: painting, stories and nursery rhymes, water games, music.
Designed especially for young mothers and their babies from 4 to 10 months, the 'Baby & Mother' programme is one of the best in Europe, allowing 'Mommy' to regain her energy, after the baby's arrival. In the morning, Mum will learn how to massage her baby and communicate with him or her through. In the afternoon, she will enjoy relaxation and beauty care, while the baby will be cared for by early childhood professionals at the Baby Resort.
Kids will have fun at the Kid's Resort, the theme of which changes every year. Performing arts such as dancing, singing and role-playing are in the spotlight! Restrooms, a stage, costumes, a secured outdoor playground, a sports field and an indoor heated and supervised swimming pool will make everyone happy. Graduate instructors supervise the children in a magical atmosphere. Lifeguards even look after your children (at the Kid's Resort's pool only).
Many themed activities are offered throughout the seasons: egg hunts, a Santa Claus visit, New Year's Eve party and much more. Do-it-yourself workshops, pastry classes, sporting tournaments (with medals!), party games and popcorn cinema are there to entertain your beloved little ones.
Adolescents will find pleasure in the 'Arty' workshop, which mixes graffiti, photos, dance, and circus training. The Energy workshop will allow them to let off steam with snowboarding, golf, table football and billiards, basketball, water games, US sports and many other activities. In the evening, the 'Party' workshop is distinguished by its famous casino evenings and popcorn cinema evenings.
Courses of nautical activities and archery are also on offer for unforgettable moments.
Snow packages offer one, two or five days of ski lessons for children from four years, whatever their skiing skill level. Surrounded by experienced instructors from the French Ski School, the children will ski in the Bernex ski area, 20 minutes away from the Evian Resort. This package includes skis, boots, helmets, ski passes, snacks, transportation, lessons and supervision.
The surroundings of the Hotel Ermitage are full of cultural and sporting activities to share with the family.
What needs to be discovered in the medieval village of Yvoire, the castles of Chillon and Ripaille, the abbey of Aulps, the salt mines of Bex and also the Gianadda Foundation, which offers incredible art exhibitions.
A few kilometres away, the Portes du Soleil ski area will delight ski-lovers. Alpine skiing, snowboarding, dog sledging or snowshoeing, trekking...the possibilities are endless!
Lake Geneva also offers a wide range of water sports such as boat trips, water skiing, sailing, catamaran sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddle and more.
Rafting, hydrospeed, horseback riding, rock climbing and canyoning are also not to be missed.
While the children have fun, Mum and Dad will be pampered, indulge in sports or stroll through the many trails in the park.
The Spa Cinq Terres uses the cosmetic products Carita, recognized for their anti-ageing properties. It consists of nine treatment rooms including one in duo, a relaxation area and tea room, a fitness room, sauna, hammam and two heated swimming pools, one of which is indoor. Here, everything is there for the well-being of your mind and body.
In 2015, the Evian Resort was voted 'Best Luxury Golf Resort in Europe' at the World Luxury Hotel Awards. Every year in July, the site hosts The Evian Championship, the only major tournament in continental Europe. A true paradise for golfers, the Evian Golf Academy offers courses, golf holidays and training sessions, according to David Leadbetter. Clients of the hotel enjoy free-access, free private shuttle service and special rates on courses. The Academy is known for being the official training centre for the ladies of the Evian Championship.
There are two restaurants and two bars. La Table offers tasty gourmet cuisine in an elegant setting. You really do not want to miss the traditional Family Sunday Brunch! The Library is a restaurant with a cosy atmosphere, a cross between a literary salon and fine dining. The Birdie Bar is available at all times of the day. A pianist plays every night during the school holidays. La Chaise Longue bar overlooks the hotel’s swimming pool.