Lake Geneva : the best family luxury hotels
5 November 2019
What if the next family holidays went together with mountains and a breath of fresh air? An ideal destination for families, the surroundings of Lake Geneva offer a beautiful range of landscapes that are embellished with breathtaking views. Of glacial origin, Lake Geneva shares its banks between France and Switzerland, and offers an enthralling change of scenery. Riviera atmosphere, tiered vineyards or mountain pastures, everyone will find their heart desires and you won’t be running out of fun activities here.
During winter, ski enthusiasts will be able to head for the beautiful ski slopes that adjoin Evian. At just about 15 to 30 minutes away, you will be able to check up authentic and family-friendly resorts such as Bernex, Thollon Les Mémises or Portes du Soleil, the Franco-Swiss estate, which links 12 famous resorts. While the lovers of water sports and sandy beaches will be stopping at the shores of the lake, during the fine season, between Evian and Thonon Les Bains or in Lausanne. Diving, barefoot, water skiing, canoeing or sailing, everyone will be able to indulge himself/herself in the their most passionate activity in the heart of a preserved natural heritage. And why not relive the resort’s atmosphere of the late 19th century and board along with your family aboard one of the turn-of-the-century (Belle Epoque) steamboats with their beautiful paddle wheels? When it comes to your accommodation, Little Guest Hotels Collection has selected some of the most beautiful hotels in the region to checked up with your family. To discover beautiful addresses in Geneva, you can read our must-see practical guide.
Hotel Royal Evian
Above Lake Geneva
Overlooking Lake Geneva, you will be checking in to one of the most beautiful addresses in the region. In this modern-day palace, you will still be perceiving the sweet fragrance of the French Belle Epoque. Having a subtle alliance of tradition and modernity, the Hotel Royal Evian puts together the most advanced technologies and contemporary design at the service of its guests. Every detail has been carefully thought out to offer a memorable stay, such as experiential suites that echo the world of music or golf. Be it the large family rooms, panoramic suites on the 6th floor with stunning views of the lake and alpine reliefs or cocooning rooms overlooking the park, everyone will be able to find happiness. Here, everything has been designed for the well-being of families. In this huge hotel resort, there are numerous activities, which adapt well to every family desire.
For the little ones: a personalized welcome, every day, as from 3 years old, in the Kid’s Resort which extends on over 1,000 sqm of surface area.
For the entire family: the Evian One, a unique ship and futuristic catamaran with innovative lines that connects Geneva to Evian in less than 45 minutes
For Mom and Dad: a beautiful gastronomic offer, a magnificent golf course, a casino, the luxurious Evian Spa and a concert hall.
Hotel Ermitage Evian
On the shores of Lake Geneva
A historic hotel that has been built at the very beginning of the 20th century, Ermitage Evian Hotel perfectly completed its renovation a few years ago, now empowering it to offer all forms of modern comforts to its guests. Just nearby the hotel, you will find a mineral water source that has made the city famous, as well as the Baths from the 19th century. At the heart of a 19-hectare forested private estate, just a few steps from Les Portes du Soleil Resort, this hotel is the ideal place for a relaxing and exciting holiday. The atmosphere is family-friendly and refined, and the nature-inspired décor gives the place a unique conviviality. Designed to welcome families, the rooms boast of warm and large surfaces with cheerful tones. Family Lake Rooms can lodge 2 adults and 2 children.
For the little ones: from 4 months to 10 years old, the Kid’s Resort opens its doors to them, under the loving care of childcare professionals, in the heart of a preserved nature.
For the entire family: the pleasant brunch that is served on Sundays is a delight for families. On Friday evenings, however, it is the Italian flavours are being highlighted around a friendly buffet. Another must in the cuisine sector is the La bibliothèque Restaurant which offers a cuisine that is as literary as it is gourmet in an original bookish setting.
For Mom and Dad: the Quatre Terres Spa offers beautiful moments of well-being in a natural and cocooning setting, ideal for reinvigorating oneself. The Ermitage Restaurants highlights healthy products from the local terroir.
La Réserve Genève Hôtel & Spa
On the shores of Lake Geneva at 5km from Geneva
A lush park on the shores of Lake Geneva, a timeless lodge with modest luxury, a unique service offer; all these are the ingredients that guarantee a wonderful stay. At La Réserve Genève, every moment becomes fun and you and your family will tend to benefit from an intimate environment whose service is as affectionate as it is discreet. Privileged guests all confess to feeling at home here. The House rolls out the red carpet to families, while promising them a hectic stay rich in discoveries. The rooms and suites offer ultimate comfort in which beautiful aesthetics remain the watchword. They all possess a singular soul wherein the imaginary expresses itself in complete freedom.
For the little ones: family and connecting rooms that are specially adorned under the African lodge theme and decorated by playful furniture designed by the company, Design for Kids MyLittleRoom; as well as the kids’ club, La Petite Reserve that entertains those of them from the ages of 6 months to 13 years old, throughout the day
For the entire family: a wide range of culinary offers with perfectly adapted menus
For Mom and Dad: away from the daily life stress, the Nescens Spa offers a true scientific and medical expertise in a refined environment. And when it comes to the gourmet side, the Tsé Fung restaurant offers high-class Chinese cuisine.
In Lausanne, on the shores of Lake Geneva
Being a blend between history and modernity, Beau-Rivage Palace remains one of the gems of the rich Swiss hotel tradition. In just 10 minutes from the vibrant city centre of Lausanne, you will be able to discover a rejuvenating bubble surrounded by a beautiful garden that opens onto Lake Geneva and its port area. You will be able to discover the atmosphere of the 19th-century water cities, as well as the Mediterranean resort atmosphere. The beautiful renovation of the hotel fancied pastel shades to create a more soothing environment.
For the little ones: the personalized welcome that is reserved for them all year round with activities suitable to everyone. Be it the treasure hunt, pastry or floral art classes, gardening or role-playing to check out the job of a concierge, everything is done to entertain the little ones, while their parents enjoy the services of the hotel. At Beau-Rivage Palace, children are kings
For the entire family: some suites are perfectly suited for them, for example, the duplex suite which has two bedrooms!
For Mom and Dad: the light-filled Cinq Mondes Spa, guarantees complete serenity. The Watch Lover offer includes a private presentation of items that are put on sale by an expert, as well as access to auction sales. Yoga retreats with a sports and mental coach who offers a bespoke holistic experience.
Jiva Hill Resort Golf & Spa
At 10 minutes from Geneva, in the Haut-Jura Nature Park
A symbol of a perfect harmony between luxury and nature, Jiva Hill Resort Golf & Spa faces Mont Blanc in the heart of the Haut-Jura Nature Park. Here priority is attributed to comfort in a beautifully preserved environment. The hotel’s name, which is borrowed from Buddhism, means “living hill” and has become the promise of a total change of scenery. The contemporary atmosphere isn’t short of elegance. There are very few rooms in this luxurious setting, thus offering a great degree of discretion. All the available rooms can lodge families in a comfortable and refined space.
For the little ones: specific treatments have been set up within the spa, to introduce them to art of well-being, from an early age. A spa party can even be organized.
For the entire family: a wide range of land sports activities (skiing during winter, cycling, running, paintball …), water activities (sailing, wakeboarding, water skiing …) or aerial (tree climbing, helicopter excursions…). The three-course Sunday brunch.
For Mom and Dad: a special moment at the spa whose large glass windows open onto the surrounding nature to succumb to the hotel’s zen spirit. A golf-themed stay to explore the magnificent golf courses. The Tripot, an elegant and regressive gaming hall with a jukebox from the 1950’s and a table football from the 1940’s.
Some of the best pick trips in the region to be explored with your family
- The Montreux Jazz Festival which takes place every year in July.
- The beautiful Lavaux wine region with its terraced vineyards overlooking Lake Geneva.
- The Baths of Evian
- The Lausanne Olympic Museum which enables us to relive the spirit of games from antiquity to the present day.
- The Swiss Vapeur Park du Bouveret, a museum dedicated to the reduced railway models.
- The Bex salt mines, a real natural labyrinth which reveals to visitors, the mining techniques of these mines which were opened in the 17th century.
- The Panoramic Express with its golden wagons that climbs joyfully towards Interlaken from Montreux, thus offering extraordinary views.
Catherine, married, Mom of Justine, from Paris