Switzerland is not first choice on peoples short break or long weekend list yet it really is a great country for a quick visit as it’s a combination of France, Italy and Germany's best bits – stunning views, amazing shopping especially for watches and of course the cuisine it’s not all glamorous ski resorts.
British Airways have a superb timetable of flights to Switzerland
So let’s head off to Geneva known as the gateway city to the Swiss Alps with its dramatic views of Mont Blanc, the spectacular Jet d'Eau with its plume of water arcing through the air to a great height. You also have antique shops and steep, cobbled streets of the Old Town, monumental buildings such as the St Pierre Cathedral plus a wide range of museums and art galleries.
A great place to unwind and enjoy something different
Hotel d'Angleterre Geneva Switzerland (More Information & Booking)
This property is 4 minutes walk from the beach. Offering panoramic views of the lake and Mont Blanc, this luxurious, elegantly renovated 5-star hotel is located right on the shore of Lake Geneva. The UN headquarters, the financial district and the Rue du Rhone can be reached in a short walk. Hotel D’Angleterre’s spacious, air-conditioned rooms feature an elegant furnishings and luxurious bathrooms with bathrobes and slippers. Facilities include a flat-screen TV, an iPod docking station, and soundproof windows. Interconnecting rooms are available on request.
Guests of the D'Angleterre are welcomed with a drink, homemade chocolate, and fresh fruits. Services include 24-hour room service and twice daily maid service. The stylish Windows restaurant serves Swiss and international gourmet cuisine. It offers direct views of the lake, with Mont Blanc in the background. In the elegant Leopard Bar, guests can relax in front of the fireplace and enjoy live music on 6 days a week. A wide range of massage and beauty treatments is available, as well as private yoga sessions.
Hotel de la Paix Geneva Switzerland (More Information & Booking)
This property is 6 minutes walk from the beach. Completely renovated in 2017, the historic and prestigious Hotel de la Paix Geneva, a Ritz Carlton Partner Hotel is located in the heart of the city, on the shore of Lake Geneva. Geneva's old town and the main city attractions are only a 5-minute walk away. Decorated with luxurious fabrics, the spacious, elegant and comfortable rooms and suites are air-conditioned and feature a minibar, an Illy coffee machine, free Wi-Fi and Asprey toiletries. All rooms offer views of the lake or the Montblanc Square.
The Living Room restaurant serves international fusion cuisine made with local products all day. A fitness centre with the latest equipment is available, and valet parking and 24-hour room service are featured at Hotel de la Paix Geneva, a Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel.
Hôtel Métropole Genève Switzerland (More Information & Booking)
This property is 9 minutes walk from the beach. Built in 1854 on the city's ancient fortifications, the 5-star Hôtel Métropole Geneva is located in the heart of Geneva. It offers panoramic lake views, free WiFi, and free use of its fitness facilities. All rooms of this non-smoking hotel are completely renovated and offer a work desk with voice mail and 2 phone lines, a Nespresso coffee machine, and double-glazed windows.
The Le Grand Quai restaurant serves authentic and innovative French cuisine in a contemporary décor. It is open every day for lunch and dinner. The Mirror Bar offers a large selection of cocktails, champagnes, fine wines by the glass and a choice of light dishes and salads. With a panoramic view over Lake Geneva, the 5 Lounge bar is an inviting place to spend warm summer evenings. You can chill out listening to the music, enjoy creative cocktails and casual finger food from sunset until late at night. The Hôtel Métropole also features a business centre and a panoramic rooftop terrace. Situated on the left bank of the Rhône opposite the Jardin Anglais parc, the Old Town with its museums and galleries is only a short walk away.
Zurich is often thought of as the business centre or close by all the ski resorts yet it’s packed with art galleries and museums. The Swiss history museum is called Landesmuseum and the Kunsthaus houses some of the most important pieces of art owned by Switzerland. For an interesting combination of art and culture, check out the Fraumünster, a gothic church with window paintings attributed to Marc Chagall. During the day, the Lindenhof hill offers a stunning vista of the heart of the old town, Niederdorf, which is filled with shopping avenues, winding alleyways and restaurants.
Eden Au Lac Zürich, Switzerland (More Information & Booking)
Eden Au Lac Zürich, Switzerland (More Information & Booking)
This property is 15 minutes walk from the beach. Built in 1909, The Eden au Lac has been playing host to an international clientèle for more than a century. It enjoys a scenic lakeside location on Zurich's elegant Utoquai, a 10-minute walk from the Bahnhofstrasse shopping street and offers rooftop Sky Bar opened all year.The hotel is a listed historic building housing individually designed rooms and suites with all the comfort expected of a luxury Swiss hotel yet still reflecting the old-world charm.Most rooms include an attractive balcony or terrace with fine views of Lake Zurich, the city and the distant snow-capped Alps.
Guests can enjoy fine dining in the Restaurant Eden offering modern cuisine and selection of European wines. Half board can be requested in advance. When it comes to cocktails and aperitifs, the Eden Lobby Bar is particularly popular among music lovers and is also serves as a casual second restaurant, offer all-day dining options.A regular attraction from October to May is the weekly “Jazz in the Bar” session every Thursday evening, a highlight on the city’s music and social scene.
The Dolder Grand Zürich, Switzerland (More Information & Booking)
Enjoying a privileged location in natural surroundings above Zurich, next to the cog railway station, The Dolder Grand offers a 4,000 m² spa, 2 award-winning restaurants, and free Wi-Fi access.All rooms have a flat-screen satellite TV and are equipped with bathrobes and slippers. They offer views over Zurich, Lake Zurich, the Alps, or the nearby forest.
The exclusive Dolder Grand Spa (4,000 square metres) includes a large pool with panoramic views, a ladies’ and gentlemen’s spa, fitness facilities, 18 treatment rooms and 2 Spa Suites. It offers a wide selection of facials, massages and body rituals. In the 14 Gault Millau points awarded Saltz Restaurant and in The Bar, guests can enjoy modern international cuisine and a wide selection of fine wines and drinks. Innovative gourmet dishes are served in The Restaurant, which has been awarded 18 Gault Millau points and 2 Michelin stars.
Baur au Lac Zürich, Switzerland (More Information & Booking)
Uniquely situated in its own private park in the heart of Zurich with views over Lake Zurich and the Alps, the 5-star Baur au Lac offers elegant and luxurious rooms and suites with free minibar use. Guests benefit from an award-winning restaurant, free WiFi, and a top-floor fitness centre.
Two renowned restaurants, one with a terrace in the idyllic garden, an inviting bar, as well as a members-only night club, contribute to the fame of the Baur au Lac. The Restaurant Pavillon was awarded 1 Michelin star and 17 points by Gault Millau. Medical massages and physiotherapy are available on request, and there is a hair and beauty salon on site. Valet parking, a limousine service, maid service twice a day, and a concierge service around the clock are also offered at the Baur au Lac. You can also have your car repaired and washed in the hotel's garage, buy flowers, or browse through the offer of the wine boutique.
The banking centre at the Parade Square and the famous Bahnhofstrasse shopping street are only a few minutes' walk away.