Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Un très château experience at Lake of Geneva

I recently returned from a très agrèable summer vacation in Switzerland.
We spend a wonderful week including fresh air (I learned to revalue since living in Paris), green mountains, turqouise water and the perfect view at the Lake of Geneva. We stayed in a really beautyful château hotel in Divonne Les Bains "Le Château de Divonne" and could now imagine how it must have felt being a princess during the 19th century sleeping in a four-poster bed with walls made of flowery silk every night - really a recommendable experience!

The chateau was build in 1860 and consists of 30 tasteful and authentic decorated rooms, "très château" like the receptionist said. The Château is sourrounded by a beautyful garden and whether you relax outside with a book in the garden, go for a swim in the hotel pool or just relax with some vintage wine and michelin-star food from the hotel restaurant, you will have a unforgetable stay. If you miss city life you can go for a stroll to nearby Geneva which is just 9 miles away.

Divonne-les-Bains is a very small and charming village with little bakeries, delicatesse shops, fromageries and - a Spa as well as a Casino, "que fait becaup de plaisier" of course.
One evening, we decided to eat in the restaurant of the golf club "Le Pavillon du Golf" just across the street. I normally don't like the whole "golf environment" but I thaught this golf course was somehow charming build harmonically in the woods. Everybody walking around was friendly and greeted you with sympathetic "Bonjour". The restaurant, belonging to the "Grand Hotel de Divonne" was really one of the most tasteful experiences I have made since we live in France. Food was great and reasonable priced - compared to Paris Restaurants. We ate there once and the next day we decided to go again. If you should ever stay at Divonne, don't miss this restaurant and make sure to arrive hungry for eating a whole menu - otherwise DOMMAGE.

115 Rue Des BainsDivonne
Les-Bains 01220

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