For the style-conscious Genevan, luxury design hideaway La Réserve Hotel & Spa has long been the savvy insider’s favourite lakeside pied-à-terre. This lavish retreat enjoys cult status as the happening place to be seen, as equally as being deliciously incognito - a discreet, luxury den - hotel, spa & rendezvous all in one.
Framed in a private, 10 acre manicured shoreline estate, La Réserve Hotel is deliberately off-radar and not to be confused with a regular stay in town. No indeed, this luxuriant pad hides under a canvas of lush, verdant camouflage in an exclusive residential quarter of Lake Geneva.
The contemporary interior design opts for a sense of the mischievous with flamboyant darts of vivacious Afrique tamed through simple elegance and velvety demure created by iconic Parisian designer, Jacques Garcia.
The scene is awash in subtle unpretentious luxury dressed in casual chic, striking an eclectic cord of safari crossed with the club urbane and taking cool notes from the esprit of travels - it is chilled, refined and relishes in not taking itself too seriously.
The award-winning spa and signature Better Aging treatments from Nescens, alongside the luxury boot camp, effortlessly attracts the beauty set.
Tucked away at arms length to downtown Geneva, the zesty La Réserve is a Genevan oasis of sophisticated pleasure right on the glistening shores of Lac Léman.
Cuisine is an integral part of the dna of La Réserve - it has a unique bond to food and wine being, rightly, one of the hotspots of Geneva. Guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining with five restaurants to choose from, from Michelin-starred feasts through to adventurous pop-ups in both summer and winter, for more casual dining, this is a gastro hotspot in the heart of sophisticated luxury.
Ever since he started at Versailles with Gérard Vié (two Michelin stars), Emmanuel Soares has never left the upper reaches of gourmet cooking.
Today, more than ever, the signature restaurant THE LOTI at La Réserve Genève is returning to its original commitment as a gateway to the world, with a menu inspired by the elegant combinations of the flavors and gourmet traditions of Japan and Latin America.
The Atelier Boeuf (Beef Workshop) offers a selection of exceptional meat, cooked with the greatest sophistication and presented in the most astonishing manners. Two emblematic examples are Grade 4 Kobe Beef with seaweed salad and potatoes poached in Asian broth, wakame butter and lime; or the six-week matured Baltic Holstein sirloin accompanied by a small portion of smoked beetroot, and beetroot sprouts with a potato smoked with vine tendrils. Simple and yet majestic at once. The top-quality meat is a perfect match for extraordinary accompaniments.
Alternatively opt for the only Michelin starred Cantonese resrtaurant in Switzerland, the red velvet lined Tsé Fung - a Shanghai 1930's inspired creation of everything Chinese and delicious, with the Cantonese kitchen recently crowned its first Michelin star and awarded as the best Chinese restaurant in Geneva.
Tsé Fung celebrates Chinese gastronomy with creative twists of the Cantonese kitchen, headed up by Chef Frank Xu. His Peking-style roast duck served in two stages is a benchmark in the domain.
For those seeking healthier delicious options, Philippe Durandeau creates the food at the Café Lauren spa restaurant where everything is re-thought so as to be lighter and healthier, with dishes ranging from from tatars and salads to herb smoothies. During the warmer summer months The Summer Lodge opens to guests overlooking the lake as of course, poolside life would not be complete without a fully fledged snack menu.
The bar in classic Garcia style is a focal point of the hotel where guests mingle into the local scene, often with live DJ and jazz.
La Réserve Hotel & Nescens Spa Genève is a designer lakeside retreat where beauty, Swiss science and luxury merge for an ethos of Better Ageing Science by NESCENS - living as well as long as possible, created by Professor Jacques Proust, a pioneer in the biology of anti-ageing medicine.
The setting alone is respite from the hectic glamour and buzz of Geneva, and the retreat & spa are set within a wonderful large open air pool, set among the verdant lawns.
Inside, the spa designed by Jacques Garcia epitomizes what an urban sanctum should look like, with his signature seashell pendulum lights, moody colour tones around the indoor hydropool and designer coolness suffused in white at healthy eatery Café Lauren.
There are several treatment rooms, including sauna, Hamam and rain showers. Sports and fitness is catered for with the outdoor tennis courts and a full in-house gym with TechnoGym and Kinesis™ equipment, as well as a full exercise class regime rotating yoga, cardiovascular and Pilates style classes. Nautical Aquagym is also instructed in the indoor pool.
At the heart of the spa are the programmes of Better Aging by NESCENS - spas can certainly beautify, but if you’re looking to be transformed with the appliance of science, La Réserve Genève’s Nescens Spa is the place to go to experience their signature treatments, starting with your ‘anti-ageing bioindividuality’™.
The spa’s medical team then create a personalized program targeting the specific needs of the guest, such as stress reduction or slimming and toning. The 24 treatments on offer are extensive, including massages, body wraps and body scrubs, (several using caviar), and guests are invited to play sports, join fitness classes or have personal training. Three healthy personalized meals a day are served at the hotel’s plush Café Lauren with outdoor terrace ensure that the guest’s diet is kept in check too. Don't fret if you just want to have a treatment or let La Prairie work their magic with Caviar, Gold and Ice Crystal facials.
Life is good when you are at La Réserve Hotel & Nescens Spa Genève - no wonder it's a haunt for celebrities as well as the affluent locals. Here's to Better Aging in absolute designer comfort.
A kid-friendly ten-acre oasis for children to get lost in, adjoining rooms and special kids’ menus are supplemented at La Réserve Hotel and Spa with Le Petit Réserve, a no-go parent zone for 6-months to 13-year olds, all supervised by the special team. A children’s summer camp for 6-13 year olds also opens up swimming and diving lessons, too.
Host Laurent Branover is a veteran hotelier, and knows only too well how to deliver the relaxed luxury of a Michel Rebyier Hotel.
Laurent ignites a room with his charisma, passion for food and health, people and service; he is the gentile face of La Resérve Genève and the heart of his team.
Located directly on the shores of Lake Geneva, La Réserve Genève - Hotel & Spa sits within a private landscape on the wealthy edge of town, in the Bellevue quarters, with views across Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc.
From your reclusive retreat you can easily pop into downtown Geneva by car, tram or make an entrance and take the hotel's own Venetian motoscafo to quickly whisk you over the lake in utter style. Conveniently nearby are Palace of Nations (United Nations), Genève Aéroport & train station, the Botanical Gardens, International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG) and the Palexpo exhibition complex.
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