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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Detox Your Body and Mind in Geneva

New wellness-oriented hotels, vegetarian-friendly restaurants, and high-end spas have brought healthy living to this picturesque, French-speaking city on the shores of Switzerland's Lake Geneva.

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1. Where to Stay


A suite at The Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues.  

Explore Geneva’s scruffy Pâquis neighborhood at the year-old Manotel N'vY (from $189), located a five-minute walk from Lake Geneva (Lac Léman to local French speakers). The 153-room hotel features in-room chromotherapy lighting, vegetable-based Etro bath amenities, and glass-walled bathrooms with boxy tubs overlooking the lake. The lounge fireplace and 24-hour gym offer respite from cold, wet days, as do the colorful public spaces designed by several artists, including six custom-designed mural frescoes by New York graffiti artist Meres One.

Hop aboard a Venetian-style water taxi bound for La Réserve (from $590), a tranquil resort-clinic hybrid just five miles from the city center. Iconic Parisian interior designer Jacques Garcia plastered the walls in animal prints and topped beds with crushed velvet, but the main attraction is the La Réserve Spa Genève, where treatments like Barbary Fig scrubs and Yang seaweed wraps draw on the medical expertise of the Center for Aging at the Clinique de Genolier. The property also offers free access to its indoor-outdoor thermal pools, sauna, fitness center, and tennis court.

Splurge on a stay at The Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues (from $700), Geneva's top five-star hotel, where the new Spa Mont Blanc opened in October. Occupying the top three floors of the hotel, the spa features saunas and hammans festooned in white Marmara marble, aged oak, and Valsite quartz, while treatments include a two-hour Swiss detox ritual using juniper berry and cypress ($350). Afterward, sip on complimentary mint tea at the glass-enclosed rooftop infinity pool, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the lake and the luxury-logo-studded skyline.


Published on Nov 15, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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