Beau-Rivage Genève Curates Al Fresco Activity Programme

By Paul Joseph

The ultra-luxurious, lakeside Beau-Rivage Genève hotel, one of Switzerland’s most historic hotels, has announced a curated guide for guests that invites them to enjoy the best alfresco city experiences throughout this summer – by which time the entire travel industry hopes that business has picked up again after the global coronavirus outbreak.

Among the experienced proposed in the guide are the launch of new stand-up paddleboard yoga sessions on Lake Geneva, a design-focussed lakeside terrace for summer drinking and dining, and a host of other outdoor city-based cultural activities

Consistently ranked as one of the European cities with the highest qualities of life, Geneva’s setting – framed by the Jura Mountains and on the shores of a picturesque lake – offers a huge range of outdoor activities, from hiking up the nearby Salève mountain to walking in the urban jungle that is Geneva’s Botanical Conservatories and Garden.

Other notable experiences include urban swimming at Eaux-Vives beach, a new, sustainable sandy beach with stunnng views of the Jet d’Eau, and a trail of around thirty modern art sculptures by international artists spread across four public city spaces.

Opened in 1865, Beau-Rivage commands incredible views of Lake Geneva and the Alps. Behind its grand, historic façade the hotel’s meticulously-restored design blends the modern day with echoes of the past: from the Mayer family’s own original furnishings, stained glass and objets d’art scattered throughout, to suites named after notable guests who have left their mark on history here.

Beau-Rivage’s glittering list of former guests includes the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, who stayed her while drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to Empress Sisi of Austria who chose Beau-Rivage as her pied-à-terre in Geneva, to legendary designer Coco Chanel and Hollywood stars including Angelina Jolie.

Last year the hotel was augmented with six lavish Lake View Loft Suites as part of a major renovation. Designed by French interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, the loft suites have a grand staircase leading up to a king or twin bed and a ceiling window.

By Paul Joseph