luxe - Hotel d’Angleterre, Geneva
Written by Natasha Proietto
Nestled discreetly on the corner of an exclusive Geneva lakeside street, the Hotel d’Angleterre bills itself as having ‘old world charm and new world service’.
This is particularly apt, for the hotel has retained its prestigious and polished feel through various refurbishments undertaken since 1872. It is now part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection of boutique hotels, and a member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World group.
Signature suites are decorated using the chintz and Regency opulence of English country style, including the Presidential Suite complete with three balconies perching over the lake and overlooking the world famous Jet d’eau. At the Windows Restaurant you can enjoy beautifully presented award-winning cuisine and simple delights such as a full high tea of scones, cream, jam, and cucumber sandwiches.
The Leopard Room and Bar is one of the key features of the hotel. Officially Geneva’s busiest bar, it is named in homage to its owners’ South African heritage – a leopard-print theme mixed with gentlemen’s club-cum-library style evokes an eclectic atmosphere where you can listen to live contemporary music every night while sitting by a cosy fireplace. Perks include Bentley car service on request, a sauna, and Penhaligon’s classic bath and beauty accessories.
The Legend of Lake Geneva
Lake Geneva, or Lac Léman as it is known locally, has a history of luxury travel, when distinguished families would construct their summer villas on its banks. Magical views abound, with the majestic snow-covered Alps thrown into sharp relief by the sunlit azure sky. The lake is the pearl of the region, inspiring painters and writers throughout the ages; sailing regattas, a tulip festival, and musical events are held yearly.