Luxe by the Lake
Fronted by a broad promenade that follows the shores of Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland, Beau-Rivage Palace is one of Europe's grandest hotel addresses.
Set to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2009, Beau-Rivage rises majestically amidst acres of rolling parkland, with lakeside rooms offering views of both the towering Alps and the town of Evian, France, directly across the water. Beyond the stunning, columned lobby, stately ballroom, and lavish salons decorated with 18th-century frescos, the swish and sparkling Cinq Mondes Spa offers treatments culled from healing traditions around the world. French for â€œFive Worlds,â€ Cinq Mondes' spa menu includes multi-cultural experiences such as the Traditional Hammam Ritual, Royal Taoist Ritual, and Ayurvedic Ritual. Bathing ceremonies can be scheduled in the spa's wooden cedar Japanese soaking tub, complete with a soothing tea service. Three-hour long Exceptional Treatments, including the Jubilee Massage Treatment, each conclude with a relaxation ceremony. The Jubilee incorporates a full-body grommage (exfoliation), followed by a color selection from a Traditional Chinese Medicine chart that assists therapists in customizing the ensuing massage. Later, spend an afternoon strolling the stone streets of Lausanne, or enjoy a class in confection making in the kitchens of chocolatier Dan Durig (www.durig.ch) For more information visit www.brp.ch