A New Idea: Igloos Near Lake Geneva, Switzerland
Lausanne’s renowned Beau-Rivage Palace will offer guests a new holiday experience this season with the installation of lakeside igloos. Inside the hotel’s 10-acre garden, the two transparent igloos invite guests to enjoy exceptional food and great scenery, while looking out over Lake Geneva and the distant snow-capped Alps.
The igloos, or Comfort Bubbles as they are sometimes called, were fashioned by Chic Cham, a design team, in collaboration with Espaces Contemporains, an architectural group.
Guests choose from two conceptually different igloos: the first is constructed in a classic Alpine style, with wooden elements and red/ green accents; the second igloo offers a modern experience, decorated with frosted silvers and gold. Both igloos can host up to six people for tea time and other delicacies with the option to order classic Swiss treats – Fondue, Mulled Wine, Gingerbread — from the Lobby Lounge’s holiday menu.
The Beau-Rivage Palace has a grand historic quality, as it has been open since 1861, and has been the sanctuary to many illustrious guests: Victor Hugo, Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chanel, Nelson Mandela and Tina Turner to name just a few.
The Beau-Rivage Palace is situated on ten acres of private gardens, adjacent to Lake Geneva with spectacular views of the Swiss Alps. The hotel’s award-winning 15,000-square-foot Cinq Mondes Spa contains a fitness room, indoor and outdoor infinity pools, a hot tub and nine treatment rooms. The property’s two Michelin starred restaurant Anne-Sophie Pic at the Beau-Rivage Palace features France’s only female chef with three Michelin stars. The hotel recently underwent an approximately US$ 28 million renovation of 100 guestrooms and suites.
The igloo installation will take place from December 2016 through the end of January 2017.