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.

Beau-Rivage Palace at Night

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.

Susan Kime is an award-winning travel/photojournalist, who has traveled to India, Tibet, Europe, Greece, Turkey, Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand, and the Middle East. She writes about exotic destinations, river and ocean cruises, unusual cuisine, travel trends, Millennial and GenZ emerging tastes and interests. She also is a travel gear geek, and will always try things out before writing about them.

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