If it weren't for the vista of snow-capped mountains from your lake-view suite, you might think you were in a super-swish African safari lodge. With a life-sized elephant to greet you in reception and lifelike birds suspended from the tree at The Loti restaurant, you couldn't feel further from the slopes.

The spa is, of course, the main event. From its age-defying programmes to La Prairie beauty treatments, this is the perfect place to truly unplug. We highly recommend the Nescens better-ageing full body and facial massage including lymph drainage and mechanical lifting techniques; it's impossible not to feel five years younger.


Just five minutes from Geneva airport, La Réserve is great as a stop-off en route to a neighbouring ski resort, or as a base to explore the beautiful towns of Vevey and Montreux. There are four restaurants to sample, including the Asian Tsé-Fung and the seasonal Winter Lodge, which overlooks an ice rink (it's open until May, when it becomes a Summer Lodge). Then back to the spa.

WOW FACTOR: In the summer months, take your own speedboat directly to the centre of Geneva to browse the designer boutiques and snap a photograph of the gigantic Jet d'Eau fountain.

GO: A Superior Room costs from £390  per night, B&B; www.lareserve.ch/en

FLIGHT TIME: 1 hour, 45 minutes