We received a media rate at the Four Seasons Geneva. As always, our opinions are our own on Ciao Bambino.
Geneva is synonymous with international wealth and power. It’s not surprising that there is a long list of luxury brands catering to business and leisure travelers alike, which makes achieving any sort of ‘wow factor’ a challenge. Yet the Four Seasons des Bergues Geneva manages to sweep the world’s most demanding travelers off their feet … and be kid-friendly at the same time.
A brief caveat to acknowledge that when I say that the Four Seasons Geneva is kid-friendly, I mean just that … it’s a place where kids and their parents feel comfortable and indulged. It’s not a kiddie hotel in any way, shape, or form but it’s marvelous and I’d stay there with my family again in a heartbeat.
The Four Seasons does a magnificent job of creating an environment in tune with local destinations. For example, in Hawaii, Four Seasons Hualalai is luxurious but still very much a casual-elegant beach resort. Meanwhile in Geneva — a city known as a hub for international finance, the best watchmaking in the world, and the United Nations — the Four Seasons is grand and opulent; there’s nothing casual about it.
The flowers in the lobby entryway set the tone. I stopped in my tracks when I first saw the magnificent floral display brimming with exotic flowers. Breathtaking. Even if you don’t stay at the Four Seasons, walk in the lobby to experience their flowers!
Without the warm and personable service — forget about it — it would be impossible to make the refined atmosphere feel kid-friendly. But the staff is all Four Seasons all the time, which means they will do anything and everything to ensure that guests feel like the hotel is their home-away-from-home. Children included.
Four Seasons Geneva guest rooms have been thoroughly renovated. Sophisticated and state-of-the-art, these rooms are optimized for well-being with decadent bathrooms (our had a hammam built into the shower), intimate lounge areas (ours included a fireplace under a large screen TV), and a spacious work zone. You are left wanting for absolutely nothing.
Suites and connecting rooms are available for families and many options include stunning views of Geneva.
We arrived just in time for the opening of their new Four Seasons Geneva indoor infinity pool with views of the city, the perfect place for sightseeing downtime.
There are also spa services available (not a full spa) and a fitness room with the latest and greatest equipment. I laughed out loud at the elliptical machines with built in Facebook and Twitter access.
Il Lago is the Four Seasons’ signature restaurant with an exquisite dining room. For families, there’s the outdoor La Terrace that is lovely on nice days and evenings with spectacular food, wine pairing, and service. It’s a wonderful place to get a gourmet meal in a more casual atmosphere.
We had their tasting menu while we watched the super moon rise over the lake. A experience for the memory books. We appreciated the ability to access a very special meal in a family-friendly way.
If the weather is not nice enough to sit outside, clubby Le Bar des Bergues offers lighter fare in a less formal atmosphere than Il Lago.
My favorite feature of the Four Seasons Geneva for families is most definitely the ice cream and wine bar out on the lake. This idyllic spot has wonderful desserts, snacks, food, and wine and casual tables inside and outside where parents can relax and kids can run around.
The Four Seasons Geneva is just 15 minutes from the Geneva Airport via car and 5 minutes via the train. Lac Leman’s boat cruises, run by CGN, leave right from the shore adjacent to the hotel. Just a few minutes from France, the Four Seasons Geneva it’s an ideal location for exploring Annecy and Chamonix as well.
We can help! When you make a request on our Connect with a Travel Advisor page, one of our Family Vacation Consultants will follow up with you and reach out directly to the hotel for pricing and availability. Need help planning a complete family vacation in Switzerland? Let us know — we will be happy to work with you!
Photos by Amie O’Shaughnessy
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