Geneva is surrounded by terrific downhill skiing, most of it in the French Alps.


La Réserve Spa. On the shores of Lac Léman, this spa includes more than 21,000 square feet of creamy white fabrics and dark, rich wood. Inside are 17 treatment rooms, sauna and steam rooms, a health-conscious café, and large fitness center with an indoor pool. Guests are pampered by therapists who offer a mix of traditional offerings like body wraps to innovative options that include lympho-draining techniques. The spa also offers a full menu of fitness classes. La Réserve, 301 rte. de Lausanne, Bellevue, 1293.

Le Spa at Le Richemond. Tucked away on the lower level of this grande dame, this cozy spa radiates calm with soft lighting, soothing music, and golden-hued mosaics. In just over 4,000 square feet, the spa includes a sauna, fitness center, five treatment rooms, and a Turkish-style hammam. The individually tailored treatments—which include massages, facials, and beauty treatments—include Eastern rituals. Le Richemond, Jardin Brunswick, Les Pâquis, Geneva, 1201. 022/7157000;

Le Spa Grand Hotel Kempinski. Caramel-colored walls, pale gold lighting, and natural materials like bamboo and stone set a soothing tone in this 15,000-square-foot spa inside the Grand Hotel Kempinski. Here you'll find a dozen treatment rooms, a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, yoga room, and Turkish-style hammam. Treatments include body scrubs and wraps, facials, and massage. For a real splurge, book the spa suite with a private steam bath and terrace. Grand Hotel Kempinski, 19 quai du Mont Blanc, Les Pâquis, Geneva, 1201. 022/9089081;


The Genevois love their beaches, which open in May and stay crowded through September.

Bains des Pâquis. A laid-back and popular concrete sunbathing area surrounds a protected swimming zone and casual restaurant at Bains des Pâquis. 30 quai du Mont-Blanc, Les Pâquis, Geneva, 1201. 022/7322974;

Genève-Plage. A huge outdoor pool, multilevel diving boards, and a waterslide are among the amenities at Genève-Plage. Although technically in Cologny, this beach is just over the Eaux-Vives line. Port Noir, Cologny, 1223. 022/7362482;