Montagne Alternative welcomes visitors to the beauty of centuries-old Alpine farm buildings that have been lovingly converted into modern living spaces. Sitting in the heart of the well-preserved mediaeval village of Commeire, this is a place for authentic tourism, a place that enables frequent contact with nature. Here Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole visits to find out more.
The Lake Geneva Region has welcomed the opening of the new spa at The Royal Savoy Lausanne. After an investment of 100 million Swiss Francs and a five-year complete renovation and expansion, the transformation of this iconic hotel is now complete. The 1500sqm Le Spa du Royal which opened this June is the latest addition to the hotel.
Awarded the title of Europe’s Leading City Break Destination by the World Travel Awards for the past two years, Geneva is unveiling a ground-breaking campaign aimed at showcasing its beautiful city to thousands of leisure travellers this summer. Known as an international business hub for its humanitarian role as the Capital of Peace, Geneva Tourism along with many of its partners are joining together to provide leisure travellers a chance to experience the city’s peaceful surroundings and activities with complimentary accommodations.
Qatar Airways has announced a substantial aircraft upgrade on the Doha to Geneva route from July 1st 2016, to become the airline’s second Dreamliner route to Switzerland after Zürich. The route, which is currently operated by an Airbus A320 with 132 seats, will be served by the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner, almost doubling capacity on the direct daily service to 254 seats.
As an urban retreat, Hotel Atlantis by Giardino seamlessly unites the luxury of a five-star superior city hotel with the natural surroundings of its green and peaceful location at the foot of the Üetliberg mountain. Here Mona Marti visits the freshly renovated property for Breaking Travel News and is whisked back a glamorous age when it was a stage for international guests and a meeting place for Zurich locals.
Geneva Tourism has unveiled its new identity, GENEVALIVE, a dynamic destination brand geared towards digital devices. The new brand is designed to help Geneva Tourism promote the city internationally and demonstrate everything it has to offer as a holiday hot spot. This new identity, which is firmly geared towards the digital world, is a way of ensuring brand consistency internally across the organisation but also of more effectively addressing external audiences and markets.
The legendary Kulm Hotel St. Moritz has announced that British architect Lord Norman Foster is to oversee a £5.4 million refurbishment and extension of the Ice Pavillon in the Kulm Park. The Pavillon stands between the main hotel building and Chesa al Parc (one of the Kulm’s restaurants and the clubhouse for Kulm Golf St. Moritz); in front of it is the hotel’s outdoor ice rink (in winter) and tennis courts (in summer).
Geneva Tourism is unveiling its new identity – GENEVALIVE – a dynamic destination brand geared towards digital devices. The new brand is designed to help Geneva Tourism promote the city internationally and demonstrate everything it has to offer as a holiday hot spot.
One of Zurich’s oldest inns has been restored into the chic new Marktgasse Hotel, combining a contemporary 39-bedroom boutique hotel with two restaurants and a bar. Tastefully mixing the old and the new, the Marktgasse Hotel cultivates an understated elegance with a refined sense of contemporary aesthetics and tremendous personality
Steve McQueen stayed there. Freddie Mercury gave an impromptu performance in the bar. Shirley MacLaine flirted with an employee. And Muhammad Ali prepared for a fight there. Welcome to an iconic landmark that has always played a central role in Zurich life. Welcome to the Atlantis by Giardino, which has reopened following an extensive renovation programme. Styled as an urban retreat, the 95-room hotel will provide a unique and indulgent alternative to the city’s current hotel offering.
For the second year in succession, Geneva has been named Europe’s Leading City Break Destination at the World Travel Awards. The honour came during a Gala Ceremony at Forte Village in Sardinia. In the face of stiff competition from cities such as Paris, London, Rome, Istanbul, Madrid, Lisbon, Venice and Dublin, as well as new nominees Porto and Lodz, Geneva becomes part of the new trend of “city break” trips, i.e. short weekend breaks.