In a picturesque setting that includes UNESCO heritage vineyards and sweeping views of Lake Geneva, Kempinski’s Le Mirador is a modern, upscale hotel that serves as a high-end summer and winter retreat. Its 61 rooms and suites mix contemporary and classic decor and come with modern technologies such as flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations. If you want views of Lake Geneva and the Alps, you’ll need to book one of the Deluxe rooms, which have the added allure of being situated in the historic part of the hotel.
The service is immaculate, with a concierge team that can work miracles. The hotel has three restaurants, one with a Michelin star, and a Lounge Piano Bar with a fantastic terrace. Weary travelers can revive themselves at the Givenchy Spa. For the ultimate health break, you can also take advantage of the hotel’s dedicated Medical Centre.
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The hotel is situated in Mont-Pèlerin, a vineyard-rich area of foothills between Lausanne and Montreux. For walkers, there are lots of wooded pathways to explore on Lake Geneva’s shoreline, and water skiing and kite-surfing are possible all year round. Pristine pistes for skiing and snowboarding are also easily accessible in Verbier (transfers available by limousine), and if you visit in summer, Montreux’s prestigious Jazz Festival is well worth bagging tickets for.
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Rooms: 61 rooms. From $350. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: A decent buffet spread is served in the breakfast room, which has splendid mountain and lake views. Contemporary restaurant Le Patio serves delicious Italian and Mediterranean dishes, which should be enjoyed on the fantastic terrace, as well as a generous Sunday Brunch. The more traditional Au Chalet offers Swiss-inspired dishes like fondue and raclette, while the Michelin-starred Le Trianon focuses on seasonal Italian food such as lake-caught fish and seasonal produce from the surrounding Lavaux region. The Lobby Piano bar is as classic as it sounds, with deep, leather armchairs, red carpet, and a serious collection of champagnes and vintage whiskeys. Spa and gym details: The hotel has Switzerland’s only Givenchy Spa, whose romantic highlight is the Private Day Spa Suite—a sanctuary of naturally lit space where couples can pamper themselves with purifying beauty rituals and treatments. There is also an on-site Medical Centre offering everything from tailor-made preventive programs to holistic dentistry, and a fitness studio with state-of-the-art equipment, a separate exercise room for yoga, aerobics, and Pilates classes, and an indoor-outdoor pool with a glass domed roof.
Who it's for: The wealthy and well-heeled; nature lovers; anyone looking for a romantic getaway. Our favorite rooms: For a taste of the hotel’s classic side, check into the Royal Suite, a beautiful two-bedroom apartment in the old wing of the property. It comes with a carved-marble bathroom, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a private terrace that looks onto the lake. It also has a fully equipped kitchen. A view from above: Should you wish to charter a helicopter to explore the surroundings, the hotel has a rather convenient helipad.