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En Route to Geneva -- If you're leaving France and headed toward western Switzerland, specifically Geneva, consider a final R & R stopover at Jiva Hill Park Hotel, Route d'Harée, Crozet 01170 (tel. 04-50-28-48-48; fax 04-50-28-48-49; www.jivahill.com). Set on 28 hectares (70 acres) of parkland, it's within France, but only a 10-minute drive from the Geneva airport. This frontier region of the Alpine foothills, where Voltaire was exiled by the French monarchs, seems more closely tuned to Switzerland (especially Geneva) than to the rest of France. Isolated and peaceful, with only 34 rooms, the hotel bills itself as "a boutique resort."

Angular and avant-garde, it boasts interiors by Jean-Philippe Nuel, the famous French hotel designer. Each unit is accented with exposed wood and touches of wrought iron, and manages to be minimalist, stylish, and ultracomfortable at the same time. On the premises is a highly rated deluxe spa, the Carita, decorated like the rest of the hotel with a spectacular collection of contemporary art, and with state-of-the-art equipment. Other amenities include a gourmet restaurant, bar, heated indoor pool, two tennis courts, and a nearby golf course. Rates, requiring a 3-night minimum stay, range from 320€ to 420€ for a double to 515€ to 615€ for a junior suite.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.