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 (www.jivahill.com; tel. 04-50-28-48-48). Set on 28 hectares (69 acres) of parkland, it’s within France, but only a 10-min. 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 33 rooms, the hotel bills itself as “a boutique resort.”

Angular and avant garde, it has 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 ultra-comfortable at the same time. On the premises is a highly rated deluxe spa, decorated like the rest of the hotel, with a spectacular collection of contemporary art and state-of-the-art equipment. Other amenities include a gourmet restaurant, bar, heated indoor pool, two tennis courts, and nearby golf course. Rates range from 261€ to 288€ for a double or start at 378€ 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.