The ideal blend of tradition and innovation: Beau Rivage Palace, Lausanne

One of Switzerland’s finest hotels, the Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne has long established itself the quintessential urban luxury resort hotel, catering to a vast array of discerning guests ranging from leisure travellers, Spa and wellness afficionados, business and convention guests as well as locals patrons.

Since opening in 1861 the Beau Rivage Palace Lausanne has not only maintained its distinguished reputation but has also preserved its Art Déco and neo-baroque architectural heritage, while keeping up with contemporary developments – the addition of an award winning Spa by Cinq Mondes, a fine dining gourmet restaurant headed by Anne Sophie Pic (the only female Chef awarded three Michelin stars) and, more recently, an impressive renovation of rooms and suites in the Palace building by famed French interior designer Pierre Yves Rochon.

The grandeur of the palace building is also reflected in its grand offering: 7 restaurants (two with outdoor terraces) – international, French,  Japanese and Italian, 2 bars (one with a heated outdoor terrace for cigar tastings), 14 conference spaces ranging from the spectacular Sandoz Ballroom with a surface of 430 sqm to the Library measuring 58 sqm – all with a ‘Made to Measure’ versatility approach for the perfect event, from weddings to business conventions or conferences. (see video).

As for accommodations, even those in the main building are superbly maintained and kept, one could hardly notice differences in comparison with the newly renovated ones. During my recent stay, I was privileged to stay in the hotel’s brand new Spa Suite (video preview), probably one of the most luxurious suites I have ever stayed in.

The Spa Suite is situated on the top floor of the Palace building and offers unique panoramicviews of Lake Leman and the city. The Suite covers an impressive surface of 100 sqm, with ample spaces abundant in daylight – an oversized wardrobe, living room with a business desk and sitting area separate by white wooden sliding doors from the bedroom with a heavenly comfortable bed, an outdoor terrace (heated in winter) and a huge bathroom with an enclosed private Spa: marble free-standing bathtub which turns into a jacuzzi, hammam with chromotherapy, two treatment beds and separate walk in rain shower – all amenities Bvlgari Red Tea. 

The new suite stands proof for the commitment of the hotel to preserve its heritage while adding the ultimate in luxury hospitality, both in terms of functionality and aesthetics. The ease of controlling lighting and air-conditioning is perfectly is done with the utmost attention to eco-sustainability, an intricate system of sensors ensuring power is saved while the guest is not in the room. The Swiss heritage influence is reflected in the choice of materials but also design – wooden floors covered by a wool carpet resembling a hand-woven sweater and predominant solid wooden furnishings in white with fine details such as white leather on the business desk and murano glass door knobs.

From the minute I stepped into the suite for the first time, I felt at home and this is the ultimate goal of any luxury hotelier nowadays. Despite its grandeur, the suite is extremely warm and cozy and even for single occupancy does not feel overwhelming. I could not cherish more laying on the chaiselong in the terrace gazing at the lake or taking a jacuzzi bath while overlooking at the city in the distance.

Perfection in functionality is achieved not only through the ease of controls (lighting with a selection of ‘scenes’, automatic air-conditioning and do not disturb) but also the sliding doors which divide each space and the remotely controlled curtains, shades and blinds. Other such details include: underfloor heating in the marble floor of the bathroom and the heated towel racks which switch on night-time, two high resolution LED Tv’s, complimentary high-speed wi-fi internet throughout the entire hotel etc.

Innovation in service has also been at the heart of the hotel’s continued success. Recently introduced programs include: Kids are Kings!Le “Montreux” steamboat and the Suite Pluie de Fleurs (Flower Shower Suite) at the Spa.

Kids are kings!

Apart from the personalized check-in, special amenities, dedicated in-room entertainment and their exclusive menu at the
Café and in room service, children have many reasons to plead their parents to stay at the Beau-Rivage Palace. Bori, the Beau-Rivage Palace’s mascot will be the perfect friend away from home for the little ones checking in. They may even see him sitting by the stairs of the Café, welcoming those coming in.

To ensure that our young guests become properly acquainted with the vast grounds of the property, we have created a treasure hunt… with a twist. It’s a simple board game suitable for children from 3 years of age. The hunt consists on discovering different parts of the
hotel by following a series of sketches on the board and obtaining stickers for every area discovered. Once the board is completed and all the stickers are stuck, a surprise will await the child in the reception.

A complete experience is provided in the kitchens –  children from the age of 6 can join the Chef in the pastry kitchen and learn
how to make chocolates, cookies, sweets, cakes and breads. Once they are done with cooking the goodies, our inhouse florists await them to teach them all about the art and secrets of flower arrangements.

Girls have not been forgotten – daughter (from 12 years old) and their mothers can enjoy a bespoke pampering experience at the “Cinq Mondes” Spa. As for the men of the family? How about waiting for the ladies while disputing a tennis match on the hotel’s courts?

Le “Montreux” steamboat 

In partnership with CGN (General Company of Navigation), the Beau Rivage Palace offers tailor made cruises on Le Montreux, the oldest and most famous steamboat of CGN, inaugurated in 1906. From May to December, the boat can be hired for private cruises. In July and August there are scheduled evening public cruises.

Developed around the concept of “live cooking”, spitroast specialities and a gourmet buffet are proposed for lunch and dinner.
The Banqueting department also offers a choice of cocktails and menus for private parties (up to 100 guests outdoor on the deck or 70 guests seated, indoor).

A comprehensive and dedicated photo gallery can be accessed on our Facebook page.