For a luxurious getaway that combines fine food and wine with a refined atmosphere and top cultural sights, look no further than Geneva in Switzerland. The city is certainly stylish and makes for the perfect holiday, no matter how short it might be.
The city boasts a wealth of Michelin-starred restaurants, as well as a number of other eateries, so you can be certain you will be in food heaven when on holiday in the city.
Here are some of the reasons why Geneva makes for a classy trip.
While there is plenty to see and do in the city centre, it is well worth heading out into the surrounding vineyards if you manage to get affordable car hire in Geneva. You can go on a tour of one of the wine-producing centres and sample a sip or two of some of the most well-known creations. Even if you don't want to go on a guided tour, it still makes for a lovely drive, with the Swiss countryside simply stunning.
Satigny is a huge wine-growing community that lies around 30 minutes by car from central Geneva. It is an interesting place to visit when on holiday here, and you might even learn about a new wine to sample in one of the top restaurants later that evening. Gamay and Chasselas are two of the traditional types of wine you will spot on menus, while Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot blanc are some of the other varieties that are on offer.
Its Michelin-starred restaurants
If you are a foodie, get saving your holiday spending money now, because once you see the number of Michelin-starred restaurants in Geneva, you will definitely want to treat yourself. Just a handful include Buffet de la Gare des Eaux-Vives, which dishes up Mediterranean fare, Auberge du Lion d'Or - a restaurant ran by two chefs - as well as Les Cepages. The latter is established in a 1830s bourgeois house and boasts a wine cellar of around 1,200 vintages.
Of course, many of these restaurants serve contemporary cuisine that takes inspiration from various cultures around the world. If, however, you want a taste of traditional Swiss dishes, make sure you try the Longeole. This is a raw sausage that is flavoured with white wine, garlic, wild fennel and Muscat nut.
Not that you are likely to get stressed in Geneva while spending your days soaking up the beautiful sights and eating the best food and wine, but should you need some rest and relaxation, head to one of its top-class spas. The Four Seasons was the first hotel to be established in Geneva and allows guests to enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Geneva. Step inside the spa to receive full body treatments or massages. Save your trip until 2013, and you can also swim in its new infinity pool. Just some of the treatments you can enjoy include the jet lag flight reviver, oriental head massage and aromatherapy body massage.
A spa can also be found in Le Richemond, which is located at Jardin Brunswick. Another prestigious hotel, it allows you to start your pampering in the sauna, before getting rid of any stresses and strains with Shiseido treatments such as the ultimate radiance facial and the signature offering. The latter includes a body scrub, back massage, body moisturise and facial.