Lake Geneva and its tranquil waters have long provided a retreat from city life. In the 19th century, the pre-eminent writer Lord Byron and his friends Percy and Mary Shelley flocked to its shores, spending their days sailing the lake, described by Mary as blue as the heavens which it reflects.
With our Du Parc Kempinski private residences set overlooking the lake residents have the chance to inspire the mind and rejuvenate the body with all the Swiss Riviera has to offer.
With luxury cruises, sailing boats, kayaks and the lakes historic paddle steamers, a boat trip is the perfect way to leave the world behind. For a sailing experience with a difference you could even rent out the magnificent 1931 La Vaudoise
, the last cargo carrying sailing vessel on the lake. Take a picnic and a bottle of the regions local wine and spend the day adrift, taking a dip in the mild waters and drinking in the lakes stunning backdrop lush vineyards, otherworldly castles, rolling hills and the distant snow-capped alpine peaks.
Sailing enthusiasts can also find friendly and welcoming nautical societies and yacht clubs
along the coast. With events, classes and delicious restaurants, its worth taking a look.
If a gentle cruise doesnt float your boat, there are plenty of ways to get the adrenaline pumping. As the largest body of fresh water in Europe, Lake Geneva is a water sports
haven with scuba-diving, rafting, water-skiing, wind-surfing, and boarding on offer.
Of course, if you feel more at home on land then simply admire the lake from the shore and watch one of its renowned regattas. Look out for Alinghi
, the famed Swiss regatta boat and twice winner of The Americas Cup.