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Whether it be for a delicious business lunch, or a cosy, candlelight dinner for two, discover the seasonal specialities at Woods…
And soak up the innovative flavours of Chef Didier Quesnel’s best dressed dishes !
7-9, chemin du Petit-Saconnex, 1209 Geneva Reservations : +41 22 919 33 33 www.intercontinental.com/geneva
Hello Ever noticed how the snow puts a little secret sparkle in everyone’s eyes ? With Chic Magazine you’ll keep that sparkle all winter – knowing that you have the best address book in the region ! From fondue to five star luxury, from extreme sports to an indulgent day spa, Chic Magazine has uncovered the places and the people. There’s nothing quite like an insider tip and we’ve got them straight from the heart. Take Swiss free-ride ski ace Dominique Perret – at home in Vaud or on the north face of Everest – where does he like to wind down with a vin chaud ? Or share the passions of local Michelin-starred restaurateur and wine maker Philippe Chevrier. Find out what’s in his fridge …and where lunch is always a treat. There’s travel and style, great places to discover in the Swiss and French Alps, and the only cultural agenda you’ll need this winter. Plus so much more. But don’t take our word for it Enjoy CHIC Magazine – THE guide in English to the Lake Leman region.
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Winter Agenda Winter in Switzerland isn’t just about escaping for the slopes. Many festivals and intriguing events dot the landscape while the theatre and musical seasons begin for the myriad of artistic companies located in the region. Chic has made a selection of the best on offer from the ‘Voix de Fête’ and the ‘Semaine sans Rides’ (‘Week without Wrinkes’ !) to Kylie Walter’s Hollywood Dreaming, a contemporary dance piece inspired by David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive ! See you there.
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DECEMBER The Orchestra Suisse Romande’s 90th Season opens and runs till March 2009. Quality classical and contemporary music. The current director is Marek Janowski, the principal conductor for the MonteCarlo Philharmonic Orchestra. www.osr.ch Geneva Winter Market - Hunt for Christmas decorations; taste and buy fresh local foods including chocolates, cheeses, sausages, pies and Swiss sweets. Place de Fusterie, Geneva, throughout December.
14th Coup de Noël Cheer the brave racing in temperatures of 4 degrees in the annual race across the Lake since 1934 ! www.geneve-nation.ch
J anu ary 15th-17th Ballet de L’Opera National de Paris performance of Giselle, one of the great classical ballets by Adolphe Adam, with the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève. Grand Théâtre · www.geneveopera.ch
9th-24th World Snow Festival. An international snow sculpture contest, in the centre of Grindelwald. “Worth the trip.” www.grindelwald.com
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1st-8th Semaine Sans Rides (Week Without Wrinkles). A variety of concerts, expositions, conferences, and workshops to encourage inter- generational creativity. www.catalyse.ch www.myspace.com/semainesansrides 10th Stars of the World’s Circuses Forty artists from the most prestigious circuses of the world together for the first time. Geneva Arena. Tickets at ticketcorner.com www.cirquephenix.com
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12th-14th The 6th annual ‘Rue de Nord’ Improvised Music Festival, Lausanne www.ruedunord.org
18th-1st March Kylie Walters’ Hollywood Angst Villars-sur-Glâne. Hollywood, the factory of fantasies. Hollywood is also the machine to be crushed. In this artificial kingdom, six improbable creatures dance and create. Renowned Australian choreographer and dancer Kylie Walters, famous for her work with DV8, Vandekeybus and Alias, encircles herself with five artists, dancers, musicians, singers and actors in Hollywood Angst. A show inspired by the David Lynch movie, Mulholland Drive. www.theater.ch/hollywoodangst
27th March- 4th April Cully Jazz Festival, Cully One of the most esteemed jazz festivals in Switzerland. www.cullyjazz.ch 28th & 31st March, 2nd, 5th, 7th, 9th April Peter Grimes, an opera by Benjamin Britten with the Orchestra Suisse Romande and Choir of the Grand Théâtre. Grand Théâtre www.geneveopera.ch
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5th-15th International Motor Show, Palexpo The world’s foremost motor show from custom cars to large manufacturers. www.salon-auto.ch · www.geneva-palexpo.ch
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1st-5th The 37th International Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques & Products www.inventions-geneva.ch · www.geneva-palexpo.ch 5th-15th March ‘Voix de Fête’- Festival of the Voice Festival of french song and young talent www.voixdefete.com 12th-13th 14hr-18hr ‘Portes Ouvertes’ Open Door Artist Workshop Festival Visit the workshops and meet the artists of Lausanne http://aperti.hautetfort.com 22nd-26th The 23rd International Book & Art Fairs, Palexpo www.salondulivre.ch, www.europart.ch www.geneva-palexpo.ch
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More information can always be found at the Geneva Tourist Office, where each month you can download their events program. www.geneva-tourism.ch www.myswitzerland.com.
CHIC Nightlife In Switzerland, enjoyment arrives less from spontaneous acts of festivity but rather from the smooth mechanics of well planned happenings. It’s all about having a program. And for going out, that often begins with ‘apero’ in a wine bar and ends in a shmick club or organised soiree (if not brunch on a sunny but crisp terrace the next morning). Prefer to sip chai tea or hot chocolate with a book or wifi in a cosy late night café ? Read on.
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Remor 3, Pace du Cirque · 1204 Geneva +41 22 328 12 70 Opened in 1921 and still run by the same family, this café and glacier is a Geneva institution ! Take a café with ice cream, a chai tea or red wine for philosophical conversations, or to sip with a book or your laptop. Café Arts 17, Rue des Pâquis · 1201 Geneva +41 22 738 0797 Lovely staff, good food, warm décor, newspapers. Softy buzzy.
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Nonolet 5, Bd. George-Favon · 1204 Geneva +41 22 311 88 50 · www.nonolet.ch Restaurant Lounge Bar Classy after work. Good wines, great Mediterranean canapés and cuisine. L’Armoire 4, Rue de Veux Collège · 1204 Geneva +41 22 311 37 24 · www.l-armoire.ch Great restaurant at the bottom of the old town that turns into a very lively bar. AMR 10, Rue des Alpes 10 · 1201 Geneva +41 22 716 56 30 · www.amr-geneve.ch Jazz jams in the bar on the second floor every Tuesday night for 5 euro entry. It’s not Paris or New York, but has a warm ambiance with some nice surprises.
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Grand Hôtel Kempinski 19, Quai du Mont-Blanc · 1201 Geneva +41 22 908 90 81 · www.kempinski-geneva.com Second Floor, Kempinksi’s As from the lips of Sex and the City’s Carrie when meeting Mr Big’s model girlfriend after a fashion show. ‘Suddenly I felt like I was wearing patchouli in a room full of Chanel.’ Jet set- sexy show-off crowd that are overdressed in an underdressed way. Good house and lounge- electro DJs. Inspiring views of the lake and good cocktails.
Java The club downstairs at Kempinski’s is again the Jet Set crowd but in a darker environment with more commercial music. It may take a few pricey ‘vodkas pommes’ to filter them out, but you can have a good time nonetheless with fun individuals ready to break from their groups. Bypass Carrefour de l’Etoile · 1227 Les Acacias www.bypass-geneve.ch Young, lush crowd and atmosphere. Great sound system - often French and Italian house. Can be fun. La SIP 8-10, Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers · 1205 Geneva www.lasip.ch Large club, slightly older crowd. The upstairs dance floor is always action packed with a mixed local and International crowd, ready to mix it up. Palais Mascotte 43, Rue de Berne · 1201 Geneva +41 22 800 33 33 · www.palaismascotte.ch Gorgeous three level late night cabaret and burlesque venue, restaurant and bar. Moa 22, Chemin des Batailles · 1214 Vernier · Bus 6 : arrêt “Croisette” · Reservations: 079 721 7001 www.moa-club.ch Enormous converted old factory with several bars and levels including an over 28 bar ‘Jet Lag’. Le Chat Noir 13, Rue Vautier · 1227 Carouge +41 22 820 04 60 · www.chatnoir.ch Well loved music venue by audiences and musicians alike.
L a u san n e Café de Grancy 1, Avenue du Rond-Point · 1006 Lausanne +41 21 616 8666 · www.cafedegrancy.ch A local favourite with books, pens, crayons, newspapers, magazines and wifi.
Java 36, Rue Marterey · 1005 Lausanne +41 21 321 3837 · www.lejava.ch Très cosy 1930s-50s Paris Marais style.
The Lausanne Palace 7-9, Grande Chêne · 1002 Lausanne +41 21 331 31 31 · www.lausanne-palace.com Elegant and classy wine bars, sushi bars, private bars…
Loft 1, Place Bel Air · 1003 Lausanne +41 21 311 64 63 · www.loftclub.ch Bar and night club with great programming including ‘jazz and sushi’ nights !
D! Club Place Centrale · Lausanne +41 21 351 51 40 · www.dclub.ch Well known with a new VIP space. Electro tunes with guest DJs. Harry’s Bar Montreux
MAD 23, Route de Genève · 1003 Lausanne +41 021 340 69 69 · www.mad.ch Biggest club in town with electro tunes from international DJs.
Mon tre ux The locals often go out to Lausanne, but if staying in town head to… Harry’s Bar 100, Grand Rue · 1820 Montreaux +41 21 962 12 12 · www.fairmont.com Classic lobby bar style from the Harry’s New York bar group.
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Black Pearl Disco 92, Grand-Rue 92 · 1820 Montreux +41 21 963 52 88 · www.discothequeblackpearl.com In the city centre with views over the lake, a club/ bar/music venue with a vast program from Latino to electro. Casino Barrière de Montreux 9, Rue du Théâtre · 1820 Montreux +41 21 962 83 83 · www.lucienbarriere.com Casino with bars, restaurants, cafes…
Moa Club Moa Club and Jetlag High Level clubbing. If you’re over commercial music, cold staff and an uptight crowd and looking for somewhere new to party, guided by the professionals, Moa should be on the top of your list. Run by locals who wanted to create ideal festive atmospheres, Moa is a place where it doesn’t matter what your profession : pilots, tradesmen, CEOs, sports professionals, chefs and producers leave their coats at the door to enter a space to simply have fun. The A-list DJs are flown in to deliver wicked beats of all styles with the knowledge that no matter the genre, the top inspire great vibes for superb evenings. Some of the house and electro names you may know are Fedde LeGrand, Kenny Dope Gonzales, Steve Angello or Martin Solveig. The club itself is in an enormous old factory with transformable rooms and an underground but well looked after feel. Jet Lag is the new room that caters for a high-flying but cool 28 plus crowd who enjoy a slightly older and sophisticated club environment. There are pre club drinks at Moa café at Plainpalais and transport available between there and the club till 5am.
22, Chemin des Batailles 1214 Vernier Bus 6: Stop «Croisette» Reservations : John at +41 79 721 70 01 www.moa-club.ch
A perfect winter Family Brunch at the Ramada Park Hotel
Ramada Park Hotel
Ramada Park Hotel
Ramada Park Hotel
The Ramada Park Hotel has created a Family Sunday Brunch that is …just perfect.
Family Brunch at the Ramada Park Hotel is from 1155-1455. Free on-site parking · +41 22 710 30 52 Avenue Louis-Casaï 75-77 · 1216 Cointrin-Geneva www.ramadaparkhotel.ch
It is evident that the Family Sunday Brunch was not just an afterthought for the chefs and directors of the Ramada Park Hotel. It has been designed with skill and creativity and the result is an ambiance that is both convivial and appetising. Enter through the revolving doors of the Ramada on a crisp Sunday morning and the world gets warmer. First physically, and then with the tunes of the musical act performing at the entrance to the restaurant Le Jardin. One week there will be an ethereal harpist, the next a lively jazz manouch outfit wearing pinstripes and smiles. Le Jardin is large and seats 150 (overlooking a terrace that is open for summer). It is mostly full (so reservations are advised- and why not for a little celebration?). While the brunch is buffet, white linen and an elegant service adds smoothness and a touch of class to the warm, informal environment. The very reasonably priced brunch includes a glass of champagne. After a sip, you’re ready for the gorgeous, full buffet. There’s a huge, colourful choice being constantly refreshed. But where to begin ? For colds there’s salmon, red and black caviar, cold meats including ham off the bone (carved before your eyes), salads and seasonal vegetables. Hot dishes include eggs, curry rice, hot dogs for kids and fresh crepes. An impressive wine list puts to valeur Swiss wines form the Valais, Vaudois and Geneva regions. There are good French Côtes du Rhône, Bordeaux, and Beaujolais and also some wines from Australia, California and Argentina. Ready for dessert ? A chocolate fountain sits on a large table with crème caramels, fruits, rhubarb tarts, jellies and more. While the kids very happily entertain themselves down the hall with Nintendo, colouring in, and a jumping castle, swing by the café bar for a couple of coffees as your thoughts drift, nicely shaped, to your Sunday afternoon plans.
Woods Restaurant & O’Bar InterContinental Nestling in the prestigious diplomatic district, the InterContinental, looking stunning thanks to Tony Chi’s impressive re-design, is a must to visit. Chef Didier Quesnel blends seasonal flavours to create exquisite contemporary cuisine. Perfect for business lunches but also cosy, candlelight dinners and Sunday brunch. Relax to live jazz by the fireplace in the trendy O’ Bar. 7-9, Chemin du Petit Saconnex · 1211 Geneva · +41 22 919 39 39 www.intercontinental.com/geneva
Café de la Poste Café de la Poste is a warm and friendly establishment in Puplinge, in a classic 19th century building. Come and enjoy a drink with great food in rustic surroundings. The extensive menu provides bountiful choices, served with fine wines and great attention to detail.
15, Rue de Graman · 1241 Puplinge · +41 22 349 25 80 · www.bistrotdepuplinge.ch
Hôtel d’Angleterre Hotel Angleterre’s Windows Restaurant and The Leopard Room For business or pleasure, Hotel Angleterre is classic and stylish with impeccable service. Take afternoon tea in Windows restaurant and drink in the panoramic view. Stay for dinner- French chef Philippe Audonnet’s seasonal menu is exceptional. A night cap ? The Leopard Room, open until 2am, oozes a fabulous supper club charm. 17, Quai du Mont-Blanc · 1201 Geneva · +41 22 906 55 55 · www.dangleterrehotel.com
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Chic Arts with Farah Camperio She started her bespoke art as friends over for coffee would look at her walls and say ‘will you do that for me ?’ Born in Brahrain, raised in London and Geneva based for nearly a decade, Farah Camperio is now in demand from private commissioners, has gallery representation and has been called the next Sylvie Fleury.
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Farah’s pieces whisper emotional private stories on canvases, splash contemporary messages on baroque mirrors and create intriguing memoirs for both adults and children. She talks to Chic about the Geneva Art scene. Having been exposed to international Art worlds from New York to the Middle East to London, how would you describe the Art scene in the region ? Geneva has become a formidable force in the international art world, primarily thanks to the galleries in the Quartier des Bains. Zurich was considered to be the hub of contemporary art and avant-garde. But now Geneva is a force to be reckoned with. Geneva was always seen as traditional, but is surprising everyone and evolving in its contemporary art scene. It is now very much on par with London and New York, just a smaller version. I have seen some truly impressive exhibitions here. How wide is the palette ? It is very diverse, very international. I’ve seen stuffed taxidermy animals sitting alongside Basquiat ! It doesn’t get more diverse. The must visit galleries ? All located around Plainpalais and the Quartier de Bains, the powerhouses of Geneva include : Analix Forever 25 Rue de l’Arquebuse www.analix-forever.com Mitterand+Cramer Fine Art 52, Rue des Bains www.mitterrand-cramer.com Gallerie Guy Bartshi 3a, Rue du Vieux Billard www.bartschi.ch Art and Public 37, Rue des Bains www.artpublic.ch Marc Blondeau BFAS 5 rue de la Muse www.bfasblondeau.com Which are a couple of the smaller, discreet boutique galleries that are interesting to discover ? Skopia in Plainpalais 9, Rue de Vieux-Granadiers www.skopia.ch Calamart in Eaux Vives 5, Chemin Neuf www.calamart.ch
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Both are cute boutique galleries that represent interesting contemporary artists- both definitely worth keeping an eye on. Your favourite gallery… …to lose yourself in alone on a cold winter day ? MAMCO It is large, super diverse and contemporary and represents the truly up and coming artists as well as bigger names. 10, Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers www.mamco.ch …for a quick visit with impact ? MARC BLONDEAU He has a great eye for choosing artists. …for an international palette with classic tastes ? SONIA ZANNETTACCHI in the old town. There’s tradition and classic tastes such as Armand and Cesar. …to come back to again and again ? Pierre Hubert’s ART AND PUBLIC. His opinion in the art world is very much valued; his gallery represents dynamic internationals. I would always go back to him to see who he thinks is hot and happening. … the best café or bar (inside or next door) to ponder a painting or a possible purchase ? All the rue des Bains galleries. There are plenty of great places including Cafe des Bains- a great casual bistro, very trendy and Le Thé, rue des Bains- a tiny restaurant serving dim sum. …the best informed and amicable staff ? MITTERRAND+CRAMER FINE ARTS, Rue de Bainsbut I have not been in a gallery here that does not have very friendly and informative staff. When was the last time a piece blew you away ? Melli Ink - an Austrian Artist shown at Cramer + Cramer- glass sculptures sold with light boxes. Fantastic !! She sculpts in glass, for example a skull sitting on a glass box or a garden scene with flowers with dragon flies… so delicate, so detailed and fine - spectacular ! I’d love to own a piece by her. Also a wonderful glittering piece by local artist, John Armleder. Who are some local artists that people should know about ? DELPHINE REIST. Living and creating in Geneva, Reist is known for her installations. They’re su-
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per contemporary; she plays with photography and materials such as metal. LES FRERES CHAPUISAT. These brothers create complex environmental installations, labyrinths and tunnels all built on site. CHRISTINE STREULI. She does painting on canvas with patterns like prints - all very colourful and evocative. How would you advise to go about a purchase ? Always go with something you love so then it doesn’t matter if it fails you financially, at least it won’t fail pleasing you. Research of course helps for an investment but it should be a secondary factor. If you see something that you think would look fabulous in your bedroom, go for it. If it suits your mood, your home, your environment… What is the best place for something affordable yet intriguing ? CALAMART What for you is the function of art ? I think it is something that should always make you feel something; whether its fear or love or passion. Art should provoke thought and ideas. Art is a medium used to decorate your home, office, garden and environment. It is something that you will probably see everyday and so you should really love it. I find it sad when art is bought purely as a status symbol. If it happens to be a Warhol and you love it, then fabulous! But when art is bought only as an investment and no love involved, then that can be sad too. Why not buy an investment you love ? Why do you make art ? I do what I do for me. If people like it, then great ! And what about the high heel instillation ? I bought the shoes and loved them but couldn’t walk from the hall to the bedroom without falling over ! But they were too good to waste so I made it into art with crystal studded handcuffs and whip on the console. (She laughs) Never take yourself too seriously ! Farah Camerio can be contacted at email@example.com. Her art can be seen at Calamart Gallery at 5, chemin Neuf in Eaux Vives www.calamart.ch
Darjeeling Decoration It’s Aladdin’s Swiss home. Tucked up behind Lausanne in Crissier, Darjeeling Decoration is not simply a furniture and décor store but a magical journey around the world that you can take home... Text Ruby Boukabou
Darjeeling Decoration’s director Sylvie Sulitzer has always had a passion for art. From a family of amateur artists and art collectors, it’s in the blood. It was her friends, constantly applauding her ability to decorate, who finally convinced her to turn her passion into a business. It was clearly the right thing to do. “It was a chance to discover cultures that aren’t my own,” says Sylvie Sulitzer from the sumptuous oriental flavoured corner of the huge Darjeeling store in Crissier. “There are many very good decoration shops around but I wanted to offer something else. For me it’s about sharing. Sharing an experience and a sensation.” Darjeeling Decoration offers unique pieces of decoration and furniture that range from pretty and practical to simply magnificent, generating ambiances from simple and Zen to exotic and adventurous. It is easy to lose oneself here for hours as each piece whispers stories from different lands and times. A wander around the current layout (often refreshed with new pieces shipped in or from the adjoining storerooms) reveals the astonishing
quality and variety of stock. There’s Kashmir carpets, Moroccan kilims with gold and silver thread, a glorious Moroccan old door, a majestic wooden horse from India, horn and leather African chairs, Chinese dining tables and hangings, a Syrian tea set, hand made French knives, a Tibetan prayer table, Brazilian Ceramics and a yak hair chest from Mongolia! French lustres can be ordered in the colour of your choice. Even the toilets are wonderful with framed Chinese symbols. How does Sulitzer find such incredible pieces ? It’s true talent… and lots of work. She travels to India, China, the Middle East… visiting the artisans and building contacts and networks of strong teams. There’s always still room for adventuring though. “You must always stay open to possibilities”. As well as collectors’ delights, there are affordable pieces and great gift ideas such as cashmere scarfs, Chinese vases, Italian leather cushions and Kashmir wooden jewellery boxes. Through Darjeeling Decoration one finds new possibilities. It allows us see how it is possible to mix the classic with contemporary, the past with the present, in order to voyage each day and decorate the future. Private soirees in the stunning premises are now on offer. Why not let Darjeeling organise, through Dar Salam, your next birthday, a wedding or event where you can share the magical ambiance with your friends, family or colleagues. They cater to your tastes. How about an Oriental theme with musicians from Morocco and an oriental dancer to transport your guests even further ?
Darjeeling Décoration 1, Rue du Bois-Genoud 1023 Crissier (opposite Citroën) +41 21 633 20 00 Monday 1200-1900 Tuesday-Friday 930-1900 Saturday 930-1730 firstname.lastname@example.org www.darjdeco.com
Les Mistelles Bramois-Valais
The residence “Les Mistelles” is fine contemporary architecture prioritising comfort and well-being. It glows quality.
“Les Mistelles” is located at the entrance of Bramois, a pretty Wallis village in the community of Sion. By the vineyards and the orchards, at the entrance of the picturesque Borgne valley, Bramois offers the charm of living in the countryside yet close to the city!
With wonderful positioning, each apartment has an exceptional view overlooking the picturesque Rhone valley with its orchards and vineyards. By night, the sparkling castles of Valère and Tourbillon are simply breathtaking. This unique panorama creates a profound feeling of space, conviviality and authenticity.
MHM Immobilier SA 113, Rue de Genève 1226 Thônex / Geneva Tél. +41 22 346 93 00 Fax +41 22 347 98 40
Les Mistelles Apartments A residence that combines comfort and authenticity
The residence “Les Mistelles” is a prime example of how quality contemporary architecture can offer the comforts of life in perfect harmony with a peaceful, green environment. Located at the entrance of Bramois, a pretty Wallis village near Sion, the apartments overlook the picturesque Rhone valley, with orchards and vineyards and share the stunning evening view of the illuminated castles of Valère and Tourbillon. “Les Mistelles” offers several types of apartments to meet various living space requirements, ranging from 2.5 to 5.5 rooms and from 91 m2 to 295 m2. The interiors are in generous dimensions, with natural lighting and open plan kitchens that allow entertaining possibilities. Owners can easily add finishing touches with décor and artwork to suit their tastes. “Les Mistelles” consists of several buildings designed to focus on the concept of space. Each building has between seven and nine apartments with private accesses and spacious balconies. Considered the garden of Sion, the capital of Wallis, the village of Bramois (3000 inhabitants) inspires peaceful family outings and romantic walks along cobbled stoned streets. It is located 2 kilometers from Sion, 15 kilometres from Sierre and 25 kilometres from Martigny. Accessibility is by roads (near an exit of the A9 highway) and public transport. Bramois is a few minutes away from all amenities such as schools, churches, a hospital, a post office, banks, shops, restaurants and sports centres. And in less than fifteen minutes from “Les Mistelles”, there are wonderful leisure destinations such as the Wallis ski stations, spas, golf clubs, amusement parks, museums and theatres. It’s the charm of living in the countryside yet close to the city ! www.lesmistelles.ch
Designer Homes When you see a stylish Swiss lamp or a beautiful designer chair in a local home decor store the first phrase that comes to mind may not be Schweizerischer Werkbund - but it probably should be. The Swiss tradition for high quality, high-tech design that works for its living reflects back to the early days of manufacturing. Form and function ? Swiss interiors never stray far from this mantra... Looking for inspiration ? Read on…
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Let there be light! From Vitra’s iconic Eames furniture to the original textiles of Tisca, there are some great Swiss brands out there. But Switzerland’s interior design stores, such as Teo Jacob in Geneva and Amobilia in Zurich, have also embraced the top names worldwide – for both home and office. A key trend this winter will be statement lighting, with the emphasis on bold floor lamps in centrepiece styles. Check out Variations in Geneva for contemporary lighting from Davide Groppi, including his innovative Sushi lamps, and a wide choice from specialists Artemide. This season there are suspended lights in plastics and glass, using energy-saving bulbs and switching. Another leading light is Colombo La Famiglia in Zurich. They have a range of cylindrical ceiling lamps, lined with light reflecting chains of perspex, as well as stylised table lamps that work as a focus in any room. www.colombo-lafamiglia.ch www.variations.ch
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Take a seat When the lights go on the first priority for most designers is to get the seating right. Vitra has relaunched its famous Pretzel chair to celebrate 50 years of creativity, while Philippe Stark’s Ghost design remains an inspiration in perspex. See the Victoria Ghost and the Lago, which comes in red, white, silver or gold, at Casa Design (between Ferney Voltaire and Gex, France). www.vitra.ch www.casadesign.fr High bar stools for the kitchen or office are a continuing trend for 2009, and the funky bowl shapes from Stefano Giovannani are perfectly formed for comfort and aesthetic. Available in a range of pop art colours, his Bombo stool also looks cool in chrome. For stylish sofas quality Italian label Citterio is one to watch. Check out the bold symmetrical shapes and bright colours, or choose from more classic shapes in textured fabrics. The Aspen sofa from Massaud is also a long and low stand-alone piece, especially in signature red. (Variations – as above).
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Timeless Swiss brand Lehni has been making functional styles since 1964, featuring the designs of Andreas Christen. For lamps, chairs, desks, tables and shelving the Lehni range has a strong industrial element and a retro vibe. The key here is simplicity and Lehni’s pared-down style has brought them loyal clients worldwide. Perfect for a contemporary apartment or office. www.lehni.ch Kitchens are never far from the minds of most homeowners. Replace, redesign or update? Check out Forster, makers of industrial steel equipment for hospitals and restaurants. Even the Swiss army has a Forster steel kitchen. Available in a host of colours plus a 15-year guarantee. www.forster.ch
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Cold feet ? Carpeting comes in from the cold this winter. After decades of wooden floors and tiles, the luxury of soft wool underfoot is making a return. One trend has brought us ‘vintage’ styles, with the circles and whirls of the 1970s, while others have given us the designer carpet - featuring patterns drawn by such fashion greats as Diane Von Furstenberg. Swiss brand Ruckstuhl produces modern classics in natural rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting and recently decked out the Tate Modern in London. Tisca are also famous Swiss names in specialist hand weaving – offering to make your personal rug design in just six weeks !
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Teen Spirit Do you have a teenager looking for a bedroom revamp? Then German brand Hulsta Studio has all the right trends. With a made-to-measure service the English-speaking team at Hulsta in Geneva will see to it that your teen gets a cool new look. www.studiogeneve.com
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Smells Like Switzerland They say that when one sense is diminished, the others become more prominent. So while Swiss Romande is well known for its picture book prettiness, its stunning snow capped mountains, the clang of country cow bells and the chime of city church bells, Chic decides to discover another sense of region. With closed eyes, blocked ears and tied hands, we inhale… Text by Ruby Boukabou and Addison Holmes
Smell is an often subconscious but always rich receiver of experience, also linked to memory and place, tilting our choices on topics as vast as the direction of an evening stroll to a life partner. A Swiss winter, we’ve discovered, smells like this… A first sign of the frosty months is the welcoming scents coming from the little brown roast chestnuts stands which have for centuries given the Swiss a warm respite from the winter winds. The chestnuts you taste come from trees over 50 years old. A sweeter, more delicate scent in the air is the heavenly smell of hot chocolate. A traditional Swiss staple to fight the cold and depression, chocolate increases the levels of endorphins in the brain stimulating happy, very happy, hormones. The choice of local and Swiss German made varieties is rich : just follow your nose. In the centre of Geneva alone, the choice ranges from the chocolate Viennois with whipped cream at Arthur’s Bar (7-9 Rhone du Rhone) and the original and thick (very thick) chocolate served at the laughing Teapot (15 Rue de la Cite), to the far more stately experience at the Hotel Angleterre (17 Quai du Mont-Blanc) where you get your own pot of cream. There’s also Giles Desplanches (2 Rue de la Confédération) and, the oldest, the Auer family establishment,(4 Rue de Rive), established over 60 years ago and still run by the family.
Survival in Switzerland over winter depends also on the consumption of cheese, and its most reputable fondue and raclette. The crisp air of winter evenings enhances the strong cheesy odours beckoning tourists and locals alike from city restaurants (p 67 for Philippe Chevrier’s fondue suggestion) or, further from town, are the chalets with their homely smells of log fires. Switzerland has a long history of creating scents. Two of the world’s largest perfumery companies, established here for over a century, are located near or in Geneva; Firmenich, and Givaudan.These two have been creating flavours and fragrances for designers such as Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klien and French actor Alain Delon. The palace for Geneva scents has to be the perfume shop Theodora, located in the heart of the old town, and offering many rare perfumes. (www. parfumerietheodora.ch 38 Grand-Rue 1204 Geneve +41 22310 38 75) Meanwhile, under the scent of the Christmas pine trees across town, children and adults enjoy the wafts of winter speciality biscuits- Pain d’Epices and Etoile D’anise. And, while the Edelweiss may not be strong enough to reach your nostrils, it’s easy to distinguish the intoxicating fragrances of the coming of Spring with the wafts of Jonquils, Perce-Neige (Snowdrops) and Jaciths; and the white bell flower, the Muguet that the Swiss offer to each other on the first day of May.
It’s not all Rosy ! • Cow's methane production (through farting) not only perturbs the senses but also contributes hugely to Switzerland's greenhouse gas emissions. • If taking a romantic country walk, beware of some areas, including Freiberg, where a strong stench of cow manure, not allowed in other parts of the country, permeate the air !
Swiss Alps. Major change is sweeping through the Swiss Alps It may not be obvious and glacial in itâ€™s speed, but its happening. Ski resorts and climate change donâ€™t go together. We may be decades away from an end to the ski season - if ever - yet already average winter temperatures are rising, snow packs are becoming smaller and more sporatic, and glaciers are shrinking. However, resorts are facing these challenges, and this country is at the forefront of giving visitors new winter experiences.
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Text Addison Holmes
The new and beautiful Tschuggen Grand Hotel, in Arosa, built a $30 million spa to complement Arosa’s large skiing area of over 60 kilometers. Arosa also did a deal with Disney to help them entice families to the resort throughout the year. In Davos, the world is talking about the eco-friendly InterContinental Resort — an elliptical-shaped complex with 186 luxury hotel rooms, residential apartments, shops, conference rooms and, of course, a vast spa, due to be open in 2010. Zermatt has a 400-foot-high glass-and-steel pyramid called The Omnia on top of Little Matterhorn, the highest point in the Alps reachable by cable car. You’ll find restaurants, a conference centre, swimming pools and an observation deck at an air-thinning 4,000 meters above sea level. The town has also opened an impressive spa complex called the Vita Borni. Others are creating state-of-the-art eco-friendly resorts. Whitepod, near Villars, is an old-fashioned ski resort with views of Mont Blanc. Here they have built an alternative reason for tourists to visit; hip eco-tourism. Whitepod is a environmentally friendly ski camp with good looks and luxury touches. Pitched at an altitude of 1400 meters, the camp consists of ten pods, a spa and a main lodge. Access is only by foot. No busy streets - just you and nature and no environmental foot-print. Despite climate fears, however, investment is growing in snow-making machines and new slopes and the tourists increase each year.
To escape the crowds, some of the lesser known resorts offer a lot. Engelberg has a relatively low profile despite its mix of easily accessed off-piste riding and fantastic forested trails. The village, full of historic ambiance and relentlessly friendly, youthful après scene, is a hidden gem. Also try Anzere in Vallée, a small village, but with great south-facing slopes, for ‘real’ skiers who come here for the good snow record and the powder.
Verbier, for example, has some of the best ski slopes in the Alps, and is part of the “Four Valleys” ski domain. But you don’t have to put up with the town’s pricey accommodation. In the middle of this ski area is Nendaz. From this town you can easily reach all the other resorts in the Four Valleys and in the evening enjoy the town’s family-orientated feel and its hearty, inexpensive restaurants and friendly locals. When you find the Verbier slopes too crowed, head for close-by Thyon - where you can find a large range of fabulous and emptier reds and blacks slopes.
A good ski week doesn’t have to be so pricey. A bit of research and insight can provide alternatives to staying in expensive resorts.
If you want exclusive though, the company Descent is recongnised to have the best chalets in the Alps, of which they own 13 in such beautiful places such as Verbier, Kolsters and Zermatt. Its not cheap but you’ll get access to the best service in the Alps, your own ski shop and five star eating every night.
If it’s early and guaranteed snow, the spot is Saas Fee, with many ski slopes over 3000 meters, which allows the resort to offer 12 months of skiing. Saas Fee also has one of the hottest apres-ski bars in the country; the Popcorn Bar in the Hotel Dom. This resort is snow-boarding heaven. The Professional Snowboard Association trains on its three 80 meter halfpipes and its snow park of rails, jumps and slalom course. Enjoy the winter slopes and best of luck with the exploration for new fields and experiences !
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Winter in Crans-Montana 200 kilometres of panorama ! 140 kilometres of slopes ! 100% Sun ! Text Ruby Boukabou
Come visit Crans-Montana with the most breathtaking panoramic view of the Alps. Ski between 1500 and 3000 metres. Benefit from 27 lifts including the all new “Nationale Express”. Make the most of the 140 kilometres of marked trails, snow machines to ensure a great season and the 100 percent sunshine all winter ! Activities With the area attracting the very best of international skiers for Alpine competitions, you know it’s going to be amazing skiing. Beginner ? Discover the joys of skiing in the snow garden or on the golf course that’s transformed into a winter playground. Sensation seeker ? Get your thrills in the 50,000 square-meter snow park. And for cross country skier there’s the 35kms of tracks between the 1,500 altitude plateau and the glacier. Crans-Montana welcomes families. The snow garden is a kid’s playground paradise and home of Bibi (the mascot of Crans-Montana). The Bibi Fun Park offer children many activities. There’s tobogganing, rope bridges, slides, swings, treasure hunts ... and a Fun Forest, with tree courses adapted to different ages.
Not only sport ... The Casino Partouche at Crans-Montana offers entertainment until the early hours. Try your luck with the slot machines, roulette, poker and more. Have a cocktail in the bar or dine in style and comfort. Sushi… or rather raclette ? Crans-Montana boasts over fifty restaurants. Take a trip with your taste buds to Japan, Thailand, Lebanon, China or even Argentina, France or Italy. Or stay in Switzerland with a soul warming raclette or fondue and refreshing local white wine. Fine Dining in Altitude Crans-Montana offers a great variety of food choices on the slopes : you can eat on the go between runs or take the time to dine in the new high-end, high altitude restaurant. On the glacier at 3,000 metres above sea level across from the spellbinding panoramic view, a brand new restaurant offers local Valais dishes made and served with the excellence of a top gourmet restaurant. Shopping ... Crans-Montana offers all the advantages of a small mountain town: there are over 200 shops and boutiques including the biggest brands from Paris and Milan as well as masterpieces from Swiss watchmakers and jewellers. At the ski stations, get professional advice on the latest equipment and technologies. The best of Winter Events Every winter Crans-Montana holds a festival of music unique to the Alps: the Caprices Festival (15 to 19 April 2009) www.caprices.ch. The resort will also host the finals of the men’s and women’s European Cup for Alpine skiing (from 9 to 15 March 2009) www.skiwc-cransmontana.ch, and the Crans-Montana Champs Open by Rip Curl (4 to February 8) www.champsopen.ch, one of the largest European freestyle events. There’s also an International Balloon Rally (17 to 19 January) and many other fun events for all ages. www.crans-montana.ch
Dominique Perret’s Favourite Places… Where to ski ? Where to relax ? Where to indulge in some serious après-ski ? Ever wondered how local skiers just know the places to go ? Are they born with a SatNav for the best slopes or is there a secret code that we don’t know ? Switzerland’s Dominique Perret – the world’s top free-ride skier - took time out from his jet-set schedule to give Chic Magazine the low down on his high life !
© & Skieur : Dominique Perret Photographe :Christophe Margot Alyeska CPG/Alaska/Avril 2007
Interviewed by June White
With a string of world records to his name and more than 25 action-packed movies, 45 year old Swiss ski star Dominique Perret was recently voted Best Freeride Skier of the Century by journalists and readers of the ski press and proclaimed the most outstanding radical free-skier of his generation. In 1998 Dominique took the world record for altitude skiing, descending a breathtaking 120,000m nonstop in 14hrs 30mins. In 1990 he also claimed the world record for a cliff jump and six years later skied down the north face of Everest from 8,500m ! Is there anything we missed ? Yes, speed skiing. Dominique clocked up a breathtaking 211.8 km/h run in Chile. Constantly travelling the world leading expeditions and making action-packed movies, Dominique has skied some of the toughest and the most beautiful slopes in the world - from Japan to Alaska and from Canada to Nepal. But where does he prefer to ski when work isn’t calling ? Switzerland of course. Taking time off from editing his latest film, called White Noise, Dominique talked to Chic Magazine about family skiing, sparkling powder and a wonderful restaurant terrace! Born and brought up in the Jura watch-making capital of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Dominique’s still a local boy at heart. He loves the Jura mountains and has been happy to see his own children learning to ski there … “When I was growing up we would rush home from school every day to ski. Some evenings the pistes were floodlit so that was great – we could ski for hours. It was a passion and it was also something we just took for granted. I don’t recall ever learning to ski – it just came naturally; like learning to walk or to run!” Which is your favourite Swiss ski resort ? I love skiing in Switzerland and my favourite resort has to be Verbier. There you have it all – it’s great for families, for beginners and for advanced skiers. In Verbier you can find the best snow quality in Switzerland and some of the best weather too. When the powder is good at Verbier it is almost perfect!
Can you recommend a resort for families? When you are starting to ski with children you need safe and gentle slopes. Verbier is a good choice and particularly Savoleyres, on the other side of Verbier. The slopes are sunny, which is very good for children and beginners. La Chaux is another great place with the family. As a young skier, Dominique spent 15 years competing in top-level slalom and giant slalom events. He also found time to study for a Masters in Engineering, which he currently uses to develop new designs in equipment and materials. Recently, with his partner Nicolas Rochat, he bought the clothing brand “MOVER,” re-positioning the line and creating an exclusive and innovative collection called Dress To Ski. But it is Dominique’s incredible technical skills on the snow that keep him in the spotlight. In his new film, White Noise, he leaps from a helicopter in Alaska and skis the wildest terrain possible.
© & Skieur : Dominique Perret. Photographe :Christophe Margot Alyeska CPG/Alaska/Avril 2007
Which country or resort is best for heli skiing ? Canada is probably my favourite destination for heli skiing. The quality of service and guiding there is incredible. And for extreme skiing ? Alaska is absolutely amazing. It is wild and beautiful – and in some areas you have to ski with a shot gun as there are bears around in the late spring… And it’s no good skiing fast to get down the mountain – they are far more dangerous in the valleys ! But if you are an expert skier it is a wonderful place to ski. In Alyeska, the heli ski company CPG is very serious about what they do and the powder guides are excellent. Alaska is definitely one of the places for expert skiers, but you have to be careful. As they say - ‘watch the weather – follow the storm.’ Back to a subject closer to home – where would you recommend for a great lunch on the piste ? I love to stop for lunch at the Cabane Mont Fort in Verbier. It has a wonderful terrace and you can really take a break and relax. They have the best fondues too. I also like the Namaste, which is just below la Croix de Cœur. It is has a great friendly atmosphere and the food is always good.
And for après ski ? In Verbier I like the Fer a Cheval or Chez Marie for the après ski. And it’s impossible to miss out the pub Mont Fort ! Great for beers and stories… Skis or a snowboard ? I have to say that I prefer my skis. They are more versatile and so much more efficient than a snowboard – especially with all the new materials. If you have severe weather conditions you are always better off with skis. Snowboarders can end up walking too far! In fact the statistics show that snowboarding is declining, with young people going back to their skis. For details of Dominique’s latest movie and forthcoming challenges: www.skier.ch The Mover clothing range is at www.mover.se Charity Freeride Check out Dominique Perret’s annual charity ski event, the 25 Hours Freeride. Launched in 2000, the ski marathon raises hundreds of thousands of francs every year for disadvantaged children. In 2009 the 25 Hours Freeride will be held on January 17 and 18, in Wispile, Gstaad. Anyone can enter – just sign up on the website with a team of four. www.25hfreeride.ch
© & Skieur : Dominique Perret. Photographe :Christophe Margot Alyeska CPG/Alaska/Avril 2007
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Top 10 French Alps There’s something about France that makes even a day trip seem like an adventure. Perhaps it’s the relaxed lunches, the expert advice handed out in the lift queue or the speed of the ski teachers (with their class trailing behind…), but the French Alps take winter sports to a new level. Here are Chic Magazine’s top ten places to see, places to ski and places to stay. From five star to dive bar, a touch of chic will set you up this winter. Text June White
1 Chamonix With spectacular scenery and the challenge of an open mountain, the grand old lady of the French Alps is definitely Chamonix. From the top of the Aiguille du Midi at 3,800m the resort stretches out below. Ski the 17 km Vallee Blanche for an all-day adrenalin rush. But remember - you are definitely off-piste. Where to stay ? Le Hameau Albert Premier is a stunning original Savoyard farmhouse, with Corbusier furniture, stunning interior design and high tech bathrooms. Michelin restaurant, luxury spa, plus indoor and outdoor pools. Don’t miss Ski Jumping – 20 and 21 Dec 2009. www.chamonix.com · www.hameaualbert.fr
3 Valmorel Although Valmorel (linked to the Three Valleys) is a purpose-built ski village it’s not a concrete jungle. Great for families, Valmorel has one of the Alp’s best mountain nurseries and is virtually car-free. Where to stay ? The cosy Planchamp has vaulted ceilings and masses of character. www.hotelplanchamp.com
Morzine Village © G Lansard
2 Megeve Branded the fur coat capital of Europe, Megeve was ‘invented’ by Baroness de Rothschild in 1916. Enjoy wonderful runs through the trees that other resorts can only dream of. Where to stay ? It has to be Au Coin de Feu, part of the famous Les Fermes de Marie group. Don’t miss Megeve Snow Polo from 22 to 25 Jan 2009 and Snow Golf in February. www.megeve.com · www.coindefeu.com
4 Morzine Le Mas de la Coutettaz is a discreet farmhouse in a sunny snow-covered meadow. It is also a wonderful hotel, full of authentic Savoyard charm. Room rates include an indulgent breakfast and a candle-lit dinner. Look no further for the French Alps experience. www.thefarmhouse.co.uk 5 Avoriaz Tired of chalet ambiance ? Then trust Avoriaz to provide the antidote. Fifty years ago this village didn’t exist. Now it is an architectural adventure at the heart of the Portes du Soleil and the recently renovated Hotel Les Droments was one of its founding stars. Funky 60s styling, organic curves and two great restaurants. www.christophe-leroy.com 6 Tignes Village Montana doesn’t sound very French – but then Tignes isn’t a traditional ski resort… Oldeworlde charm incorporated into modern chalet styling. Spacious suites, each with a fireplace. Check out the wonderful Andalusian indoor pool. www.vmontana.com 7 Courchevel Not exactly a bargain, but this purpose-built resort is snow-safe and very smart. Le St Joseph was the first of the top hotels to embrace chalet-style and is still the last word in excellence and service. www.lesaintjoseph.com 8 Megeve Part II - The Refuge Back to Megeve to prove that chic doesn’t always mean luxury. L’Alpage de Pre Rosset is a highaltitude barn, steeped in history and now a very special shabby-chic place to stay. www.fermesdemarie.com 9 Meribel How about a six bedroomed catered chalet for that touch of luxury ? Chalet Drumev is one of the prettiest in Meribel and sleeps up to 15 in “sumptuous” comfort. Let the staff take care of meals and you’re free to enjoy the panoramic Three Valleys. www.IndigoLodges.com 10 Annecy Ok, not exactly the Alps – but for non-skiers Le Clos des Sens is an ideal alternative. World famous chef Laurent Petit plus Italian slate bathrooms… beats queuing for a ski lift any day www.closdessens.com
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Boutique Laura Glass One year ago, Laura Stanislas’ passion became her work when she opened a gorgeous boutique at the foot of the old town. Laura Glass stocks a wide range of stunning, authentic blown glass objects for decoration. Glance around and you’ll find Italian designed and made crystal tables, slick Simon Cendese objects, magnificent wave-like Chaumarat sculptures from Toulouse and Laura’s own designs, delicately hand made. There are classic back and whites in Laura’s own tastes, but also theatrical and colourful objects that widen the palette including a set of cheerful Muranos.
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Spa Struck Indulge in a holistic, natural treatment at a luxury Swiss spa this winter and feel the stress slip away. It’s the perfect antidote to skiing – whether you chose urban cool or mountain perfection. So if winter sports leave you out in the cold, then a heavenly spa break could be the answer. Here is Chic’s selection of day and weekend spa breaks – complete with warm thermal pools, luxury beauty products and healthy dining. And you definitely won’t need woolly gloves or a silly hat....
Text June White
For sheer architectural genius and all-round drama it has to be Spa Vals. Definitely a weekend retreat (five hours drive from Geneva), rather than a day spa, this magnificent stone edifice was designed by Peter Zumthor to blend organically with the mountains. And blend it does. The combinations of light and shade, fire and water, open and closed spaces make this a sensory experience before you even dip a toe in the warm, thermal water. Although Vals is open to children 5+ this is a tranquil grown-up place. The outdoor pool takes you into the snow (with breathtaking views) while the harmony pool is precisely that. The fire pool is not exactly in flames … but the exotic, warm colours stand out from the greys and neutrals of the spa’s minimalist styling. Treatments include kelp wraps, acupressure and aromatherapy. Stay at the Hotel Therme, which is currently enjoying a Peter Zumthor make over. Ask for one of the Stucco Lustro rooms, and you’ll get shining Venetian-style coloured stone and great contemporary decor. www.therme-vals.ch After the Rain is a downtown Geneva urban day spa that will have you feeling de-stressed and pampered in just a few hours. With the latest Ayuveda treatments, massages, anti-stress therapy and beauty care this a small corner of style tucked away in the centre of town. The spa is on four floors and as well as cool décor there’s a wonderfully enticing Middle Eastern theme this winter. Check out the exotic, red hamman, followed by a refreshing black soap scrub and a natural massage with perfumed Moroccan oils. www.aftertherain.ch Arrive by private launch and relax at the opulent La Reserve Spa in Geneva. With 2,000 sq m the spa includes a gym, a beautiful indoor pool and 17 individual treatment rooms for a whole menu of heavenly-sounding body and beauty rituals. How does a honey bath or a La Prairie facial sound ? Although the spa at La Reserve is open to nonresidents it would be silly to pass over a great excuse to try the hotel. Call ahead to reserve a trip on the launch (they will collect you from downtown Geneva). Funky contemporary vibe with unexpected safari theme… www.lareserve.ch
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The hot springs at Yverdon-les-Bains have been easing chills since Roman times, and make a great family day out. Feeling your hair crackle and freeze as you swim outside seems to be the most amusing event ever for the under 10s ! The Centre Thermale is a large modern complex, with thermal pools, fitness facilities, saunas, Turkish baths, mud baths and massage rooms. Star-gazing late-nights until 10pm Monday to Saturday. Children welcome from 3+. www.yverdonlesbains-tourisme.ch
Spa Cinq Mondes, Beau-Rivage Palace Lausanne
Lausanne’s Beau Rivage Palace Hotel & Spa combines wonderful Asian healing traditions with holistic, health treatments. Japanese flower baths, warm pools, a tropical shower zone and the famous Cinq Mondes treatments – perfect for winter indulgence. Check out the weekend spa/hotel and restaurant packages designed to de-stress and revitalise. www.brp.ch
Wellness Centre, Lausanne Palace & Spa
Back to the mountains but this time it’s Courchevel, France. The Givenchy Spa des Neiges at the Hotel Cheval Blanc is a new ski-spa from the exclusive Givenchy team, created in soothing neutral shades and actually using chromatherapy (eg. colour) to promote relaxation. Try the stunning indoor infinity pool that appears to flow onto the pistes of Courchevel 1850 and the tropical thunderstorm sensory “experience shower.” Stylish treatment studios have starry-sky lighting and a menu of ski massages – perfect for tired, aching calf and thigh muscles. The rooms? Open fireplaces and fabulous snowy views. Fellow guests? Those who want exclusive and discreet – and are happy to pay for it. Spa open to nonresidents. www.chevalblanc.com
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Winter Sports Serious competitor or armchair expert ? Whether you intend to perfect a new daredevil sport this winter or sit back and enjoy a classic spectator event, the Lake Leman region is awash with choice. Families get great options too – with clubs and activities for the children providing exciting solutions to that perennial winter holiday whine – “but there’s nothing to do…” Here are some of Chic Magazine’s suggestions to take you out of your comfort zone this winter.
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Ski bobbing. Can you ride a bike ? Then ski bobbing may be the winter sport for you – and you get to sit down while you exercise. Not to be confused with a snow bike, which has spiked tyres, a skibob is basically a bicycle frame attached to skis and with practice is as easy to throw around on the piste as a BMX in the mud! Well, that’s the theory. There’s a skibob World Cup and an International Federation so it’s not just a flash in the pan and competitions are usually slalom events. Rent a bob, take a couple of lessons and put your sense of balance to the test… www.skibob.org www.skibike.net Ice Hockey. There are some great local clubs out there for the children so don’t be put off by the push and shove of the game that adults play! Kids love the fast and furious pace of ice hockey and it’s definitely one of those sports to master when you’re young and fearless on the ice. Check out the Geneva-Servette club (known as the Eagles) for inspiration and enjoy the tough competition of the Swiss National League, which is one of the oldest and highest-rated leagues outside of the NHL. Part owner, coach and general manager at Geneva-Servette is Canadian Chris McSorley. He has been hard at work since 2001 turning around the fortunes of the club, which has now risen to the top ranks. www.gshc.ch www.sehv.ch
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Cresta Run. This daring 1,000m-plus natural ice run in beautiful St Moritz is a famous part of Switzerland’s winter sports heritage – and anyone can have a go. Built in 1884 by an intrepid British army major looking for a new challenge, the Cresta Run and the prestigious St Moritz Tobogganing Club remain a triumph of Anglo-Swiss relations. Today members come from around the world and visitors are welcome to sign up for a ride on a four-man bob. However, the individual skeleton sled remains in the hands of the experts with a record of 50.09 seconds from top to bottom – headfirst !
The Cresta Run is rebuilt every year, opening just before Christmas and running until the end of February. Events include up to 30 exciting club races. First-time riders can book online. www.cresta-run.ch Snowshoeing. Enjoy the crisp, winter wonderland of the mountains without the clamour of the ski lifts and the crowds on the pistes. Get on your feet with a pair of snowshoes, or racquettes, and you can follow a meandering path through the trees or tackle a calorie-burning high-altitude hike. Top local resorts for snowshoe circuits include the Monts Jura (Crozet and Lelex), St Cergue, La Clusaz and Les Diablerets. www.lesmontsjura.com www.st-cergue.ch
Paragliding. Soar like a bird over the snow clad slopes and get a completely different view of winter ! At the Christophe Smith parapente centre in Villars, trained pilots will take children as young as three years old on a tandem flight, plus adults of course. Flights are over the mountains – or above Geneva. Discounts for families and groups plus packages combining paragliding with less strenuous activities – such as wine tasting at Aigle Chateau. For paragliding in France try the Centre Ecole Parapente Mt Blanc at Chamonix. www.smith.li www.cepmontblanc.com
Snow-Tubing. Just like playing with an inner tube on the water, but this time sliding on the snow and ice. Snow tubing is a simple winter sport that will amuse the kids for hours. Saas Fee in Switzerland has a special run and small, one-man tubes to sit on or lie across. No costly equipment to buy and about as much fun on ice as can possible be had in one day ! www.saas-fee.ch
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The Geneva Motor Show
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The Geneva Motor Show is considered one of the best car exhibitions in the world. A member of the global “Top 5”, it’s the only annual European motor show to be recognised by the International Organization of Automobile Manufacturers. More than 700,000 visitors from five continents are expected at this most comprehensive showcase of the automotive world. Bringing together nearly 260 exhibitors on 80,000 square metres the Motor Show will occupy the 7 halls under one roof at Geneva Palexpo. More than 1,000 makes from some thirty countries promise many exciting premieres and events. A Green Pavilion will be exclusively reserved for exhibitors with electric cars and alternative propulsion systems. Based on the idea that these technologies deserve a more comprehensive showcase, specialised start-ups and highly qualified firms in this area will have the opportunity to present the fruits of their research to a wide audience. Another Hall will be fully dedicated to competition with the theme : Formula 1. There are possibilities for the public to try to beat the best times of renowned drivers and opportunities to win VIP race seats and even internships with F1. Video projections and an aerial photograph exhibition, video games and a simulator F1 are other great features of the 2009 Show. The hours during the eleven days of opening are from 10am to 8pm on weekdays and from 9am to 7pm on weekends. Various arrangements with the railways allow visitors to travel comfortably and cheaply. The Motor Show can also be a great opportunity to invite friends and family to visit town. It’s a great excuse to discover the charms of Geneva with the shopping streets, the quaint Old Town, the picturesque lake and the stunning mountain views.
Geneva Motor Show
5th-15th March 2009 PALEXPO
To prepare your visit or buy your ticket online visit : www.salon-auto.ch
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Grimm Centre sells a wide range of vehicle makes from the stable of General Motors (including Opel, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Corvette, SAAB), and Ford vehicles. They have over 220 cars on site produced by seven companies for you to browse, and they can have delivered any special specifications you require if its not in stock on the premises. They also have an extensive after-sales service. The Sales Manager, Sebastian Perrin, shows Chic around the premises at Petit-Lancy, which specilises in Opel, Ford, and Chevolet. It’s impressively large and clean. There is another showroom in Plan-les-Ouates. Grimm can deal with tax-free diplomatic cars, and also arrange long- term -leasing for families who are in Geneva for a short but fixed time-frame. All of their sales staff are English-speaking to help you find the best product for the best price. The after sales service is well thought out and designed for convenience. Before the vehicle is due for service, the company will send out an SMS or email reminder for when the car needs its service or its anti-pollution check. Grimm also have on-site panel beaters, a large spare parts shop, and uniquely in Geneva, a biofuel petrol pump. They also have a large range of second hand cars available, all of which can be found on their website, saving you time and money when looking for the perfect car. You’ll also find here this season the new 2008 Opel Insignia. Having already won earned rave reviews, it is also the first production car to feature a dual-function frontal camera with traffic sign recognition, and was voted European Car of the Year for 2009.
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Balestrafic For all your moving, storage and delivery needs
Based in Carouge, Balestrafic begun 30 years ago as a removal company who also specialise in storage facilities and transport logistics, concentrating their operations in Swiss Romande. With a highly professional staff of over 80 people, Balestrafic can provide an efficient and safe service whether moving apartments, whole households, business or re-locating overseas. You will find their staff courteous, skilled and dedicated to the careful handling and safe arrival of your goods. Uniquely, the company has direct access to rail lines (there is a rail stop on their premises) that gives a fast and environmentally beneficial means to transport goods around Europe. Some of the company’s commissions include official removals for the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Geneva’s Philharmonic Orchestra. International moves are coordinated with UniGroup Worldwide UTS, who are part-owned by Balestrafic. Only renowned companies with a distinguished record, an excellent reputation and the right equipment can become UTS shareholders. Should you need storage facilities, the company are able to offer you a variety of secure and confidential storage facilities to suit your household or commercial storage requirements. You may also rent fully-equipped removal vans. Balestrafic consultants will work with you to design and implement a relocation plan customised to your individual needs that is cost effective, efficient and stress free. Quotations are obligation free to help you get the most cost effective quote which includes a full packing and unpacking service.
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Milan, London, Basel Christmas shopping, the New Year sales …Forget about snow-covered slopes and head for the city. When retail therapy calls there are only three choices – Euros, Pounds Sterling or Swiss Francs. Head for fashion capital Milan, with its fantastic big name labels plus stock house clearing sales. Or London’s latest hip boutique hotel and a trip to Harvey Nics? No time to waste? Then Switzerland’s designer city Basle has bags of style.
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Fashion Central - Milan It’s the weekend, you’re in fashion heaven and let’s start with Emporio Armani’s flagship megastore (on Via Manzoni 31). Part tourist attraction part retail dream, this was a bold project when it opened in 2000 - and is still seriously cool. There’s haute couture, designer and ready to wear for men and women, Armani kids, home styling, flowers, and of course the giant Sony Centre to distract husbands… Brit designer Paul Smith is nearby and then it’s time to go for gold - the Golden Quad. Via dell Spiga and Via Monte Napoleone, where Gucci opened his first boutique in the 1950s. Check out Miu Miu in Corso Venezia and Marni, opposite Prada in the Via Sant’ Andrea. (Note: five Prada stores in this area ...) Not feeling quite so well heeled? Visit the stock houses for Versace, D&G, Armani – last season’s ranges at knock down prices. Try Vestimoda Stock, via Mauro Macchi or Il Salvagente, via Fratelli Bonzetti. Need a drink ? Stop for a strong coffee at iconic café Zucca, in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, or at Taveggia, famous for its homemade fruit tarts.
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Stay Chic For fashionistas it has to be the five star The Four Seasons, tucked away in Via Jesu. www. fourseasons.com/milan. Philippe Stark meets Romeo and Juliet - all very indulgent. Stand in the lobby and you’ll see rails of new collection designer dresses going direct to the suites for private fittings. Lose yourself in luxury, with views into Donatella Versace’s garden next door. Plastic feeling the strain? Try the charming Antica Locanda Solferino www.antica-locanda-solferino. it or the smart Hotel Manzoni www.hotelmanzoni. com. Driving to Milan? Here’s a tip – don’t. Take a smooth, fast Cisalpino train from Geneva and enjoy the scenic route. And no parking worries. Contact www.cisalpino.ch for details. Shops closed? Milan’s cultural events are on www.milanoinfortourist.com
Stay Chic The Hoxton Urban Lodge serves cocktails in front of a roaring log fire. All rooms have great designer touches, such as quality linen, flat screen TVs, free WiFi, Aveda products and a Pret a Manger breakfast. And there’s the link – the Hoxton Hotel belongs to Sinclair Beecham, the man who put a Pret on every London street. Fed up with ripoff city hotels, he decided to open a lower cost alternative. www.hoxtonhotels.com. Just around the corner at White Cube www. whitecube.com, in Hoxton Square there are works in glass by Josiah McElheny, and for night life look no further than the hotel’s Hoxton Grille, the Real Greek, www.therealgreek.com, or the Great Eastern Dining Rooms, www.greateasterndining. co.uk, for pan-Asian food.
Need an excuse to visit London’s newest cool area? Then check out the Hoxton Hotel - five minutes walk from the City and close to Jay Jopling’s trendy White Cube gallery. There are clubs and art workshops, vintage fashion boutiques, up and coming young designers, plus excellent cafes and bars.
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B asel – C ity of Art
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For an easy weekend break that cuts a contrast, check out Basel. With its cool line up of galleries and wonderful nightlife Basle is Switzerland for the 21st century. Although the Old Town and the Munster are pretty, and the Kunstmuseum is the largest art gallery in Switzerland, it’s the cutting edge Kunsthalle that turns heads. With a continuous programme of leading contemporary artists, the gallery buzzes with excitement. Located opposite the city’s fashionable Stadttheater, the Kunsthalle also features an outdoor exhibition of kinetic sculptures by Swiss artist Jean Tinguely. Chic Stay For an architectural experience try the Hotel Rochat, built to look like a Medieval fortress. www.hotelrochat.com. Alternatively the Au Violon is a contemporary hotel inside the Old Town’s ancient prison. In fact most of the guest rooms are knocked together cells … www.au-violon.com
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Glion Institute of Higher Education (GIHE) is a private Swiss Institution active in education in the field of Hospitality, Tourism, Event, Sport and Entertainment Management.Hiring Managers rank Glion among the top 3 Hospitality Management Schools in the world for an international career (Source: TNS UK, global survey 2007). Academics Accredited at university level by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (USA), GIHE offers a wide range studies from 1 year up to 3 ½ years of studies including Diploma, Associate and Bachelor Degrees, Postgraduate studies as well as a MBA and a Master of Education. All our academic programs are taught in an environment which encourages critical thinking and develops an aptitude for innovation thus responding to the concrete needs of a demanding industry in constant evolution. All courses are taught in English and some in French depending on the program chosen. Classes start in January or in August except for the Master’s programs which start in July. A promising Future Each semester, top and leading international hotel chains such as Accor, Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Hyatt, Kempinski, and many more, come to Glion to present their company and recruit our graduating students. In addition our global Alumni network and association with some 7,000 students in over 100 countries represents an excellent source of employment for young graduates. Life on Campus Students from over 85 nationalities live harmoniously and develop what is called the “Glion Spirit”. Both campuses have a social, sport coordinator who organizes all sorts of events on and off campus. Social and sports activities are plentiful. Glion Campus : Located above the tourist resort of Montreux, Glion campus offers the most breathtaking view of Lake Geneva and the French and Swiss Alps. Its friendly and intimate atmosphere caters to a healthy and modern lifestyle and is the starting point to all undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Bulle Campus : The university style environment of Bulle campus has been conceived for advanced studies. There, students are more independent and their studies concentrate on the managerial aspect of the industry through specific assignments and projects. Glion Institute of Higher Education Admissions Management Rue du Lac 118 · 1815 Clarens · Switzerland T. +41 21 793 11 11 · F. +41 21 793 16 16 email@example.com · www.glion.edu
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Eating with Philippe Chevrier. While we will still mention it, winter cuisine in Switzerland is not just about the fondue. There are the traditional hot breads, delicately sauced game, fabulous cheeses and exquisite desserts. But where to begin ? How about overlooking the Geneva vineyards at the rustically stunning Domaine de Châteauvieux whilst nibbling homemade chocolate and sipping steamy coffee with its Genevois celebrity restaurateur and wine maker ? In this appetising setting, Philippe Chevrier tells Chic how, and where, to have gastronomically perfect winter days.
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Interviewed by Ruby Boukabou
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So…Breakfast ? Breakfast for me isn’t the most important meal. It’s always very simple. During the week it’s just a flat mineral water… On the weekends, at home, I take tea, good bread with good butter, home made jam and honey. Honey is very good for the body, particularly in winter- to fight sickness, for sore throats… I also like honey from the comb. At the moment I have a superb honey from Crête. Otherwise it’s local and from Avully. Sometimes, on a Sunday, I’ll go to a great bakery – ‘Boloungerie Eric Emery’ (42, Rue de Moillebeau 1209 Geneva +41 22 733 4265). The quality of the bread is excellent. I like the owner and how he makes breads- well baked, traditional style. There’s an exceptional fig bread.
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If his Michelin stars and top reviews for all his four restaurants aren’t enough to qualify Chevrier for this job, on hand is a stream of satisfied clients stopping to profusely congratulate him for the truly magnificent lunch experience (it’s 4pm…), then softly smiling as they float out by the herb garden into the café courtyard and sunny, country fresh afternoon. It’s all wonderfully convivial.
Mid morning snack ? I like the boulangerie/patisserie/cafe in Satiny for its village ambiance. (183 Route du Mandement 1242 Satiny +41 22 753 10 60). They have good croissants, cakes and the owners are very nice (M & F Poget). Typical cakes and pastries to try ? There are good fruit tarts for each season, ‘Galette Genevoise’,- a very, very flat bread and ‘pain au sucre’- sugar bread.
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For a great lunch or dinner….? I like Asian food, Lebanese food and I love Japanese food. My favourite Chinese restaurant is in the Hotel Kempinski- the Tseyang (19, Quai du Mont-Blanc) 1201 Geneva +41 22 908 90 81 www.kempinskigeneva.com). My favourite Lebanese is Le Diwane in the Paquis. It’s very small but has great food and service. (Le Diwane 6, Rue de Zurich 1201 Geneva) .For Japanese, it’s Shibata- a friendly, family environment with authentic cuisine not often found in Geneva- and not just sushi. (4, Chemin Gilbert Trolliet 1209 Geneva +41 22 740 3730)
Otherwise I have to say the Relais de Chambésy ! (one of Chevrier’s own, situated close to the UN in Geneva), (8, Pl. de Chambésy, Chambesy, 1292 + 41 22 758 11 05 www.chateauvieux.ch) I just love the ‘Boudin’ (Black Pudding)- served with an apple compot. There’s also great frogs’ legs and a fillet of pork with a Béarnaise sauce. The rabbit, the roe-buck deer, the crème brulée… the menu is classic French and always changing. Best fish restaurant Le Cigalon of Jean Marc Bessire (39, Route d’Ambilly 1226 Thônex +41 22 349 9733 www.lecigalon.ch). He’s a specialist and it’s always very good. My favourite fish is St Pierre or Turbot. Best meat restaurant ? Bernard Livron’s Café de Certoux. He raises his own animals- ducks, pigs… 133, Route de Certoux 1258 Perly-Certoux www.cafe-certoux.ch Best Game ? Here at Domaine de Chateauviex. (16, Ch. de Châteauvieux Peney-Dessus 1242 Satigny - Geneva www.chateauvieux.ch). We do 20 types of bird alone. We’re very specialised. It must be fresh. If I want to eat game, I will prepare it myself because I know the quality of the produce. I love the Scottish imported Woodcock. It’s the best of the best- for me the queen of the birds. It is very hard to catch- it hides then takes off, zigzagging. We cook it whole and it’s to be eaten with the hands. The particularity of the woodcock is that we don’t take out the insides- we eat the heart and all, with a sauce made from the bones. It’s served with cooked Cardon Epinoux Argentinea vegetable unique to Geneva mixed with black truffles. This dish is unbeatable. Ça c’est la fête !
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Best Vegetarian Platters ? We do the ‘cardon’ and truffles as a gratin with potatoes. There are also mushrooms and many other tasty winter vegetables.
Favourite Wine ? I do like my own, but my favourite is Chateau Léoville-Las-Cases– a great Bordeaux- each year is consistently good. From the region- Nicola Bonnet- particularly the Red ‘Amplitude’ 2005. I also love dessert wine. Chateau d’Yquem. (www. yquem.fr ) I could fill up the tub in my home and bath in it. A ‘67 or ‘75. Fabulous.
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Where can non restaurateurs go to find good produce ? The indoor markets at the Halle de Rive(29 Boulevard Helvetique 1207 Geneva) www.halle-derive.ch. You can find excellent quality fish, meats, cheeses with a nice ambiance. Wednesday and Saturday has the outdoor market with fruits and vegetables.
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Best Dessert ? Baba au Rum- a biscuit soaked in rum and syrup, served with cream- it’s a typical French dessert. When it’s done well it’s magnificent. I also love Mille Feuille. To go with it - chocolate with whipped crèmethe Chocolate Viennoise. For these I like Martel (8, Rue du Marché, Carouge +41 22 342 00 45).It has a nice vibe with the tram passing by in front. Best Swiss Cheese ? I love a good, old Gruyère. 24 months. Truly fabulous. I love the crust. Other must tries ? Fondue! It’s really a fabulous dish when it’s done well. And there’s charm in sharing one. It’s simple but not easy to make well. You can get a good one at the Café Bon Vin (17, Rue Versonnex 1207 Geneva +41 22 736 87 90).
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Favourite local dish ? I like the Longeole- pork sausage with wild fennel served hot with potatoes and a creamy sauce. It’s very very good and typical winter Geneva dish. Typical Swiss food is very simple. Because of the mountains, much of the culture is country- we don’t have a sophisticated cuisine like France or Portugal or diverse as Italy or Spain. It’s simpler but good. A few must haves in your home fridge ? Cheese, Dried Ham, Foie Gras and I LOVE Caviar ! Find out about Philippe Chevrier wines and restaurants on www.domainedechateauvieux.com
Winter Body & Health For the uninitiated, Swiss winters can be a harsh shock for the body. La Bise, the East-North-East wind from Siberia, sweeps across the lake, picking up moisture and turning a simple trip between shops, bars or tram stops into a terrifying experience. While multi layering, rich fondues and toasty bars provide some methods of warming up, Chic has found other ways to heat you up, stretch you out and keep you healthy, nurtured and most importantly, feeling alive, throughout these crisper months.
Text Ruby Boukabou
Yoga Why ? To relieve muscle tension, develop strength, suppleness, shape and breathing for internal force. Good preparation for skiing… Where ? Inner City Yoga 3, Rue de Rive 1204 Geneva +41 22 310 35 35 www.innercityoga.com Concentrates on yoga for the benefits of the body and mind without the esoterics. Yogaworks Lausanne 3-5, Rue Chaucrau 1003 Lausanne +41 21 312 49 53 www.yogaworks-lausanne.ch
Pilates Why ? The benefits include a stronger, leaner body, improved flexibility, better posture and alignment and a greater body/mind control that improves and enhances all physical activity… good for rehabilitation if you don’t quite pull off that double spin with your new Carlings ! Where ? Swiss Body +41 22 346 42 82 (Champel) +41 22 311 28 80 (The Old Town) +41 21 331 31 61 (Centre de Bien-Être, Lausanne Palace) www.swissbody-pilates.com Very high quality and personalised programs. Dance Why ? …why why spend hours in the gym in endless repetitions when time could be flying by as you learn new moves, lose weight and leave with flushed cheeks. Take a midday ballet class and pretend you’re Irène Jacob in Three Colours Red, or if new to it all, try oriental, jazz, tap or Bollywood! Where ? Dance Area 19, Rue de Coulouvreniere 1204 Geneva +41 022 329 29 92 www.dancearea.ch
Classes include non intimidating midday and evening open classes from modern to African to oriental. Encore En Corps 8 Bis, Chemin de la Gravière 1227 Les Acacias Geneva +41 22 792 60 86 www.encore-en-corps.ch Relive old movie watching desires to be able to break into a time step while developing great legs and stamina. Tap, flamenco and Irish classes. Tango ! Tango in Lausanne Aat www.eltango.ch Or visit www.dansesuisse.ch for a fuller list of studios and styles.
Tai Chi Why ? Have the energies working for, not against, you. Great excuse to rise fresh on a crisp sunday morning ! Where ? Free open classes at the Bains des Pâquis every sunday at 9am. Massage (Also see Spa and Bains des Pâquis) Why ? Relaxes, stimulates, heals and invigorates. Where ? Mão Espace 4, Rue St-léger 1205 Geneva +41 22 732 88 80 10, Rue Vallin 1201 Geneva www.mao-massages.ch Quality and qualified masseuses for reflexology, back, thai and oil massage. Book your time online like an Easyjet flight, call or drop in Bains des Pâquis 30, Quai du Mont-Blanc, 1201 Geneva +41 22 732 2974 Association Bains Des Bains +41 22 731 41 34 www.bains-des-paquis.ch Originally one of several public baths and re-built in the 1930’s, Bains des Pâquis is a favourite local
Wellness Centre, Lausanne Palace & Spa
Spa (also see page 46) Why ? To nurture, indulge, treat and pamper the body and soul… Where ? After the Rain 4, Passage des Lions Geneva +41 22 819 01 50 www.spa-aftertherain.ch Lausanne Palace 7-9, Grand-Chêne 1002 Lausanne +41 21 331 31 31 www.lausanne-palace.com Raffles Montreux Palace Grand-Rue 100 1820 Montreux www.montreux-palace.com
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hang in summer with a 365 days a year massage service (50 mins for 60 Francs) and restaurant. The baths transform into a sauna complex for winter. Entry is only 17 Francs (take 2 towels or hire at 5 Francs each). Steam up, cleanse and detox in the saunas, Turkish baths and Hamman while watching the snow fall over the cathedral and the lake Leman. Never know who you’ll bump into naked and end in a dinner date at the restaurant for traditional cheese fondue made with local sparkling wine.
Beauty/nails Ile de Beauty 17, Rue Neuve-du-Molard Geneva +41 22 810 33 35 Discover the ‘paix des menages’ or other specialties of beauty and nails. Institut de beauté Shéhérazade 3, Route de St-Cergue 1295 Mies +41 22 755 08 60 www.sheherazade-esthetique.ch Hair & Make Up Switzerland is definitely not short on hairdressers. Wonder around town and pick your taste with the surrounding shops a rough estimate of your price range. For makeup, pop into any large department store (Globus or Manor) and get a free make over for a treat and to help you choose a warm new winter eyeshade.
12A Fitness During the crisper months, itâ€™s easy to slip on extra kilos and lose your inner perk. Perhaps all thatâ€™s needed is to give some attention back to the body. How about trying a fitness centre in Geneva with top personal coaching and a luxurious spa complex? Chic gives 12A a go.
Text Ruby Boukabou
12A Fitness From the cold, grey street in the Paquis, we step into the 12A centre and immediately begin to relax. This is no ordinary gym, but a 730m2 space creatively re-designed by esteemed French architect Pascal Taveneau. Working closely with owner Mathieu Laurient, Taveneau has transformed the space with two lush plant walls and a clever use of natural lighting. We are led downstairs with an armful of fresh white towelling to the wonderful-in-themselves changing rooms with large private showers and adjacent sauna complex. The temptation is to spend the afternoon here, except, luckily, Claude, the expro-football-player-top-expert-personal- trainer, is waiting upstairs… Claude Niaba Pinard,Fanny Brimboeuf, Pascal Morciano and Cedric Broutin are the 12A personal trainers, all holding diplomas and impressive CVs. 12A inscriptions can include 24 hours of personal training to help you reach your personal fitness goals, or you may prefer to book by the hour. We pass the main room of State of the Art Nautilus and Plate Process equipment and into the Kinesis space. Kinesis is based on Pilates with the inspiration to rediscover the beauty of gesture with free and natural movement. For the next hour we’re pulling, squatting, lifting and rolling. Claude has the perfect balance of strictness and softness. Each movement is explained, we copy, are corrected and do another round. Next we choose a step machine and, with Claude staying to chat, we don’t even notice the fifteen minutes disappear. Then it’s onto a bike machine. With TV remote in hand, half an hour flies by. And this is what we’ve been waiting for: we breathe deeply in the hammam, stretch in the sauna, dive into the Jacuzzi and wonder why we don’t do this more often ! (12A also has a massage service, a beauty salon and physiotherapist.) When we push back through the glass doors, the sky has cleared up and life feels slightly different- warm on the inside and smooth on the out.
12 A Fitness is open 7h- 22h Monday to Friday (earlier is possible); Saturday 9h-17h and Sunday on request. 12, Rue Jean-Charles Amat 1202 Geneva +41 22 735 12 12 · email@example.com
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