Discover the best of luxury travel in Switzerland and France with Four Seasons Geneva and Megeve. From the iconic Hotel des Bergues Geneva to the stunning Megeve resort, experience ultimate relaxation, indulgence, and rejuvenation with Laura Bartlett…

As I sat by the window of the luxurious Four Seasons car, gazing out at the picturesque Swiss countryside rolling by, I couldn’t help but feel a profound sense of gratitude and serenity. This scenic journey marked the middle of an unforgettable adventure – a 72-hour escape filled with moments that would become cherished memories for a lifetime. My mother, a recent widow, had joined me on this journey, and it was her radiant smile and the joy in her eyes that made this trip truly exceptional. We embarked on a journey of healing, bonding, and discovery, exploring two remarkable Four Seasons properties – 24 hours in Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva and 48 hours in Four Seasons Megeve.

Four Seasons Geneva

Our voyage started at the iconic Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva, a true landmark overlooking the shimmering Lake Geneva since 1834. As we stepped into the lobby, we were enveloped in an atmosphere of timeless elegance. The staff’s warm and welcoming smiles made us feel instantly at home.

Four Seasons Geneva

A Culinary Journey with Chef Sena

Our deluxe room, with its breathtaking view of Lake Geneva, provided the perfect backdrop for our stay. The snow-capped Alps in the distance and the charm of the Old Town created a captivating vista. After an afternoon of exploring, we enjoyed getting ready in our room whilst admiring the jaw-dropping sunset over Lake Geneva before heading down to dinner.

Dining at Il Lago restaurant, the Michelin-starred eatery, was an exquisite culinary experience that transcended the boundaries of mere food. It was a symphony of flavours, an exploration of Italian gastronomy with a seasonal twist, all expertly orchestrated by the culinary virtuoso, Chef Sena.

Hailing from the picturesque town of Sorrento, Italy, Chef Sena’s culinary journey had taken him around the world, from the bustling kitchens of London to the vibrant food scene of Hong Kong.

Along the way, he honed his craft, refining his skills and developing a deep appreciation for the artistry of cuisine. His culinary odyssey reached its pinnacle with his appointment as the Executive Chef at Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva in July 2016, a position he affectionately referred to as “this fantastic boat,” alluding to the hotel’s stunning lakeside location.

Chef Sena’s approach to cooking was a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation. He artfully combined the timeless recipes of his Italian heritage with a modern twist, using seasonal ingredients sourced from the bountiful Swiss countryside. Each dish that graced our table was a masterpiece, a work of art meticulously crafted with passion and precision. His dishes were a celebration of the flavours and textures of Italy, showcasing the rich diversity of regional cuisine. From delicate handmade pasta to succulent seafood, every bite was a revelation, a testament to his culinary mastery. It was evident that he approached each dish with the same level of care and artistry as a painter crafting a masterpiece.

Chef Sena’s commitment to accommodating our preferences, including our decision not to indulge in wine, was truly exceptional. He personalised our dining experience, ensuring that every aspect of our meal was tailored to our tastes. His attention to detail extended beyond the menu, demonstrating a genuine desire to create a memorable and enjoyable culinary journey for every guest.

As we savoured each course at Il Lago, it became clear that Chef Sena’s culinary expertise was a testament to the commitment to excellence that defined Four Seasons Geneva. His dedication to his craft, the quality of his creations, and the genuine warmth with which his team welcomed us into his gastronomic world left an indelible mark on our dining experience.

Culinary Bliss and Tranquil Serenity at Four Seasons Geneva

In the end, dining at Il Lago was not just about savouring exceptional Italian cuisine; it was about connecting with the heart and soul of a talented chef whose passion for food and artistry left an enduring impression. Chef Sena’s culinary symphony was the perfect accompaniment to our stay at Four Seasons Geneva, making our journey of indulgence truly unforgettable.

As the evening sun dipped below the horizon, casting a warm, golden glow over Lake Geneva, my mother and I wrapped ourselves in the contentment that only a truly exceptional day could bring. After our sumptuous dinner at Il Lago, we rolled into the comfort of our beds, our bodies satiated from the culinary masterpiece that Chef Sena had orchestrated. The room, with its large windows overlooking the tranquil waters of the lake, provided a dreamy backdrop to our rest. The Alps, now bathed in the soft moonlight, whispered tales of ancient majesty.

We slipped into a peaceful slumber, the gentle lullaby of the lake serenading our dreams. The room seemed to cradle us, as if it were a haven designed solely for our well-being. In the stillness of the night, we found solace and togetherness, a profound connection born from shared experiences.

The next morning, as the sun’s first rays kissed the surface of Lake Geneva, I ventured up to the spa. Its soothing ambience welcomed me, a sanctuary of serenity where time flowed gently, unhurried. I took a leisurely swim, feeling the rhythmic strokes wash away any lingering traces of stress. The jacuzzi, a bubbling cauldron of warmth, embraced me, its effervescent waters melting away every worry.

As I relaxed in the spa, my mother found her own peaceful interlude in the comfort of our room. It was a moment for her to unwind, to reflect, and to simply be. The room, once again, provided the perfect setting for quiet contemplation, with its panoramic view of the lake and the Alps, a canvas for daydreams.

Our morning unfolded with tranquillity, each of us finding our rhythm in this harmonious duet of relaxation. It was a reflection of our journey as a whole – a balance of shared moments and personal spaces, a testament to the bond that had grown stronger with each passing day.

As we reluctantly prepared to check out of Four Seasons Geneva, our hearts were filled with gratitude for the unforgettable experiences it had bestowed upon us. This marked my tenth visit to Switzerland, a place I thought I knew well, but this time brought something new and exciting. Our time there had been a revelation, a journey of indulgence, connection, and discovery. It was a chapter in our adventure, one that left us with cherished memories and a profound appreciation for the beauty of Lake Geneva.

With a final glance at the view that had captured our hearts, we bid farewell to this enchanting haven, knowing that the next leg of our journey awaited us in the picturesque wonderland of Four Seasons Megeve. Our hearts were full, our spirits rejuvenated, and our bond stronger than ever. The tranquil embrace of Four Seasons Geneva had set the stage for the enchanting chapters yet to come in our tale of togetherness.

Four Seasons Megeve

Later that day, we embarked on a 60-minute, scenic drive through the picturesque Swiss countryside, which took us to our next destination – Four Seasons Megeve. Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, this modern chalet carries the legacy of the Edmond de Rothschild family, offering an unrivalled resort experience. Alpine tradition, pure French character, and an intimate ambience define this mountain retreat.

Our stay at Four Seasons Megeve was nothing short of bliss. We experienced the epitome of luxury and relaxation, with exclusive access to the spa in the morning. The spa’s serenity, combined with the soothing views of the surrounding mountains, was nothing short of magical. We indulged in every moment of tranquillity, letting go of the burdens of life, and embracing the healing power of the mountains. The attention to detail, which had become a hallmark of our Four Seasons journey, continued even in the gym, where freshly folded towels awaited me on each machine, and branded bottles of water graced every cup holder.

The entire visit to Four Seasons Megeve was an enchanting escape into the lap of Alpine luxury. Waking up in our exquisite suite was like stepping into a living postcard, where the landscape of majestic mountains and serene valleys unfolded before us. The breathtaking views were a daily reminder that the soothing embrace of nature can be a remedy for the soul. Here, nobody needs therapy; all it takes is 48 hours at this remarkable hotel to breathe in the fresh mountain air, let the vistas seep into your very being, and find solace in the tranquil surroundings. Each moment spent in this pristine Alpine haven felt like a meditation, a chance to connect with the beauty of the world in its purest form.

No visit to Four Seasons Megeve would be complete without dining at Kaito restaurant, their Japanese restaurant. Whether it was the delicate sashimi, the perfectly seasoned tempura, or the artful sushi creations, every bite was a passport to Japan, a tribute to the restaurant’s unwavering commitment to excellence.

But what truly made this journey extraordinary was the time spent with my mother. As a recent widow who had lost my incredible, late father, this trip was a gift of happiness and new experiences. The moments we shared, the laughter, and the heartfelt conversations were a balm to our souls. My mother summed it up perfectly, calling it a “pinch me moment” – a testament to the magical experience created by Four Seasons.

Four Seasons Geneva and Megeve offered more than just luxurious accommodations and exquisite cuisine; they provided a canvas upon which we painted memories of love, healing, and togetherness. These properties, steeped in history and surrounded by natural beauty, served as the backdrop for our journey of a lifetime. As we drove back to reality, we carried with us not just the enchanting landscapes of Switzerland and France but also the warmth of the staff, the flavours of the cuisine, and, most importantly, the love and bond between a mother and daughter – a treasure that will endure for generations to come.

Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva: The starting rate is 960CHF for a standard room in the low season.

Four Seasons Megeve: Starting rate is 545€ in summer season (9th June – 6th November)

Visit the Four Seasons website to book your stay today.


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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