Burgundy to Evian-Les-Bains
Drive Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes | Distance: 200 miles
Taste Evian’s greatest export at source, the Cachat Spring (the most famous of Evian’s numerous springs) located opposite the Cachat Pump Room (Evian’s best Art Nouveau building and one of the finest examples of spa resort architecture in France). Or head to the Evian Mineral Water Company and take a tour of its bottling plant where you’ll learn all about the history of this watery wonder, its geological origin and the entire bottling process. Take a boat tour to the wonderfully-named Pré Curieux Water Gardens, a protected wetland only accessible by solar-powered boat, whose exhibition and discovery trail presents all sorts of ecosystems, from ponds, mountain streams and marshes to damp grassland and deltas. Dominating the water-front promenade is the huge Casino d’Evian (Europe’s largest theme casino), built in 1911 by the architect J.A. Hébrard with 18,220 square foot of gaming space including 250 gaming machines, 11 table games, five restaurants, and one bar.
At the heart of the Hôtel Royal, Les Fresques offers breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Geneva from its terrace, while magnificent frescoes by Gustave Jaulmes adorn its ceiling. And the food? Creative, sophisticated and spellbinding using the most superlative of ingredients. (Dessert-lovers – don’t miss the must-have Morello cherry warm soufflé with kirsch).
Stay: Hôtel Royal at Evian Resort (4 nights)
Hôtel Royal at Evian Resort
Located on 47 acres in the hills above Evian-les-Bains overlooking Lake Geneva, recently revamped Hôtel Royal now has a healthy dose of contemporary design elements alongside its palace spirit, Belle Époque façade and frescoes.
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