Hotel Royal — Évian-les-Bains, France
The mythical Hotel Royal in the French town of Evian-les-Bains, has just reopened after a monumental overhaul- the first of this scale in its 106-year history. Designer François Champsaur’s sensitive restoration plays tribute to the hotel’s rich Belle Époque past, with a contemporary take on luxury, to cement its future. As such, the sixth floor has been converted into a series of seven private suites – each with breath-taking views over Lake Geneva and the Alps – that are decked out in raw oak and white Carrera marble which, hand-polished to a translucent finish, pay tribute to the hotel’s DNA- the mineral purity of the area’s thermal water. Downstairs, the three restaurants are headed by chef Patrice Vander, whose creative fare using local produce sees dishes such as wild sea bream marinated with mango or Lake Geneva crayfish en royale with foie gras in saffron, grace the menu. Not to forget the spa which, left untouched, has a series of indoor and outdoor pools, Jacuzzis and hammams, along with a revitalising menu of water-based face and body treatments.