Following my hotel interiors blog on the fairytale Dolder Grand hotel, I’m now going to take you on Safari in Geneva. If you love Africa, or you adore wildlife and nature, here’s some inspiration on how to tastefully weave these themes into your home.
Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and the brilliantly blue glean of Lake Geneva, La Reserve Hotel & Spa is a cosy haven of luxury. The deep richness of African colours, from reds to golds, yellows to grass greens, works perfectly to cloak the hotel’s spaces in a warm glow that’s reminiscent of a snug safari lodge.
From the moment you enter the hotel, the Safari theme, though understated and tasteful, shines through. Think red carpets flanked with fringes of leopard print. Bright and beautiful parrots sitting atop glowing golden lights. Tables supported by huge lion’s paws. These subtle, yet unique features offer fantastic inspiration for weaving the magic of Africa into our spaces.
The hotel restaurant is truly unique, and an absolute marvel. Featuring a large tree at its centre, with twisted branches curving outwards across the ceiling, the effect is to mimic dining in the bush by night. Imagine how the low lighting casts a warm, fuzzy glow through the space, mimicking the flickering light of a fire. The bush feel is further cemented with the ceiling-to-floor bamboo legs dotted throughout the room and the rattan dining chairs, which all work together to envelop guests in a dream of African wilderness.
At the front of the restaurant is a fireplace, above which stares a huge, bold elephant head. Animal head hangings and sculptures are an easy and quick way to bring the great outdoors in and pay tribute to some of nature’s finest beasts.
The Safari theme extends to the hotel’s beautiful spa, which oozes tranquility. Lit by Sea Urchin shells that emit speckled light through their holes, the spa is absolutely serene.
The colour palate of the La Reserve Geneve spa area is in complete contrast to the main hotel, comprising largely of pastel pinks, yellows, blues and greens. These shades and tones complement each other perfectly to evoke a soothing sense of relaxation and calm.
La Reserve Geneve is a truly unique, indulgent place to stay. It has perfectly stamped its personality through subtle, but elegant and beautiful tributes to the African bush. Coming up is a blog on how to easily work some African magic into your spaces! Sign-up to our newsletter so you don’t miss it.