APPROX FLIGHT TIME & COST: 6 hours, 35 minutes, Dhs5, 708
WHY? As the oppressive summer heat engulfs the region once more and the joys of an afternoon stroll or swim become a distant memory, Geneva could be the outdoor adventure you’re hankering for. From paragliding over the Jura mountain range to hiking the Alps and mountain biking scenic paths that look like scenes printed on chocolate boxes in this part of the world, this is a place that demands you pack your trainers.
Sandwiched between lake and mountain, Geneva’s also famous for the iconic Jet d’Eau water fountain (as seen on many a fridge magnet) and luxury watches, making this a shopping destination for the well-heeled. Epicureans are also catered for in the city with several Michelin-starred restaurants from Rasoi by Vineet (www.mandarinoriental.com/geneva) to Vertig’O (www.concorde-hotels.com/vertigo).
GET A ROOM: The five-star InterContinental Genève is known for its glam swimming pool (a rarity in the city). It also boasts memorable views of the iconic Mont Blanc and an amazing Clarins Institut Spa that specialises in aromatherapy and plant-based phytotherapy.
Money no object? The recently renovated Diplomatic Residence, Presidential Residence and The Residence offer extreme luxury under the hotel’s management, offering private lifts, two master bedrooms, library, gallery, grand dining room, two hammams, private gym and even a treatment room so Clarins can come to you!
INFO: Throughout summer the InterContinental Genève is offering 20 per cent off all suites and children under 12 years stay for free. Rooms costs from CHF330 (Dhs1,357), suites cost from CHF680 (Dhs2,795) per night; the residences are available on request, 7-9 Chemin du Petit Saconnex, Geneva, 0041 22 919 32 61, www.intercontinental-geneva.ch