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Alps, Chamonix, Geneva - romantic holiday advice?


Jun 13th, 2012, 09:50 AM
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Alps, Chamonix, Geneva - romantic holiday advice?

We are landing in Geneva around 29.11 and will have 4-5 days. I dreamed of seeing the alps, Mont Blanc, Chamonix, etc. But I understand that this is a very misty season there and am afraid that we won't be able to see any good mountain views...
Also many of the good hotels are closed in November and only open around 5.12.
1. Any experience with the weather at this time?
2. Any excellent hotels - 5 stars, relais chateaux style...with an alpine view, exterior hot tub - to recommend? In Chamonix or another interesting village?
3. What's best to do - relating to alps, charming villages, etc? I know about the Mont Blanc cable car... Chamonix.... what else is best? (we don't ski).
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Jun 16th, 2012, 08:05 AM
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any ideas, anyone?
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Jun 16th, 2012, 09:28 AM
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A lovely town situated on a lake in the foothills of the Alps is Annecy; it has an interesting old town section that is crossed by a canal. I think it's less than an hour away from Geneva.
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Jun 18th, 2012, 07:19 AM
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These are two of our favorite spots in Chamonix.

Le Hameau Albert 1er

Grand Hotel Des Alpes

The Hameau is outside of town, but it has an indoor/outdoor wellness center. The wellness center at the grand hotel is indoor, but the hotel's location in the center of town makes it easy to explore Chamonix by foot. The Grand hotel doesn't server dinner, which means that you'll have to go out on the town. Many restaurants close for "off season", but a few remain open for the locals that stay in town.

The weather can be fickle in the mountains during November and early December. More than likely, you'll have rain down low, (in the village), and snow up high. That said, weather patterns have been changing, so anything goes. The Alps were dry until January last year.

I enjoy Chamonix during any season, but if you're concerned about weather, then consider the north shore of Lake Geneva, (the swiss side). This is the wine country referred to as "Lavaux" and it's beautiful. On a clear day, the views extend beyond the vineyards, across Lake Geneva, and into the high peaks of the Mont Blanc Massif. Lausanne is a nice town right on the water and the climate is far more temperate. Stay at the Beau Rivage Palace and treat yourself to a balcony opening right onto the Lake and mountains.

Hope this gets the planning wheels churning!

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