The great outdoors
Quarter of an hour’s walk from the hotel, Parc des Bastions is an excellent all-rounder, with its giant chess boards, play area and winter skating rink, along with a charming café.
For the coolest playground in Geneva, though, head to the Parc Gustave & Léonard Hentsch, in the Charmilles district. Its play space has a sleek, space-age vibe, with undulating slides, trampolines, water fountains and swings that look like abstract art. In summer, cool off at the Geneva Plage complex with its water slides, children’s pool and lakeside beach.
Alternatively, hop in the cable car up nearby Mont Salève, for panoramic views, paraglider-spotting and some easy hikes. Thrill-seekers will also enjoy Parc Aventure in Evaux, with its treetop zip wires, rope bridges and vertiginous balance beams.