Base yourself on a tranquil lake and let the cares of everyday life float away.
The lakes of Switzerland are stunning backdrops to some of the prettiest towns and Neuchatel is no exception. Take a tour of an Absinthe distillery, visit a local market or sample the cheese, chocolate and wine the area is renowned for.
Where to stay:
The only hotel in Europe built on stilts, it provides a truly relaxing environment on the edge of a stunning lake. Pavilions have been carefully designed to enhance the breathtaking view and each has a bedroom, bathroom, office corner and large terrace with views of the Alps.
Two nights in a lake or shore pavilion costs £900 including breakfast, a welcome drink and fruit plate four-course dinner and the use of two bicycles or paddle boards.
Take the Eurostar to Paris, then a direct train to Neuchatel. Total journey time is five hours.
- Eurostar from £39.50;
- First class SNCF from £61.