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The beautiful town of Evian-Les-Baines.
The beautiful town of Evian-Les-Baines.
Inside the Domaine du Royal Club Evian.

Evian

Friday, January 18, 2002
David visits the beautiful French town of Evian-Les-Baines, the source of Evian water.

The Prince of Savoy visited Evian-Les-Baines in the Middle Ages, and since then it has become a favoured holiday destination. It is an enchanting blend of alpine village and modern resort.

In the heart of the town is the water that lures people from around the world, and has many convinced of its healing properties. There is a fountain on one of the walls of the Evian plant, and it is probably the only place in the world where you can get your Evian water for free. Besides the Evian resort spas, there are other thermal spas in town that use the local water.

The Domaine du Royal Club Evian sits on 17 hectares and has two luxury hotels, an 18-hole golf course, nine restaurants, a children's club, casino, conference centres, and two spa treatment centres — the Better Living Institute and the Form and Relaxation Centre. Throughout the year, they offer a series of concerts and theatre productions.

The Hotel Royal, the more elegant of the two hotels, was built in the early 1900s for the pleasure of King Edward VII of England. It is decorated in the French style art de vivre, and all rooms overlook manicured lawns and have views across the lake to Switzerland.

The 154 rooms and suites are equipped with television, radio, mini-bar and safe. The Better Living Institute uses the latest techniques in its modern facilities for a range of relaxing treatments. It offers massage, mud and clay wraps, body peels, facials, manicures, yoga and reflexology.

Hotel Royal has four restaurants and a bar that serves drinks and snacks around the clock. Guests have unlimited access to the pools, weights room, sauna, jacuzzi and Turkish bath. There are also squash courts and a climbing wall.

The Hotel Ermitage was designed in the style of an English cottage, with a warm, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. There are 91 rooms and suites, each with television, radio, mini-bar and safe, and all rooms have a view of the lake or the park.

The Form and Relaxation Centre specialises in spa treatments, and guests can use the pool, gym, sauna, jacuzzi and Turkish bath. The centre also has a restaurant.

If you stay two or more nights, there are no green fees to pay and your tee-off time is guaranteed. The course is a par 72, and is superbly manicured, with views to Lake Geneva. Golf tuition and training programs are available at an extra cost.

The casino, which has three restaurants, a bar, nightclub and theatre, is fairly typical of casinos in this part of the world, offering slot machines and table games.

Private shuttle buses go around the grounds, or into the truly beautiful town of Evian, less than 10 minutes away. The plant there produces six million bottles of the magic water each day, with no processing necessary — they do nothing but bottle it.

Location

The French side of Lake Geneva, which the French call Lac man.

Cost

Leading Hotels of the World has packages, including one night's accommodation at the Hotel Royal, with all spa facilities and two meals, starting at $375 per person twin-share.
Qantas flies to Paris three times a week, with Air France connections to Geneva. Return airfares to Paris start at $1909 from the east coast, Adelaide and Perth. The Paris-Geneva return fare starts at $340.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission.

More information

Leading Hotels of the World
Phone: (02) 9377 8444
1800 222 033
Website: www.lhw.com
Qantas: Phone: 13 1313, or contact your AFTA travel agent.

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