Pierre-Yves Rochon oversees Beau-Rivage Palace renovation

The 150-year Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Switzerland completed the first phase of a major renovation, unveiling 37 new guestrooms and two luxury suites in the hotel's Palace Wing. With 61 additional guestrooms set to be completed in April 2014, the renovation will cost approximately $28 million and is being overseen by interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon.

All rooms use mirrors to illuminate the space and reflect light from Lake Geneva. Each room is individually tailored depending on its specific shape, and uses a color palette consisting of light green, beige and sky blue. Junior Suites are adorned with Murano blown-glass chandeliers, and each room has a traditional fabric-covered wall. Rochon focused on the bathrooms, constructing them to be bright and spacious, and added refined touches such as Italian mosaic floors, beveled mirrors with built-in televisions and illuminated glass ceilings. Some rooms have a transparent wall between the bathroom and bedroom, making the lake viewable directly from the bathroom.

The first phase of the renovation includes two suites: the first, a fifth-floor duplex that features two lavishly decorated bedrooms, each with its own private bathroom, and a view of Lake Geneva and the French Alps; and the second, a spa-suite that includes a master bedroom with a 180-degree view of the lake and Alps, a lounge area with a fireplace, and a 538-square-foot spa area with two massage tables, a Jacuzzi and a hammam. Guests saying in the spa suite can take in-room advantage of all treatments offered at the Beau-Rivage Palace's Cinq Mondes Spa.


Apart from aesthetics, the environment was also considered in planning the renovation. Each room's temperature and light intensity are electronically controlled according to how many people are in the room, the time of day and the season, and a natural air conditioning system is employed in which fresh water from the lake is processed into cool air.

The Beau-Rivage Palace is situated on 10 acres of private gardens, adjacent to Lake Geneva with views of the Swiss Alps. The hotel's 15,000-square-foot Cinq Mondes Spa contains a fitness room, indoor and outdoor infinity pools, a hot tub and nine treatment rooms. The property's two Michelin starred restaurant Anne-Sophie Pic at the Beau-Rivage Palace has France's only female chef with three Michelin stars. Other amenities include two bars and terraces, two tennis courts and a special program for children. Recent renovations include the revamping of La Terrasse restaurant and La Rotonde, and the opening of a new signature BAR serving bespoke cocktails.


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