CHANTAL AND MAX EXPERIENCE AGENCY
by Chené Koscielny
When you visit a city for the first time – what are the memories you’ll treasure forever? Is it the overpriced souvenir or the décor in your five-star hotel room?
Probably not. Memories and great Instagram posts are made from authentic experiences – discovering something different about a place, interacting with locals. But finding these experiences isn’t always easy.
That’s why we’re so intrigued by Chantal and Max, who recently set up Chantal and Max Experience Agency in Geneva. These well-travelled locals are determined to share their passion for the Lac Léman region with tourists and locals alike through personalised, authentic experiences.
A DIFFERENT SIDE OF THE CITY
Want to see a different side of a city? Looking for a team-building experience that will be talked about for years to come? Got a party coming up and looking for an out-of-this-world activity or theme? Or maybe you’re an expat or tourist wanting an experience off the beaten track.
Max and Chantal will come up with an original idea, find a provider and organise the whole thing – to the tiniest detail. You don’t have to do a thing.
WHY YOU NEED CHANTAL AND MAX
Max explains – and we couldn’t agree more – that people these days suffer from decision fatigue.
“They have too much information. They just want someone to tell them what to do and to organise it for them. Make it easy,” he says.
Who better than two well-travelled customer service experts who are passionate about the area, speak perfect English and French and have all the right connections to help you create those special memories?
WHO ARE THEY AIMED AT?
- Locals who want to rediscover the area.
- Tourists who don’t necessarily want the five-star hotel experience, but something different – maybe meeting the locals or experiencing something new.
- Companies looking for different teambuilding experiences.
WHO ARE CHANTAL AND MAX?
We meet the attractive couple at one of our favourite hangouts – Voisins in Geneva – he’s dark, she’s blonde, he’s French, she’s Swiss, he grew up in the mountains, she’s more of a city girl.
He’s more of a big thinker, she’s the one who focuses on the details.
After having met at the École Hôtelière in Lausanne – this seems to be a breeding ground for interesting couples – the two travelled the world.
Chantal has worked in hotels in Geneva and London, where they lived for a while and where Max was project manager for a restaurant in Knightsbridge.
But after a few years they got tired of fish and chips and hankered back to the shores of Lac Léman, where they recently started their Experience Agency – something between a travel agent and a recommendation from a friend.
Since then they’ve been hard at work organising launch events – including a Pilates class followed by a 90 degree hike up the Salève – complete with lovely meal awaiting the guests at the top (we didn’t volunteer for this one). Another launch event included an afternoon tea on a boat on the lake – now this one is more up our alley!
The couple have also been recruiting service providers and testing experiences first hand – to recommend to their clients.
TOP THINGS TO DO IN GENEVA ON THE WEEKEND
What are their top things to do in Geneva on the weekend?
A picnic at the Park de Cologny, overlooking Lake Geneva, followed by a walk in the Jussy vineyards, especially at this time of the year with the gorgeous autumn colours.
To find out more about Chantal & Max – visit their website.
We’re also very excited that Chantal has offered to share some of her expertise about the area with us – in a series of guest blogs on our site. Here is the first article: My top 3 favourite hikes max 3 hours away from Geneva.