FÊTE DES MÈRES/MOTHER’S DAY IN GENEVA
SUNDAY 13TH MAY 2018
Vivian Holding & Chené Koscielny
Looking for a way to treat your mother (the mother of your children) or yourself this Mother’s Day in Geneva? Some relaxed time with the family, great food and wine, some beautifully presented choccies and a bit of pampering and me-time…
We list some great Mother’s Day treats in Geneva which we wouldn’t mind receiving…
FOR THE FOODIE MUM
BRUNCH EN FAMILLE…
The Family Brunch at Parc des Eaux Vives offers an indulgent buffet. Not a cheap option, but a real treat if you’re flush with cash.
A children’s menu is available and to there is now a more spacious and supervised playroom with a baby gym and rocking animals, as well as giant games and creative activities for the older ones.
If the weather is nice, the large outdoor terrace offers fabulous views over Lake Geneva and access to the park.
WHEN: Sunday from noon to 3pm.
COST: CHF85 per person, CHF39 for children between 6 and 12 years old. Free for under 6 year olds.
WHERE: Restaurant du Parc des Eaux-Vives, 8 Quai Gustave Ador, Genève.
FURTHER INFO: www.parcdeseauxvives.ch. Reservations on +41 22 849 75 75 or email at email@example.com.
FOR THE EARTH MOTHER
Treat Mum to a delicious brunch at Le Café des Jardins of the Jardin d’Iris. Their new group of chefs will prepare delicious dishes using the freshest ingredients – sweet and savoury breakfast items, a salad bar, desserts and freshly barbecued meats, while you sit back and soak up the atmosphere on the outdoor terrace under the shade of the trees. Two services are available: from 10.30am-12.30pm or 1pm-3pm. Bookings are required in advance by telephone or email (in English).
WHEN: Every Sunday 10.30am-12.30pm or 1pm-3pm.
COST: CHF55 per person, CHF25 (children 8-11 years old), CHF18 (children 4-7 years old). Free for under 3s. Entry to the gardens cost CHF10 per adult, CHF5 (children 12-16 years old). Free for under 11s.
WHERE: Jardins des Iris, Château de Vullierens, 1115 Vullierens, Switzerland
FURTHER INFO: www.jardinsdesiris.ch/en. Reservations by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: +41 79 776 41 15.
FOR THE GLAMOUR PUSS
If you’re looking for an upmarket, glamorous and very sparkly brunch, then the ‘J’adore le Dimanche’ at Le Baroque in conjunction with Eyes Magazine, is our pick. We loved it!
For starters, there’s the help-yourself buffet – we loved the Caesar salads in cute little jars, the mini sushi platters, gyozas and the most heavenly foccacia bread with truffle cream. Main courses are a choice of fresh sea bass, Black Angus filet of beef, spatchcock chicken or their Baroque burger. And if there’s still room for dessert, you’re spoilt for choice – white chocolate cheesecake, raspberry or chocolate tart, panacotta, fruit skewers, cookies.
Starting at noon, the party continues with champagne, cocktails, entertainment and live music.
WHEN: Every Sunday from noon onwards.
WHERE: Le Baroque Restaurant, 4 rue du Rhône, 1204 Genève.
FURTHER INFO: www.jadoreledimanche.com.
FOR THE POSH MUM…
If your mum enjoys stylish rituals, consider the pinkie-lifting Mother’s Day Delight Afternoon Tea at the Hotel d’Angleterre. Mum will love picking from the impeccably presented array of sandwiches and mini pastries and will receive a special gift on the day.
WHERE: L’Observatoire –Windows Restaurant, Hotel d’Angleterre, 17 Quai du Mont-Blanc, 1201 Genève.
WHEN: Friday 11th-Sunday 13thMay 2018 from 3pm-6pm.
COST: Traditional Afternoon Tea CHF49 per person or CHF83 for two. Champagne Afternoon Tea CHF63 per person or CHF111 for two.
MORE INFO: Click here. For reservations call: +41 (0)22 906 5514
FOR MORE OPTIONS CHECK OUT GENEVA’s BEST BRUNCHES HERE – www.thingstodoingeneva.ch/brunch-in-geneva.
FOR THE BON VIVANT
A GORGEOUS CHOCOLATE BOUQUET – SPECIAL OFFER!
Surprise Mum this Mother’s Day with a unique, handmade bouquet from Edible Blooms. Each bouquet is handmade with love right here in Geneva from delicious Swiss chocolate.
Order online www.edibleblooms.ch/mothers-day for this Mother’s Day using the code TTDGVA and receive 10% discount on all Mother’s Day bouquets!
CGN MOTHER’S DAY CRUISE
Invite mum for a cruise and a delicious meal on Lake Geneva. The menu includes Salmon en Gravlax starter, followed by Filet de Canette in a honey and peppery rose sauce and served on a bed of baby onions and baby potatoes. Dessert is chocolate truffles in a vanilla cream sauce.
A friendly environment, a lovely meal and stunning views!
WHEN: Sunday 13th May 2018.
COST: CHF58, Children (6-12 years old) CHF20. Main Course only CHF35 (children 6-12 years old) CHF14. Cruise tickets need to be booked separately.
MORE INFO: Click here.
A STROLL IN THE LAVAUX VINEYARDS
If your mum loves the outdoors, loves wine and loves life – a stroll through the Lavaux Vineyards followed by a lovely lunch at a traditional pub and a glass of Chasselas would be perfect!
Lavaux is the largest vineyard region in Switzerland and its daringly constructed hillside terraces are protected by UNESCO. Image: http://www.lavaux-unesco.ch/
WHERE: Starting point at St. Saphorin – destination Lutry. Full hike: 11,7 km, 3h15 minutes. Level: Easy, physical fitness: Medium. On certain days the Lavaux Express will take tired hikers back to the starting point.
FURTHER INFO: Visit the www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/lavaux-vineyard-terraces-the-swiss-wine-route.html website.
TULIP EYE CANDY
The impressive annual Tulip Festival takes place every Spring on the lakeside Parc de l’Indépendence in Morges. The free festival lasts five weeks and presents more than 120,000 tulips of 300 different varieties, showing off the flower’s huge range of shapes and colours.
Drinks and snacks are available on site.
WHERE: Parc de l’Indépendence, Morges
WHEN: 31st March – 13th May 2018.
FURTHER INFO: Click here for the Morges’ Tourist Information website. Click here for this year’s programme of events.
FOR THE PAMPERED MUM
Treat your mum to a full-on pampering session at this upmarket spa near Geneve Plage: Their Mother’s Day offer includes entry into the baths and hammam, being wrapped in marroccan rhassoul (25 minutes); scrubbing and massage (25 minutes); pause gourmande and a bottle of perfumed oil or rhassoul Charme d’Orient to take home.
The offer also includes entry to the baths and hammam and a Rhassoul wrap for another person who accompanies mum.
WHERE: Bain-Bleu, Geneve-Plage, Port Noir, 1223 Genève.
WHEN: The offer is valid from the 13thof May until the 31stof August 2018.
MORE INFO: www.bain-bleu.ch