I’m sure the makers of the quaint Hôtel Palafitte intended their water-borne resort to provide a safe haven for all those stressed-out citizens of the world who want to escape the hustle-bustle of the big city and just unwind in the cradling embrace of a scenic natural setting. But I’m kind of a hydrophobe so this concept really scares me to hell. No offence to Kurt Hofmann, the designer of this lovely hotel situated on the banks of Lake Neuchâtel in Monruz, near the city of La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, who created this concept especially for the Sandoz Family Foundation. The hotel, which was opened to guests in the spring of 2002, has 40 exquisitely decorated suites that are carefully balanced atop stilts in the water to give it a sort of a houseboat feel while the state-of-the-art technology in its conference and seminar rooms truly make it a hot destination for business conventions and high-level meetings.
A five star-restaurant and bar ensure that your stay at the Palafitte is as pleasurable as possible while round-the-clock room service, laundry and pressing services available 6-days a week, secretariat services, valet parking, 24-hour security, limousine and lake ferry services make it a truly upper-end hotel located in the heart of one of the most beautiful countries of the world. I’d certainly like to buy this place and live in it if I ever win the lottery!