Poised on the enchanting Swiss lakes, it is no surprise that Geneva is famed for its array of outdoor swimming locations. From beaches and rivers to outdoor pools and baths, there is a space for all for enjoy the delightful waters. And with the growing understanding of the unique health benefits fostered by wild swimming, including mood-boosting properties and decreased inflammation and stress, the following selection of outdoor swimming opportunities offer the key to a truly holistic retreat at Hotel d'Angleterre

Lake Geneva

Beaches in Geneva

Plage des Eaux-Vives

Plage des Eaux-Vives


Plage des Eaux-Vives offers 400 metres of public beach accompanied by vast green space and a nature area rich in flora and fauna. With nearly 100 different species of birds nesting in the area, Plage des Eaux-Vives is an oasis of complete tranquillity that is not only ideal for swimming and exploring, but for biodiversity also. As well as exceptional views of the Jet d’eau, the long beach's make up of sand and small pebbles ensures comfort and protection on windier days.

Plage du Reposoir

Plage du Reposoir


Enjoy a lakeside dip in the water at Plage du Reposoir. Located just off the International district, this beach is easily accessible for guests staying at Hotel d'Angleterre - calling for a mere 30-minute walk along the sublime shoreline of Lake Geneva. With grassy banks overlooking the waterscape and a playground for children to enjoy, it is the perfect location for relaxing and swimming whilst travelling with younger children.

Bains des Pâquis

Bains des Paquis, Geneva

Bain de Pâquis 

The Bains des Pâquis are a public bathing facility set adjacent to Lake Geneva. With over 500 metres of shoreline, it is no surprise that this haven of open water is a favourite amongst Genevan locals. However, its popularity spans far beyond offering a dip in the rejuvenating Swiss waters alone. With a restaurant showcasing seasonal, organic, and local produce, a spa and wellness space, and a host of concerts, exhibitions, talks, and poetry readings, Bains des Pâquis is an ideal choice for an exciting day out.

Swimming pools in Geneva

steps into swimming pool

With a total of six pools, Geneva boasts excellent access to both indoor and outdoor swimming. Luckily for visitors seeking a leisurely swim, it is the two largest pools that are open to the public and offer outdoor swimming in the summer months: Varembé and les Vernets.

Both Varembé and Vernets are centrally located and easily accessible for guests at d'Angleterre. They host several indoor and outdoor pools, and whilst some are reserved for water sports and events, they offer frequent public access hours and reserve one pool for aquatic activities for children during the weekend. In addition, Varembé also boasts a paddling pool exclusively available for younger swimmers.

Sunset swims

sunset in geneva

Finally, there is no better way to absorb the serenity of a Swiss sunset than on the lakeside. Across, the city of Geneva there are a multitude of places to absorb the mirage of orange and pink, but one of the most notable is the aforementioned Plage des Eaux-Vives. Thanks to the expansive views across the waterscape, from this location you can immerse yourself in an uninterrupted view as the sun balances upon the horizon. Whether you want to swim into the evening hours, or finish the day at a nearby restaurant, it is a view that will not fail to impress.