Domaine de Divonne Casino, Hotel & Golf
France, Rhone Alpes, Lake Geneva, Divonne Les Bains

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The Resort
The Resort

The Resort

A few miles from Geneva, the Domaine de Divonne enjoys a unique setting at the foot of the Jura range, overlooking Lake Geneva and the snow capped Mont-Blanc beyond. This luxury resort is set within its own lush private estate in Divonne-les-Bains, a reputed spa resort, and comprises the Grand Hotel, one of the leading Casino in France and a vintage championship golf course.

Built in 1930, the Grand Hotel comprises lavishly furnished rooms and suites, with private balconies looking across the estate to the lake and the Alps. These are complemented by five restaurants, ranging from gastronomic to informal, beauty clinic, spa treatment at a facility in operation since 1848 and reputed for its thermal springs, and its no less famous casino, dating back to 1912.

The Domaine de Divonne boasts its own vintage golf course, considered as one of the most beautiful and traditional layouts in France. Built in 1931 by Nakowski, the course has undergone numerous transformations over its existence, in particular the works of Donald Harradine in 1963 who contributed to enhance the original design. 

Laid out over the estate's gently rolling parkland grounds, the fairways stretch between majestic age old trees and natural pounds, with glimpse of Lake Geneva and the Alps. Divonne is also ideally located on the border with Switzerland and there is an amazing cross border golf offer around Lake Geneva, four of them ranked amongst Europe Top 100.

The Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel

Built in 1930, the Grand Hotel comprises 134 lavishly furnished rooms and suites, with private balconies looking across the estate to the lake and the Alps. The luxurious marbled bathrooms come with gold fitting and every modern conveniences.

The five restaurants at the Domaine range from the Grand Hotel's Les Présidents  gastronomic venue, to the more casual Le Leman, the clubhouse's Le Pavillon du Golf or the casino's Les Quatre Saisons. Divonne is one of the leading casinos in France, with a record of the largest jackpot in Europe.

Built in 1904, Le Theatre “André Dussollier” has been the venue of a reputed chamber music festival for over fifty years. It is also used as a movie theatre and main conference room. Meeting facilities at the Domaine include 16 multi function rooms accommodating 550 delegates.  

Accommodation

Grand Hotel Art Deco • 134 rooms & suites • All with air conditioning, minibar, safe, satellite/Pay TV and ADSL lines with internet access • 24 hours room service • Laundry/ Valet service • Private garage & car park • Money exchange • 16 Meeting rooms for up to 550 delegates • Theatre • Espace Charles Aznavour ballroom

Dining

Le Leman (French cuisine, Set menu) • Les Présidents (Traditional cuisine) • Le Bar des Présidents (Lunch and dinner) • Le Kiosque (Poolside) • Les Quatre Saisons (Casino) • Le Magic (Casino) • Le Pavillon du Golf (clubhouse)

Leisure

Tennis courts, outdoor heated swimming pool, exercise room, billiard room

Casino

Gambling tables , 355 Slot machines,  Restaurant, piano bar and La Baraka night club

Theatre André Dussollier 

For meetings and events  (113 seats)

Health

Relaxing treatments are offered at the Atelier de Beauté Anne Sémonin at the Grand Hotel. Off site, spa treatments are provided at Divonne's Spa Centre Paul Vidart, in operation since 1848 and reputed for its thermal springs.

Golf du Domaine de Divonne
Golf du Domaine de Divonne

Golf du Domaine de Divonne

• Championship Course

M. Nakowski + Donald Harradine  (1931) 18 holes - 6,594yds - Par 72

The Domaine de Divonne boasts its own vintage golf course, considered as one of the most beautiful and traditional layouts in France. Built in 1931 by Nakowski, the course has undergone numerous transformations over its existence, in particular the works of Donald Harradine in 1963 who contributed to enhance the original design. 

Laid out over the estate's gently rolling parkland grounds, the fairways stretch between majestic age old trees and natural pounds, with glimpse of Lake Geneva and the Alps. From Floyd, Palmer and Ballesteros to Els recently, they all took the challenge of every holes and all left Divonne with the promise to come back.

 


Lake Geneva Golf Region

Lake Geneva Golf Region

Divonne is also ideally located on the border with Switzerland and there is an amazing cross border golf offer in the region, with three courses ranked in Europe Top 100. Following is a selcection of the top venues in the region. All clubs are within a 15 - 60 min, driving range from Divonne

 

France: 

• Golf de Maison Blanche 

D.Harradine & O.Dongradi (1992)

Like neighbouring Divonne and Bonmont, this is a layout that offers wonderful views of the forested Jura range, while your golf game is given an enjoyable but thorough examination. Occupying partly open and partly wooded terrain in a quiet and wonderfully natural location, many holes include some degree of elevation change. The generally good-width fairways will give long hitters confidence from the tee, but trees and long, uncompromising grass awaits anything hit too far offline. 

• Bossey Golf & Country Club 

Robert Trent Jones Jr. (1985)

Varied and technical course at the foot of Mount Saleve and with impressive view over Geneva and its lake. Guest only on weekdays before midday and with previous booking.

• Evian Masters Golf

C.B.Robinson (1904)

Founded in 1904, the Royal Club Evian is the talented marriage of an exceptional setting and a great technical design. Totally renovated and restyled by Cabell B. Robinson in 1991, in association with Robert Trent Jones Junior, the course was laid out on steep mountain slopes and through mature parkland, while enjoying unforgettable views over Lake Geneva. The diversity of the layout and the beauty of the scenery will provide an exiting round of golf to golfers of all abilities. For more details see Evian Masters individual entry

 

Switzerland: 

• Geneva Golf Club

Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1972)

One of Switzerland and Europe top courses, Geneva enjoys a magnificent setting overlooking the lake in the exclusive residential district of Cologny, at the outskirts of the city. This championship course was the venue of the ladies World Amateur Championship Espirito Santo Cup in 1982. It is also a regular stop of the European Challenge Tour. Robert Trent Jones Senior has designed a very imaginative layout with a great diversity. The course is slightly hilly but never tiring and this is particularly welcomed as there are no buggies and golfers will have to walk, although caddy are available. Geneva is a private club and visitors are welcome, but they are not allowed to play on weekends or bank holidays.

• Domaine Imperial 

Pete Dye (1987)

In a splendid estate on the banks of Lake Geneva, this championship layout enjoys an outstanding location with fine views over Lake Geneva, the Jura mountains and the Alps. The Domaine Imperial has a long history and the estate used to be the property of Prince Napoleon. The design of the golf course was handed to reputed American architect Pete Dye and the layout was soon recognised as one of the best in Europe. Since its inauguration, Domaine Imperial has been the venue of several important professional and amateur tournaments, including the European Masters and the European Amateur Championship.

• Bonmont Golf & Country Club

Donald Harradine (1982)

Between mountains and Lake Geneva, Bonmont Golf & Country Club enjoys a secluded location yet it is within easy reach of cosmopolitan Geneva. This prime golf resort extends on an ancient estate with a 12th century abbey nestling amidst the last wooded slopes of the Jura mountain range. Laid out over rolling grounds on the fringe of a deep fir forest, Donald Harradine design enjoys breathtaking views over the lake and the Alps beyond. The fairways are lined with several species of century old trees which are at their best in autumn. The course is twisted in places and has several water hazards and out of bounds to keep golfers focused on their game in spite of the splendid scenery. 

• Lausanne Golf Club

Narbel & Pern (1921)

Lausanne Golf Club enjoys a beautiful wooded setting with magnificent views over the Jura mountains, Lake Geneva and the Alps the lake. On Lausanne' heights, the layout dominates the city and the Lake, some 1,500 feet below. Built in 1921 by Nardel, the course was thoroughly reshaped in 1996 by Jeremy Pern, who provided the course with new elevated greens while preserving the original spirit of the layout. Lausanne is considered as one of the finest golf club in Switzerland and in Europe.

Geneva Lake

Geneva Lake

Divonne lies in the Pays de Gex, a natural region extending between the steep Jura range and Lake Geneva. It has historically enjoyed a special custom status of "zone franche" due to its border situation with Switzerland and as Geneva's natural market. Voltaire castle and museum in Ferney-Voltaire and the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN), the biggest of its kind in the world, are both well worth a visit.

Jutting into  French territory at the southernmost end of the lake, Geneva is one Europe's most cosmopolitan cities. It developed its unique character as a city-state in the 16th century, when it was the centre of Calvinist Reformation. As a result, it was cut off politically from its natural geographical surroundings in Roman Catholic France and Savoy. After a brief period as the capital of the Leman district during the French Revolution, its definitive frontier were established in 1815, when it joined the Swiss federation. Contemporary Geneva is a service metropolis and head quarters of many watch makers, multinational companies and international organisations such as the Red Cross, the United Nations or the World Health Organisation.

Geneva Lake, the Lacus Lemanus of the Romans or Lac Leman as it is known today, is formed by the Rhone river. Extending over 72 kilometres (45 mi.) it is the largest lake in continental Europe and forms the natural borders between France and Switzerland. Its shores are bordered by the Alps and the Jura ranges and famous lakeside resorts such Montreux and Evian-les-Bains.

Address & Contact

Domaine de Divonne Casino, Hotel & Golf

Avenue des Thermes

01220 Divonne-les-Bains

France

Tel: +33 (4) 50 40 34 34

Location

At the foot of the Jura Mountain, overlooking Lake Geneva

20 km. from Geneva (Switzerland)

Airport

Geneva International Airport (GVA) 12 km.

Lyon Satolas (France, 170 km.)

Season

All year (Hotel)

March 15 to December 15 (Golf)

Climate

Alpine, with cold winters and warm summers