Dear Virgina and Ian,
Top of the Air,
We arrived at Jiva Hill early afternoon deciding to rest up after our exhausting journey from Genthod to Jiva Hill that took us all of less than 20 minutes! It was a beautiful warm and sunny May day. It was also just a few days before our 32nd Wedding Anniversary. Anyway, as usual, we couldn't decide where to park so we messed around trying several spots before deciding to go to the one beyond the restaurant to the wonderful Reception Halls where you had your 21st birthday party just a few tiny years ago!
We inspected our room, kettle, coffee maker, welcome cakes and fabulous bathroom with a view, great, I thought, its perfect, time for tea and cakes and time to unpack my one party dress for that - what did it say in the voucher - gastronomic 6 course tasting dinner for two. And then me, being me, jumped straight into bed to test it for a longer rerun later that night. Tejinder unpacked too - his laptop, and terribly important looking papers bundled into batches, which quite frankly he glanced at for about 10 minutes or so, and then, just like me - he nodded off.
Luckily he had set the alarm and we sprang out of bed at 4pm. We dashed down to the Wellness center Sangoma Spa just in time for our rendezvous! We were having such a good time together that I really felt quite concerned when we got separated but I figured, hey, it was just for an hour or so and we'd meet up soon enough. After the treatment, which was fabulous, we rested on the sundeck where we were served hot, refreshing mint tea a la go go in a a la chinoise teapot, overlooking the emerald green meadows of the foothills of the Jura and the radiant blue skies up, up and beyond. Discussing later how the treatment went, we both started with one black soap gommage followed by another Argan Oil massage – we both agreed it was relaxing and enjoyable, perfect for a weekend retreat! Then Tejinder headed straight to the hamman and sauna and I to the heated interior pool to get my laps in, meeting up, a while later, at the Jacuzzi.
The sky that evening was gentle and easy on the senses. Wind surfers were parachuting down into the field beyond and we watched the golfers strike their pose and then scramble around looking for their golf balls rolling trolleys. Actually, I thought, maybe I should take up golf. We felt so privileged sitting there on our balcony like Kings and Queens watching the world go by - and then we realised it was time for one of the most important moments of any holiday, Gin and Tonics apero!
At great speed, I slipped on my nude very high heels and threw on my party dress, the one I wore for the knighthood party, it has blue and purple Hawaiian flowers on it - and left the room. We walked quickly onto the veranda of the restaurant to catch the sun setting and the distant views of the snow-capped Alps encompassing the great lady of Europe, the Mt. Blanc. The panorama was perfect that night. We sipped our drinks and tasted a tasting plate of fois gras all of it sitting out on the terrace of the Shamwari Restaurant. This was followed by an incredible dinner of 6 courses, but I counted at least 8 courses inside the Shamwari. Tejinder and I took photos of each carefully designed dish, which was presented, to us like it was a work of art from the Grand Masters of Paris. The food was delicious and so much fun as presentation is always key to any great dinner. Jiva Hill, unique in the world, this was indeed a great way to spend our 32nd Wedding Anniversary.
The next day we enjoyed breakfast out on the Shamwari terrace overlooking the Eurolac watching the water skiers enjoy and then we decided to walk around the Jiva Hill property along the helipad. There was this incredible feeling of tranquility that day, of calm silence, as if we were sitting on top of the air. As we looked down into the city of Geneva, knowing it is so close we really felt that this was a retreat away from the reality of daily life, somewhere you can just get lost without ever being found!
With love and thanks for a beautiful weekend
JIVA HILL RESORT, Route d'Harée, 01170 CROZET - FRANCE,