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The five star Hotel Palafitte, built over Lake Neuchatel, perfects the overwater bungalow with Swiss sophistication. This architectural masterpiece is the first overwater villa resort in Europe making it ideal for a weekend break.

Nestled between the pine-covered alpine foothills, to the west of Zurich, the north of Geneva and close to the French border, are 40 eye-catching wooden pavilions standing on piles in the lake. Each room has its own terrace and these overwater rooms offer direct access to the lake. Simply extend your ladder from your veranda into the lake and climb down into the fresh waters below.

La Table de Palafitte restaurant has 13 Gault Millau points is another highlight of this modern hotel.

The advantage of the Hotel Pafitte overwater bungalows is that this is an easy place to pop in for just 2 or 3 nights as it is a 1h30 on the train from the airports in Basel or Geneva to Neuchâtel. With rates starting at around CHF 328.00 (US$327/£263) this is the perfect way to enjoy some overwater opulence without breaking the bank.

Hotel Palafitte features in my best overwater villas and hotels in Europe

Hotel Palafitte

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