France’s Lake Annecy is considered the cleanest lake in Europe, the beneficiary of stringent environmental regulations dating back decades. Guests of the Black Bass Hotel in Sevrier benefit as well, with panoramic views of the peri-alpine waters immortalized by Paul Cézanne. A modernist, ’80s-era reimagining of a chalet-style lodge, Black Bass’s elegance shines with understated, clean-lined rooms with balcony views and blonde wood accents. A father-and-son duo of executive chefs, Bernard and Brice Collon, offer exquisite fine dining in Black Bass’s dining room, while a secondary bistro offers classic French cuisine in a more casual atmosphere, befitting the end of a long day hiking, snorkeling or exploring the winding bike paths around Annecy.
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