Hotel Palafitte takes Japanese minimalism and combines it with over-water bungalows from the South Pacific islands and places it all in the Swiss Alps. And not just anywhere in the Swiss Alps, in one of the best spots available in the converted Three Lakes region. Contemporary hardwood floors and designer furnishing deck the rooms. There is video and music surround sound. You have a private balcony where you can enjoy breakfast watching the sunlight startle the water of the great lake. In ski-season you can enjoy the Alpine piste and any number of mountainside activities available all year round. There are boats and kayaks to play with on the lake and a rich cultural history to explore in the towns and villages.