The Lausanne Palace has always had a special place in my heart. It has been the place of many celebrations over the last 10 years: from my graduation dinner to celebratory drinks when it was confirmed that we were going to be opening Le Pointu with the guys almost two years ago. I love to think about just how many peoples’ special memories this place must be home to.

For years, the moment they put up their Christmas lights and stuck that oversized bow on the front of the building, the whole of Lausanne knew it was Christmas time. You may be pleased to hear that they have done away with the bow and the reindeer this year (I know, I know it is probably for the best, although I really hate to admit it), but that’s not to say it’s any less Christmassy.

The Lausanne Palace

However hard our lovely little town tries to get us in the Christmas spirit, year after year, the run up to Christmas is mental. Until we shut down our computers and take time off for Christmas, I feel like we just keep focusing on ticking things off the list and wrapping projects up.

This year I have taken on a lot of work for the months of November and December and it has meant many a sleepless night writing lists and lists of lists of all the things I have to get done by the end of the year.

Lausanne Palace

Last week, Clive and I spent an evening after a very tough week at the CBE Spa as a little treat and it was lovely. It sort of reminded me that things will just get done and that I will get through my lists, but that taking time out is so important.

I was treated to a deep tissue massage at the spa which was absolutely out of this world, and just what I needed before a weekend of cooking for hundreds of people at Le Pointu. We then just hung out in the jacuzzi and spa for a couple of hours.

Lausanne spa

Lausanne palace spaCBE spaAfter the spa, we wrapped up warm and headed outside the Palace for a hot drink and an indulgent truffle fondue at La forêt du Palace.

Sofia Clara style

The Palace have decorated the whole of the outside space with fairy lights and the team have a small selection of hot food and drinks that some straight out from their little chalet.

Truffle fondueThe fondue was divine and just what we needed before heading to the Bô Noël Christmas market for drinks with friends.

FondueI really want to make sure that over the next two weeks (not even!!) before Christmas, I’m being productive but also taking time out to enjoy the festivities of my very favourite time of the year.

If you’re looking to treat yourself, here are a few things I have enjoyed or am looking forward to this season:

At The Lausanne Palace Take some time out of a busy weekend for Afternoon Tea with a glass of champagne in hand or wrap up warm and share a truffle fondue at La forêt du Palace with friends

At The Beau-Rivage Palace: take your little ones (or simply go yourself if like me, you’re a five year old at heart) to toast marshmallows on the open fire and make sure to stop by the Places We Love Christmas Market on 10th December where you’ll get to know all sort of high end artisanal brands from Western Switzerland and perhaps find a last minute Christmas gift or two!

I hope you aren’t too stressed out and are taking time to relax from time to time! xS