As you may know, I just got the keys to my new place (I’m so stupidly excited!!!) so I’ve been busy moving out of my temporary apartment where I’ve been for the past 5 months. It’s safe to say that the last two weeks have been pretty hectic.
I had a weekend planned with a special visitor who was coming over from London for a couple of days, and to save the stress of rushing to get everything done and the essentials unpacked in time, we stayed in this gorgeous Junior Suite at the Beau-Rivage Palace.
We stayed in the light blue Junior Suite which is by far my favourite room in the entire hotel. This suite is on the Palace side of the hotel, the side in which all of the rooms have already been renovated.
We were welcomed with a bottle of champagne, a salty apple, walnut and vieux Gruyère cake which is one of their specialities (called the Pomiel) and some strawberries and cream in the room which we tucked into to tide us over before heading down for dinner.
The Beau-Rivage Palace was built in 1861 and I love that in its 156 years of existence, it hasn’t been closed for even one day!
Every single original archive that the hotel owns has been framed and put up on the walls of the hotel which adds so much charm to the place. I love that they make all of this available to the public.
You can find things like the statistics of arrivals by nationality from the 1920s and a report from the board of directors to the shareholders in 1920 explaining their financial situation after World War I. It’s things like this that really give you a true idea of the history of the hotel.
I also peeked into my favourite room in the hotel which is the Sandoz ballroom… the most stunning of their event rooms! The cleaners let me in for a look around as they were polishing the floors.
After having a good wander around, we headed down to the bar for a cocktail with my Mum. Mum and I both had gin-based cocktails – the Jasmin Collins on the right was delicious!
It was soon time for dinner… and a lot more indulgence at Miyako, the hotel’s Japanese restaurant.
We started dinner with a glass of Japanese plum wine which is a rich, sweet white wine with plum flavouring, followed by a bottle of Humagne Blanc to go with the starters.
The following morning, we woke up well-rested and just as room service knocked on our door bringing breakfast in.
Not many things make me as happy as a basket of fresh viennoiseries, tea, a stack of pancakes and not getting dressed for breakfast.
I’ve been to the Cinq Mondes Spa a number of times and unfortunately, it wasn’t quite as warm as it has been when I’ve been previously so we didn’t get to enjoy the outdoor space but just stayed inside making the most of the jacuzzi and the swimming pool. OK… just the jacuzzi.
Just before we left, I was also treated to the ultimate luxury… a fresh haircut and blow dry by Giovanni, the in-house hairdressers at Cinq Mondes. Giovanni works from Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – finally there’s a hairdresser in town available on Sundays!
Giovanni is fantastic! He somehow gave me exactly what I wanted without me even asking.
I got about 8cm trimmed off and a little gentle layering in the front. It’s the first time I think I’ve ever been to a hairdressers and not wanted to wash and style my hair myself immediately after! Thank you, Giovanni.
All in all, it was the ultimate getaway, a perfect escape from the stress of moving, a lovely place for my Mum and her partner to meet Clive and above all, the ultimate home away from home in Lausanne!
A HUGE thank you to the Beau-Rivage Palace for having us. We had the loveliest of times and will be back again very soon!
Big bisous xS