FAIRMONT LE MONTREUX PALACE

Today, I wanted to take you with me on a little escape to the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, an absolutely stunning five star hotel on Lake Geneva as a part of a new series on the blog called “Home away from home“. As you may know, I studied Hospitality Management and have worked in lots of hotels in all sorts of positions (oh the stories I’ve got from my time as a housekeeper in a five star hotel in St. Tropez). This means I’m particularly picky when it comes to hotels but all I can say is that I was absolutely blown away (and I don’t say that lightly) by the quality of the food, the service and the facilities at the Montreux Palace and I’ve been dying to tell you about it since!

Let’s go back to Sunday morning

On Sunday morning, Solène and I checked into our rooms where we were welcomed by a personalised sweet surprise.

Montreux Palace Switzerland

Fairmont Montreux welcomeWe took a little time to relax, unpack (I always unpack when I check into a hotel even if it’s just for a night), soak up the views and have a little peek around.

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Around midday we headed down to the Willow Stream Spa on the other side of the hotel. Solène had booked the luxurious spa suite (designed for couples normally) where we were treated to a 2 hour full body treatment side by side (called time for two). The spa suite has tinted windows so we could still look out and admire the views in total privacy. It was utter perfection.

Willow stream spa reviewThe treatment was made up of a bath (which couples normally enjoy together – but instead, Solène had a face treatment while I almost fell asleep in the bath), followed by a full body scrub and an aromatherapy massage. My therapist was called Svetlana and she was out of this world – she used just the right amount of pressure and really got rid of all of the knots in my back.
Montreux spa

After the treatment, Solène and I – in the ultimate state of relaxation – slowly headed over to the Willow Stream café where we were treated to a light lunch.

Willow stream spa cafe

The jasmin-flavoured boiled rice that accompanied the fish was delicious – I’ve got to try this at home!

Willow stream spa

After lunch, we headed back over to the other side of the hotel admiring the wide hallways which were originally made so wide so two women wearing structured hoop skirts could be able to cross ways (I love old hotel secrets), extraordinarily high ceilings, extravagant chandeliers and grand staircases.

Montreux palace interior

Montreux palace stairsWe spent the evening making cocktails at Funky Claude’s bar and munching on room service.

We were behind the bar making a cocktail that the bar staff called the So-So (for Solène and Sofia) Funky cocktail served from a teapot – right up my street!

Funky Claude's MontreuxOn Monday morning 

I woke up early in the crisp bed sheets, had a shower and wrapped myself in an oversized dressing gown stepping onto the balcony to do some more marvelling at the view (how can you not when you’re in Montreux!).

Lifestyle blogger switzerlandAfter a full tour of the hotel and even more lake views from the rooftop…

Montruex Palace Switzerlandfamished Solène and I (I’m not human before breakfast) headed to the breakfast buffet where we ate our hearts out not really thinking about our lunch with Gregory planned in less than 2 hours.

Can you tell I’m grumpily looking at Solène to hurry up and take the photo so we can eat?

Breakfast Montreux PalaceWe had a leisurely morning taking a few missing photos and then headed to the Montreux Jazz Café for MORE food – I’m wasn’t complaining, I swear I have a bottomless pit of a stomach.

We ordered a starter instead of a main because we had heard that dessert was a must!

Montreux Jazz cafe

The famous Ella’s cheesecake didn’t disappoint.

I’m not going to lie, this is the best cheesecake I have ever had. I have since driven to Montreux just for the cheesecake. No joke.

Best cheesecake ever

I had to shoot off on Sunday afternoon after lunch but Solène stayed to enjoy more of the spa facilities so keep your eyes on her blog if you want to know more.

Fairmont Montreux PalaceI honestly couldn’t have imagined a better getaway – it’s only a short drive away from Lausanne but a whole other world lies behind these walls.

Thanks for stopping by for a read! I’d love to know what you think of these kinds of posts :).

See you back here soon. xS

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