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.
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.
The 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.
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.
The jasmin-flavoured boiled rice that accompanied the fish was delicious – I’ve got to try this at home!
After lunch, we headed back over to the other side of the hotel admiring the wide hallways which were originally made so wide so two women wearing structured hoop skirts could be able to cross ways (I love old hotel secrets), extraordinarily high ceilings, extravagant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.
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!
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!).
Can you tell I’m grumpily looking at Solène to hurry up and take the photo so we can eat?
We ordered a starter instead of a main because we had heard that dessert was a must!
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.
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.
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