How To Rest & Relax in Gstaad
This past weekend, my best friend and fellow blogger Zanna Van Dijk, invited me on a trip to Gstaad, Switzerland to stay at Le Grand Belle Vue Hotel.
Both of our lives are often overwhelmingly hectic, and so the idea of having some quality girl time in the Mountains was far too appealing. It’s actually kind of hilarious, that Zanna and I have to go to Switzerland to get some quality time together despite living in the same City, but neither of us like to turn down a chance for adventure! Plus the idea of a weekend of Swiss Chocolate & Cheese was a no brainer.
We arrived to the Gstaad after taking the most stunning journey on The Golden Pass Railway, a must if you want to see the stunning Swiss mountains and lakes. Once we got to the Gstaad station, we were then picked up by the hotel chauffeur in a classic Bentley (which later we discovered was owned by Sir Roger Moore, my boyfriend Jack would have DIED).
We stayed at Le Grand Belle Vue in Gstaad, a 5 star hotel, which might sound fancy but was in fact the most welcoming, and delightful place I have ever stayed in. We were given a tour of the hotel by the owner Daniel Koetser, where he showed us all that was on offer. Okay, so this place had a Michelin Star Restaurant, a Sushi Bar, a Nightclub, a Wine Cellar, a Spa with about 5 Saunas, an Ice Grotto, Gym, Reformer Pilates Studio and a picture perfect Pool. Needless to say we were rather blown away.
Zanna and I shared a room, we were greeted with a Champagne reception and the most perfect little cakes on arrival. This was the beginning of what turned out to be a pretty indulgent weekend! But more on that later.
The hotel is surrounded by rolling hills, and mountains in the distance. Everywhere was green which makes a pleasant change from the concrete jungle of London. The unpolluted air and beautiful surroundings had an almost instant calming effect on both of us. Everywhere you look, the views are perfect for a postcard! Gstaad itself is a traditional town full of these stunning wooden lodges, decorated with lots of pretty flowers. It's also a very affluent area of Switzerland, with the majority of shops being designer so if you plan a visit, be sure to take plenty of spending money.
For the most part, Zanna and I chose to dine in the hotel, as it’s not short of incredible options. The breakfast buffet was a total dream, offering the most delicious bircher muesli + all the toppings you could wish for which we paired with the most perfect eggs from the breakfast menu.
Our first evening, we got out of our activewear for once and dressed up for a 3 course meal at the Michelin Starred restaurant ‘Leonards’. Oh my goodness, this was wonderful. A highlight being Dover Sole, with spring vegetables, ratatouille, buttered potatoes and Spinach.
And not forgetting dessert! If you know Zanna and I, you know that we both have an eternal sweet tooth (that got satisfied on multiple occasions…we haven’t even got to the Chocolate Shop yet).
The Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ice Cream was out of this world. Like a fluffy chocolate cloud!!!
On our second evening, we enjoyed Sushi in our room, which we ordered directly from the in-house Sushi Chef downstairs. We felt like absolute ballers, devouring a mountain of Maki Rolls in our hotel robes and matching slippers whilst we had a girls night in watching our favourite YouTubers. What else would we do haha?!
We did venture into Gstaad and wander around the shops, we found the healthy hot spots, Glow HealthBar where we enjoyed a Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie. Talking of Chocolate, we made it our mission to try the truffles the Swiss were so famous for! Treating ourselves to a bag of goodies, that didn’t make it to the end of the day. Absolutely no regrets about that.
It's called #BALANCE, Ok?! 😉😂
Like I said, this weekend was all about relaxing and recharging our very run down batteries.
One of our main goals for the trip was to head out on a hike, sadly due to some overcast and drizzly weather we were limited to a walk to another town. However, we made the most of it and got to see some pretty spectacular views.
But the true relaxation came at the hotel Spa. We booked in for a 50 minute full body massage which my body was SO thankful for before hopping form Sauna to Sauna, to the pool, to the Ice Box followed by the Jacuzzi.
Did we train on this weekend away?? NO. Did we eat all the treats, enjoy all the delicacies and lounge around? YES.
When you lead a life that often goes at 100mph, it’s so important to take time out, to just do something totally different to the daily grind.
I know a lot of you who may read this will feel uneasy about fully letting go on holiday, but your healthy lifestyle will be still be there when you return home. However, the experience of enjoying Michelin starred food and local delicacies don’t come around so often, and so take those opportunities with both hands and make the most of your holiday.
If you’re looking for a similar experience, a luxurious escape, incredible food and the great outdoors on your doorstep, then I strongly recommend visiting Gstaad and Le Grand Belle Vue.
Personally, I am hoping to plan a trip to go back in Spring when it’s a little cooler so we can take full advantage of the open fires and hot chocolate menu after hiking up a mountain.
This weekend was great for the girls, but it definitely would be ideal for a romantic getaway in the mountains. I mean, Fondue for 2?! His & Her Spa treatments! Champagne on the lawn?! Yes Please!
Thanks again Zanna for inviting me on this trip! It was a total dream. I can’t wait for many more trips together in the future.
Thanks for reading! I will be trying to blog once a week from now on, so stay tuned for more posts!
P.S This is Leonard, the hotel mascot! Actually quite a terrifying experience taking this photo, as you're up pretty high and he's not that big!