By March I’m craving sunshine and absolutely plan on spending February next year somewhere hot and sunny and beachy! However, I was able to get my sunshine hit quite unexpectedly during a little getaway to Evian Spa in Lake Geneva last weekend. My lovely friend Venetia Falconer and I had been counting down to this trip for so long and after a very quick flight from Gatwick to Geneva we were on route around the stunning lake to Evian les Bains where the source of Evian is as well as their three hotels set amongst the mountains.
We checked into Hotel Royal and instantly felt very spoilt with rooms overlooking the lake with the biggest comfiest beds. The hotel is grand but not overwhelming which I liked. The lobby and lounge area is breath taking and looking back at the hotel from the lake is also spectacular.
I only met Venetia last June but she’s a friend I feel like I’ve known for year and certainly will be a true friend for life. We met on a retreat I hosted and I instantly felt relaxed in her company. This trip was such a wonderful way to spend quality girly time together and it really highlighted that we are absolute soul sisters with our shared love for simple vegetables and cosy nights chatting away with hot chocolates and vegan chocolate snacks.
We are both foodies and were very impressed with the delicious and varied dishes during our stay at Hotel Royal. My personal fave being the mushroom risotto served in the more relaxed restaurant out of the two at Hotel Royal, La Véranda.
The highlight of the trip for me however was for once not food related but our incredible adventure up into the snowy mountains with Thierry who is part of the Sports & Culture department at Hotel Royal. And what a brilliant guide he was. We didn’t really know what to expect and were slightly excited/nervous especially after seeing our snow boot, walking sticks and tennis racket like clip in things for our feet. We drove fifteen minutes to Bernex, Rhone-Alpes and stepped out into beautiful sunshine.
Thierry took us on a two hour walk up the mountain. I was absolutely in my element. There really is nothing better than outdoor activity, fresh air and the sun beaming. It was so peaceful and serene and Venetia and I are already planning our next mountain hike! And to top of that magical afternoon we returned back to Hotel Royal for a thai massage which was bliss. I realised I really love my ankles and feet being massaged which was much needed after trudging through the snow. It was quite a workout.
The hotel became our little home away from home and the perfect place to escape the London bubble. You can find more information on room prices and their Seasonal Yoga Programme; dedicated to rejuvenating mind, body and soul here.
Love, Lottie x
*This post is not sponsored however the trip was kindly complimentary. All opinions and words are my own.