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Switzerland: 7 Activities For a Weekend in Gstaad

Article published in April 2019 and updated in December 2019.

1. Snowshoeing & Nature In Sparenmoos

When it is snowing a lot and the fog is falling, I much prefer snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing with an experienced instructor who will be able to choose the right place. Significantly less stressful than being at the top of a slope for skiing without any visibility! So I discover with pleasure the beautiful scenery of Sparenmoos. Big crush on the fir trees, a bit like in Méribel! A fairytale landscape.

2. Visiting The Mirage of Doug Aitken

The Unusual Experience

I really liked the short hike to the Mirage by the American artist Doug Aitken. A visionary construction, located between Gstaad and Schönried. Fantastic! All walls (including ceiling and roof with the exception of the floor) are mirrors. Stunning and fun! A must see and experience! The installation will remain until January 2021.

3. A Drink On The Slopes

Enjoying The Panorama

During this weekend, the weather is pretty capricious, two white days (very foggy) and one single sunny day (the one of my departure, lol!). Finally with a friend and our instructor, we take a long break at the top of the slopes, waiting for a better visibility. The weather darkens and we went back down by cable car. But happy!

4. Sleeping at 1,450 Meters Above Sea Level

In Nature

I spent the first night of my trip at the Rinderberg Swiss Alpine Lodge. A  real change of scenery! You need to take the cable car to access this very welcoming and cozy little hotel, located near the Rinderbergbahn intermediate station. From the small balcony of my room, I have a panoramic view of the mountain and the fir trees. The landscape is a bit magical. Photo above: the spa bordered by fir trees.

5. Strolling in Gstaad

Away From The Hustle And Bustle

The Gstaad I discover (off of the season) is a quiet and charming village. People are relaxed and the general rythm is calm. Perfect when you need to recharge, or if you are agoraphobic. On the shopping side: Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Dolce Gabbana … are installed in beautiful wooden “chalets”. There are plethora of restaurants and some cafes and bars are really cool.

6. Discovering Saneen

The Historic Village

The center of Saanen is charming with small streets lined with wooden houses built between the 15th century and the 18th century. The woodwork (facades and doors) is beautiful. And the al fresco paintings of the Saint Maurice church date back to the 15th century. There are also a few lovely shops with local handicrafts. A nice walk after skiing.

7. The Hype Design Hotel

Where To Stay

The HUUS Hotel Gstaad is defenitely my favorite place in Gstaad! I am absolutely delighted with my two nights there. Awesome design, team and atmosphere! I really liked my room, the common areas, lounge with the fireplace, long bar, excellent Italian restaurant, view, champagne evening, breakfast and location!

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés

Informations  

www.MySwitzerland.com, www.gstaad.ch, www.visitvalais.ch, www.swiss.com, www.swisstravelsystem.com

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Many thanks to the tourist offices, My Switzerland and Gstaad for this beautiful invitation. As always, these are my opinions.

Suisse: 7 activités en week-end à Gstaad

Article publié en avril 2019 et réactualisé en décembre 2019.

1. Raquettes & nature à Sparenmoos

Lorsqu’il neige beaucoup et que le brouillard tombe, je préfère de loin faire des raquettes, ou du ski de fond avec un moniteur expérimenté qui saura choisir le bon endroit. Nettement moins stressant comme reprise que de me retrouver en haut d’une piste sans visibilité! Ainsi je découvre avec plaisir le superbe plateau de Sparenmoos. Gros coup de coeur pour les sapins, un peu comme à Méribel! Un paysage de conte de fée.

2. Visiter le Mirage de Doug Aitken

L’expérience inédite

Dans les activités hors ski : j’ai beaucoup aimé la courte randonnée jusqu’au Mirage de l’artiste américain Doug Aitken. Une construction visionnaire, située entre Gstaad et Schönried. Superbe!  A l’exception du sol, tous les murs et parois, plafond et toit, intérieurs extérieurs sont des miroirs. Impressionnant et ludique! A voir et expérimenter absolument! L’installation restera jusqu’en Janvier 2021.

3. Prendre un verre sur les pistes

Enthousiasmant et agréable

Durant ce week-end à Gstaad, la météo est capricieuse : deux jours blancs (bien bien brumeux) et un jour de grand soleil (le jour de mon départ, lol!). Finalement avec un ami et notre sympathique monitrice, nous faisons une longue pause en au haut des pistes, en attendant une improbable éclaircie. Le temps s’obscurcit et nous redescendons en téléphérique. Mais heureux!

4. Dormir à 1450 mètres d’altitude

En pleine nature

Pour la première nuit : dépaysement garanti au Rinderberg Swiss Alpine Lodge. On prend le téléphérique pour accéder à ce petit hôtel très accueillant et cosy, situé près de la station intermédiaire du Rinderbergbahn. Depuis le petit balcon de ma chambre, j’ai vu une panoramique sur la montagne et les sapins. Le paysage est un peu magique. Photo ci-dessus : le spa à bordé de sapins. 

5. Flâner dans le centre de Gstaad

Loin de l’effervescence et des paillettes

Le Gstaad que je découvre hors saison, est un village tranquille et charmant. Les gens sont relaxes et le tempo général est calme. Parfait, lorsqu’on a besoin de se recharger, ou si vous êtes agoraphobe. Côté shopping : Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Dolce Gabbana… sont installés dans de beaux “châlets” en bois. Il y a pléthore de restaurants et certains cafés et bars sont très cool.

6. Se promener dans Saanen

Le village historique

Le centre de Saanen est très agréable, avec ses petites rues bordées de maisons en bois, dont la plupart ont été construites entre le XV siècle et XVIIIe siècle. Les boiseries (façades et portes) sont superbes. Et les peintures al fresco de l’église Saint Maurice remontent au XVe siècle. Il y a aussi de jolies boutiques, dont certaines proposent des produits d’artisanat local. 

7. L’hôtel design et hypster

Où il faut séjourner!

De tous les restaurants et hôtels que j’ai vus durant mon court séjour, c’est l’endroit que j’ai préféré! Je suis absolument enchantée de mes deux nuits au HUUS Hotel Gstaad. Le design, l’équipe et l’ambiance sont top. Ma chambre, les parties communes, le lounge avec la cheminée, le long bar, le restaurant (excellent!), la vue, la soirée au champagne, le petit déjeuner et la localisation : tout m’a plu!

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés

Informations  

www.MySwitzerland.com, www.gstaad.ch, www.visitvalais.ch, www.swiss.com, www.swisstravelsystem.com

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Un grand merci aux offices du tourisme, My Switzerland et Gstaad pour cette superbe invitation. Comme toujours, ce sont mes opinions.

Egypt : 7 Activities I Did in El Gouna

1. Diving in The Red Sea

Like all scuba diving lovers, I could not ignore a dive in the Red Sea!

During my short stay in El Gouna, I had a nice dive with the Colona Diving Club. I did not dive deep, within 20 meters, but with a good visibility. Perfect as a refresher, after more than a year without diving! The whole team is very professional.

Leaving early in the morning by boat, we returned in the middle of the afternoon. After my first (and unfortunately unique) dive, I had a seasickness because there were a lot of big waves. But the landscape and the color of the water were stunning.

2. Discovering By Bike El Gouna

What is better than a bike ride?

Created 25 years ago north of Hurgada, this small seaside town, facing the Red Sea, is covered with countless lagoons. We ride a bicycle in a gradient of blue and turquoise. Pure happiness for the eyes!

There is a lot of wind and small bridges. We often ride on wooden bridges, while discovering points of view that are difficult to access otherwise. It’s a real pleasure! To experience early in the morning or at the end of the day, to avoid a strong sun.

3. Riding A Quad In The Desert

El Gouna is at the gateway to the desert

So we tested two types of activity to visit “the desert”: the jeep safari and the quad with Alex Safari. Both have strengths. But, I preferred the quad, because the tour is more active and spectacular.

It feels like entering the decor where the dust is master. We drove fast enough, with a first stop in the camp of a Bedouin family.

All along the trail, there are some small stops to “explore” geological curiosities, such as caves (photos above). The highlight of the excursion: the sunset facing the Dry Canyon, a landscape from a western!

5. Relaxing In A Beach Club

Yes, Lazing In The Sun!

We did not look far. Ideally located opposite our hotel, the Three Corners Ocean View, we had lunch and spent the afternoon at the Moods Restaurant & Beach Club.

The view is lovely and the atmosphere young and cool. I felt asleep while scanning the horizon and the sea, listenning some lounge music! Like everywhere in El Gouna, there is a lot of wind (which can be cold).

6. Jeep Safari In The Desert

Back To The Desert!

This time in a jeep! Nice tour (with a stop in the same camp of a Bedouin family) as when we were on quad. Same view for the sunset on the Dry Canyon.

Only the rhythm changes (longer stops along the trail). So I might recommend the jeep if you don’t like the quad, or go with your parents (and they don’t like or drive a quad, lol!). 

7. Dining In The Marina

El Gouna By Night

The two hotels where we stayed are very comfortable. So we had most of our dinners there. That’s why I would not be able to do a review of the restaurants in the marina of El Gouna.

We only dined in a restaurant in the marina : a delicious and delightful experience. And as we strolled along the pontoons cluttered of yachts, I saw several restaurants with beautiful terraces. The atmosphere is very nice and laid back.

I also spotted some shops, like Malaika which offers linens (with Egyptian cotton? Photos below).

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés

Informations  

Sunweb.com, diving : www.colona.com, quad & jeep safari :  wwwalexsafarielgouna.com, Moods Restaurant & Beach Club

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Many Thanks to Sunweb for this beautiful invitation. And many thanks to Colona, Alex Safari and Moods. As always these are my opinions.