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Switzerland: Graubünden Ski Weekend (Day 1)

Allegra (Hello)!

Perfect Timing

Flight to Zurich with SWISS airline, then a train and bus to Lenzerheide with a Swiss precision and I really enjoy it! From Brussels center to the hotel in Lenzerheide, it takes more than half a daytime in transportation.

Stunning landscapes and pure air: a real change of scenery, the Swiss Alps (first picture of the post). Welcome to the Graubûnden! In the early afternoon, we arrive at the cozy Hotel Schweizerhof Lenzerheide, ideally located opposite the bus station in the center of the village. 

The sun plays hide and seek. What a pleasure to discover my vast bedroom! As always, I didn’t sleep the day before my trip. The bed looks so comfortable … Neat simple interior design, I feel like in a nice cocoon with a panoramique mountain view from my balcony (below pictures).

  

The Scalottas Terroir

  

Gourmet Dinner

For this first evening: a 5-course tasting menu dinner at the Scalottas Terroir, elaborated with local high quality products. The restaurant is a 5 minute walk and belongs to the owners of the hotel. Forget the high heels, wear after-ski boots to go to the restaurant. LOL! My little team was really entertained when I arrived at the hotel reception desk in high heels!

Left picture above: our table nicely set up in the “Mountain Pine Parlour”. The atmosphere is cozy (thanks to Simone, our super waitress!) and the concept is based in slow food. The restaurant selects its ingredients at local producers concerned about sustainable development.

Since I don’t eat meat except chicken, I had a slightly different menu. Let’s say a (chicken) version of the menu dishes (below pictures):

a Grisons tartar duet (with une brioche de pomme de terre), Mountain pine soup (composed with apple raviolis), Swiss egg (poched egg with patatoe, cabbage, waffle and Andeerer Grantit cheese foam) and Highland ox duet. The dessert (a mix of sorbet and fruit pie) is also delicious. To be continue …

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Many thanks to the Graubünden Ferien, Lenzerhaide, Arosa, Switzerland Tourism, SWISS and Swiss Travel System (STS) for this beautiful invitation. As always, these are my opinions.

Suisse: week-end ski aux Grisons (J1)

Allegra (bonjour)!

Timing parfait

Vol pour Zurich avec la compagnie SWISS, suivi d’un train et d’un bus pour Lenzerheide, d’une ponctualité toute suisse et ça fait un bien fou! De Bruxelles centre à l’hôtel, il faut compter plus d’une demie-journée de transport.

Les paysages sont superbes, l’air vivifiant : les Alpes autrement (première photo du post). Bienvenue aux Grisons : un vrai dépaysement! Nous arrivons en début d’après-midi au très douillet Hotel Schweizerhof Lenzerheide, idéalement situé face à la station de bus, au centre du village.

Le soleil joue à cache-cache. Quel plaisir en découvrant ma vaste chambre! Comme toujours je n’ai pas dormi la veille de mon voyage et le lit a l’air tellement confortable… Décoration à la fois simple et soignée : un agréable cocon avec une vue XXL sur les sommets depuis mon balcon (photos ci-dessous)! 

  

Le Scalottas Terroir

  

Dîner gourmet

Au programme de cette première soirée : un dîner dégustation de 5 plats au Scalottas Terroir, à base de produits locaux de qualité. Le restaurant qui est à 5 minutes à pied, appartient aux propriétaires de l’hôtel. On oublie les hauts talons, ce sera des après ski pour aller au restaurant, LOL! Ma petite équipe était très amusée quand je suis descendue de ma chambre une première fois, en hauts talons!

Photo de gauche ci-dessus : notre table joliment dressée dans la salle du “Mountain Pine Parlour”. L’ambiance accueillante et cosy (merci à Simone, notre super serveuse!) et concept slow food. Le restaurant s’approvisionne chez des producteurs de la région, ayant le soucis d’une production en accord avec la nature et de développement durable.

Comme je ne mange pas de viande à l’exception du poulet, j’ai eu un menu légèrement différent. Nous dirons une adaptation (au poulet) des plats de la carte (photos ci-dessous) :

un tartar des Grisons (avec une brioche de pomme de terre), une soupe de pin des montagnes (composée de raviolis de pomme), un oeuf suisse (un oeuf poché avec de la pomme de terre, du chou, une gaufre et la mousse du fromage Andeerer Grantit) et du “boeuf” des hautes terres. Le dessert est tout aussi goûteux (sorbet et tarte). A suivre…

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Un grand merci au Graubünden Ferien, Ferienregion Lenzerhaide, Arosa Tourism, Switzerland Tourism, SWISS et Swiss Travel System (STS) pour cette superbe invitation. Comme toujours, ce sont mes opinions.

France, Arcs 2000: Hotel Taj-I Mah

A Room With A View

The Pleasure of Mountain

Long live the skiing season! Few years ago, I’d never imagined I could like the mountain and ski as much! I am back in the French Alps, for the inauguration of the Taj-I Mah, the first 5-star hotel of Les Arcs 2000 at the foot of the slopes.     

Blue sky, snowy peaks bathed in bright light. It’s pretty difficult to leave my terrace. The air is invigorating with hypnotic view. The comfortable room is well soundproofed, a cocoon with impeccable bedding. The interior design reminds me the rooms of the Koh-I Nor in more intimate version (the same owners).  

The bathroom with its deep large bath, opens onto the bedroom and mountain view (a large sliding glass door allows to separate the two spaces, picture left above). I like the separate toilet in the entrance of the room.

  

Lunch at L’Atelier d’Eric

Between Activities,

I sit down at one of the hotel’s outside terraces (great!). Picture above: the long terrace of the lounge, where I am rocked by the warm rays of the sun. It quickly becomes really complicated to leave (LOL)! Except for discovering the menu of L’Atelier d’Eric, one of the two restaurants of the Taj-I Mah, under the leadership of the Chef Eric Samson.

I had lunch there a few times (pictures below): tasty simple inventive cuisine nicely presented. Excellent tuna prepared with scallops. I love  the Valrhona chocolate with pear dessert (picture below), a treat!

A Massage at The Spa

The Swimming Pool and Jacuzzi

have a panoramic view to the slopes and the peaks! The last two days, I made a long stop at the Cinq Mondes and Carita spa: 400 m2 including a sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, salt wall, showers, relaxation area and treatment rooms. The icing on the cake is the Cinq Mondes facial massage (inspired by Shiatsu) that relaxed my tensions in the neck and shoulders.

Dinner at The Diamant Noir

Voluptuous Dessert

The second evening, I have a dinner with a journalist friend at the Diamant Noir, the gourmet restaurant of the twice starred Chef Eric Samson. We start with an apetizer of raw tuna with egg yolk and cream. 

I don’t take any first meal. While reading the menu, I recognize one of the Koh-I Nor’s first meal I really recommend you: Grilled foie gras acidulated with the passion fruits and Savoy wine, Mango and Litchi. A surprising extremely fine dish! So delicious!

I choose the Supreme of Farm Poultry filled with foie gras, Périgueux sauce and potatoes. Really good and not greasy. When the dessert The Chocolate Caraïbe at 66% in Different Textures arrives, I capsize! It looks like a haute couture piece and tastes fantastic! Gorgeous!

  

The Ski

Finally!

Energic wake-up to the aurora and meditation on the empty icy main terrace of the hotel. I am happy, I will ski from 9 am to 11. I haven’t had the opportunity to discover the Paradiski ski area (which includes Les Arcs) yet. The previous days, I visited as a pedestrian a bit of the Arcs 2000 (altitude 2100 meters) and 1800

I couldn’t leave without making at least a morning of skiing! After being equipped at the ski shop of the hotel (picture below), I follow the ski instructor on slopes. First, we head to Les Arcs 1950 and cross the village in ski. Then we take the chairlift to the Col de la Chal (altitude 2600 meters). From where we ski to the Arc 2000 surrounded in a beautiful panorama. To be continued…

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Many thanks to the team of the Taj-I Mah and the Tourist Office of Les Arcs for this beautiful invitation! As always are my opinions.