Four Seasons Des Bergues – Geneva

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Hotelchain: Four Seasons
Location: Geneva – Switzerland
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websitefourseasons.com/geneva

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Located in the center of beautiful Geneva, Four Seasons hotel des Bergues is an ultra luxurious five star hotel decorated by the renowned architect Pierre-Yves Rochon. The hotel was built back in 1834 and is still one of the best hotels Geneva has to offer! Four Seasons is famous for their amazing flowers and interior designs. As soon as you enter the hotel, you will enter a place with eye for attention and details.

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With ‘only’ 115 rooms, this is not a very large hotel and that’s why they are able to provide a personal service to their guests. Right upon arrival, guests are pampered… nothing is asked for too much, really.

Each room is elegant and decorated with high quality materials. In a hotel like this, they really should keep the tradition of the old days. I liked the ‘old fashioned’ themed rooms. With plush king sized beds and the most comfortable sitting areas, you can in room all day long!

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Marble bathrooms are nice and feature oversized bathtubs and walk-in showers. Bulgari toiletries are offered and most of you know that those are my number one toiletries! 🙂

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One of the highlights at Four Seasons hotel Des Bergues is the rooftop spa with heated pool, sauna, steam rooms, etc. In most hotels spa areas are located on one of the lower floors, but here you are able to see the city while relaxing! I was surprised that the area has a totally different styling comparing to the rest of the hotel. It has a contemporary modern feeling which I loved very much! The adjoining fitness center has the most comfortable equipment one could wish for. Several body treatments are available. Trust me, this is the best place to relax and unwind after a day exploring the city!

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Four Seasons hotel Des Bergues has three restaurants. Their signature restaurant Il Lago has been awarded with one Michelin star and the food here truly is outstanding! Located near the spa area is Izumi, a Japanese fusion restaurant.

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Le Bar des Bergues offers inventive and delicious cocktails as well as an all-day dining menu. Again, food is outstanding and we thoroughly enjoyed lunch here. Do not forget to try one of the delicious desserts! They are to die for!

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The rooftop of Four Seasons des Bergues is fantastic and offers picture perfect views over Geneva!

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Four Seasons des Bergues is an exceptional five star hotel with an impeccable service – as a Four Seasons hotel should be! Guests are treated as royalty here without being over the top. Every staff member I met was friendly and greeted us with a smile! Highly recommended for a luxurious getaway in Geneva!

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Guarda Golf – Crans-Montana

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Location: Crans-Montana – Switzerland
Classification: 5 star hotel superior
Official websiteguardagolf.com

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Guarda Golf hotel & residences is a top notch five star hotel in Crans-Montana. Making part of Swiss Deluxe Hotels and The Leading Hotels of the World, my expectations were high and were met in every single way! We arrived during their winter opening weekend and I was blown away as soon as I entered this gorgeous place! I always like mountain style interiors when staying in the Alps and the warm and cozy interiors definitely gave me the mountain feelings. Guarda Golf hotel & residences is not an ultra modern design hotel, but a very stylish, elegant and luxurious appointed place instead. The traditional wooden décors and furniture are all beautiful.

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The most friendly and professional check-in staff greeted us with a smile and gave us some useful information about the hotel and the village. I loved the personal approach and I immediately noticed the high service level. The hotel has ‘only’ 23 rooms which is why guests are treated as royalty here. From this winter, they added 7 huge suite apartments, each with a lot of space to move (225m²!). Also new is the new private 15-seat cinema which is accessible at no additional charge. I should definitely mention that a lot of other services are included in the rates too such as complimentary valet (underground)parking, a limousine service within Crans Montana and each day you’ll receive a newspaper upon request.

The rooms at Guarda Golf hotel & residences are glorious, spacious and elegantly appointed. The dark wood made it even more romantic. Our room had a gorgeous king sized bed and the most comfortable sitting area with two comfortable couches. The oversized desk was perfect for doing some work and internet speed was excellent! By the way, each room comes with a minibar with complimentary soft drinks.

The balcony had picture perfect views over the surrounding areas. Beautiful!

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The luxurious bathroom featured a bathtub and an excellent shower! Water pressure was superb and 2 people could easily fit in! As most of you know, I’m a true fan of Bulgari toiletries and was happy to find out they provide those here!

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Enough things to do here! A must visit is the spa area! This is THE place to relax and unwind after a day in the mountains. It is just gorgeous. The indoor pool has a good size and water temperature is excellent! I felt great in the large sauna and steam room as it was freezing outside!

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They offer a large spa menu with several beauty treatments to choose from. I enjoyed a relaxing massage which was given by a talented spa therapist. She did an excellent job and made me feel reborn after the treatment. She was very knowledgeable about the products and took my preferences about the medium/soft pressure which I requested in mind. Loved every single minute of this wonderful beauty treatment. They’re real professionals here and the entire spa area is maintained in an excellent way! They use Eva.j products which is a Swiss-made line of products using only the best, biological ingredients, certified for Swiss pharmaceuticals.

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Guarda Golf hotel & residences is located near a 18 holes golf course, called Severiano Ballesteros. As it was the start of the winter season, we weren’t able to play golf, but they do offer an indoor golf facility as well. Very cool!

The ski slopes are only a short drive from the hotel. We took advantage of the wonderful complimentary limousine service and they took us to the slopes in their brand new Mercedes. The ski area at Crans Montana is stunning. With 23 lifts and 140 km of ski slopes, this is a perfect place to enjoy several days of winter fun. I was happy to find out there are many blue and red slopes as I’m not a fan of black slopes. What I liked about this ski area is that it is not over crowded. We never had to wait at the lifts and the whole area is connected in a very convenient way.

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Back to the hotel, as you would expect from a hotel of this class, they offer several gourmet dining options for their guests. The first night we had dinner at the Guarda Golf Lounge with a more international all round cuisine. As we arrived pretty late in the evening and since we were a bit tired, we enjoyed a more casual dinner. The food here was to die for and service was top notch! A must try is their crème brulee! The most beautiful crème brulee I have ever seen. Period!

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Mizuki by Kakinuma is their fine dining restaurant and is one of the better restaurants in Crans-Montana. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here the second night. This restaurant offers an authentic Japanese cuisine in a unique setting. The décor is stylish and the panoramic views over the mountains is fantastic! The food really is out of this world and each plate was like a picture. As a starter we just had to try the suhi and we loved every single bite. For the main course we enjoyed a traditional hot pot called Marmite Sukiyaki with thin slices of beef and a selection of fresh vegetables in a sweet and salty soy bouillon, served with a raw egg on the side.

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Guarda Golf hotel & residences recently underwent expansion works which are completed this week and I just had to see the new expansions myself! They added 7 luxury three-bedrooms suite apartments – and trust me, I wouldn’t just call them apartments but presidential suites instead, a library, private dining space, an adults and children’s games room, a cigar lounge and a private cinema honoring the legendary James Bond actor who used to be a loyal guest for many years. Let me share some pictures!

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As you read, I really liked our stay at Guarda Golf hotel & residences. From the moment I stepped in to the moment I checked out, we enjoyed every single minute here and we can’t wait to return to this jewel in the Swiss Alps! Five stars all the way!

Hyatt Regency Mainz

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Hotelchain: Hyatt
Location: Mainz – Germany
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websitemainz.regency.hyatt.com

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As most of you know, I’m a huge Hyatt fan! That’s why I was really looking forward to exploring and experiencing Hyatt Regency Mainz! Upon arrival, I was warmly welcomed by the staff. They were helpful and friendly with great hospitality. I just knew right from the beginning that this would be a great stay.

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The location is great, it is located right in the center of Mainz, a typical German town with an authentic historic city center. It’s only a short walk to the main shopping area and restaurants. The hotel itself is beautiful from the inside and outside. It is directly connected to an old Fort (Malakoff). The interior designers have sought to create a hotel that functions exceptionally well whilst also providing a homely experience. Pretty impressive! The reception area is pretty large and gives a good first impression of the hotel. Check-in staff was efficient and friendly.

Let’s explore the rooms…

The room I stayed in was very comfortable and had all the amenities I’d expect from a luxurious hotel. The room was suburb on every level. To start, it is worth mentioning the generous space of the room itself which was a very nice surprise, this factor really did make me feel more comfortable and added to the sense of prestige. Everything in the room is incredibly well finished from the furnishings to the art, styling and décor. I was amazed by the overall quality and feel of the room. The bed was very comfortable which enabled an excellent night’s sleep and added this, top of the line amenities are provided and immaculate cleanliness.

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Bathroom – again, great size – featured a bath tub and large walk-in (rain) shower. Luxurious toiletries by Pharmacopia are provided. Love those, they smell amazing!

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My room came with access to the Regency Club Lounge. The lounge is comfortable and offers stunning views over the river Rhine. In the private atmosphere, I enjoyed some drinks while doing some work. A daily evening cocktail hour is included as well. That is right, alcoholic drinks are there for you to enjoy. There’s even a small buffet with small bites and appetizers which I enjoyed very much, especially the carrot cocos soup… Delicious! An upgrade to a room with access to the Regency Club Lounge is definitely worth the money! Did you know that even breakfast in the lounge is included when you have access to the lounge?

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Club Olympus Spa & Fitness is the on-site relaxing area at Hyatt Regency Mainz. The indoor pool is definitely a great advantage for the hotel. I love swimming in the morning before having breakfast. To add even more relaxation options, a sauna is available as well and can be used at no additional costs. Treatments can be booked too. A modern gym is available as well.
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Each morning, a great breakfast awaits you. I checked out both breakfast options: one day I went downstairs to the Bellpepper Restaurant and one morning at the Regency Club Lounge. While the buffet downstairs seems endless – love love love the food options there, the private atmosphere at the Regency Club Lounge was appreciated as well. So both options are great to start your day. Also for lunch and dinner, there are several options for you to enjoy. Besides Bellpepper Restaurant, there’s Chef’s Table which offers a family style menu and features an open kitchen. Small bites and delicious cocktails can be ordered at the M-Lounge & Bar. Malakoff Bar is also worth a visit. This gorgeous bar is located at Fort Malakoff and has an classically elegant atmosphere with an adjoining terrace. Make sure to check out Fort Malakoff, it is directly connected to the hotel and I was pretty impressed with the authentic yet cozy interiors.

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I had dinner at Bellpepper and absolutely loved the experience! The weather was gorgeous and I enjoyed their beautiful terrace with stunning Rhine views. I must highlight the friendly staff which made me feel at ease right from the beginning. The menu at Bellpepper offers dishes for anyone. As a starter I ordered green asparagus accompanied by goat’s burd, honey with pomace, millet and wild herbs. This was my favorite dish and I recommend it to anyone! The gigantic 450g Black Angus Beef Ribeye steak was to die for… one of the best steaks I have ever had! Oh, and save the best for last… the crème brûlée which came with fresh berries and a blueberry basil sorbet was heavenly. Do yourself a favor and make sure to check out Bellpepper while you are in Mainz! You won’t be disappointed!

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Hyatt Regency Mainz is the number 1 rated hotel in Mainz and I can easily see why. From the comfortable rooms, convenient location and personalized service, I loved every second of my stay here and can’t wait to return!