CHILL OUT IN SWITZERLAND
As the mercury rises in the UAE, head for the cold and frosty air of Lausanne. The Swiss city best known as the headquarters of the Olympic Committee is perched by the Jura Mountains and Lake Geneva and is home to the Olympic Museum and the Gothic Cathedrale de Lausanne – Switzerland’s largest cathedral. Spread across hills this haven for artists ticks all the quintessential Swiss holiday boxes. Ouchy, the lakeside village with its cobbled streets and arresting views, is the traditional chocolate box village and the lush vineyards of surrounding hills open up into picturesque paths that you can explore on cycles (the city’s favourite hobby) as the cool mountain air whips past you. Savour it in Ouchy’s chateau-like Hotel Royal Savoy – an art nouveau-style five-star hotel. Although built in 1909, the hotel’s historic 101 rooms – the royal families of Spain and Thailand have stayed in them – went through a major revamp and the hotel was relaunched in 2015 with a new garden wing with 95 rooms and a more modern aesthetic. The hotel also launched Sky Lounge; a rooftop dining spot that offers views of the Alps. Other F&B includes a brasserie by Michelin-starred chef Marc Haeberlin. Get an upgrade, a Dh114 voucher for a spa treatment, ironing of one laundry item, early check-in and late check out, free Wi-Fi and access to the Spa du Royal’s pools, steam rooms, saunas and jacuzzis when you book at royalsavoy.ch/en.