CHILL OUT IN SWITZER­LAND

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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.

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