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Summer In Megève

August 26, 2015 • The AlpsTravelWellness

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we didn’t plan ahead for this year’s summer holiday, as we didn’t really know what to expect from traveling with a little one in tow. so when megève invited us to come discover what it has to offer in summer time, we didn’t hesitate one second. it’s a one hour drive from where we live, and i’ve already told you about our love for the stylish little mountain village (HERE, HERE and HERE, for example). i also thought it was fitting that the place where we went babymooning just the two of us for the last time, would also be the first place we ever traveled to as a family of three.

the M DE MEGEVE generously offered to put us up in their fabulous deluxe suite to celebrate the occasion, and it was heaven. the suite has two floors – one with a spacious living room, one with a king size bed, two bathrooms and two large terraces. need i say more? the hotel provided a baby cot so we could have juliet take her little naps downstairs, while we enjoyed an aperitif on our upstairs terrace – it was pretty perfect. in the afternoon we took juliet for her very first swim in the hotel spa’s swimming pool, after which she went out like a light for the night and we could have a romantic dinner in the restaurant downstairs (with the baby monitor on the table, naturally).

during the weekend we took advantage of the beautiful weather to take juliet out for long walks in megève and rediscover all of our favorite places. megève looks entirely different in summer – we were especially surprised to see so many people having drinks or lunch on cozy outdoor terraces. almost all of the shops and restaurants were open, and the overall mood in the little town was happy and relaxed. if you plan on going there in summer, do check their ONLINE CALENDAR, as they always have something or other going on. we just missed their design event, so that’s a reason for us to return next year.

or you could, of course, always go to enjoy one of the many, many wonderful spas in town. i was invited by the hotel FER A CHEVAL to discover their newest carita facial treatment, the cinetic lift expert – a very technical treatment that is perhaps a tad less relaxing, but definitely does wonders. i’ve never actually seen this much of an effect after any treatment, ever. the spa also has a very nice outdoor swimming pool with tanning beds and heated indoor swimming pool, which i would have loved to take more advantage of. maybe next time i’ll return with little juliet, as the spa also offers special treatments for little ones. i can’t wait to enjoy our first mother-daughter massage!

i’m wearing a black and white spotted dress by ESSENTIEL, grey jersey dress by & OTHER STORIES and TOD’S gommino loafers. my purse is a PROENZA SCHOULER and the diaper bag is by JOSEFINA. matthias loves his VILEBREQUIN swim shorts and i am very happy with that IODUS bathing suit. little juliet wears a TOCOTO VINTAGE bonnet and GRO sweater and leggings. the stroller is the BUGABOO CAMELEON with the BREEZY SUN CANOPY. photos by stephanie duval and matthias rabaey.

i still have so many more travel memories to share with you, and with summer finally here, i figured now is as good a time as any to resume regular programming here on the blog! the trip i’m most enjoying looking back on, is the one we took to miami. it was about six weeks after we got back from our honeymoon, so we were still on cloud number nine. to arrive at EDEN ROC was as if our honeymoon had never ended.

the hotel is a lot different from what we usually prefer – small, cute, boutique hotels with a maximum of maybe thirty rooms. in comparison, eden roc is like a village, with hundreds of rooms, a gigantic restaurant, four different pools and its own private beach. but because we arrived there right before the height of their touristic season, the hotel wasn’t fully booked, and we sometimes felt like we had it entirely to ourselves. we loved our beautiful room, with its ocean view and larger-than-life bed. we loved the restaurant, with its vast breakfast buffet (seriously, they think of everything!). but above all, we loved the spa.

let me tell you about this spa, you guys. it might have been one of the most beautiful i’ve ever been to. every room is so pure and white, and the decorations are quirky and sleek at the same time (that horse!) from the chill-out area (with view of the ocean, of course) to the bathrooms (with delicious elle-branded products) – every space i entered, i never wanted to leave. we had a delightful relaxing massage, but unfortunately didn’t have a lot of time to discover the saunas, hammams and other amenities – so that’s definitely a reason for us to think about going back there.

staying at eden roc certainly made our first visit to miami so enjoyable. we felt pampered from the minute we walked in to the very last second of our stay, so in that sense it has been one of our favorite hotel stays ever. if you’re planning to experience miami to the fullest, i really recommend this place – it has the perfect location (you do need a car to get to downtown miami though), and it has the perfect vibe.

photos by stephanie duval and matthias rabaey first published in the CONNECTIONS miami guide. check it out HERE to discover more of my tips.

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