as summer is winding down (i know, i know, i can hardly believe it either) i keep scrolling through the many photos of our different trips, and i have to admit our family holiday on mallorca is one of my absolute favorites of the past few years. the weather was perfect (sunny but not too hot); the food we cooked and grilled each night was so fresh and delicious; and the time we spent with our family was priceless. but i have to say – if the house we rented hadn’t been so utterly beautiful, it wouldn’t have been the same.

we rented can pelut in pollença via BALEARIC VILLAS, and believe me when i say it is even more gorgeous in real life than in the photos. it is the perfect combination of local natural materials and a sleek contemporary style, and everything is perfect down to the tiniest little detail. the swimming pool is something out of a hollywood movie, while the patio with its pretty lights is like an outdoor living room – warm and cozy.

i also loved the kitchen, which is spacious and holds everything you need to cook up lunch and dinner every day, and the bathrooms, which are utterly gorgeous. i devoted a little blog post over on ROOMIN.BE about including a bit of me-time even when on family holiday and spoiler alert – it involves a lot of hiding out in the bathroom. though i gotta say i also spent some lovely moments with juliet in there – who is getting more and more interested in the ways i take care of her and myself. she loves to use all the same tools as mom and also wants to apply all my kiehl’s goodies on her skin – luckily a lot of them are without parabens or other nasties, so they’re entirely safe for her to dab onto her knees (her favorite place to apply eye cream… go figure.)

looking back at these photos i miss it all so much – so is it too early to start planning next spring’s holiday?

juliet is wearing MINIMALISMA in all the photos • my white knitted poncho is from PLUTO ON THE MOON • hair brush from DELPHIN & EMERENCE, wood tooth brushes from HUMBLEBRUSH • most of the beauty products seen are from KIEHL’S, but do check out PHYTOSUN‘s essential oils and easyplug diffuser (it’s really so easy) and WATER WIPES (so handy – not just for your little one, but because it only holds water it’s also perfect to use on your own face or hands when you need to refresh them) • all photos by stephanie duval and matthias rabaey

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.


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