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We’re having a wonderful time at Le Grand Bellevue…

Dear Paul,

I couldn’t decide… Switzerland Austria… Austria Switzerland! So guess what, I’m having a few days in each. What a treat.

We decided on the alpine playground of Gstaad, ‘we’ being my best friend David who couldn’t resist joining me; he just loves this region. With four airports within two hours, skiing and snowboarding guaranteed throughout the season because of the high pistes, he often pops over for a snowboard break or ski weekend in Gstaad. I didn’t realise David had stayed here at the Le Grand Bellevue before, so he’s showing me the ropes. And what fun we’re having. AND, because we’re staying at this gorgeous elegant hotel, we get free ski tickets during the week. Fantastic!

The hotel has the cutest chalet restaurant open through the winter; it’s called Le Petit Chalet and located in the park, slap-bang on the Gstaad promenade. It’s SO cosy – just seats 16 people – and serves yummy cheese specialities. We scoffed a cheese fondue (so casual; and such fun to cook it ourselves) and delicious raclette there last night. Tonight we’re going to dine in style in the Grand Hotel Bellevue’s Michelin-Star Restaurant Prado. Can’t wait.

My room has got fabulous views, and the Asian-style Spa here is a serene haven I just can’t resist after a day skiing. I just love it here. Would you believe Gstaad has direct access to 250km of downhill skiing with 67 individual pistes? And as for the après ski, it’s pretty lively with nightclubs, casino, disco, live bands…

Must rush, David and I are attempting an evening toboggan run. He’s as mad as a hatter but a very happy bunny here in Gstaad at Grand Hotel Bellevue. We’re already planning our next visit.

Bye for now,

Melissa

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