Seeing that its #tbt and exactly 3 months until a couple of friends, Ash and myself will be jet-setting to Saanewald lodge in Saanenmoser, Switzerland for yet another incredible snowboarding holiday. I thought, what better way to throw back, than to blog about our experience we had at Saanewald lodge in January this year.
Its the PERFECT ski-in ski-out hotel, with the most friendliest staff I have ever met (we actually speak quite often via instagram and facebook). The lodge is about 10-15 minutes from Gstaad – a small little village attracting the rich and famous (you’re highly likely to bump into celebrities like Madonna, Anne Hathaway and Valentino).
To give you a little insight into how I actually came across this gem of a holiday destination: Ash and I have been lucky enough to work for a client in Gstaad every year over Christmas. So last year we decided to spoil ourselves a little. We extended our stay and booked ourselves into Saanewald lodge. Not only was it more affordable than the majority of accommodation in the area (South Africa, I love you, but when it comes to the Euro, you’re not my friend) but its also situated right on my favourite blue grade ski run. Trust me when I say that this is a major plus, as I can just snowboard back down to the hotel whenever my legs have given in (and I feel like a mug of gluhwein) while Ash is still able to take lifts to both red and black runs from this mountain.
The hotel is quaint and so easy going with a gorgeous little restaurant which expands onto a beautiful terrace overlooking the slope as well as an airbag for practicing your high flying ski jumps. It has a small menu (YES!) using fresh, local produce and you can expect items such as the rosti burger and fries, grilled veal sausages as well as my all-time favourite; cheese fondue.
It also has a spa with sauna and steam bath and wait for it – a hot tub… IN THE SNOW!
The rooms are small. But so well designed! Love the fact that you can slide your luggage bags right under the bed. All rooms have a TV, heater and fold out table (again, so cleverly thought-through). Bathrooms have a toilet, basin and shower and beds are super-comfy with a nice white puffy duvet.
We honestly had the BEST holiday ever because of Saanewald Lodge and could not wait to organise a trip back with with some family and friends.
I think its true when they say a picture is worth a thousand words, cos as soon as we sent out a group email with some of the pictures of the lodge and of us snowboarding, 9 of our closet friends and family immediately booked their tickets to Switzerland.
5 full days of fun, adventure, snowboarding, tobogganing, hot-tubbing, walking at midnight on freshly graded slopes (oops), gluhwein, fondue, air-boarding and memory making is yet to come, and I cannot wait.