5 of the most breath-taking “rooms with a view”

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Eat, sleep, work: the beckoning call of your daily routine. There’s no better time for a change of scenery. But what if we said washing the dishes could actually be relaxing? Or waking up in the morning doesn’t imply your plain bedroom wall is the first thing you see? Here are 5 of the best views from around the world that make even the most mundane tasks enjoyable.

Naivasha, Kenya

A hidden gem in the clouds, this 115 foot tower on the beautiful wildlife estate of Hippo Point offers stunning views of exotic animals and landscapes. From giraffes to flamingos to families of hippos, this airy room allows you to spy on these fascinating creatures roaming around in their natural habitat.

Surat Thani, Thailand

Tired of waking up to loud alarm clocks, the bustling sound of traffic and the pending doom of going to work? A beachside getaway to Suralai in Surat Thani may be just what the doctor ordered. Coastline and mountain views at the foot of your bed welcome you to the dreamy sun and salty sea air, giving you a short break from reality. Do you still want to press the snooze button?

Oinousses, Greece

Basking in Greece’s sunny scenery while listening to the gentle hum of the ocean sounds quite heavenly, am I right? Watch sailboats float amongst the blue ripples and enjoy every slice of this island goodness while dining alfresco at Villa Levanda.

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Cook, eat and unfortunately clean. The ever-devastating question of  “Honey, can you clear the table?” haunts all teenager’s dreams. But with this gorgeous view of waving water and purple-pink sunset at Casa Mar y Luna, I don’t think you’ll hear many more squeals of defiance.

Zermatt, Switzerland

For those of you who aren’t natural snow bunnies and wouldn’t gracefully slide down the side of snow-covered mountains, but more or less tumble, there is no need to suffer any longer. With mesmerizing views of the vast Swiss Alps from just outside your window, you don’t even need to leave the warmth of your onesie pajamas and fire-heated living room of Chalet Grace to get lost in this incredible view.

3 of the best off-piste gourmet haunts in Europe

Let’s be honest, the apres-ski experience can be as alluring as the skiing. And while there is often no shortage of watering holes to throw back a few drinks after a long day on the slopes, the choice of gourmet hotspots is often limited in the small mountain resorts. So when we come across the perfect mix of fabulous food, ambience and that little something extra, we quickly put the reservation number on speed dial and make it our regular. Heading to Gstaad, Villars or Megeve in the coming months? Check out one of these 3 fabulous foodie finds and you will not be disappointed.

Megu, The Alpina, Gstaad, Switzerland

It has been an exciting winter season for Gstaad with the opening of its first newly built 5-star hotel in 100 years. The Aplina Gstaad offers all the luxury expected from Switzerland’s glitziest ski resort: grandeur, elegance and the perfect sprinkling of Alpine charm. With 3 restaurants, a beautiful bar, and a state of the art spa all under one spectacular roof, there really is nowhere else to spend your off-piste time. You could do no wrong dining at any of The Alpina’s restaurants, but we recommend Megu.

Serving world-class contemporary Japanese dishes, Megu’s decor is as tantalizing as the contemporary Japanese fare.

Cookie, Villars, Switzerland

The quiet resort town of Villar-sur-Ollon offers great skiing and a break from the glitz and glamour of the neighbouring Gstaad. And if you’re looking for a family-friendly, laidback lunch and dinner place with an eclectic menu to satisfy all taste buds, Cookie is your go-to. Got a sweet tooth? Cookies may not be on the menu, but their chocolat fondant is to die for.

Domaine de la Sasse, Megeve, France

A little off the beaten track, but once you descend on Domaine de la Sasse, one of Megeve’s more unusual gourmet experiences, you will agree it was well worth the journey. Only accessible by foot (or helicopter), the journey to the farmhouse will take 20 minutes from where you leave the car. What makes the Domaine so unique is that bison, from the chef’s own herd, forms the basis of every dish. Reservations are required, as Chef Meridol does not open his doors unless at least 6 people have booked a table. Domaine de la Sasse is the perfect alternative for when you tire of fondue and raclette and are looking for a bit of a culinary adventure.

Source: www.aluxurytravelblog.com

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