One sleepless night, I read a quote by John Lubbock: “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
As a self-professed chronic day-dreamer, I surely haven’t made much time for dreaming. I recently shared about my break from social media, and why it’s important for all of us to chill out sometimes. For the past few years, I’ve been studying part-time while working as a full-time blogger and consultant. Work and productivity is a virtue of mine, but I found myself getting lost in a toxic workaholic mindset and feeling guilty every time I found myself “relaxing” or not working towards my goals. Turns out, working too much can actually work you away from your goals. I wasn’t delivering my best anymore. The last few months has been a whirlwind and it finally came crashing down on me.
I’ve learned the hard way that rest and rejuvenation are critical to success. With that in mind, I want to share my recent visit to The Dolder Grand. My stay in this beautiful Zurich hotel was ultimately revitalising and here is why:
The hotel is an architectural gem. The property was renovated in 2008 and maintained the grand exterior as well as their intricate historic ceilings that can be explored endlessly. But not only that, the owner is a fine art collector and has turned the hotel into an art gallery. It boasts an outstanding collection of original masterpieces by Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and others. A walk through the hotel completely altered our moods. From humorous pieces to abstract and unusual motifs that weaved their way into our subconscious, it took us to a different realm and awokened our creativity.
The Dolder Grand is perched on a hill at the edge of the Adlisberg forest. Exclusive real estate overlooking the Alps as well as the city of Zürich and its glittering lake. Staring out into the distance and meditating on the balcony, surrounded by so much nature, was an inspiring moment for us.
We stayed in the Junior Suite with a view of the Zurich hills and overlooking the lake and city. The room felt a like a luxurious cocoon decked out with an iPad room control, walk-in closet, Bang & Olufsen TV, automatic blackout curtains, high-end beauty products, and most importantly, delectable house-made pralines.
The Dolder’s Top Suites, which accommodated stars like Justin Bieber and Rihanna, took the whole experience up a few notches. There are so many possibilities when you have a grand piano, personal butler and private sauna in your room!
Our work as travel bloggers has to lead us to discover outstanding restaurants over the last few years. However, the peak of culinary complexity and indulgence is now officially the lunch at The Restaurant (yes, you read that correctly) at The Dolder Grand. Heiko Nieder, a world-renowned chef with two Michelin stars, takes his guests on a sensational journey that pleases more than just your sense of taste.
For dinner, we opted for the Saltz restaurant. Despite the name, the food was perfectly seasoned and complemented by the outstanding wine recommendations!
We took it slow with the wine to ensure we were in top shape the next day, because on Sunday’s, The Dolder does brunch. If you followed my stories on Instagram, you might have seen that I couldn’t really contain myself. I loaded our table up with as many colourful deserts I could find. Sorry, but I’m THAT person at the buffet. If I wasn’t working with the hotel, I probably would have shamefully ate myself into a coma and passed out in the restaurant. The brunch was simply sheer delight.
The concierge team makes anything possible. Want to arrive by helicopter? No problem! Just came down with a cold and need medicine on a Sunday morning? They’ve got you covered. A special thanks to Randy, the Guest Relationship Manager, and the Concierge team for being so caring and helping me to get back on track after getting becoming ill overnight. The hotel didn’t have any medicine and sent someone out to the pharmacy for some cold and flu tablets and vitamin C. The staff are willing to go the extra mile for you. Literally.
One thing we extensively tested was the room service. Whether you want a romantic aperitif on the balcony or in-room breakfast, everything you order arrives within 15 minutes of putting the phone down.
Can’t forget to mention the in-house florist and their intricate bouquet creations! They know how to make a blogger happy! Naturally, Toby loved the car park the most with luxury limousines and convertibles available for hotel guests free of charge. If you don’t want to bother with finding a parking spot in the city, you can also opt for the hotel’s shuttle bus. The bus is actually an old timer from the 1920s, arguably the hippest way to make your way downtown.
Getting an appointment at the spa was near impossible given how in demand it is. We were lucky enough to find a free slot during the last few hours of our stay. What struck me most at the spa was the menu. There must have been at least 50 options. I tried a luxurious 90 minute La Prairie facial that left me wishing for more skin problems so I could try them all. The spa has a dedicated meditation room, a hairdresser and nail salon, pitch black relaxation rooms, saunas, a huge well-equipped gym and an incredible indoor and outdoor pool.
If this sounds too good to be true, let me blow your mind further by telling you about the Spa Suite, one of three exclusive private rooms in the spa with whirlpool, sauna, mud bath and a treatment setup for couples: heaven! It was exactly what we needed to de-stress.
I still find myself on our couch reminiscing about our stay at the Dolder Grand. If you’re a lover of fine art, or a spa and skincare addict, or a connoisseur of all things luxury, or a gourmet on the hunt for the perfect flavour combination, or maybe you’re just looking for a place to rest and recharge: You will find what you’re looking for at the Dolder Grand. To me the Dolder is the epitome of the famous Swiss Hotel Management professionalism. With a lot of personality, character and great people that personally go above and beyond to serve their guests. Now I’m ready to get back to work! ❤
This post was made in collaboration with The Dolder Grand. As always, all thoughts are my own 🙂