Grand Hotel du Lac

*Photo by Adrian Ehbrar Photography* Where do luxury travel PR pros like to go on holiday? Here’s a review fit for a princess exclusive to Holidays in Heels from Laura Snook and Laura Brown of Lawrence Travel PR!

Travel is always a happy time of year. You plan ahead, look at the best tickets, scroll through Instagram feeds to locate that wonderful sunset you can add onto your bucket-list and dream away of far away paradises. As ‘paradise’ can be found in many different formats, I decided to find mine. Just like that LBD which comes in many different cuts and creations. As long as it is little, black and well, a dress – it fits the criteria.

I found that over the years, my version of ‘paradise’ comes with palm trees and white sandy beaches; a little island breeze would make it paradise with a capital P.  I never imagined paradise would come with green, hillside meadows, mountain peaks and cobbled streets. And yet, so it happened.

Pretty Palace

My hotel is located in Vevey, Canton of Vaud, just off the promenade by the lake.  The Grand Hotel du Lac surely does serve its name right. Entirely renovated by Pierre-Yves Rochon the hotel shines like a jewel on the shores of Lake Geneva. The hotel oozes elegance and luxury, with plenty of memorable decorative pieces hinting to ancestries of former guests.

Sweet Suite

The rooms are beautifully set up with views of the majestic surroundings, the beds and bath are classic yet reflect the essence of present-day comfort.

Adrian Ehbrar Photography

Fine Dining

The downstairs lounge is lively and casual chic and a little further aside, the Oriental Lounge is a refined welcome statement to guests who have made the hotel their home during their stay.

Adrian Ehbrar Photography

Lasting Impressions

I have to say, this is pretty perfect for a dreamy getaway in my new found version of paradise, where the air is crisp and fresh, the views extend so far – horizons do not seem to exist – and the sun gets an extra spark due to the reflection of the snow-capped mountains in the distance.

It is here, where the  ‘Terraces of Lavaux’, a UNESCO site dating back to Roman times, were created to grow the finest of grapes under the best of circumstances. These vineyard terraces of 830 hectares cover the vertiginous shores of Lake Geneva between Montreux-Riviera and Lausanne – offering one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world.

Vineyards of Lavaux

In this same setting, the Cully Jazz festival takes places in historic buildings dotted along rustic lanes. And to my knowledge, it is only a few months before Montreux-Riviera welcomes world-famous musicians for the Montreux Jazz Festival, and the city comes alive at odd hours and falls asleep with private jam sessions on terraces.

Montreux! Photo by MaudeRion

I already wish I could clack my heels together for a return in summer!



Dress chic and comfortably – with pops of bright color – to enjoy taking picturesque photos around the scenic towns dotted along Lake Geneva. Keep a scarf with you when it gets chilly as the sun sets, because the surroundings are so beautiful you’ll want to stay outdoors and breathe in the fresh air for as long as possible!





Dorothy Perkins navy dress
165 AED –

High heel boots
6,795 AED –

Disney stud earrings
74 AED –

Yves Saint Laurent scarve
1,285 AED –

Tom Ford sunglasses
740 AED –

Christian Dior lipstick
130 AED –


Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
The rooms
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
Don’t miss
The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
HOTEL BEDFORD, 17, RUE DE L’ARCADE 75008 PARIS Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 77 Fax : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 97 More information at
Rooms from €250; Suites from €450


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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

Editing travel pages was always my favourite part of working for lifestyle magazines. I started this blog out of a love of beautiful hotels that provide the fairytale escape of a day as a princess where breakfast is a buffet and chocolates appear on my pillow.

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