The Ski season may be over but that doesn't mean Switzerland has given you all it has to offer for the year.
We went to Hotel Villa Honegg to have a truly tranquil getaway and decided that come snow or sun (we had both on our trip) this is a stunning pocket of getaway heaven.
The hotel is small with only 27 rooms which makes for a truly boutique offering. There is a well equipped spa with gym, treatments, sauna, steam and plunge pool on offer as well as small swimming pool and outdoor heated infinity pool (our favourite) with stunning views whether the clouds move in and you just see the tops of mountains or you stay out until the sunset.
The dining room is large and joined by the most comfy of library rooms complete with board games, fire (if it gets a little nippy in the evenings or you go in a cooler climate) and large doors out onto the terrace boasting equally stunning tranquil and so, so quiet views of lakes, mountains and ski.
If you want to get a little active there's not only traditional and motorized bikes available to explore mountain paths but theres also golf buggies free of charge! Who hasn't wanted to steal a golf buggy before? Now you can do it without a bad conscience.
Rooms are snug and perfectly formed with everything you could want. A selection have large balconies perfect for private breakfast and sunset watching.
Whether you go to get snow or to get some sun if you want a luxurious break where you can really switch off - see a fully black sky and sleep in pure silence Hotel Villa Honegg is ideal for a short break away from London.
With stunning landscapes and some seriously plush new hotels, Scotland really should be on your list for a little weekend jaunt out of London.
How best to get there? Well, get yourself to Euston, have a little sleep - before you know it you'll be waking up in Scotland!
We took the Caledonian Sleeper train to Glasgow to have our own little jaunt all the way to Edinburgh and then back.
Unaware of the sleeper train option before we started to look into Scotland we thought it was a pretty cool and different plan for travel. It's a little like glamping, but on a train. You get your own bed, a little goody bag of night bits and pieces, and just down the corridor you'll find a food and drink carriage where, if you want to, you can make a night of it.
If you fancy taking the Caledonian yourself then it's worth knowing that they are partnering with Tomatin for World Whisky Day (21st May). Guests looking for a break north of the border will avoid the hassle of airport queues and begin their experience with a showcase of the distillery’s range of whiskies on board the Caledonian Sleeper to Inverness on Wednesday 11 and Wednesday 25 May.
On arrival in Glasgow we made our way to the Falls of Clyde, an amazing water fall and nature reserve next to an old mill, now developed into a small museum. If you enjoy being outdoors and looking at natural wonders then there are a number of walks around here that'll be just up your street. If not, you can see the bottom of the falls from the coffee shop and still tell yourself you've got in touch with nature.
Travelling on from there after a good two hour walk in lovely sunshine we travelled to the newly open Crossbasket Castle, a stunning hotel just 45 minutes outside Glasgow.
The Castle was bought almost a shell and has since been transformed back to it's former glory. There are only a few rooms in this boutique hotel which specialises in events. The owners have created a large and perfectly formed events space which looks out on to a rapid river and beautiful grounds.
Staff are beyond helpful and polite and although still with a dash of the historical the castle is somehow modern too.
The menu is put together by Michael Roux and it will leave you having to unbutton tight trousers (in the best possible way). Room service is even a joy here, none of the paired down menu for your room nonsense. We simply ordered a cheeseboard and this arrived.
Complete with Tartan carpet the Roxburghe really does feel like the heart of Scotland. It's a very quiet, relaxing destination and perfect if you really want to unwind from all the buzz that is London.
With board games which you can take to your room, garden rooms, studies and bars with enormous windows framing beautiful views, it really is a little highland haven.
The most exciting part we discovered was the fact that each and every room has a working fireplace in it- something that is a very unusual luxury for most of us.
Food again is special and created by the Roux kitchen. Knowledgable staff help you with wine or fire building, or brolly providing, whichever is needed, and you really do feel at home.
We even got a curtesy call to let us know breakfast was awaiting us downstairs before they shut up shop for the morning.
We'll be keeping both hotels in our minds for this winter as well. Though now, during the spring is a beautiful time to visit as you might get a whole years worth of seasons in one stay.
We got rain, bright sunshine and snow over three days and even the rain that we had for an afternoon was welcomed with the fires all stoked and cosy bars.
So another for your diary - A Scottish Sleeper Train Road Trip.
What a bargain! If you have ever looked up hotels in London and been a little disappointed by how much of your shopping and doing budget will go up in smoke then take a look at Z Hotels in Shoreditch.
The Shoreditch offering is Z Hotels’ fourth London property, it's new too, having just opened its doors, offering guests urban luxury in the heart of the city’s East End with room rates from just £59 per night.
A designer conversion of a former office building in the heart of London’s Silicon roundabout, Z Shoreditch is located in The Bower – a new landmark quarter near Old Street which will also include offices, restaurants and retail units.
With 111 rooms, Z Shoreditch adheres to the Z Hotels ethos of providing the quintessential ‘Urbanite Stay’ experience; affordable luxury in a desirable location. Those coming to the capital for business or leisure will be delighted by the room rates.
Just a stone’s throw away from the area’s plethora of bars, restaurants and hip hangouts, the property is perfectly placed for those guests looking to explore some of London’s most lively nightlife. Culture vultures will also be pleased to know that Z Shoreditch is just moments away from historic houses, independent art galleries and design stores.
Arranged over four floors, each of the bedrooms will feature the latest 48” LED HD TV’s with a full selection of Sky Sports and Sky Movies available at no extra cost, power showers, bespoke hand-crafted beds, luxury bed linen and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
Bev King, director of Z Hotels comments, “We are thrilled to be moving east and be increasing our London portfolio to four. Shoreditch is one of London’s coolest areas and we’re excited to continue to expand upon our successful Z concept.”
Z Shoreditch is hotel group’s sixth property. The brand has expanded rapidly since launching the new hotel concept in 2011 with its flagship hotel in Soho, London. Since then, the portfolio has grown to include Z Victoria, Z Liverpool, Z Piccadilly, Z Glasgow.
For more information visit www.thezhotels.com or call 020 3551 3700.