Adventures by the Month: August
In the summer issue of New Orleans Bride Magazine, contributing travel editor Becca Hensley gifted readers with the perfect honeymoon spots for each month. In December, Hensley whisked us away to Beaver Creek Colorado; we went to Bali in November; and most recently we highlighted her handpicked gems in Tahiti for July. For August, Hensley is highlighting the enchanting mountainous Switzerland. Pack a bag for you and your honey or take a trip with your best mates, whichever you choose this romantic destination will make for the perfect vacation getaway.
Best known as one of the world’s most swank winter ski towns, Gstaad attracts celebrities and royals worldwide. But paramours can be rulers of the realm, as well, when they slumber at The Palace, the mountain hamlet’s most storied hotel. A turret and crenelated castle crowning a hill, the five-star hotel offers an array of summertime activities that makes August the dreamiest month to do the Alps. Opt for a tower suite, with views from your bathtub of the mountain peaks. Volley on one of four tennis courts, luxuriate in the immense spa, and splash in the pool. Dance at GreenGo, a world famous disco, but only after you’ve nibbled La Fromagerie’s truffle-laced fondue — a bucket list meal. To root into Swiss culture, spend the night with the cows at the Palace’s Walig Hut. An authentic, but restored, farmer’s cabin, circa 1786, the log structure straddles a wildflower bright meadow 6,000-feet above the village. Hike up for the sunset and dinner prepared by a butler. Surrounded by cows, donning bells, sip Swiss wine kept cold in a centuries-old trough. If you dare — and many do — glamp all night in the retrofitted bedroom. palace.ch