Belalp – Switzerland

This is so, SO overdue but I couldn’t not share a little bit of Swiss heaven with you.

Like all my posts, it’s full of photos so get that scrolling finger at the ready.

Now that my brother and I have both flown the nest and are settled in London, it’s such a treat to go back to our family home in Switzerland.

It’s become a bit of a family tradition to travel up to the Swiss Alps and spend a few days walking and getting some serious fresh mountain air.

This year Mum chose Belalp in the canton of Valais as our destination.

Like all good mornings, mine started with coffee (and then a 3 hour road trip up to Belalp)

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The resort is 2,100m above sea level, and is totally car free. You’re whisked up in a huge cablecar which you catch from the village of Blatten.

We arrived in the clouds, walked down to our hotel, and were greeted by some friendly faces.

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Hamilton Lodge is one of 2 hotels in Belalp and in the winter is a total ski in ski out hotel.

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Imagine settling into that hot tub after a long day skiing, surrounded by snow! Roll on winter time…

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With the weather looking gloomy and our check in delayed, we settled down in the cosy living room with cups of tea by the fire. Processed with VSCOcam with m5 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with a4 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with p5 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with m5 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f1 preset

The whole hotel has a home away from home feel mixed with Swiss chalet vibes.

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We checked into our rooms, had a quick change and headed out to explore the little town.

We headed for Hotel Belalp which overlooks the glacier and boasts beautiful views over the valley.

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Half way up the path to Hotel Belalp you’ll find a tiny swiss shop selling everything from Swiss wine to Swiss hats – which Dad treated me to, and which my boyfriend hates.

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How can he hate it? Fabulous, isn’t it.

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We arrived at Hotel Belalp to bluer skies and an amazing view over the Aletsch glacier.

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Obviously looking good in hats runs in the family…

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We popped to the hotel for a glass of wine, and to soak up some more of that view.

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With the sun beginning to set, we trotted back down to our hotel for an early supper.

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Mum & Alexi went for pasta and burgers, Dad and I went for the most gloriously cheesy fondue. If you’ve never had a fondue, go out and have one immediately. It’s literally heaven. A huge pot of melted cheese which you dip big hunks of bread into.

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Realising they’d made the wrong choice, we generously let the others dig in.

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Seriously look at that gooeyness!

Utterly stuffed we waddled over to the nearest comfy chairs and got stuck into a furiously competitive game of Old Maid before bed.

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Exhausted, full and happy we headed to bed ready to take on the monster walk the next morning. More on this to come…

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