I’ve been spending the last few weeks in Switzerland and Spain with my family. Compared to other overseas trips, the difference this time around is that I had both my five-year-old and my four-month-old with me!


July Favorites: Where We Stayed In Europe

For this edition of my monthly favorites, I wanted to share with you guys all the places we stayed at when we were traveling in Europe last month! Through this, I hope to give you a glimpse of what I consider when I’m traveling with my family, especially with my young kids. After all, it’s a lot different if you’re traveling as a couple compared to when you’re with your kids. Most of what I considered for these hotels and lofts are space, convenience to places of interest, and family-friendly amenities. You’ll notice that we veered away from the usual small hotel rooms and instead went for apartments or lofts that could give us a feeling of home while we were away. I think it’s useful to weigh your options carefully when it comes to accommodations when you travel. Whether you’re taking an international flight to somewhere new, or having a weekend away at a local destination, I hope these July favorites can help you choose what’s best for you!

Swiss Luxury Apartments

Instagram Address: Rue Philippe-Plantamour 6, CH-1201 Geneva Official Website where we stayed in europe Our first home base in Switzerland was the Swiss Luxury Apartments in Geneva. It was important for us to have a semblance of home for our kids so that they could feel more comfortable even as we spent a month together in Europe! Swiss Luxury Apartments is a serviced residence that gave us exactly what we were looking for. Their rooms have a living and dining area that is separate from the bedrooms. To accommodate our family, we chose a two-bedroom unit. where we stayed in europe This apartment was so spacious and airy! The bathrooms are very modern and have both an enclosed shower and a tub. We felt like we got the best of both worlds here! When you check into a serviced apartment, you get all the services of a hotel wrapped up with all the creature comforts of your own home. I absolutely loved ending a full day of sightseeing with a hot bath, then waking up to a Swiss continental breakfast in bed. where we stayed in europe Convenience is a big plus when you stay at Swiss Luxury Apartments since it’s just walking distance to Lake Geneva and the famous Jet d’Eau fountain! You can also take a leisurely stroll to restaurants within the area to have a meal.

B2 Boutique Hotel and Spa

Instagram Address: Brandschenkestrasse 152 CH-8002 Zürich Official Website where we stayed in europe As you can already guess from all my Instagram posts and stories, I really wanted to choose hotels for my family that were homey but also different from the usual. B2 Boutique Hotel was our next stop. I was really excited about staying here because it was easily one of the most unusual hotels I’ve stayed at! where we stayed in europe The building of B2 Boutique Hotel used to be a brewery. It has since been converted into a really fashionable hotel in the heart of Zurich. We loved the details B2 had. We stayed in the Hurlimann loft, which was a perfect choice for our family. The bottom floor housed the living space and dining space, while the upper area had the bedroom as well as a freestanding tub. Zion really enjoyed this. :) where we stayed in europe where we stayed in europe The spa part of B2 includes their amazing rooftop pool with an amazing view of Zurich. The entrance to the pool is pretty cool in itself, but once you get to the main pool area, your view of the city is just one of a kind. where we stayed in europe where we stayed in europe If you ever get the chance to visit or stay here, you must make a stop at the picturesque Wine Library, where floor-to-ceiling walls house 33,000 books. The spirit of the brewery is very much alive in this place; the chandeliers that frame the room are expertly made of beer bottles. It’s a great place to work, have a bite to eat, or simply while away some time in the evening with (yes) a glass of wine.

Mont Cervin Palace

Instagram Address: Bahnhofstrasse 31 CH-3920 Zermatt Official Website https://www.instagram.com/p/BkhQhsbHCzi/?taken-by=montcervinpalace Mont Cervin Palace is where we stayed in Zermatt when we went to visit the beautiful Matterhorn. It was the most impressive as well! We loved the attention to detail this hotel had, even before we stepped into our room. They fetched us with a bright red horse-drawn carriage that was straight out of a storybook! The whole family was suuuuper giddy about this, but not as much as Zion who was absolutely charmed! [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BkhaDQtg6l9/?taken-by=sarahlahbati[/embed] To fit our family, we got a spacious room with a living room and the view of the Matterhorn. In case you’re wondering why the Matterhorn is so familiar, you’re absolutely right! You see it each time you look at a Toblerone bar. ;) Our room was a great place to relax after a long day of hiking up the mountain to say hi to the Matterhorn. where we stayed in europe Mont Cervin also has a beautiful spa that’s great for relaxing when you’re on vacation. It’s big and luxurious, inclusive of several types of saunas, a foot bath, and more. You can book one of several kinds of massages as well. The spa itself uses high-quality products, so you know you’re in for an indulgent experience. They also have a pool garden with an outdoor pool connected to an indoor one. This way, you can either bask in the sunshine or spend some time indoors. where we stayed in europe Apart from that, we enjoyed the excellent service at Mont Cervin and loved that the staff was so friendly. We thought it was an amazing and gorgeous hotel, and it would be a dream to stay there again someday. Switzerland’s many hotels offer so much in terms of choice, but I was very happy with the places we chose to stay at. They were the most perfect options for our family and allowed us to enjoy our time in Europe in the most hassle-free way. Be sure to check my “Travel” highlight Instagram Stories for more videos of these hotels as well as our adventures in Europe. Let me know in the comments which one of these you loved the most! Maybe you see yourself visiting with your family or a special someone here someday? :)

Health & Fitness

Caring For My Post-Pregnancy Body

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me sharing some stories lately of being at the gym and working out. It took a few months post-pregnancy, but I’m finally feeling good enough to get back into shape.