Swiss Anniversary

It’s coming, or as I like to say, looming. Our wedding anniversary, the annual date that reminds me that the days are long but the years are short and that I am getting older. It’s weird that our anniversary has that effect even more than my birthday.

After Drew and I had been married about two years, the actual date of our wedding (March 23rd) started to get lost in the shuffle of all the other important dates during a year. These days, any fun event that happens to fall during March gets designated as our anniversary celebration, and that’s that. One year it was a bottomless brunch with friends (in NYC, where else?), which happened to fall in the vicinity of the date. Two years ago we were in Prague, but that was a mere coincidence. Last year, we claimed our March holiday to the Seychelles as our ‘anniversary gift to each other’ even though it didn’t actually overlap with the real date in the least bit.

Park Weggis Resort, Weggis Switzerland

Also, no gifts. The gifts stopped after the first year. Back then, I was excited to give proper traditional gifts every year (certainly, with the thought that soon enough I’d be due for some platinum and rubies). The traditional gift for a first anniversary is paper. Drew gave me the most beautiful necklace, a pendant with a small piece of gorgeous and glittery patterned yellow paper shrouded in clear glass. I gave him a magazine subscription. Sure enough, I promptly lost the necklace, mere months after receiving it. I can still remember where I left it, at the side of my pool lounge chair in Gibson Island, Maryland.

If we were still participating in the anniversary gift tradition, this year’s offering would be pottery. Drew hates pottery.

Park Weggis Resort, Weggis Switzerland

This backstory about our clumsiness around our wedding anniversary is all to explain the most amazing non-anniversary anniversary celebration we gave ourselves this year, completely by accident.

We scheduled a March weekend in Switzerland months ago, when flights were cheap and calendars empty. When we actually showed up in actual Switzerland last weekend, we had literally not planned a thing, other than where we were going to stay.

And then we walked into our hotel room.

Park Weggis Resort, Weggis Switzerland

Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

Park Weggis Resort, Weggis Switzerland

It was jaw-dropping, the kind of room that appears regularly in movies but never in real life. The room sprawled before us, a massive suite with separate living area and a bathroom with a window. The circular couch made of orange velvet sealed the deal. Drew looked around and said, ‘This should be our anniversary weekend, our gift to each other.’ And that was that.

You might wonder, what does an anniversary weekend look like when there is no planning whatsoever?

For us, it meant that we started each meal with champagne. A little bubbly before a pizza lunch, yes please! If that’s not a celebration in a glass, I don’t know what is.

Park Weggis Resort, Weggis Switzerland

We also ate a lot of dessert, whenever the slightest hint or mention of it cropped up. Dessert pastries from the breakfast spread which I normally try to avoid? Bring. It. On.

Park Weggis Resort, Weggis Switzerland

The biggest indulgence of the weekend was a blissful two hours spent in a spa cottage at the Park Weggis Resort. We like the odd spa treatment from time to time (Drew’s obsession with massages is well documented), but we were totally clueless about this new form of spa-going.

Leave it to the Swiss to take it to the next level.

In addition to the normal spa with treatment rooms, saunas and pools, the Park Weggis built a separate building, formed of six individual ‘cottages’ – large rooms packed with all the normal spa fixtures, available for private use. In each cottage you’ll find: a warm whirlpool, sauna, cool pool, an ‘expriential’ shower consisting of like 8 different shower heads all coming from different angles with different water temperatures, massage table with a body-length headlamp, massive waterbed, foot soaking tub and lounge chairs. And tea, and snacks and self-selected music. If you really want to go crazy you can order in more spa treatments, have a masseuse stop by for a massage or an aesthetician for a facial.

Park Weggis Resort, Weggis Switzerland

Park Weggis Resort, Weggis Switzerland

When our lovely host left us to our own devices in the spa cottage for two whole hours, we were like kids in a spa candy store. We each tried to figure out the best order in which to do all the things – hot tub, cold tub, sauna, shower? Or sauna, cold tub, shower, hot tub? Of course you simply can’t go wrong, and we happily indulged in the treatments, regularly pinching ourselves that we were actually here, the recipients of what has to be one of the more rare and luxurious spa experiences in the world.

One small detail that I must mention – the spa gives the room a call when there are fifteen minutes left in your session. That precludes you, the relaxing guest, from needing to watch the time, which is such a relief if you’re like me and always have half an eye on any available clock.

That phone rang much faster than I thought possible, and for the rest of the weekend, our main conversation was about which part of the spa cottage was the best (me: hot tub, Drew: sauna).

Park Weggis Resort, Weggis Switzerland

Park Weggis Resort, Weggis Switzerland

On our short flight back to London, Drew and I had the standard conversations that we always have during these flights. We talked about the highs and lows of the weekend – the resounding high was the spa cottage, the low was the low clouds that dampened the view from our terrace. Then we put the weekend to the true test – how was this weekend compared to the many, many weekends away that we’ve had over the years? Top five, for sure.

Drew ventures that it was his favorite, but as we’ve established, he has a real thing for spas.

Regardless, our non-anniversary anniversary weekend in Switzerland beats my gift of pottery any day of the week.

Park Weggis Resort, Weggis Switzerland

Park Weggis Resort, Weggis, Switzerland

Have you ever had a truly indulgent anniversary? We’d love to hear about it, you know, for the next time we don’t plan one!


 

Thanks to the Park Weggis for their amazing hospitality during our stay. They provided use of the spa cottage to us (though they had no idea about our impending anniversary!). Also, a few of the photos above, the really gorgeous ones, are courtesy of the Park Weggis.

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  • March 26, 2016

    Um, wow. That looks really indulgent. Bless Switzerland…. I am glad you had a great time.

    • March 28, 2016
      Julie

      Thanks – it was fantastic. Switzerland never fails to impress!

  • March 26, 2016

    What a lovely gift to each other! We barely acknowledge our anniversary – haven’t done since we first got together over 8 years ago – I am toying with the idea of maybe doing something at 10 years.. maybe!
    Park Wegiss looks incredible – and as for starting every ‘anniversary’ meal with champagne – what a fantastic idea!
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    • March 26, 2016

      We tend not to do too much either. We didn’t plan it to be our anniversary present to each other, but it was so special and beautiful we decided to consider it our anniversary weekend!

    • March 28, 2016
      Julie

      We have been talking about really doing something special for our 10 year anniversary (next year). I had in mind an Antarctic cruise, but Drew thinks that potentially spending the day seasick wouldn’t be ideal. I’ll keep working on him…

  • March 26, 2016

    I so love your hotel room!! Pizza and champagne? Anytime!
    Happy anniversary!

    • March 28, 2016
      Julie

      I’m of the mind that all foods pair well with champagne, which is either genius or incredibly stupid. I’ll go with genius for now!

  • March 26, 2016

    Oh wow what a weekend! I don’t know where to start the hotel room, the desserts or the spa. I am getting married this year so your anniversary ideas will be very helpful for me from next year!
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    • March 26, 2016

      It was quite a special place. The whole property was amazing and the staff was super friendly and welcoming. A great place to spend a honeymoon, that’s for sure!

  • March 26, 2016

    Indulgent is a great description for this Swiss Anniversary. The photos are absolutely breathtaking. Happy Anniversary and I wish you more of these indulgent wedding anniversaries!
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    • March 28, 2016
      Julie

      haha – cheers to indulgent anniversaries every year!!!

  • March 26, 2016

    Oh wow, stunning photos and you guys looked like you had so much fun! I love the facial expressions in the photos — so sincere and passionate. Happy anniversary!
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    • March 26, 2016

      Thanks! It was a fabulous weekend. What can’t every weekend be that amazing?

  • March 27, 2016

    I was recently in Switzerland, and I could spend quite a few anniversaries there! Luxury like no other, and the views- phenomenal. I would definitely try these spa cottages the next time I’m there, a different but no less an experience I’m sure!
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    • March 28, 2016
      Julie

      Ooh, how did you like Switzerland?? We found it super expensive (our choice of hotel and location didn’t help at all there) thanks to the bummer exchange rates, but it’s so gorgeous too!

  • March 27, 2016

    Oh my, if I’d have a room like that, I wouldn’t leave it. A great place to spend your anniversary, much better than camping, which is what we usually do 😉
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    • March 28, 2016
      Julie

      Every so often we will be in a hotel that is so fun that we literally don’t leave. I mean, I try and leave most hotels most of the time, but you know! I remember this epic hotel in KL Malaysia, and it was soooo hot outside we just didn’t leave for a day. It was fab!

  • March 27, 2016

    Anniversary or not, I am sure the ultimate Swiss treatment was well-deserved. Love your photography, especially the bokeh in the wine glass and sneakers shots! You strongly favor my friend Liz. 🙂
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    • March 28, 2016
      Julie

      Thanks Howard – I feel like becoming a skilled photographer is a lifelong ambition, which I am happy to indulge in. BTW, I was just on your site and saw an article about Santa Claus, IN – I’m from Indiana and no one ever believes me that such a place exists! Thanks for highlighting it!

  • March 28, 2016

    Happy Anniversary for last week … so glad that you had a wonderful and indulgent time!! I think that sometimes the unplanned experiences can turn out to be the most memorable, as it certainly seems to be in this case.

    It sounds like Switzerland was an excellent choice!
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    • March 28, 2016
      Julie

      Thanks Meg – We were just commenting that we’ve officially made it 2 years past the 7-year itch phase, which either means that we’re now smooth sailing or our 7-year itch is delayed 🙂