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Do you fancy sustainable Swiss service, or a great estate closer to home?


Switzerland's newest hotel, the Valsana, officially opened its doors this week. Designed by the ultra-cool Swiss architect Carlo Rampazz, the hotel has a focus on sustainable food and service and is the first hotel in Switzerland to be heated by geothermal probes and an ultra-modern ice battery.

Each of the 40 rooms and suites and nine serviced apartments comes equipped with vintage record players and hammocks on the balconies overlooking the Obersee Lake. Guests are invited to sledge, ski, hike or simply chill at one of their weekly film nights in the picturesque setting of Arosa. For more visit

Hot Stuff

The Dylan hotel is keeping guests sweet this December with the launch of their decadent new hot chocolate menu. Designed by head chef Mark Brodie in collaboration with Cocoa Atelier, Drury Street's luxury chocolatier, the limited-edition menu consists of six drinks, inspired by orange-infused, mocha and sea salt flavours. Enjoy them at the five-star until January 7th, see for more.

Conrad Cool

A new gift shop, Eirlooms, has opened at The Conrad Hotel, Dublin. Owned by craft designer Mary Whelan, the store features Irish-made gifts, confectionery and floral arrangements. Pop in for a snoop Monday to Saturday;

Great Estate

With the unveiling of Johnstown Estate Hotel & Spa in Co Meath following an 18-month refurbishment, now is the perfect time to visit and experience all the hotel has to offer. Their Festive Family Christmas Break is a two-night escape for two adults and two children in a deluxe room, festive treats on arrival, breakfast each morning, use of the state-of-the-art leisure club, 20-metre swimming pool and outdoor hot tub and a €10 spa voucher from €214. Available between now and January 5th, 2018. See for bookings.