Flourish’s first trip of 2019! What an amazing one it was too. We decided to leave the sea and sand this time round and jet off to the snowy alps of Chamonix, France for a ‘Galentines’ inspired trip. This brand activation for Wilkinson Sword was all about self love and being pampered...so where better than a cosy chalet with its own fireplace!? Our gorgeous girl group consisted of ITV’s Love Island babe Gabby Allen, Tia Lineker, Holly Jade Peers, Survival of The Fittest contestant Georgie Clarke, Vanessa Daniels and Gratsi Kat. Our love for the breathtaking scenery of Chamonix was instant from the moment we landed and it’s safe to say everyone had taken 100+ photos by the time we arrived to our home for the week.
Our picture perfect Chalet was in collaboration with the wonderful team from Home Away UK! There was a huge balcony overlooking the stunning views of the mountains, a luxury bathtub surrounded by glass windows to take in the view at all times and an amazing hot tub outside. The Chalet was super cosy and warm, making it the perfect setting ready for a Wilkinson Sword pamper session! Day 1 in the chalet, involved all things ‘galentine’; drinking wine, eating French chocolate, and laughing the night away, in our super comfy loungewear from Oriani & Co.
Our first full day in Chamonix got off to a delicious start with breakfast in our chalet, enjoying French pastries, cereals and other fresh goodies whilst being surrounded by rose petal confetti and never ending pink bunting; followed by a photo sesh overlooking the beautiful alps and layers of fresh snow. If only every morning could start off like that one, we would never refuse to get out of bed again! Of course a trip to the alps meant we had to Ski! Chamonix Sport Adventure took on the task of taking us up the mountains and it’s fair to say our ski instructor Franck had his work cut out with us. As a group, we were mixed with some total beginners and some intermediate. Gabby showed us how it is done and was near enough ready for the black slopes once she’d clipped her skis in! Franck was a brilliant instructor and despite some of us being more like Bambi than a pro-skier, he was very patient and encouraging with all of us! This was followed by a well deserved meal at La Folie Douce, where we all took full advantage of an endless dessert buffet. After all, a few hours on the slopes cancels out 3 pieces of chocolate cake..right?
Wednesday was our lovely Gabby Allen’s birthday and of course we had to celebrate in style! Where better than to do this than the QC Terme Spa? A breathtaking spa, where we were treated like royalty. We enjoyed a fun filled day of being pampered, steamed and moisturised. The outdoor infinity pool with views across the snow and mountains was definitely one to remember and simply does not compare to any other! We sat down for a super healthy lunch (and a birthday cake...healthy ish) before making our way home to our chalet in the afternoon. We switched the swimsuits to sweaters and moon boots and continued on Gabby’s birthday celebrations with Apres Ski at Le Folie Douce where we enjoyed an amazing three course meal surrounded by singers and dancers interacting with our table. We drank, danced and ate till we dropped!
Our last morning in Chamonix was an emotional one! We loved this trip so much and didn’t want to leave. We shot a mini-video for Wilkinson Sword’s ‘In Love with the Shave of Me’ campaign, where the girls spoke about their favourite things to do for self love and self care. This was definitely one of Flourish’s favourite trips so far and we would like to give huge thanks to Wilkinson Sword and Home Away UK.