Audrey Hepburn’s Style, Michelin Stars and a New Luxury Hotel

Three Museums in Morges Celebrate Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy

The lives and careers of film star Audrey Hepburn and fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy (above) were intertwined. Givenchy, one of the most eminent designers of the 20th and 21st centuries, was the favorite designer of Hepburn, famed for her roles in such films as Roman Holiday, Charade and My Fair Lady. Now the film star and the haute couture star will be celebrated with three concurrent museum exhibitions this spring in Morges, where Hepburn spent the last three decades of her life. Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy: An Elegant Friendship will feature more than 50 original gowns, hats and accessories will be on view, as well as 60 sketches created especially for the occasion along with previously unseen photographs. Fondation Bolle will focus on the relationship between Hepburn and Givenchy, with a display of sketches, dresses, photos and a documentary movie. Morges Castle will offer a retrospective of Givenchy’s work, including garments, accessories and designs. Finally, the Musée Alexis-Forel Morges will present an homage to Hepburn by Givenchy, featuring sketches, Audrey Hepburn’s dresses, photos and magazine covers. The exhibitions run from May 20 to September 17, 2017. Go to Morges Tourism for more details.

Hotel Valrose in Rougemont Reborn

The Hotel Valrose in Rougemont, which had been closed since 2007, reopened in mid-December after a 20-month renovation that cost more than 10 million Swiss Francs ($9.9 million). It’s a breathtaking modern interpretation of Alpine design, with wooden walls, leather chairs, and sensual fabrics. The property, which is a few minutes from the slopes, was built in 1904, when the Montreux-Oberland Bernois (MOB) railway arrived in the Pays-d’Enhaut. Jean-Jacques Gauer, a former director of the Lausanne Palace, and Edgar Bovier, executive chef at the Palace, are behind the project. This boutique property features just 12 guestrooms, a restaurant, coffee shop and a garden patio. The hotel is managed by Florian Carrard, a former chef at the Lausanne Palace, who offers local cuisine based on regional products.

Renovation of Bellevue Suites at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace 

The suites of the legendary Fairmont Le Montreux Palace have undergone a complete renovation, thanks to London-based Aedas, one of the world's leading global architecture and design practices. The suites have been carefully updated in a contemporary style that looks clean and modern yet respects the hotel’s Belle-Époque heritage and its extraordinary architectural details.

The Lake Geneva Regions Remains the Top Swiss Gastronomic Winner 

Once again, the Lake Geneva Region (Canton of Vaud) has been singled out for its culinary achievements. Both the 2017 Michelin and the Gault&Millau guides have honored the region. There are 13 restaurants with a combined total of 19 stars in the current Michelin Guide while Gault&Millau highlights 97 Vaud restaurants with a total of 1,368 points. The Lake Geneva Region remains the most honored canton in all of Switzerland for its gastronomy. Perhaps the most noteworthy achievement is The Hôtel de Ville in Crissier, which retained its three Michelin stars. This is high praise for both Chef Franck Giovannini and for Brigitte Violier, who has been managing the establishment since her husband’s death. It is the only restaurant in the world that has seen a succession of four three-star chefs: Fredy Girardet (1993-1996), Philippe Rochat (1996-2012), Benoit Violier (2012-2016), and now, Franck Giovannini.

SWISS International partners with Grand Hôtel du Lac

SWISS has partnered with Chef de Cuisine Thomas Neeser from the Grand Hôtel du Lac in Vevey for the next three months as part of its award-winning “SWISS Taste of Switzerland” inflight food program. SWISS First and Business guests on long-haul flights from Switzerland in March, April and May will enjoy menus created especially by Chef Neeser, Chef de Cuisine at the hotel’s Les Saisons restaurant, which has earned a Michelin star. His menus are paired with wines from the Lavaux vineyards, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and end with a selection of cheeses from the region, including a L’Etivaz and a Le Praz.

Cully Jazz Festival

2017 marks the 35th annual Cully Jazz Festival, held from March 31 to April 8, 2017. In this lakeside wine village, more than 55,000 people are expected to attend the intimate festival at the foot of the Lavaux vineyards. There will be 40 concerts that require an admission charge as well as 80 free concerts. Headliners this year include McCoy Tyner, Ben l’Oncle Soul and Miles Mosley. The music continues in local wine cellars and cafes throughout the village.

ArtLab in Lausanne

The new ArtLab project, built at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. ArtLab’s vast slate roof stretches across three distinct spaces to show the connection between the arts, culture, and science and technology. The focus at ArtLab is on developing technologies that allow people to better understand their cultural heritage while also educating the public about the great scientific challenges of this century. The building, which makes arts and culture accessible through leading-edge technology, opened its doors in early November 2016. It houses a large exhibition space, the digital archives of the Montreux Jazz Festival and a Montreux Jazz Café. There are terminals within the café’s booths where visitors can search and listen to the music database, which includes more than 5,000 concerts by such Montreux festival favorites as Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz, Paloma Faith and Lady Gaga.

The Lake Geneva Region (Canton of Vaud) is located in the French-speaking part of Western Switzerland, a timeless, picture-postcard destination of classic mountain beauty, refined cuisine and legendary hotels. Visitors come for wine tastings in the Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They dine in celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants and local brasseries and visit lively farmers markets. Outdoor opportunities range from hiking and biking to sailing and swimming in Lake Geneva. Major ski resorts include Les Diablerets, Villars and Leysin. The region is famed for the Vallée de Joux, the center of Swiss watchmaking, and the new Chaplin’s World museum. Visit the for more information.