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„There are some people in your life that make you laugh just a little louder, smile a little bigger and live just a little bit better.“
Sharing moments with people you love the most and simply spending time with them is the most precious thing.
Lea and Candy and I were inseparable in school and always sitting together in class in the last row giggling and chatting. As you grow older and life takes you in different directions it gets more difficult to spend time together regularly. I have moved away to a different city and we still speak regularly but the moments where we actually manage to spend time together are rare. Still when we do manage it is always wonderful.
I usually travel solo but it was lovely to share those precious moments with my two oldest friends at Lake Constance, Germany.
For a long time we were talking about spending a weekend together, doing a girls trip.
When the Steigenberger Hotel Group invited me to test their Girlfriends Package, it was the perfect opportunity for us to finally set a date for our short holiday together.
Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts can be found all over Germany, Netherlands, Belgium as well as in Turkey, Egypt etc.
The Steigenberger Inselhotel Konstanz at Lake Constance was the perfect location for us, as it was not too far away. I do hold many memories about Constance and the lake that borders Germany, Switzerland and Austria. When I was a child it was my families favorite holiday destination. We usually packed our bikes and went there over the weekend. Swam in the lake, rode our bikes and went camping. We always had the best times there.
Our excitement was getting bigger and bigger as the weekend came closer and then finally it was the time for our reunion. I took the train from Frankfurt to Constance. It was a slow, but beautiful journey through the black forest in autumn.
The other two came by car and met me in front of the train station from where we made our way to the Steigenberger Inselhotel.
The hotel is perfectly situated in the historic city center by the waterfront. The harbor and the shopping streets are just a short walk away.
Once we checked in and received the key card to our room, we made our way to 310 and found bottles of sparkling wine and 3 Glossyboxes filled with beauty products waiting for us. If that is not the perfect start for a girls weekend. We couldn’t help ourselves but open the first bottle of sparkling wine to raise our glasses to our weekend at Lake Constance.
The Steigenberger Inselhotel is a former cloister that has been turned into a 5 star hotel. The modern rooms and suites are in lovely contrast to the historic architecture.
After exploring the hotel grounds, we headed into the historic city center for some coffee and cake. The old town is really lovely, with its old half-timber houses, small shops and cafés and it is no wonder why it is a popular holiday destination.
For the evening we had a reservation for a four course dinner. Gourmets can choose between seasonal and regional dishes in the „Seerestaurant“, from where you have a lovely view over the water or try regional specialties in the cozy „Dominikanerstube“.
None of us really had experienced a four course dinner in such a luxurious setting before, so it was a really special and delicious experience for us. The dishes in the menu all sounded mouthwatering and as we sat down, we were pretty hungry and excited for the food.
As first course we got a fish tatar, second dish was a creamy corn soup with a polenta, as main we all chose a different dish so we could try everything. The main dishes: salmon, chicken and tagliatelle – were all really good and tasty. To round it up the friendly waiter brought us vanilla ice cream cake with chocolate sauce as desert.
Full from all the food we had, we just fell in our comfortable beds after dinner on our first evening and dozed off.
Everyone who likes to sleep in will be delighted to hear that the breakfast buffet goes until 11 am. The buffet truly is a heaven for all the foodies out there: fresh, regional products are used here. There is a great selection of beverages: different teas, smoothies, juices and even champagne to choose from; fruit; salmon; a great selection of cheese, meat, pastries; and you have the option to get an omelet made freshly. What a perfect start of the weekend.
What is the one thing that makes a weekend with your weekend complete? Right, Wellness! We had a massage booked for us in the morning and we couldn’t wait to get pampered. The three of us received a back and neck massage and it was so relaxing that I wasn’t far from falling asleep. After some stressful weeks it was really needed and felt heavenly. We relaxed with some tea in the wellness area and also checked out the sauna. On a rainy cold day that would be the perfect place to hide and relax.
We were blessed with good weather so we decided to head out for a day in the city and spend some time by the lake. Constance actually offers a lot: there are many great, small shops, lots of theaters and museums and on a nice day it is lovely to take a boat tour around the harbor or to the flower island Mainau.
We ended our day with some cocktails and girls talk in the atmospheric „Zeppelin-Bar“ of the Steigenberger Inselhotel.
The next morning after sleeping in, we made our way down to breakfast where we again enjoyed the food and drink and talked about the weekend. We realized that we have never done a girls weekend like that before and since we don’t see each other that often anymore, how important it is to plan something like that. To do a short getaway to celebrate our friendship with shopping and wellness, to dine together, to chat about this and that, relax and simply enjoy a weekend away from everything. We certainly will plan something like that again in the near future.
Facts: The Steigenberger Girlfriends Package in the Steigenberger Inselhotel Konstanz includes:
- a 2 night stay including breakfast
- a bottle of prosecco on arrival in the room per person
- 1 Candle Light Dinner on the first evening
- 1 Wellness Treatment, Massage
- 1 Glossybox per person
- 1 House-Cocktail from the bar
- free usage of sauna, steam bath, fitness room during the stay
More on: www.steigenberger.com