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What is a Concierge Service?

What is a Concierge Service?

12764410_1158288480849030_6621769340630707704_oRunning a concierge company in Zurich I am often asked, what is a concierge service? What services do you provide? Is it just for the wealthy? Do I need to be a member to use your services? Today’s concierge companies offer a wide range of services to suit the client’s needs, ranging from personal concierge right the way though to corporate concierge for business – but each company, like it’s clients, is individual.

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A supercar Rally I did with a client across Europe

For Allow Me, our services range from finding a garage for your car to be serviced, help with general errands, planning and organizing private events/weddings/honeymoons, to booking private jets and 5* holidays. We also help companies to look after their employees and clients’ needs, helping with their events and any other services that they require. In a nutshell, there is no real limit to the services we provide, or type of person that we provide them for.

The overall goal of a personal concierge is often to take care of all the little odds and ends that can get overlooked in the frenetic pace of daily life. A concierge can do tasks that might be time consuming (or simply boring) so that you have more time to focus on the things you want to do. We can also offer our expert view, based on years of experience, to save you time searching the internet or checking reviews.

So to answer the questions, Allow Me offers a dedicated lifestyle management and personal assistant service in Zurich, Zug, Horgen and surrounding areas. We offer trustworthy, professional and efficient lifestyle management services so that you have more free personal time and peace of mind.

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One of our many partners

Our services are for everyone, as each service is personal to the individual and varies depending on duration, complexity and timing we always like to give a personal quote for our services.

 

SOME EXAMPLES OF PERSONAL CONCIERGE SERVICES

 

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Amazing venue for a party on Lake Zurich

We have helped many personal clients save money and time already – we organized a successful 30th birthday party for a client at Badi Enge. We only had 4 weeks to find a venue and plan the party but what counted was the end result and the client was very happy! The whole party was also delivered under budget and with no stress to our client so she could enjoy her birthday party. Allow Me sorted the DJ, venue, drink, food, hotels for guests coming from out of town and the after party at Aura in Zurich on the VIP guest list –  we also planned their recovery brunch on the Sunday at Terrasse!

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A group photo from the “mini moon” in Verbier

One other event that Allow Me organized this winter was the “mini-moon” for Chalie and Dave in Verbier. They got married in Gstaad in March and then invited 25 friends to Verbier for a week. They were so lucky with the snow and we had powder almost every day. Allow Me planned every detail of a fun filled week. We organized everything from night sledging, lunch time meals, ski guides, private parties, massages, 5 * chalet for everyone to stay in and so much more. It was a very successful week and the last day finished with everyone dressed up in animal suits and skiing the Verbier 4 Valleys.

Here is a lovely quote from Charlie and Dave about the work Allow Me did. “Thank you Chris for making our “mini-moon” one of the best weeks of our life. From when we first met to discuss our plans to the very last moment of our trip you made every wish happen. Allow Me made what could have been a chaotic experience with our 25 friends into a week of laughter, relaxation and huge amounts of fun. Thank you for helping us create amazing memories. Thanks again Chris”

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Wine tasting in Italy with clients

Allow Me will take care of whatever needs to get done. The only limit to what we will do is the customer’s imagination (and the legality of the request!). We will give you back your most valued commodity — time. We work with all our clients individually and will do whatever is necessary to customize a solution for their needs. Allow Me provides one-call problem solving, time saving, organizational and personal assistant services.

 

SOME EXAMPLES OF CORPORATE CONCIERGE SERVICES

 

Allow Me recently looked after a delegation of foreign government representatives visiting a private company in Zug – in this case we helped with transport and accommodation as well as developing a full itinerary for meetings, entertainment and sightseeing. We went above and beyond by offering them a 24/7 dedicated personal concierge service, ensuring that the trip went without a hitch.

The Rocksresort in Laax, a great place for a corporate meeting/weekend away and much more

The Rocksresort in Laax, a great place for a corporate meeting/weekend away and much more

We work with a number of partners offering business accommodation, car rentals and meet and greet services. We know that your clients and employees are important to you, and want to make sure that your business objectives are met. We want to understand your brand and the services you offer so that we can inspire loyalty with your clients and help maintain your business relationships, while freeing up your valuable employees’ time. We’d love to help organize your corporate retreats, and have many creative ideas for team building and wellness activities in Switzerland and beyond.

Allow Me has a passion for corporate concierge services. We listen, take time to understand your requirements and offer support from planning and organizing to executing your requirements to ensure complete satisfaction. We customize each package exclusively for our clients. We have experience in assisting both large organizations and small private wealth funds. Discretion, efficiency and reliability are of the utmost importance.

In summary, Allow Me is for available for everyone, we can help with any situation and we have local as well as global partners to suit all your needs. So please just call or email us and let’s talk about how we can help make your life easier. Have a great weekend.20151206-3698-MSKY

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Summer in Switzerland

 Summer in Switzerland

 

Allow Me has had a very busy winter and I also welcomed Harry to the family. He was born on the 8th of January and has kept me very busy during the winter.

IMG_3924One event that Allow Me organized this winter was the “mini-moon” for Chalie and Dave in Verbier. They got married in Gstaad in March and then invited 25 friends to Verbier for a week. They were so lucky with the snow and we had powder almost every day. Allow Me planned every detail of a
fun filled week. We organized everything from night sledging, lunch time meals, ski guides, private parties, massages, 5 * chalet for everyone to stay in and so much more. It was a very successful week and the last day
finished with everyone dressed up in animal suits and skiing the Verbier 4 Valleys.17157403_1363633437028529_7881318671103103571_o

Here is a lovely quote from Charlie and Dave about the work Allow Me
did. “Thank you Chris for making our “mini-moon” one of the best weeks of our life. From when we first met to discuss our plans to the very last moment of our trip you made every wish happen. Allow Me made what could have been a chaotic experience with our 25 friends into a week of laughter, relaxation and huge amounts of fun. Thank you for helping
us create amazing memories. 
Thanks again Chris”

 

 

With the glorious April sun shining our minds start to wander away from a cold and snowy winter into what we are hoping will be a summer with long, hot and sunny days. If you need help with anything from a weekend break, a holiday abroad or planning your summer event/party then please get in touch with Allow Me as we would love to make sure that you have the most amazing summer.

BBQS, SUMMER PARTIES AND EVENTS

Allow Me offers bespoke event planning to individuals and corporate clients. We can help you with every aspect of planning and organising your event, from idea generation to execution. If you have already planned your event but would like to enjoy it rather than worrying about it on the day, Allow Me can also provide on-site assistance, hosting, managing service providers and ensuring attention to detail.

 

WEEKEND BREAKS

biking copyThe Swiss Alps are stunning in the summer.  There is so much to do in the mountains for all the family from golf, 2016-07-07 16.27.30tennis, hiking, biking, BBQ, swimming in mountain lakes or the wonderful swimming pools and time relaxing in the Swiss alps. Why not take full advantage of the mountains and book a weekend break. For more ideas on places to go, activities to do with the family then please get in touch and Allow Me will be able to organise an unforgettable break for you.

 

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With both Zurich and Zug surrounded by amazing countryside, why not explore the beautiful countryside on your bike. There are lots of lovely restaurants to have a relaxing meal and with lots of quiet cycle paths and country roads, it’s a great day out for the whole family. For ideas on where to go then please get in touch as we know routes for all levels of cyclists, and can also recommend bike shops!

 

OPEN AIR CINEMAS

The open air cinemas normally start in July and go on till the end of August. You will find screens put up by the lake and if you have not been, it’s definitely worth a visit. The best screen to visit is the Salt Openair which will take place at the specially built open air cinema at the Zurichhorn in Zurich from 16th July to 16th August.  Be warned, spaces can fill up fast, so it’s best to make a booking as soon as the schedule is announced.

 

BOAT TRIPS ON LAKE ZURICH AND LAKE ZUG

Both lake Zurich and lake Zug have amazing cruises where you can enjoy a leisurely boat ride and enjoy the countryside, stopping off at various points along the lake or just go on a lunch cruise and enjoy your trip in style. This is a great trip for visiting guests (especially those with mobility issues) or a nice family day out.

 

BADI TIME!

image1One of the best things about living in Switzerland in the summer has to be swimming in the “Badis” (the outdoor pools). Not only are there plenty of badis to choose from but they are all slightly different. Some offer snacks and drinks, live music and DJ’s, and others are a bit more family friendly. The facilities vary widely and they all have their own special character and charm – everyone has their own favorite! For a list of badis in Zurich click here and for Zug click here. It’s often best to buy a season pass and then you have unlimited access to check out them all!

 

Though out the summer Allow Me will keep you up to date with what is going in Zurich and Zug so that we can help you have the best summer. If Allow Me can help you in any way during the busy summer period, then please get in touch. Have a great week and thanks for reading.

Events and Summer time in Switzerland

Events and Summer time in Switzerland

It finally seems that summer is here!  At least with the sun shining we can all start to enjoy the outdoors and get the BBQ going. It has been a great start to the summer for Allow Me with a few wine tours and organizing parties for clients.

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The birthday party in full swing at Badi Enge

Last week we organized a successful 30th birthday party for a client at Badi Enge. We only had 4 weeks to find a venue and plan the party but what counted was the end result and the client was very happy! The whole party was also delivered under budget and with no stress to our client so she could enjoy her birthday party. Allow Me sorted the DJ, venue, drink, food, hotels for guests coming from out of town and the after party at Aura in Zurich on the VIP guest list –  we also planned their recovery brunch on the Sunday at Terrasse! This is what she had to say about the service Allow Me delivered: “Chris organized my 30th birthday party here in Zurich. He took care of each and every single detail, was very professional and very responsive at any time. I would not have been able to organize such a big party in addition to my daily work and I am thankful to now have amazing memories of my birthday thanks to Chris.”

Swiss National Day on the 1st of August is a huge event in Switzerland. If you thinking of having a summer party then why not ask Allow Me to help with all the preparation, invitations and even cooking or hosting so that you can relax and enjoy the party

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Some of the cars parked outside the hotel

Allow Me was lucky enough to be invited by a member last week on The Club GT Super Car Tour across Europe. We could only join for 1 day of driving but what an amazing day we had! We drove out of Germany and across into Austria to Sölden and over the Stelvio Pass in Italy driving on a road many regard as one of the best in Europe.  Then we crossed out of Italy into Switzerland and stayed in the 5* Grand Hotel Kronefhof just outside St. Moritz. If you would like to do an event like this, then please get in touch with Allow Me and we will make it happen for you!

Driving up the Stelvio Pass

Driving up the Stelvio Pass

WEEKEND BREAKS

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The downhill mountain bike course in Klosters

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The Swiss alps

The Swiss Alps are stunning in the summer.  There is so much to do in the mountains for all the family from golf, tennis, hiking, biking, BBQ, swimming in mountain lakes or the wonderful swimming pools and time relaxing in the Swiss alps. Why not take full advantage of the mountains and book a weekend break. For more ideas on places to go, activities to do with the family then please get in touch and Allow Me will be able to organize an unforgettable break for you.

I hope you are all enjoying the sunny weather.  We very much look forward to hearing from you and helping you make the most of your summer.

Mountain biking in the Swiss Alps

Mountain biking in the Swiss Alps

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What is a Concierge Service?

What is a Concierge Service?

Running a concierge company in Zurich and Zug I am often asked, what is a concierge service? What services do you provide? Is it just for the wealthy? Do I need to be a member to use your services? Today’s concierge companies offer a wide range of services to suit the client’s needs, ranging from personal concierge right the way though to corporate concierge for business – but each company, like it’s clients, is individual.

For Allow Me Lifestyle Management Services, our services range from finding a garage for your car to be serviced and helping with household errands, to booking private jets and 5* holidays. We also help companies to look after their employees and clients’ needs, helping with their events and any other services that they require. In a nutshell, there is no real limit to the services we provide, or type of person that we provide them for.Allow Me Concierge Zurich and Zug

The overall goal of a personal concierge is often to take care of all the little odds and ends that can get overlooked in the frenetic pace of daily life. A concierge can do tasks that might be time consuming (or simply boring) so that you have more time to focus on the things you want to do. We can also offer our expert view, based on years of experience, to save you time searching the internet or checking reviews.

So to answer the questions, Allow Me offers a dedicated lifestyle management and personal assistant service in Zurich, Zug, Thalwil and surrounding areas. We offer trustworthy, professional and efficient lifestyle management services so that you have more free personal time and peace of mind.

Our services are for everyone, are prices start at 40CHF an hour for members and the fee for non-members is worked out individual as each service is personal to the individual and varies depending on duration, complexity and timing.

 SOME EXAMPLES OF PERSONAL CONCIERGE SERVICES

We have helped many personal clients save money and time already – for example, we recently saved a client 5400 CHF on a garage repair bill. We also love to organize summer and winter dinner parties – we have a number of preferred private chefs, cookery schools, and wine specialists to call upon to help – and can even offer a spare pair of hands to help out during the event (serving, hosting or even helping with the washing up).  We have a number of excellent cleaners and baby-sitters on standby for any last minute requests.

One of our many partners

taking a client wine tasting in Klosters

Taking a client wine tasting in Klosters

Because of our background in winter sports we specialize in weekend breaks in the mountains, but we can make any travel arrangements you need, and look after your plants or pets while you are away.

Allow Me will take care of whatever needs to get done. The only limit to what we will do is the customer’s imagination (and the legality of the request!). We’ve even helped out with wedding planning!

Juggling daily responsibilities as an individual or as a family can be stressful and time consuming. We can help. Allow Me will give you back your most valued commodity — time. We work with all our clients individually and will do whatever is necessary to customize a solution for their needs. Allow Me provides one-call problem solving, time saving, organizational and personal assistant services.

SOME EXAMPLES OF CORPORATE CONCIERGE SERVICES

Taking some corporate clients to Mont Stanserhorn on their visit to Zug

Taking some corporate clients to Mont Stanserhorn on their visit to Zug

 Allow Me recently looked after a delegation of foreign government representatives visiting a private company in Zug – in this case we helped with transport and accommodation as well as developing a full itinerary for meetings, entertainment and sightseeing. We went above and beyond by offering them a 24/7 dedicated personal concierge service, ensuring that the trip went without a hitch.

We work with a number of partners offering business accommodation, car rentals and meet and greet services. We know that your clients and employees are important to you, and want to make sure that your business objectives are met. We want to understand your brand and the services you offer so that we can inspire loyalty with your clients and help maintain your business relationships, while freeing up your valuable employees’ time. We’d love to help organize your corporate retreats, and have many creative ideas for team building and wellness activities in Switzerland and beyond.

Allow Me has a passion for corporate concierge services. We listen, take time to understand your requirements and offer support from planning and organizing to executing your requirements to ensure complete satisfaction. We customize each package exclusively for our clients. We have experience in assisting both large organizations and small private wealth funds. Discretion, efficiency and reliability are of the utmost importance.

In summary, Allow Me is for available for everyone, we can help with any situation and we have local as well as global partners to suit all your needs. So please just call or email us and let’s talk about how we can help make your life easier. Have a great week.

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Summer In Switzerland

Summer In Switzerland

With the glorious April sun shining, our minds start to wander away from a cold and snowy winter into what we are hoping will be a repeat of last summer with long, hot and sunny days. Switzerland has so much to offer in the summer and here are a few suggestions on how to spend your free time. If you need help with anything from a weekend break, a holiday abroad, helping with errands or even booking a tee time then please get in touch with Allow Me as we would love to make sure that you have the most amazing summer.

MOUNTAIN BREAKS AT THE ROCKSRESORT, LAAX

If you are looking for a little trip to the mountains, then for me the obvious destination is Laax. The RocksResort is situated in the center of Laax, a 90 min drive from Zug or Zurich. The Rocksresort never fails to impress guests with its unique design based on materials from the local area. The comfortably furnished apartments for four, six or eight people are ideal for smaller groups and families. Further venues, shops and

The Rocksresort in Laax

The Rocksresort in Laax

restaurants to meet all your needs and requirements are available within walking distance in the resort. When booking an apartment for 3 nights or longer RocksResort offers you free mountain lift tickets for 4 persons, worth 168 CHF. Fun family actives that Laax also offer are: swimming lake Cauma and Cresta, Freestyle Academy Indoor Base, daily children’s programme at rocksresort free of charge from 5 nights onwards, various playgrounds incl. ping pong, badminton, football and slackline, hiking, biking and climbing in UNESCO World Heritage area, whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Rhine Gorge and many more. For more info, please click here.

BBQ AND SUMMER PARTIES

What could be better than having a few friends over for a BBQ in the sunshine, either at home or on one of the many grilling areas you can find alongside most of the lakes in Switzerland. If you are looking to have a summer party then why not ask Allow Me to help with all the preparation, invitations and even cooking or hosting so that you can relax and enjoy the party.

BIKING IN THE MOUNTAINS SURROUND ZURICH AND ZUG

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Biking in the mountains around Zurich

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Amazing biking routes in Hirzel

With both Zurich and Zug surrounded by amazing countryside, why not explore the beautiful countryside on your bike. There are lots of lovely restaurants to have a relaxing meal and with lots of quiet cycle paths and country roads, it’s a great day out for the whole family. For ideas on where to go then please get in touch as we know routes for all levels of cyclists, and can also recommend bike shops!

CORPORATE WINE TASTING/SUMMER PARTIES AND PRIVATE WINE TASTING AT HOME

Allow Me is working closely with Premium Trade Fine Wines & Spirits who cater for many top restaurants and companies and we are proud to recommend their wine event service.

Their section of great wines, together with a personalized service can help provide a unique entertainment opportunity for businesses that wish to give a different concept or an extra touch to an event. Team building programs, press conferences and receptions or celebrations; these can be at your office, one of their centrally located stores or any other venues you can think of.

They can also organize wine tasting and wine pairing for private parties and dinners. Claudio Martins is a wine director, consultant and connoisseur and his knowledge of wine will open up a new world of wine to your guests. For more details, please get in touch with Allow Me and we can help you plan your event.

TAKE A TRAIN UP TO UETLIBERG

A watch tower you can climb up and get amazing views

A watch tower you can climb up and get amazing views

Departing from the main station, the SZU takes you all the way up Zurich’s backyard mountain, the Uetliberg. At the top you will be able to enjoy views that span way past Zurich. A planet-themed trail takes you over to the Felsenegg, from where you can take the cable car down to Adliswil (and return to Zurich on the train). You can also take one of the many hiking trails to the top but be warned, some sections can be quite steep and watch out for the mountain bikers…

OPEN AIR CINEMAS

The open air cinemas normally start in July and go on till the end of August. You will find screens put up by the lake and if you have not been, it’s definitely worth a visit. The best screen to visit is the Salt Openair which will take place at the specially built open air cinema at the Zurichhorn in Zurich from 16th July to 16th August.  Be warned, spaces can fill up fast, so it’s best to make a booking as soon as the schedule is announced.

BOAT TRIPS ON LAKE ZURICH AND LAKE ZUG

Lake Zurich on Thursday evening

Lake Zurich on Thursday evening

Both lake Zurich and lake Zug have amazing cruises where you can enjoy a leisurely boat ride and enjoy the countryside, stopping off at various points along the lake or just go on a lunch cruise and enjoy your trip in style. This is a great trip for visiting guests (especially those with mobility issues) or a nice family day out.

BADI TIME!

One of the best things about living in Switzerland in the summer has to be swimming in the “Badis” (the outdoor pools). Not only are there plenty of badis to choose from but they are all slightly different. Some offer snacks and drinks, live music and DJ’s, and others are a bit more family friendly. The facilities vary widely and they all have their own special character and charm – everyone has their own favorite! For a list of badis in Zurich click here and for Zug click here. It’s often best to buy a season pass and then you have unlimited access to check out them all!

Though out the summer Allow Me will keep you up to date with what is going in Zurich and Zug so that we can help you have the best summer. If Allow Me can help you in any way during the busy summer period, then please get in touch. Have a great week and thanks for reading.

Dan from our members ski trip last winter in Flims.

First Annual Member’s Ski Day

What a wonderful day in the mountains

Everyone else had skied off……

Allow Me had great pleasure organizing our very first Member’s ski day last  Friday. With such great snow conditions and perfect blue skies it was a day everyone was looking forward to. I decided to go to Flims/Laax which is an ideal distance for a day trip from Zurich. The drive takes a little over and hour and a half and you get some breath-taking views along the way.

Dan finding putting in some nice turns in the powder

Dan putting in some nice turns in the powder

Upon arrival at Flims the slopes were nice and quiet and we set out to explore the mountain. Not only did we find run after run of fresh powder but the sun was shining and there were no queues. Flims/Laax is a huge ski area and there are so many hidden routes to explore. For the more serious freestyle skiers/snowboarders Laax boasts one of the best freestyle parks in Europe and you will be spoilt for choice. You have everything from the beginner park/pipe right up to the world’s biggest pipe and an amazing pro kicker/rail line. As we were powder hounds we left the parks alone and set out exploring the mountain.

Cassons was one area that we really wanted to ride as it’s famous for its long powder field and it’s very easy to access by cable car but due to dangerous avalanche conditions it was closed, however we found some great powder fields at La Siala then looping down to Grauberg.  After a morning filled with thrills and spills we had lunch at possibly the best mountain restaurant I have ever been to, Ustria Startgels. They have an open fire kitchen for roasting meat, incredible homemade pasta and very knowledgeable and friendly staff.  They are also open in the summer and I cannot recommend visiting enough. On weekends and busy days it’s always best to make a booking (which naturally, AllowMe can help you with!).

The all important lunch

The all important lunch

Dan after a little tumble

A little tumble

The afternoon was spent exploring the runs – we headed over to Crap Sogn Gion and were blown away by how big the area was. So if you’re stuck for something to do during the week or weekend we suggest you head over to Flims/Laax. Allow Me can help with all your ski break bookings during the winter and indeed summer season holidays, and with over twelve years of being professionally involved in the winter sports industry we will make sure you have a fantastic weekend break.

The amazing view on the drive home

The amazing view on the drive home