A Fabulous Stay at Hotel
The Alpina Gstaad
The Swiss Mountain Resort of Gstaad
If you’re looking for a luxury break in the Swiss mountains to recharge your batteries, what could be better than spoiling yourself in one of Switzerland’s top hotels in the beautiful alpine village of Gstaad? The multi award winning hotel The Alpina Gstaad is a 5 star luxury hotel set in 20 hectares of beautiful grounds. It really offers everything you could imagine for a truly relaxing and memorable stay. From the fresh mountain air to the beautiful views, to the Michelin star dining and the luxurious spa, this hotel has built a reputation for going the extra mile. The Alpina Gstaad is a place where you can forget your worries and truly re-energise and revitalize both body and soul.
Gstaad Copyright of “Destination Gstaad”
The hotel is set atop a hill right above the village with stunning panoramic views across the Bernese Oberland. On arrival we were warmly welcomed and whilst we checked in, the friendly and efficient staff took care of both the car and our luggage.
If, like us, you are driving (it’s about 3.5 hours from Zurich – add a little extra time so that you can stop a couple of times on this very scenic journey), do note that much of Gstaad is pedestrianized. A quick call to the hotel enabled us to follow precise directions from the friendly reception team. On the other hand, if you arrive by train, one of the hotel’s fleet of cars (which include its very own Tesla Model X), will come and pick you up from the station.
A Hotel With Its Own Art Collection
This 56-room luxury hotel was built in 2012 on the site which was once occupied by the Grand Hotel Alpina. It was the first grand hotel to be built in Gstaad for over a century and is co-owned by Jean Claude Mimran and Marcel Bach. Nachson Mimran, Jean Claude Mimran’s son and the hotel’s Creative Director, has a keen interest in art and as a result you will find striking paintings by a number of famous artists throughout the hotel. From the beautiful and colourful artwork hanging behind the reception to some of the more quirky pieces in the bar and along the corridors, the hotel really has a fabulous collection of art.
Swiss Style and Modern Flair
The hotel has cleverly combined traditional Swiss style with state of the art modern flourishes – think dramatic art, lots of leather, limestone, wood and Alpine chic. In the reception the first thing that catches your eye is the magnificent staircase leading to the bar and restaurant area with its modern glass light fittings.
As you walk past the luxurious fresh flowers and up the stairs you can see a fabulous mural painted on the ceiling just above the lights. Made from 32 painted wooden panels, it is believed to date back to the 18th Century.
Martin Göschel Executive Chef
The gastronomy at the Alpina is quite simply amazing. Martin Göschel is the Executive Chef presiding over the hotel’s three restaurants, which cater for all palates and tastes. The Swiss Stübli offers fondues, raclettes and other Swiss specialities, and then the hotel has not one, but two Michelin-starred restaurants. In fact, wherever you eat in the hotel you cannot fail to be impressed.
The Sommet Restaurant (One Michelin Star, Gault-Millau 18/20)
The Sommet Restaurant (where breakfast is also served) offers elegant fine dining in a room flanked with beautiful works of art.
On the first night after relaxing in the hotel lounge with a glass of Nyetimber’s award-winning English sparkling wines, we enjoyed an exceptional dinner at the Sommet. We began with carpaccio of lobster and then we had a warm vegetable salad. This was followed by beef roulades which were deliciously tender and full of flavour. The final flourish was a magnificent chocolate truffle which resembled a golden ball which was dark and delicious inside when cracked open.
Everything was cooked to perfection, beautifully presented and truly delicious.
The Megu Restaurant (One Michelin Star, Gault-Millau 16/20)
For fans of Asian food, the Japanese restaurant Megu, with Head Chef Tetsujiro Ogata and Head Sushi Chef Tsutomu Kugota, should definitely not be missed! We also enjoyed exceptional cuisine at Megu and this time with an Asian twist. We began with crispy Kanzuri shrimps and asparagus with chilli and lemon with a crispy rice crackers crumbing. Next we had a delightful selection of sushi and sashimi followed by a really delicious Kagero Wagyu beef. To finish we had Japanese Omakase cake which admirably rounded off a dinner full of amazing flavours and textures.
The Alpina Lounge & Bar
In addition the Alpina Lounge & Bar, as well as serving top class cocktails also has a very good dining menu.
Our room was decorated in a lovely mix of Swiss Alpine style and high end contemporary fittings. The bed was beautifully comfortable and flanked by the cutest bedside lights ever which were made to look like cowbells. The timber covered walls reinforced the Swiss country feel and there was a bookcase filled with interesting books, a lounge area with a lovely fire and comfortable chairs to chill and relax.
The mini bar (with complimentary coffee and soft drinks) is hidden inside a traditional hand painted “armoire” and each room has a unique model. A lovely touch was the bouquet of fresh flowers and cake along with a handwritten note of welcome. It’s these little touches which really differentiate the Alpina Gstaad and you find them again and again throughout the hotel.
The beautiful bathroom with both a bath and a separate walk in shower is modern and light and the hotel has stopped single use toiletries in line with its sustainability policy, aiming to be as eco friendly as possible. Instead of throwaway slippers they provide really cosy ones made of natural materials which you can re-use.
From our balcony we had the most amazing views across the fields, meadows and mountains. The perfect thing to wake up to in the morning.
You’re really in for a treat for breakfast at the Sommet. Whether you’re on a health kick and fancy the hotel’s freshly squeezed juices and smoothies or berries and fruit from the buffet, or you prefer a traditional cooked breakfast from a menu of made to order options you’re in luck. In fact they even offer a Japanese style breakfast, everything is possible at The Alpina Gstaad. 🙂
The Wonderful Six Senses Spa, Wellness Area & Gym
The Six Senses wellness and spa area spans a whopping 2,000 metres. It is equipped with 12 treatment rooms, a hammam, a Colonic Room, a Colour Therapy Room, an Oriental Room, a Salt Room, a Cave Room for couples treatments and five multifunction individual treatment rooms.
Adjacent to the spa is a work out room where every morning they run complimentary pilates, stretching or yoga classes. I joined two classes (which were absolutely first rate and the perfect way to start the day) and then made sure to spend some relaxing time later in the day in the wellness area. The well equipped gym will put you through your paces and why not relax afterwards with a healthy drink in the juice bar?
As well as having an indoor area, the spa also had a wonderful outdoor heated pool complete with jets and for me this was the perfect place to totally relax. With views of the hotel and the beautiful gardens it was total bliss. In the Summer months it must be an absolute dream.
Six Senses Spa Treatments
The Six Senses Spa offers a whole range of the most wonderful treatments, using Biologique Recherche, ILA, Dr. Burgener and Six Senses Spa products. I was lucky enough to enjoy a massage and in the capable hands of André I was given the most amazing treatment which concentrated on my neck, shoulders and arms. I must say it was truly exceptional. I felt so much better for it, not just the same day but for quite a while after.
Other facilities include the hotel’s private Wine Collection housing 1,700 wines, a Fumidor for cigar fans and a private cinema equipped with super comfy chairs where you can really relax and enjoy your film, complete with freshly made popcorn from the cinema’s own popcorn machine.
The Village Of Gstaad
The little town of Gstaad is a short walk downhill. With its artistic shops, luxury boutiques, cute cafés and restaurants as well as some interesting historic monuments like the little chapel in the centre it’s definitely worth a stroll and if you wish, the hotel’s complimentary shuttle will gladly take you down or pick you up.
There is so much to do in the surrounding area. Depending on the season you can choose from playing golf on the 18 hole course, going ballooning or canyoning, climbing, hiking, horseback riding, tennis, mountain biking, paragliding, river rafting, summer skiing, fishing or of course, hiking. All year round the Peak Walk by Tissot suspension bridge is open (subject to weather conditions) and in Winter there is snowboarding, sledging and winter hiking. Other activities include dog sledding, ice climbing, ice skating, indoor tennis, sled rides, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snow hiking and the glacier Snow Bus. If you fancy lunch in a typical mountain restaurant the Bergrestaurant Wasserngrat is a must visit. Don’t forget to try out their famous meringues with lashings of cream!
Of course when staying at The Alpina Gstaad, you may prefer not to go out at all … and simply luxuriate in the beautiful surroundings and enjoy all the private facilities. The staff are amazingly helpful and knowledgeable and nothing is too much trouble. This hotel really encapsulates the meaning of true luxury and comfort and it was a throughly memorable experience – I just didn’t want to leave!
The Alpina Gstaad
Address: Alpinastrasse 23, 3780 Gstaad, Switzerland
Tel: +41 33 888 9888
The hotel re-opens for the Summer season on 3rd July and is already taking bookings.
The Alpina Gstaad is a member of the Swiss Deluxe Hotels group, the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Legend collection and the exclusive Virtuoso travel network.
Deluxe Rooms start from CHF 590 based on double occupancy.
We stayed as a guest of The Alpina Gstaad but all views are entirely our own.
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