Gorgeous Glamour - Gstaad Palace
Ever since opening in 1913 the luxury hotel Gstaad Palace has been the star attraction of this ultra-glamorous village. This legendary ‘grand dame’ is a magnet for high society, rock stars and celebrities; just about everyone hangs out here.
There are many reasons why this fairytale castle is so acclaimed; not least the fact that it has been owned by three generations of the charming and gracious Scherz family. The setting is not to be sniffed at either; with the glorious Alps around you this morning resort is perfect all year round. In Winter indulge in a wealth of wintersports right on your doorstep; in summer as the mountains burst into life you can picnic Heidi-style in flower filled-meadows or learn tennis from a renowned pro.
Make sure you book some time at the striking new spa, it not only has craveworthy treatments but a unique Hammam experience, private spa suite, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis – all overlooking the sweeping Alpine vista. Treatment complete, you will be ready to hit the exclusive GreenGo nightclub.
As you can imagine this is definitely a place for a room with a view; outside the Alps and inside elegance abounds. There are heaps of restaurants but for traditional Swiss cuisine with a touch of class, think fondue with a hint of truffle, try La Fromagerie.
Magic in the mountains
Come the summer months head up the mountain to the Palace’s utterly charming Walig Hut. The beauty of this old mountainside lodge is its lovely traditional feel; all wooden floors, animal hide rugs and cosy atmosphere. Then there are the views, simply mind-blowing. This gorgeous mountain retreat is perfect for lunch or dinner; you can even stay overnight.
Mountains of glamour in a town that twinkles with a stellar reputation and celebrity. It’s a Palace of mountain chalet chic with a contemporary twist. You’ll appreciate the royal treatment.
Dashing through the snow
There is nothing more magical than a star-filled night in the Alps. Imagine travelling in a horse-drawn sleigh, a fur thrown over you, cool air on your face, and romance in your heart.
Mountain by night
A private opening of the Eggli chairlift will get you and your friends to the top of the mountain for a fondue party. And then, with guides, you can career down the mountain through the woods in soft snow on a toboggan. Or how about skiing lit by flame torches? Toast the success of your descent around a roaring fire, Schnapps in hand. You’ll be giddy with exhilaration.
Do you want to look elegantly fabulous on the slope at dinner, in the bar, on the dance floor…well, everywhere really? Head to Lorenz Bach’s exquisite boutique for velvet, cashmere, and streamlined uber-chic for the slopes. He has it all and more.
You’ll be grinning from ear to ear when you tuck into the gooey delicious fondue and raclette at Café du Cerf. Located in the village of Rougemout, it’s an institution that has been packing in the A-listers and locals for years. With live Swiss folk music on Friday and Saturday nights, it’s brimming with mountain atmosphere. Take the whole family for smiles all round.
Sevy writes for Onesmalltowngirl.com an awesome travel blog. Sevy will be continuing her European travel writing this week when she travels to Paris - France this weekend.