Three days at the Alpina Gstaad
It's a snowy Saturday here in Zurich, and finally, I am back home after 2 busy weeks full of traveling and meetings. As you've already seen on my IG last week I visited Gstaad, and I had the opportunity to spend three days at The Alpina Gstaad, one of the best hotels that I've ever been, and one of the most famous not only in Switzerland but also worldwide!
Before I organized my trip to Gstaad, a lot of my friends told me about the Alpina, and I was so excited that finally, I managed to visit it!
Gstaad has defined discretion and chic mountain holidays for almost a century.Behind the carved wood shutters of the traditional chalets you can discover a community of locals and discerning visitors. Summer and winter they come to explore the wider Saanenland’s pistes, boutiques and restaurants. There is much to love within this richly textured mountain culture including the region’s famous hotel,The Alpina Gstaad!
The Alpina Gstaad is an icon for Gstaad combining Swiss tradition and thoughtful luxury for some of the best travelled individuals in the world. The hotel’s design makes use of materials and craftsmanship typical to the region, in the hewing of stone, leather and centuries-old fir crafted by artisans. The result goes beyond Swiss stereotypes to create a fresh interpretation of Alpine chic.
All 56 rooms and suites reflect how authenticity meets Swiss luxury. Heritage in inspires the detail and careful craftsmanship with classically carved ceilings and timber-clad walls to create a cosy feel along with leather headboards, Swiss farmhouse- style cupboards and chests. Decorative accessories such as the traditional leather raps used to hold cowbells are an iconic image for Saanenland while the result is also fresh and modern.There is a variety of deluxe rooms, junior suites, deluxe suites , grand luxe suites, and of course the famous chalet suite and panorama suite!
The ultimate suite experience at The Alpina Gstaad is the 400 sqm three-bedroom duplex Panorama Suite, upholding the style of an elegant residence in the Alps. An elegant staircase leads to the suite’s top floor revealing a private spa, Jacuzzi, fitness and massage area!
I was super excited that I had the opportunity to spend three days at one of their Deluxe suites!
The Deluxe Suite offers superb views over the traditional village of Gstaad and the Diablerets mountains. From the spacious bedroom with its large, ensuite dressing room, to the lounge area and fireplace – every detail lends the suite a unique atmosphere of rare luxury.
In the center of the lounge stands a grand fireplace, hand-built using local stone. To create the atmosphere of a private home, the room was decorated with genuine locally crafted accessories, including a period bookcase containing an impressive collection of literature.
Remaining true to the unique style of the amazing hotel, every last detail of the Deluxe Suites reflects the region’s heritage. The result is nevertheless contemporary, creating an incomparable experience!
Except of my amazing suite, I also used to spend a lot of time enjoying my drink at one of their lounges, and I was so impressed by their art collection. The Alpina Gstaad has created a unique platform for art, beauty and freedom of expression since opening in 2012. The collection continuously evolves and the frequent release of new and innovative projects are curated by Swiss artist, Pierre Keller.
Of course, I couldn't recist to visit and had 2 therapies at their amazing Spa , a Six Senses signature holistic massage and a facial men's skin treatment.
Six Senses Spa is a holistic destination spa inspired by Asian wellness traditions, which are offered alongside Swiss Alpine treatments. The spa’s 12 treatment rooms include a hammam, a Colonic Room, a Colour Therapy Room, an Ayurvedic Room, an Oriental Room, a Salt Room, a Cave Room for couples treatments and five multifunctional single treatment rooms.
Six Senses signature massage therapies are designed with your specific needs in mind grounded on detox, energizer, holistic and oriental philosophies. Other facilities include an organically-shaped indoor pool, an outdoor amazing pool, two Jacuzzis,a yoga studio, a gym and a juice bar.
The Alpina Gstaad, is also super famous for its restaurants.The Alpina Gstaad’s Executive Chef, Martin Göschel, oversees all of the hotels’ three restaurants. Inspired, precise and creative, the chef’s dishes are an ode to authentic food and the finest produce.
During my stay at the Alpina Gstaad, I also had dinner at two of hotel's famous restaurants, MEGU and Sommet.
Contemporary, authentic and full of surprises, MEGU is overseen by Head Chef Takumi Murase and Head Sushi Chef Tsutomu Kugota who both trained at MEGU in New York. Offering some of Japan’s most unusual ingredients and dishes, the restaurant serves a wide array of freshly prepared sushi and sashimi, as well as an extensive selection of sake – including some rarities imported exclusively for The Alpina Gstaad. MEGU was recently awarded one Michelin star and 16/20 Gault Millau points.
The Sommet restaurant is the jewel in The Alpina Gstaad’s crown, with one Michelin star and 17/20 Gault Millau points paying testament to the restaurant’s exceptional gourmet cuisine. Chef Martin Göschel delivers creative dishes and a unique tasting menu. The restaurant also offers a superb selection of wines, including over 400 rare vintage bottles from across the world, hand-picked by the head sommelier.
There is also the Swiss Stübli , which is an authentic Swiss restaurant but unfortunately I couldn't have time to visit it, but is also famous for some local specialties such as raclette and fondue.
During your stay, all the cigars lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the most exclusive cigars at The Alpina Gstaad’s Cigar Lounge. This lounge takes its inspiration from the famous establishments of Havana, with a warm colour palette lending the room a chic and glamorous 1930s atmosphere. There are over 50 different types of cigars for true connoisseurs all of which are stored in the walk-in humidor. Comfortably seated in the classic, deep-buttoned armchairs, The Cigar Lounge offers superb views across the peaks of the Alps.
One of the coolest and most exciting amenities of the hotel, was the indoor fully equipped cinema room, where you have the opportunity to book it and enjoy your favorite movie with your friends!
As you can understand, it's not just one more luxury hotel, but a hotel, that really deserved to be one of the best in the world. That's why has already won a lot of awards.
The Alpina Gstaad has won a number of accolades including: Gault-Millau Switzerland’s Hotel of the Year 2013 & 2014, GALA SPA AWARDS’ Best Luxury Hotel City/Resort, Handelszeitung’s best Ski-Spa de Luxe at over 1,000 metres. Travel + Leisure Award for 100 Best Hotels in the World, Conde Nast Ttraveler Best New Hotel in Switzerland, Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2016, You & Your Wedding Best Suites in the World 2016 and the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Award 2017 (number one in the categories ‘Luxury Hotel’ and ‘Top Hotels’ in Switzerland). One Michelin Star awarded for MEGU and one Michelin Star for Sommet.
It was a so special experience and I totally recommend it to you all of you! I really can't wait to visit it again!