The 14-seat private theater (with a popcorn machine)
Gstaad’s first authentic Japanese restaurant, Megu
The 21,000-square-foot Six Senses Spa, which includes an entire healing room crafted from Himalayan salt bricks.
A Cuban-style cigar room, modeled after the Partagás factory in Havana
What To Know
Children are anything but an afterthought here: the hotel has a playground and a Kid’s Adventure Club, while child-friendly menus are offered at all restaurants
An in-house shuttle ferries guests to the slopes during winter months
During winter season, guest receives a $150 daily credit to use for meals at the onsite restaurants and towards room service
The Joseph Nahmad Gallery in New York City curates the property’s impressive and revolving contemporary art collection
Gstaad’s first luxury hotel to open in a century is a palatial chalet that blends in with its pastoral mountaintop surroundings
If one thing most aptly reflects this grand chalet’s commitment to discretion, it would have to be the subterranean welcome. The resort eschews a splashy entrance and opts, instead, for hushed VIP treatment as guests are driven through a noise-absorbing tunnel before arriving at a graceful central fountain. (No wonder it's a popular celebrity hangout for names like Madonna, Anne Hathaway, and designer Valentino, among others.) Once inside, it's difficult not to marvel at the distinctly Bernese interiors, fueled by a pine-clad lobby (the wood was salvaged from old farmhouses) and pendant lights, which bear an uncanny resemblance to cowbells. Add a larger-than-life spa, Michelin-starred restaurant, staggering collection of folk art, and some of the Alps’ best skiing within easy distance, and you’ve got all the ingredients for an enchanting winter paradise.
Rooms here rely heavily on cushy touches like leather headboards, carved doors, and switch-operated stone fireplaces to create the ultimate après-ski atmosphere. The suite to book, however, is the Panorama—a magnificent, 4,300-square-foot duplex with a pitched timber roof and its own spa.
While the Michelin-starred restaurant Sommet is undoubtedly the gastronomic heavy-hitter here, serving up Swiss spins on steak and venison, Megu (the first European outpost for the New York City stalwart) is also popular for its sashimi and sake pairings—some rare bottles are imported exclusively for the Alpina.
Overlooking the tony Oberbort neighborhood, where hillside chalets once hosted luminaries like Elizabeth Taylor and Julie Andrews, the resort is a quick shuttle ride to a range of powdery pistes and a brisk 10-minute walk to the central Promenade.