What We Love
- 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
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.
How to Get There
Having stayed in a number of hotels in Switzerland (e.g Villa Honegg/Chedi Andermatt), The Alpina Gstaad has set an impossible bar with the comfort and luxury of their accommodation. We were upgraded to a grand luxe suite (a massive thanks to the hotel for this!) and the Alpina strikes a balance between luxury and comfort that is unmatched. The suite was stunning - sofas, the fire place, the blankets, the bed, bed linen, 2 bathrooms, cupboard space, balcony - every single thing was perfect. The mini bar free snacks/non-alcoholic drinks was a nice touch. The staff were all polite, enthusiastic and helpful. The shuttle service from the train station is such a convenient add on. The views around the hotel are serene and beautiful. You can reasonably spend all your time in the hotel and never want to leave. The town centre is a quaint place. The only minor issue was breakfast staff taking cutlery away and not replacing it at all (this is a basic) and bread never being warm with any meal. Breakfast choices were definitely narrower than other hotels. However, nothing can take away from the amazing staff, surroundings and accommodation of this place. I would return in a heartbeat (and will look to book again for sure) and would find it hard to tear myself away from the place! Kudos to the creators, staff and management of this hotel.
We just spent the weekend in one of the most thought after places in the European Alps. As seasoned and spoiled travellers we were amazed by the beauty and "détails soignées" of this magnificent place. Needless to say that service and staff are beyond expectation.
I and 3 family members stayed in the panorama suite and it was a fabulous experience! Beautiful furnishings and accessories, beautiful fresh flowers in every room and everything we could possibly need for our stay. Our suite included 3 double bedrooms all with en suite, 2 living rooms with log fires, a fully fitted kitchen, steam room, Jacuzzi, sauna, mini gym and massage room. Most rooms had tv's, including the bathrooms. We also enjoyed using the indoor swimming pool and salt room and making use of the complimentary juice bar in the complex. We had a wonderful dinner created for us by Martin Goschell, the Michelin chef and his team. The food was out of this world! All of the staff were exceptionally pleasant and helpful. I would class our visit as the trip of a lifetime and would love to return.