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.
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It is one of the most luxurious properties in Gstaad, large rooms, an excellent spa
breathtaking views , excellent staff looking after guests
They have a huge entrance with the most attractive flower arrangements
Beautiful hotel with woody rooms and superb service. Enjoy the awesome pools (indoor and outdoor, the latter with a great powerful gooseneck as hydrotherapy option) and the spa (sauna, hammam and jacuzzis).
Don’t miss a dinner at the excellent Summit restaurant.
Amazing Hotel and service. Also the rooms are large and each room is different so gives a range of different experiences. The Six Senses Spa and the theatre is amazing and a great add-on. The swimming pool is also very beautiful and a pleasure to be in.
Superb team, excellent ambiance, beautiful location, wonderful rooms and suites ... what more can we say. This is our fifth summer stay in the Alpina and it only gets better. We appreciated the flexibility of the restaurant team as we preferred to have light dinners and they were prepared to accommodate our wishes. Also, the gardens surrounding the hotel are beautifully maintained as are the outdoor pool and large indoor spa area. This hotel is one of the best in the world ... this is not an exaggeration.
My wife and I met each other fifteen years ago while studying in Geneva, and recently celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary and wanted to show our two children (3 & 5) where we met and enjoy some time in the Swiss Alps. After lots of research we settled on spending much of our time at The Alpina Gstaad, and we could not have been more pleased with our decision.
The moment we arrived to the Alpina's James Bond-ish entrance we were greeted by the General Manager of the hotel and his staff, who all immediately knew us by name completely unprompted. We were offered welcome drinks, and our children were offered some Swiss stuffed animals and we were escorted to our room to complete the check in in our room. Actually, thats not quite correct - we were escorted to the nicest, most luxurious, chicest hotel room I've ever been in, which was a complimentary upgrade. The grande dames of European luxury, Maldivian over water bungalows, Aman oases in Tokyo, Bali, Utah, Turks, Four Seasons properties the world over, and the temples of excess in the Middle East - none compared to the Panorama Suite at The Alpina Gstaad. I look forward to hopefully finding one that simply compares again in my lifetime.
Words can't describe how nice the physical property is at the Alpina, but perusing the photos here and on their website should give an inkling - although in all fairness the pictures don't do the reality justice. But what truly sets the Alpina apart is their team. Too many properties in Europe seem to be importing their entire labor anew every "season," to deleterious results. However, at the Alpina every single guest facing employee was a joy to interact with. The concierge was cognizant of the needs of a family such as ours, and had recommendations that were spot on for parents of young children. The aforementioned General Manager had the uncanny ability to be everywhere at once, taking a genuine interest in the experience each of his guests were having and making the small tweaks here and there to ensure each individual's experience was ideal - remembering who liked to have a cigar at the bar, and who asked to move tables two nights previously to avoid the smoke, and making sure their needs were met.
Every bite of food, and every drink was likewise perfect, whether enjoyed at breakfast or at Megu, or Sommet.
I could write a book about the many ways large and small that the Alpina Gstaad raised the bar of my already lofty expectations, but will save you the trouble of reading it. Don't waste your time, spend it more wisely by simply looking at your calendar and figuring out when you can go, and do it. The only regret you'll have is when you leave this very special place, disappointed that your stay has come to its conclusion far sooner than you would have liked.