The first new hotel in Gstaad in over 100 years and it’s an instant classic. The Alpina Gstaad is truly stunning inside and out, capturing the essence of Swiss authenticity alongside a modern hotel aesthetic.
The design resembles that of a luxurious private chalet, and I really should emphasise the word luxurious. With only 25 rooms and 31 suites, personal service and attention is paramount here.
All rooms have private balconies, many have their own fireplaces and all are spacious, especially the 400 m² duplex Panorama Suite with three bedrooms, countless terraces, a private spa, Jacuzzi and fitness and massage area.
For so few rooms, it may seem extravagant for The Alpina Gstaad to have 3 restaurants: the Michelin starred Sommet (pictured below) under the direction of Marcus Lindner (formerly of Mesa in Zurich) is equally adept with a gourmet tasting menu as it is with the best steaks in the region.
The cosy, traditional Swiss Stübli serves traditional raclette and fondue in an authentic, if almost kitsch, setting; and the Japanese restaurant MEGU offers just enough international fare for the seasoned jetsetter.
I fell in love with my suite immediately: the multiple seating areas, gorgeous stone fire place, separate dining area and direct views of my favourite part of the Alpina Gstaad, the outdoor heated swimming pool.
What a glorious place to be to watch the steam rising around snow-capped peaks after a gruelling day skiing / lunching.
The outdoor pool is a part of the Six Senses Spa, which also features a large indoor pool, two Jacuzzis, a floatation room, a hammam, a Salt Room and several other treatment rooms. Quite something given the number of hotel rooms.
With the owner’s fabulous contemporary art collection placed all over the hotel, it cements the hotel’s modern, progressive approach, while being sympathetic to tradition and its surroundings.
The only thing that didn’t quite fit with this way of thinking was the old-fashioned lounge singer who played in the bar every night; background music or a live DJ would have better suited the atmosphere.
I can genuinely say that the Alpina Gstaad is one of the best hotels I’ve visited recently: to look and feel so new and shiny while retaining a discrete, refined atmosphere with stellar service levels within such a short time, is quite an achievement.
The Alpina Gstaad is a member of Virtuoso so all bookings made though Bon Vivant Travel will receive an upgrade subject to availability, free breakfast for 2 guests and 100 CHF to spend in the spa. Contact us now to book your next Alpine adventure.
Emyr stayed as a guest of the Alpina Gstaad – you can read our editorial policy here.