The Alpina is the perfect way to enjoy Gstaad

Gstaad has seen it’s first luxury hotel opened in
over a century, the arrival of the Alpina, Gstaad is
bound to change it from a hidden treasure to a
celebrity and billionaire hang out. Opened in
December 2012, this hotel is more than just a place
to cool your heels between adventure sports in the
Alps; the $337 million hotel is an icon of Swiss
tradition and worldly luxury. The hotel works
seamlessly with the gorgeous landscape, by using
craftsmanship typical to the region and local
materials. This includes centuries old fir wood
crafted by master artisans, stones from the Alps
and repurposed wood from nearby centuries old
farmhouses.
The living spaces are divided into deluxe rooms,
junior suites, deluxe suites, grand luxe suites and
the panorama suite. I call them living spaces
because rooms seems almost too crass a term to
describe them, the two highlights of these living
spaces are the Grand luxe suites and the Panorama
suite. The grand luxe suites include a space to
entertain guests, a working area, an alpine stone
fireplace surrounded by a chaise lounge and leather
armchairs, an internally lit bookcase and most
incredibly a generous south facing terrace that give
you spectacular views of Les Diablerets and Gstaad
village. The pinnacle of this luxury hotel however is
the 400 sq m Panorama suite. This three bedroom
duplex is so large that it actually gives you views
from both the north and south with a view over the
mountains, meadows and the Gstaad village. The
Panorama suite contains a beautiful wood burning
fireplace set with a floor to ceiling chimney piece, a
kitchen for in suite meals, a balconied master
bedroom, a grand staircase leading to the suites top
floor where one would find a private spa, jacuzzi, a
fitness centre, a massage area and a skylight
framing the mountain peaks. Personally the
highlight for me is the bathroom with a free
standing tub, over sized shower heads, a tv inset
into the mirror and Onyx wall scones dramatically
set into the marble walls

While I severely question anyone who might decide
to venture out of these incredible suites, even I
have to accept that the Alpina’s Six Senses Spa
might be worth it. The 21,500 square foot spa
houses specialist practitioners, practicing world-
renowned treatments. The spa features special
couples treatment rooms, a flotation room,
Hammam, Colonics treatment room, color therapy
room, ayurveda treatment room, oriental room, salt
room and a cave room. Guests will also have access
to a jacuzzis, an indoor and outdoor pool, a yoga
studio and a gym.

The Alpina also houses the first European outpost of
the Megu concept of restaurants, which serves
modern Japanese cuisine, at the Alpina Gstaad,
guests can expect some of Japan’s most unusual
ingredients prepared by two expert Japanese chefs.
Additional to Megu The Alpina will also house a
traditional Swiss stübli, a more casual restaurant
Sommet which features the handiwork of award
winning chef Marcus Lindner, the Alpina lounge and
bar gives you breathtaking views of the Alps as you
sample their eclectic collection of spirits. However
if you really want to feel like you’re on holiday,
perhaps you would enjoy the more rustic wine
cellar, which house over 1700 bottles. The Aplina
even provides for the more dapper gentlemen
amongst us with an old school Cigar room, perfect
in the beautiful setting of Gstaad.

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