travel journaleuropeswitzerlandgstaad Unwind in Gstaad’s finest alpine retreat at The Alpina Gstaad With breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps from each corner of the hotel, The Alpina Gstaad provides a luxurious escape from reality in a world-class location.
by Sophie Smith

Hidden amongst the snowy mountaintops of the Swiss Alps lies the Alpina Gstaad: an unforgettable Alpine hideaway offering complete privacy and comfort to guests from around the world.

Standing as a part of nature itself in the heart of the Gstaad, The Alpina Gstaad honours its natural surroundings with a contemporary, sustainable design. To ensure that positive ecological actions remain at the forefront of the property’s ethos, the hotel remains a member of the NOW Force for Good Alliance and certified Silver by EarthCheck as part of its commitment to the environment.

Unwind in Gstaad’s finest alpine retreat at The Alpina Gstaad
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Of the 57 rooms, each and every bedroom and suite redefines European opulence in an understated, but impressive manner. With classically carved ceilings and timber features, rich heritage features are effortlessly intertwined with modish touches to create an inviting and cosy ambience.

Each room is individually dressed and furnished, creating a unique stay for each discerning guest: whether you take a walk through spacious walk-in wardrobes or admire the decorative leather straps from Saanenland’s past, each room is designed to be explored and entertain guests of all ages.

In particular, the panoramic suite is distinctly delightful. With three en-suite bedrooms, an authentic fireplace in the salon and spacious living-dining areas, this suite boasts the finest features of the Alpina Gstaad with space for up to six guests.

Unwind in Gstaad’s finest alpine retreat at The Alpina Gstaad
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The namesake hints at the breathtaking views of the mountainside adjacent to the hotel, but until a guest walks across the outdoor balcony, the beauty of the overwhelming landscape simply cannot be put into perspective. The panoramic suite also features a private wellness oasis with spa room, hammam, sauna, gym and outdoor jacuzzi.

The highest-standard of living is not limited to the suites, but mirrored in dining areas of the hotel. Michelin-starred Executive Chef, Mr. Martin Göschel oversees the four restaurants available to guests on-site. Both Restaurant Sommet, with its locally sourced French-inspired menu and Restaurant Magu, an authentic Japanese experience, hold two Michelin stars and an impressive 34 Gault Millau points between them.

Unwind in Gstaad’s finest alpine retreat at The Alpina Gstaad
Unwind in Gstaad’s finest alpine retreat at The Alpina Gstaad
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Restaurant Sommet proudly integrates local and regional ingredients into its menu and provides discerning gastronomes with refined culinary art that tell a story through its rich flavours. Choose a dish incorporating the herbs from the Alpina Gstaad’s personal herb garden and take a seat overlooking the Bernese Oberland for authentic Swiss fine-dining. This impressive menu can be easily paired with one of 400 bottles of rare vintage wines, handpicked by the head sommelier for the ultimate epicurean experience.

Restaurant Megu, by contrast, explores the fusion of unusual Japanese spices with local flavours to produce dishes ‘full of surprises’. Each dish on Megu’s innovative menu is artistically designed and carefully presents an array of pristine raw ingredients.

Unwind in Gstaad’s finest alpine retreat at The Alpina Gstaad
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There are also two additional on-site restaurants, Swiss Stübil and the Alpina Lounge and Bar for guests wishing to trial one of the bar’s signature avant-garde craft cocktails with a view of the Swiss Alps.

Inspired by the classic design of the building and 1930s Havana, the Alpina Gstaad also hosts a cigar lounge with a selection of over 40 cigars for all aficionados staying at the hotel.

The Vinoteque remains the jewel in the hotel’s plentiful crown: the spacious perfectly acclimatised environment stores over 900 bottles of wine, exquisite sparking wines, champagnes and sake from around the world.

Unwind in Gstaad’s finest alpine retreat at The Alpina Gstaad
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The multi-sensory experience of Alpina Gstaad can be found in every corner of this grand building, including in the Six Sense Spa. Through a sophisticated combination of high-tech and high-touch approaches, the spa intuitively combines science with human nature to create a world-class experience that truly redefines wellness.

To enter a state of unparalleled tranquility, guests have the option of bathing in either the indoor or outdoor swimming pools, complete with the picturesque alpine backdrop, or participate on one of Alpina Gstaad’s yoga retreats.

Unwind in Gstaad’s finest alpine retreat at The Alpina Gstaad
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The affluent town of Gstaad offers activities aplenty for seasoned travellers or those new to Gstaad with respective interest. Its prestigious location in the heart of the Alps allows guests to choose from private skiing lessons or explore the hundreds of kilometres of pistes and cross-country trails at their leisure.

Glacier 3000’s ice cathedral is a particularly popular destination for those searching for an unusual off-piste experience. The natural ice cave of the cathedral evolves each year as a result of the ‘syphon effect’. In the warmer months, the cavity fills with water, then the melted ice blocks off the evacuation to form a lake and through Autumn, the water ‘spins out’ to produce a naturally formed cave.

With over twenty metres of natural beauty to explore, the reflection of light cascading from the ice walls in the ice cathedral is certainly provides guests in Gstaad with one of the world’s finest experiences in Europe.

Unwind in Gstaad’s finest alpine retreat at The Alpina Gstaad
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The Alpina Gstaad proudly invites guests from all backgrounds to enjoy the property and surrounding area without fear of discrimination, particularly those that identify as LGBT. The property has received the ‘Out Now’ certificate from the world’s largest LGBT travel trade association and is committed to upholding standards to all guests.

The Alpina Gstaad is a short journey by rail or car from the cities of Bern, Zürich and Geneva. International travel is available from all three locations. Private jets and helicopters have the privilege of utilising Airport Saanen, just 6.5km from The Alpina Gstaad. Transfer by helicopters or limousines can be organised by the hotel upon request.

For more information visit, www.thealpinagstaad.ch

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Sophie is a freelance writer based in the UK. As an experienced traveller-turned-writer, Sophie now lives by the sea and provides lifestyle publications with content inspired by both her own travels overseas and the ocean-view on her doorstep.