Boasting an ambience of class, style and quiet elegance, The Alpina Gstaad is one of those rare mountain hotels that truly defines Alpine luxury.
A bastion of discreet sophistication and genuine exclusivity, The Alpina Gstaad has redefined luxury and Alpine chic. The award-winning hotel combines classically captivating yet stylishly contemporary design with the welcoming warmth of a mountain chalet. It encapsulates the notion of indulgent comfort, yet embodies the discerning environment of the posh affluence that Gstaad represents.
Nestled among the staggering Diablerets and Bernese Alps mountain ranges, The Alpina Gstaad is an intimate and discreet haven in the Swiss Alps that provides a singular experience of authenticity and indulgence.
Graced with spectacular scenic beauty and coveted serenity, the elevated 5-acre hilltop setting captures sweeping panoramic views of the majestic Alps.
The Alpina Gstaad welcomes guests with a mélange of authentic architecture, indulgent facilities, epicurean exuberance, a world-class art collection and cosseting accommodations of sumptuous sophistication and comfort.
The hotel facilities are some of the best in Switzerland, ranging from an authentic Cuban-style cigar lounge to multiple Michelin-starred restaurants, to a private cinema. The hotel’s sprawling Six Senses Spa infuses the spirit of the surrounding environment with an Eastern flair in their world-class treatments, whilst an immaculately landscaped garden brims with Alpine plants.
The 56 rooms and suites combine atmospheric Alpine elegance with modern sophistication, exquisitely woven with Saanenland’s artisan heritage in the ceilings decorated with traditional wood carvings, period furniture and hand-built natural fireplaces gracing the living spaces.
Just a 10-minute walk from Gstaad village, the sprawling hotel crowns the top of Oberbort, an exclusive hilltop area perched within pristine mountain panoramas. The elegant hotel offers stellar views of the Bernese Alps (including the Spitzhorn and Oldenhorn) and the valley scenery of the Saanenland, as well as an impressive display of discreet luxury.
The history dates back to the early 1920s when the initial hotel, the Grand Hotel Alpina, was first opened by the Burri family and later passed on to three generations who held it up to 1988.
After 17 years of planning, The Alpina Gstaad opened in 2012 and is now housed in a magnificent, entirely new structure. The luxury mountain hotel has complied with the town’s strict planning regulations – limited to six storeys in height, timber-clad and with cascades of blazing-pink geraniums falling from its balconies each summer – but this ostensibly traditional property also incorporates modern-day elements to lend it contemporary luxury.
The concept of this luxurious mountain hotel was implemented with respect and expertise, taking into account the history, heritage, traditions and prestigious location, whilst introducing a modern and cosmopolitan perspective.
The interiors for the lobby, ballroom, boardrooms, bar, lounge, Restaurant Sommet, wine room, guestrooms and suites were executed by the finest craftspeople of the Saanenland region, under the direction of HBA, the world’s leading hospitality interior design firm. The interior of the Six Senses Spa was masterminded by P49 Deesign, Thailand’s foremost interior design practice, whilst the Japanese restaurant boasts decor by French designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance.
The key to The Alpina Gstaad’s sophistication and design perfection is the carefully curated blend of authenticity and modernity, which quietly fuses the whole scene in a distinctly elegant manner.
The property itself is truly stunning, built by teams of artisans almost entirely of local stone, wood, rich leather and wrought iron.
Elegant with its imposing chalet-style facade, the classic stone and wood structure immediately evokes traditional alpine charm. The gabled roof, embellished with dormers and peaks, is of natural slate.
Deftly articulated and visually stunning, the interior’s aesthetic beauty seduces and surprises at every turn. The golden pine integrated throughout the property is largely reclaimed wood from old Austrian, Swiss and French farms, adding a glowing, classic patina to the hotel’s stylish design.
The Alpina Gstaad blends elegant timelessness and impeccable taste, with a touch of contemporary flair. Playful nods to Swiss culture are incorporated everywhere, from glass sculptures simulating icicles dotting the hallways, to cinematic photos of the Alps, creating a distinctive and unique sense of place.
Luxury and infinite elegance are whispered in every detail of The Alpina Gstaad, and together with its magical atmosphere, make up for the ultimate and most comforting cocooning experience.
Warm reclaimed rustic timber forms the envelope to most of the spaces and there are many references to local craftsmanship and traditions, from intricate patterning embroidered onto some of the armchairs, to leather detailing embossed with a marquetry pattern. Classic Alpine furnishings present a modern and luxurious feel to deliver a posh and cosy experience. The ceiling of the main atrium is adorned with a 350-year-old painting salvaged from an Italian church.
The overall aesthetic remains tastefully refined and the spaces, while accessorised with collections of art pieces and other paraphernalia, are uncluttered.
An impeccably curated art collection
The Alpina Gstaad is home to a seriously curated collection of art installed throughout the hotel and the grounds, including sculptures, paintings and an ancient wood ceiling.
It includes works by many of the leading artists of the 21st century that explore the interplay between technology, identity, and the natural world. It features an eclectic mix, from abstract pieces and street art, to a portrait of a supremely elegant-looking Swiss Simmental cow.
The hotel acts as a living gallery to one of the best contemporary art collections in Switzerland, and features artists such as Tracey Emin, Jana Euler, Wade Guyton, Nicole Eisenman, Barbara Kruger and Bosco Sodi.
Stylishly presented accommodation includes showstopping signature suites
Awash in style and modern luxury, yet firmly rooted in classic authenticity, the 56 rooms, including 31 suites, are decorated with a high degree of élan and smart aesthetics.
Classically carved ceilings, ancient stone, centuries-old wood and one-of-a-kind Swiss antiques create a cosy feel along with leather headboards, Swiss farmhouse-style armoires and chests. Decorative accessories recall the traditional leather straps used to hold cowbells, an iconic image for the Saanenland region. The result is a splendid expression of dazzling timelessness, modernity and beauty.
All spacious bedrooms and suites boast private balconies or terraces that provide spectacular views of either the enveloping meadowlands and surrounding mountains, or the charming village below. Select suites feature sloping ceilings and hand-built stone fireplaces.
Airy bathrooms are anchored by deep soaking tubs and include walk-in rain showers. Bang & Olufsen flat-screen TVs, Nespresso coffee makers, radiant underfloor heating and Aqua di Parma toiletries provide an added dimension to the luxury experience. Everything from the lights, heating, music and curtains is activated from a central state-of-the-art dock system.
For something truly out of the ordinary, The Alpina Gstaad’s two signature suites are the best of the best.
For those with a taste for uber-luxury, the Chalet Suite delivers 225m² of pure elegance and exemplary comfort. It offers the exclusivity of one’s own private apartment, with its separate, discreet entrance. Overlooking the village of Gstaad and the surrounding valley, this 3-bedroom suite features a large living area with a gas fireplace in the salon, a fully equipped kitchen, bar counter and dining area. Sip cocktails in the cosy bar area, then indulge family and friends with dinner around the large dining table that seats eight.
For the pinnacle of luxury and prestige, the top-floor 3-bedroom Panorama Suite is the hotel’s pièce de la résistance. Grandly scaled and beautifully detailed, it is unforgettably stunning. It features 400m² of supreme luxury and stylish lavishness, upholding the style of an elegant chalet residence in the Alps.
Set against a stunning scenic backdrop, the Panorama Suite commands breathtaking views of the ever-changing mountainscape and the pristine valley.
Spanning two levels on the 5th and 6th floors, it offers a series of harmonious spaces that flow seamlessly together. The rooms are centred around a huge main living area adorned with a grand fireplace in the salon and a dining table for eight guests. The lounge opens onto a large private terrace. The fully equipped kitchen is ready to be put to great use by the guests or by the private chef.
The sumptuous master bedroom has its own balcony, gas fireplace, walk-in dressing room and bathroom that is equipped with a large, free-standing bath and oversized shower heads.
An elegant staircase leads to the suite’s top floor where a private wellness area is revealed, complete with a sculptural fireplace at its centre, cathedral ceiling and large windows cut into the sloping roof. This area has a private Jacuzzi tub, sauna, hammam, gym and massage area, from where some of the best mountain vistas in Gstaad may be enjoyed. This signature suite offers a unique opportunity to stay in one of the world’s best hotel suites.
Michelin-starred dining and gastronomic excellence
Michelin-starred Executive Chef Martin Göschel oversees all of the hotel’s three exceptional restaurants. Inspired, precise and creative, the restaurants’ dishes are an ode to authentic food and the finest produce.
Combining Swiss traditions with the best ingredients sourced from across the globe, the eclectic selection of restaurants will present guests with a culinary symphony of note. From the Michelin-starred tasting menu at The Sommet, to the modern Japanese cuisine delivered by master chefs at MEGU, to a more traditional Alpine feast at Swiss Stübli, every restaurant is impeccable.
The restaurants share a single floor of the hotel with floor-to-ceiling glass doors flowing onto an outdoor terrace. The terrace has firepits burning on winter days and summer nights, and is surrounded by the Jean Mus-designed garden as well as the majestic Alpine peaks.
The first European outpost of the celebrated MEGU – a contemporary Japanese restaurant – opened at The Alpina Gstaad. Contemporary, authentic and exciting, MEGU has one Japanese Head Chef and one Japanese Sushi Chef who have been trained at the original New York flagship restaurant. Taking diners on a mouthwatering journey through some of Japan’s most pristine and rare ingredients and elaborate presentations, the stylish restaurant serves a wide array of freshly prepared sushi and sashimi, as well as an extensive selection of sake – including some rarities imported exclusively for The Alpina Gstaad. MEGU has been awarded with a Michelin star since 2016. The space welcomes diners in a supremely beautiful setting that reflects traditional Japanese aesthetics, incorporating antique kimonos, Alpine fir wood, accents of vermillion, and slatted wood partitions inspired by the temples of Kyoto and traditional Japanese houses.
The Sommet is the jewel in The Alpina Gstaad’s crown, with one Michelin star – a testament to the restaurant’s divine culinary creations. Famed Chef Martin Göschel delivers creative gourmet dishes and a unique tasting menu, inspired by his travels through France, Italy, Southeast Asia and South America. Additionally, a respected vegetarian menu has been developed. The restaurant also offers an outstanding selection of wines, including more than 400 rare vintage bottles from across the world, hand-picked by the head sommelier. The restaurant’s distinct feeling of exclusivity is further augmented by its sophisticated ambiance and decor, embraced by an understated modernity.
Then there is the cosy Swiss Stübli, offering an authentic menu that is presented with a modern twist, along with classic Swiss specialities such as raclette and fondue. As the very embodiment of the mountain spirit, the antique timber panels and elegant carvings create a luxurious yet welcoming atmosphere. This is a quintessential Alpine experience that feels at once chic and convivial.
After a meal, enjoy a drink at Alpina Lounge & Bar, unwind in the Wine Cellar, or relax in the Cigar Lounge.
The Lounge & Bar embodies all the flair of the Swiss Alps with large comfortable armchairs, traditional Swiss embroidered fabrics, antique wood, a stunning fireplace and an entire wall of floor-to-ceiling windows connecting the interior with the bar’s large outdoor terrace. Boasting an eclectic collection of spirits from all over the world, the bar offers an extensive selection of cocktails, from all-time classics to the slightly more avant-garde. Against a backdrop of splendid vistas of the surrounding Bernese Alps, the Lounge & Bar also offers a variety of tasty dishes for all-day dining.
Featuring a rustic stone and wood interior with decorative wrought iron elements, the Wine Cellar boasts a warm, welcoming ambience. With an alluringly cosy setting, the cellar boasts over 1,700 fine vintage wines from some of the world’s best winemakers. There is also a selection of organic wines. The bar’s large table can accommodate up to eight people for private wine-tasting sessions.
The Cigar Lounge takes its inspiration from the famous establishments of Havana, with an elegant colour palette lending the room a chic and glamorous 1930s atmosphere. True connoisseurs can joyfully choose from a selection of over 50 types of cigars, all of which are stored in the walk-in humidor. The lounge beckons with classic leather armchairs and expansive windows affording a splendid panorama across the peaks of the Alps and rolling hills of the Bernese Oberland.
Six Senses Spa – A haven of blissful indulgence
A destination spa providing a total immersion experience, the sprawling Six Senses Spa is a true sanctuary of peace and well-being.
Profoundly based on Asian wellness traditions along with influences of the energy of the Alps and of the Bernese Oberland’s life-giving peaks and pastures, this holistic oasis of serenity offers world-renowned treatments designed to indulge the senses.
Spanning over 2,000m², the spa’s 12 treatment rooms include a hammam, a colonic hydrotherapy room, a colour therapy room, an ayurvedic room, an Oriental room, a salt room, a cave room and five multi-functional single-treatment rooms.
The hotel’s Six Senses Spa offers an unmatched range of treatments, from rejuvenating massages and nourishing facials, to anti-ageing therapies and holistic body and mind therapies.
Also available is the Six Senses Integrated Wellness Programme, which brings together the latest technology and in-house expertise to create individualised wellness programmes. The programme starts with a wellness screening to analyse key areas of health, including body composition, metabolism, oxygen distribution, heart function and circulation. This information, together with in-depth discussion of the guest’s lifestyle, concerns and personal goals, allows the wellness expert to tailor a programme for the individual so as to achieve optimal results.
Another highlight is the spectacular 25-metre pool, where one may float and watch the snow hit the oculus in the high domed ceiling. Alternatively, enjoy a swim in the heated 14-metre outdoor pool that makes the most of its Alpine location, with the water reflecting the peaks beyond. For children, there is a salt beach in the salt room and there is also a separate children’s pool with a mini-water slide.
The spa’s holistic approach to wellness goes beyond pampering. There is a wide variety of wellness activities, personal training sessions, one-on-one consultations and relaxation techniques to help guests achieve an all-round healthier lifestyle.
There is an area with Jacuzzis, a sauna, steam room and whirlpool, relaxation areas with sensory pods and heated waterbeds, plus a juice bar, gym and exercise studio for yoga and pilates classes.
The fitness centre features a state-of-the art gym with the latest cardiovascular, strength and weight training equipment, including the innovative Kinesis apparatus. Professional fitness instructors are always on hand to support in the achievement of guests’ personal goals.
Rich experiences, thoughtful amenities and expert services
For a few hours of cinematic bliss, sit back and relax in the luxurious surroundings of the stylish top-of-the-range hotel cinema. It features sumptuous seating for 14 guests, ambient lighting and even a vintage popcorn machine.
The fully supervised Tree House Club welcomes children aged three years and upwards. Children may enjoy a varied programme of games, outdoor activities and a multimedia corner.
Plan a personalised retreat with Alpina Gstaad’s tailored services, ranging from a digital detoxing silent stay, to health-minded meal options.
The concierge team, led by an experienced Les Clefs d’Or member, can help plan transportation and recommend the best day trips or the most ideal hiking or biking trails. Shuttle services to and from nearby ski lifts, sale of ski passes and arrangement of skiing instructors or mountain guides are part of the hotel’s services. Ski equipment rental is available at the ski shop, located in the hotel.
With 1,578m² of tastefully decorated meeting and venue space and state-of-the-art infrastructure, The Alpina Gstaad offers extensive facilities for business events, intimate gatherings or a magnificent moment. It is suitable for all kinds of business and private events, including board meetings, executive meetings, corporate retreats, seminars, product launches, cocktail parties, themed private dinner events and celebrations with family and friends such as weddings and birthdays. From staging, to decor to catering, the dedicated events team is able to execute special events requiring creativity, quality planning, attention to detail, discretion and security.
The Alpina Gstaad may be booked for exclusive use, too. Consider booking the entire hotel for a special private occasion, a conference or a major corporate event. With the hotel’s lavish facilities likewise exclusively available, the options are limitless for creating an extraordinary event.
Exquisitely manicured gardens
Renowned landscape designer Jean Mus made use of indigenous Alpine plants such as juniper, boxwood and heather, typical of the Bernese Oberland’s peaks and pastures. The result is a harmonious natural complement to the surrounding hillsides.
Outdoor splendour with an abundance of exciting offsite activities
With 220 kilometres of ski runs, Gstaad is the largest and most diverse winter sports region in Switzerland – with guaranteed snow. The Glacier 3000 in Diablerets is the only glacier ski area in the Bernese Oberland and allows skiers and snowboarders to enjoy an exceptionally long season of winter sports. It presents spectacular views over the Bernese Alps, with 24 summits over 4,000 metres, including Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn.
Whilst the ski slope options are good and varied, Gstaad offers other winter sports too, including cross-country skiing, heli-skiing, winter-biking, tobogganing, ice climbing, snowshoeing and horse-drawn sleigh rides.
Gstaad is not only a winter playground, the summer offers the opportunity for adventure too. From the lush green meadows in the valley floor, to the snow-capped peaks, one will never fear for being short of something to do. With its 11 mountain railways, 300 kilometres of hiking trails and 500 kilometres of routes for mountain biking, the Gstaad-Saanenland region offers the very best of Switzerland for outdoor sports enthusiasts.
From an adrenaline-fuelled descent by mountain bike to an Alpine paraglider flight, from a family hiking tour to a contemplative afternoon on the sun terrace of one of the high mountain huts – the region offers endless possibilities to relax and revitalise. Other summer activities include rock climbing, golf (18-hole Golf Club Gstaad-Saanenland), canyoning, river rafting, summer tobogganing, horseback riding, tennis, fishing and hot air ballooning.
Ultimately, it is Gstaad’s mix of world-class events, alpine authenticity, breathtaking landscapes and lively social scene that lures visitors year after year. Famous for its upscale shopping, contemporary art galleries and fine dining, it retains a strong alpine atmosphere and traditions.
A panoramic setting of prestige and convenience at an exclusive address
The Alpina Gstaad is surrounded by the immensely beautiful scenery of the Swiss Alps and the Bernese Oberland’s peaks and pastures.
It is situated in the prestigious neighbourhood of Oberbort, known as the Beverly Hills of Gstaad, affording commanding alpine views toward the dazzling village and a breathtaking panoramic view of the scenic landscape.
Bern-Belp Airport is Gstaad’s nearest international airport and is 80 minutes away by car or 2½ hours by train. Geneva International Airport is well connected to Gstaad, about a 2-hour drive or two hours and 40 minutes by train. Zurich International Airport is three hours from Gstaad by car and 3½ hours by train.
Gstaad’s nearest airport is located 6.5 kilometres from The Alpina Gstaad in Saanen and accommodates private jets. The hotel’s concierge can arrange for transfers from the airport at any time and by different modes of transport – from limousines to helicopters.
Travelling by train to Gstaad is a unique Alpine experience in itself, as the village lies on the scenic GoldenPass Montreux-Oberland Bernois (MOB) railway line. Many of the old trains running through Gstaad have large windows that afford spectacular views of this iconic route through Alpine valleys and mountains. The train line connects Gstaad with the cities of Interlaken and Montreux, both of which have good connections to Bern, Zurich, Geneva and the rest of Switzerland.
The Alpina Gstaad offers on-site valet and self-parking options, as well as complimentary shuttle service to/from Gstaad train station, the village and the slopes during ski season. The nearest ski lift is about three kilometres away.
Alpine splendour meets sumptuous sophistication
Looking for Gstaad’s most luxurious hotel? The Alpina Gstaad takes Swiss luxury to an entirely new level of distinction. It represents sumptuous elegance and exquisite modernity, and is an example of cosmopolitan alpine luxury. It is without doubt one of the most stunning luxury ski hotels in Europe, where guests may indulge in refined mountain elegance at its finest.