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 set into marble wall.
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