In a series to debut on April 18th, the REVIEW section will be featuring an exceptional series of luxury hotels and resorts in some of the most sought after destinations in Switzerland. Each hotel has already benefited from visual exposure throughout our social media accounts especially Instagram, but comprehensive review article on each hotel will follow all April.
Buergenstock Resort on Lake Lucerne is a recently re-opened luxury complex which comprises of 3 hotels on a mountain top accessible by its very own funicular and a beautiful boat ride to cross the Lake Lucerne from Lucerne. The complex does not only boast breathtaking panoramic views from its state-of-the-art Alpine Spa, the highlight being an large outdoor heated infinity pool, but also exceptional dining such as a fusion Asian cuisine Spices Restaurant (open kitchen) or Sharq, an exquisite Lebanese Restaurant – both with panoramic views. Rooms and suites in the Buergenstock are of the finest luxury standards, some suites with working fireplaces and free-standing bathtubs in the bedrooms. The other two hotels of the complex are Waldhotel (a purely medical oriented hotel) and the renovated historical classical style Palace Hotel with a restaurant that boasts a Michelin star.
Schweizerhof Bern is the finest luxury hotel in the heart of the Swiss capital, a storied hotel with a history of 160 Years which boasts a subtle blend of contemporary and classic interior design in the rooms and suites with the utmost aim of providing the ultimate comfort and the impeccably Jack’s Brasserie which has remained intact, the owners only having made careful restorations. The Jack’s Brasserie is a major attraction for local patrons too, some being loyal for a very long time. Service is not only personal but also very efficient and respectful. The hotel has been run for 4 years by Iris Flückiger who joined the hotel more than 8 years ago as a Front Office agent. The hotel boasts a unique open rooftop lounge for the warmer months with unique views and a busy calendar of events.
Beau Rivage Genève, a heritage luxury hotel directly on Lake Geneva founded in 1865 and owned by the same family, its fourth generation (Nickbarte family). Following a most impressive 3 years renovation, redesign and careful restoration of all suites and most of the guest-rooms during which the hotel has maintained a low key has now appointed highly experienced veteran luxury hotelier Lars Wagner (ex Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons) as General Manager, thus making a statement of the grand ‘return’ of the luxurious hotel. We experienced the Charlie Chaplin Suite and will also feature the Eleanore Roosevelt Suites which are not only the most luxurious classic style suites in Switzerland but the world. The ‘Le Chat Botté’ Restaurant, which has been awarded one Michelin star is complemented by a popular Thai Restaurant and a charming Bar.
Park Hotel Vitznau, a castle style hotel opened in 1903 enjoys yet another breathtaking location on Lake Lucerne, with mesmerising views of the lake and snowy top mountains. The all-suite hotel which was fully renovated and redesigned in 2012-13, is probably the most technologically equipped luxury hotel in the world, in Europe being second only to the newly opened The Fontenay Hamburg and even surpassing The Peninsula Hotels which are reputed for their hi-tech accommodations.
The unique concept of the hotel which was smartly conceived includes no two similar suites, each with different designs catering thus to the most diverse guests. The two restaurants of the hotel (my favourite being Prisma) total a number of 3 Michelin stars. The hotel also has a most complex wine cave valued at EUR 25 million. The La Prairie exclusively branded wellness and beauty Spa is completed by medical services in a separate wing of the hotel dedicated to a few number of patients, the owner of the hotel investing extensively in neurological research.
The resort hotel provides chauffeur driven limousine rides from Luzern and scheduled boat transfers in the warmer months. It is a property which unlike others in such destinations, are open 365 days a year.
Suvretta House, St Moritz, an iconic luxury classic resort / hotel built opened in 1912 as the only such large property outside the centre of St Moritz, however commanding spectacular views of the resort town, the mountain and the valley. The hotel has being undergoing renovations of its rooms attentively maintaining the understated with an English (masculine) twist – however, making accommodations feel brighter because of the lighter colour palette but also improved lighting. The hotel has one of the most extensive Ski facilities with lavish lockers and a direct access to the ski slope. The Grand Restaurant is a must gastronomic experience, each evening in the stately room being black-tie, no-one with jeans or without a tie being granted access. The menu is intricate and there are some features inspired by the herbs and spices of the surrounding mountains. There is also a more casual restaurant the Stube which has a special Raclette serving on Fridays.
Park Hyatt Zurich, long time the leading luxury hotel with a contemporary design in the heart of Zurich has now unveiled for CPP-LUXURY.COM its completely renovated rooms and suites. The sensible and thoughtful extensive renovations such as the Ambassador Suite have succeeded in adding comfort enhancing a majestic residential feel with all around floor to ceiling glass windows. Yet, with the renovations and the new design, the hotel has succeeded in impeccably maintaining the unique luxury DNA of the Park Hyatt brand – understated, comfortable, prestigious and highest standards of personalised service. The hotel boasts a very large percentage of return guests, both corporate and leisure as well as those who mix ‘bleisure’. The ONYX Bar and the parkhuus Restaurant remain a favourite with both guests and locals – despite the huge offering of the city.
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