THE ALPINA GSTAAD
BEST FOR: TAILOR-MADE WELLNESS
NOT FOR: THOSE WHO ARE TIGHT WITH THE PURSE STRINGS
Nestled in the Swiss mountains overlooking the picturesque village of Gstaad, you’d be forgiven for confusing The Alpina for the set of a James Bond film. The 56-room hotel, which opened in 2012 as part of a $336million building development of epic proportions, is somewhat iconic. Several private chalets and apartments also occupy The Alpina’s 5-acre sac in the Oberbort region of Gstaad and after a short stint in the main abode, chances are you’ll be wanting to settle in and take up permanent residency.
The interiors pay homage to the hotel’s Swiss roots, cleverly crafted using local materials such as Ringgenberg limestone and antique barn wood. The result is an unlikely marriage of the artisanal and the opulent. Each room has its own balcony and fireplace and the distinct feeling of modern luxury somehow still retains the warmth and cosiness of Alpineine lodge. They even house an impressive art collection including contemporary works from Tracey Emin and Neil Raitt. Second only to the sheer beauty of the hotel is its friendly, attentive and un-stuffy staff – a rare feat within Swiss hospitality.
Undoubtedly one of the best ways to judge a hotel is by its breakfast and The Alpina doesn’t fall short in this category. There are made-to-order eggs, freshly pressed juices, a delicatessen-style array of cold cuts, different kinds of quinoa, fresh honey made by on-site bees and pretty much every dairy milk alternative you can think of. Fancy a turmeric latte? They’ve got those too.
While skiing is the undisputed pastime of choice, there’s plenty of other ways to spend the day, the smartest one being to explore the Six Senses Spa which takes up a cavernous 21,000 square foot space in the hotels lower ground floor. In terms of wellness offerings, all bases are covered. There is a magnificently sky-lit indoor pool complete with two jacuzzis and after relaxing here, the spa’s own juice bar is on hand for post-dip refreshments.
If you fancy going back for a second dip, this time try the invigorating 85-foot-long outdoor pool complete with 360 views of the Bernese Alps. Back downstairs, a hammam, sauna, steam room, hot and cold plunge pools, Himalayan salt room, experience showers and relaxation area with sensory pods and heated waterbeds await you. The treatment list is as expansive as the spa itself and includes traditional healing therapies such as hot stone massages and others centred on spiritual rejuvenation, such as colour therapy and crystal treatments. For the active types, there is a fully kitted-out gym and yoga studio which plays host to fitness, yoga, pilates and meditation classes. There’s even an in-house monk to guide you through Tibetan yoga.
If it’s a tailor-made spa experience you’re after, the Six Senses integrated wellness package will guide you throughout your stay towards a shiny, new you. It kicks off with a one-on-one consultation to measure and analyse various aspects of your health. Don’t worry though, there’s no needles, it’s just very advanced, Matrix-looking technology. Markers such as body composition, metabolism, circulation and stress levels are recorded and used to inform your bespoke wellness programme. The personalised schedule then provided includes one spa treatment and one wellness activity per day, nutritional advice because you’re not in this alone, constant guidance from your assigned Six Senses wellness expert. Towards the end of your stay, you’ll have a final consultation to analyse the results and discuss how to maintain your peak level of health back at home.
Whether it’s digestion, weight loss, elimination of toxins, nurturing a weakened immune system, stress relief or all of the above which you’re looking to achieve, the in-house team will take a holistic approach using nutrition, sleep, yoga, movement, meditation, mindfulness and of course, lots of pampering.
And if that doesn’t get you breathing deeper, the crisp mountain air is certain to.
CONTACT: +41 33888 9888 ; firstname.lastname@example.org
PRICE: From CHF 850 per room, per night, based on two sharing and includes breakfast, plus daily credit of CHF 100 per person each day for food and beverage in the three restaurants. Price also includes free access to all the pools, saunas, steam-baths and relaxation areas at the Six Senses Spa, parking as well as service charge, all taxes and VAT. Winter season opens 8th December.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Zurich
TRANSFER TIME: 2h40mins