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26 March 2018

Hotel Alpina : when mountain become

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At the heart of the Swiss mountains, there exists a haven of pure joy and pleasure, the Alpina Hotel in Gstaad. With a rare DNA featuring Swiss discretion and contemporary luxury.

At the heart of the Swiss mountains, there exists a haven of pure joy and pleasure, the Alpina Hotel in Gstaad. With a rare DNA featuring Swiss discretion and contemporary luxury.
Take the railway that winds through the bucolic landscape from Montreux to Gstaad. With eyes glued to the windows, discover and enjoy the enchanting and hypnotic postcard panorama of the region rising from the plain. The luxury can already be felt in its easy pace, the time taken to arrive at this mountain village station. The Alpina and its attentive service, its hearty welcome without pretention, the presence of discreet and caring staff, can be deduced on leaving the train. Someone will be waiting on the platform, with an electric automobile with its windows up nearby. Around a couple of bends, then through a private underground gallery – that wouldn’t be out of place in a spy film – leading straight to the entrance of this sumptuous hotel, with its no-fuss luxury.

It was inaugurated in 2012, yet you might imagine it has owned this envelope forever. No architectural boasting or bombast here, the hotel is all Swiss discretion. It fits in naturally with the surrounding elements. Local materials – pine, limestone and granite – and regional know-how rendered contemporary by the London interior design company, HBA perfected this peaceful retreat where hustle and bustle has no place. 56 rooms in the style of mountain chalets, soft colours, a hushed atmosphere, amazed connoisseurs will discover art spin-offs – a John Armelder, a Calder guest for a moment and framed traditional cut-outs from the region among others. A mixture of genres expertly instilled here and there, but subtly because here authenticity is no sham. The garden also has a part in the tranquillity of the site. The 20,000 square meters have hidden corners to make it seem less immense or grandiose, carried out with ingenuity, as no automobile disturbs the tranquility of the site. It seems insignificant, a fabulous detail and yet once again, a privilege. This word certainly characterises a stay at the Alpina. Unique worldwide, privilege of privileges, the Panorama Suite. A 400 m2 private 2-storey residence, the extraordinary luxury of discretion, where you can, mix with life at the hotel or stay at home to be pampered by the staff and enjoy the delights of the bedrooms, living rooms or jacuzzi overlooking the Bernese Oberland village.

Dining, another wonder of this hotel. The restaurant ‘Sommet’ (18 Gault & Millau points and 1 Michelin star) led by the Austrian Chef Martin Göschel delights the eyes and taste buds with fine flavoured dishes and unexpected combinations. A second restaurant, “Megu”, a refined Japanese restaurant designed by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance who says: “I had an idea to reflect the reunion of these two worlds – Japanese clarity and the grace of the Swiss mountains”. Executive chef Martin Göschel works with the head chef Takumi Murase and Tsutomu Kugota head sushi chef. An experience to be enjoyed with the senses on high alert.

To enhance the stay, there is nothing like a Spa and not just any old excuse of a spa. The ‘Six Senses’, the first in Switzerland, reflects with careful thoughtfulness the requests and needs of each. Customised programmes, detox or Tibetan treatments among other offers, precise tips, and effective gestures are developed according to the requirements of the customers. Again, everything is refinement and voluptuous privilege. Yet once again also, the framework perfects the atmosphere. Alpine combined with Japan design, an interior pool topped with two Jacuzzi’s, a steam room, sauna, Himalayan salt cave, sport or yoga rooms, a juice bar or flotation cabin complete the feeling of total disconnection from the concerns of the outside world.

The Managing Director Eric Favre, all Swiss modesty, watches over the hotel with Olympian calm. Present, yet non-intrusive, always ready to listen to the wishes of each. His entire team, seem to function in a similar manner: a helpful presence and natural attentiveness with no pretentious fussiness. Certainly a privilege in today’s world. The greatest luxury of the Alpina Hotel lies in this reverence to hospitality, with a modest grace that suggests, that the privilege is your presence. Right here. For a day or more. To recharge your batteries before taking the road home.

By Sarah Jollien Fardel