First Look: The Alpina Gstaad Opens in Switzerland



This weekend, The Alpina Gstaad opened its doors to its first guests. Four years in the making, the $337 million development is the first new five-star hotel to be built in this alpine village in 100 years.


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    Located on Gstaad’s exclusive hilltop area of Oberbort, just five minutes from the center of the village, The Alpina Gstaad overlooks Saanenland, right in the heart of the Bernese Alps. Set on five acres, the luxury development includes 14 private apartments within the 56-room hotel and two chalets, all designed with authentic local materials. Massive blocks of Ringgenberg limestone, the rich brown stone from local quarries, were hand carved for the entrance and ground floor. Hundred-year-old fir wood, gathered from old Alpine farm houses, decorates the façade and lines the walls of the public rooms. The gabled roof, embellished with dormers and peaks, is of natural slate. The ground floor’s huge windows allow for plenty of natural light and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. 

    Good to know: Hotellerie Suisse bestowed Switzerland’s highest rating on the property, awarding it the Five Star Superior designation.

    Bordered by an acre and a half of gardens, The Alpina Gstaad has three restaurants including the first European outpost of MEGU, the celebrated Japanese restaurant, a traditional Swiss stübli and Restaurant Sommet, serving contemporary cuisine. A 21,500-square-foot Six Senses Spa offers holistic treatments and rejuvenation programs and includes a hammam, a fitness center and an 82-foot lap pool. Other perks include a Havana-inspired cigar lounge, a wine tasting room, a private cinema and an outdoor swimming pool.

    No two of the hotel’s 56 rooms and suites are alike and range from 333 square feet for a standard room to 4,305 square feet for the Panorama Suite.

    The Alpina Gstaad is a member of the Preferred Hotel Group and Virtuoso’s Preview Program. For more information, visit


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