A Luxury Escape at Switzerland's New Huus Gstaad Chalet

Photo by Huus Gstaad

In the short month since its December 2016 opening, Huus Gstaad has proven to be a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The seven-story traditional wooden-clad chalet sits hillside between the villages of Saanen and Gstaad, creating an environment well-suited for both the relaxer and adrenaline junkie alike.

Erik Nissen Johansen, the designer behind Stylt Trampoli, was the driving force behind the chalet’s recent modernizations. His first move was replacing walls with enlarged windows, creating a home-like vibe for those who want to feel as if they’re staying with a friend.

Each of Huus Gstaad’s rooms and suites have been furnished with large beds from the Swedish brand Hästens, complete with natural woolen blankets and warm pendulum lighting. The resorts four room categories all include a balcony or terrace, each with north or south facing views of the property’s surrounding mountains. Specifically crafted storage units are available in each accommodation, featuring mirrors and mini bars. Bathrooms are fit with oak shelves and copper fixtures and come stocked with the hotel’s own brand of amenities, which reflects local flora and fauna. Each room also comes with its own SuitePad Samsung Tablet, offering guests more than 150 complimentary newspapers and magazines.

Insider Tip: Accommodations also include backpacks from the climbing experts and Mammut, an aluminum water bottle and binoculars by Zeiss, so you’ve got everything you need to explore your new locale.

Photo by Huus Gstaad

The Livingroom is known as the heart of the hotel, providing guests over 400 square meters that includes a lounge, a bar, a library and a terrace. Here is where guests will find Johansen’s picturesque floor-to-ceiling windows, providing a fireside look into the greenery outdoors.  The hotel’s Mountain Concierge, Thomas Rügger, provides  advise guests on all things on or off-piste, including skiing and snowboarding during the winter months to hiking and river rafting during warmer seasons.

Huus Gstaad also offers four restaurants to guests on site, with award-winning gourmet chef Guiseppe Colella leading the concepts. Colella’s style is very family-oriented, incorporating sharing platters and a tapas style across each of the hotel’s menus. He also includes produce from organic and locally sourced farms within the Gstaad and Saanenland region on each of the menus.

Don’t Forget: after a day outdoors, explore the hotel’s 2,000-square-meter, three-floored spa. A Finnish spa offers views of the gardens below, while an aromatic sauna is well-suited for clearing your senses and mind. Other services include an ice fountain, herbal steam baths, a swimming pool, yoga classes and two treatment rooms for massages and more. There’s even a children’s spa, so drop the kids off to enjoy some alone time.

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