Gstaad is often perceived to be the chosen destination for the rich and famous but you’d be overlooking the fantastic skiing and spectacular scenery when placing it in this one-dimensional box. Sure, it does seem to be the Capri of the mountains with photographic reminders of its famous 1960’s residents at every turn, but with over 155 miles of ski terrain you can see why it remains popular to this day. Pottering about in the traditional Swiss village, the scenery is one of snow-covered houses and alpine sophistication at its best. The ski terrain is suited to any level from beginner to advanced, the snow is guaranteed what with Gstaad having the only glacier ski region in the Bernese Oberland and the food is simply divine. All within a 2 hour journey from Geneva. Perfection.
LE GRAND BELLEVUE
Following an exciting new refurbishment in 2013, Le Grand Bellevue is now a luxury 5* hotel in the middle of extensive parkland at the entrance of Gstaad. With an Asian influenced 3,000 sqm spa (including Himalayan salt room, ice cave, Finnish sauna), indoor pool and treatment rooms you can certainly relax here after a long day’s skiing. You won’t be bored, eating your way through the menus at their Michelin starred restaurant Leonard’s, Le Petit Chalet and a fantastic sushi bar. Le Grand Bellevue bar is as quirky as it is cool. You can also enjoy afternoon tea in the lounge.
ROOMS FROM £525 PER NIGHT
RATES ARE INCLUSIVE OF BREAKFAST, PRIVATE CINEMA SCREENING AND TAXES
Perched above Saanen (a 5-minute drive from neighbouring Gstaad), HUUS is one of our favourite mountain hotels. Think Soho House in the moutains. Expertly crafted by the owners, Marwan Naja and Günter Weilguni, HUUS Gstaad combines a ski property with a design concept. Your transport is sorted by three Range Rover convertibles that can ferry you into town. The Alpine Centre is in the hotel, and free-ride days with HUUS mountain guides, snowshoes and all the gear are included in room rates. Once back at the hotel, cocoon aching muscles in the spa with its large indoor pool and Finnish sauna, before settling down for cocktails on the sumptuous velvet settees. The games room is on the 3rd floor with pool tables, table tennis and darts. Perfect for groups to party the night away.
ROOMS FROM £240 PER NIGHT
RATES INCLUDE BREAKFAST, WELCOME APERITIF, 20% DISCOUNT, SKI SHUTTLE AND TAXES
SKIING ELEVATION: 950-3,000M
BLUE: 44% / RED: 40% / BLACK 16%