A close look will reveal an additional curtain rail in the penthouse bedroom of the Alpina Gstaaad Panorama Suite. It was fitted upon the special request by a guest, who needed blackout shades in addition to the elegant Alpine-style curtains for total darkness and perfect sleep. Nothing is ever impossible. Guests staying at the two-storeyed suite on the fifth and sixth floors of the luxury hotel in Gstaad, are quite welcome to make special requests: “The suite is often booked, especially during the main season,” explains Tim Weiland, General Manager at The Alpina Gstaad. “We have many regular guests, who come back every year and who consider the Panorama Suite their home away from home.”
Waste wood collected from old chalets of the area was the defining material architects used to build the Panorama Suite and entire The Alpina Gstaad. In combination with select antique furniture, original farmhouse cupboards, and handmade paper cuts, the precious remnants of times gone by add patina to the design. Every element is original, authentic, and ingeniously combined with state-of-the-art technology. The two large fireplaces are lit with real wood. Waste wood, leather, and stone dominate the interior of the hotel. The designers of Jaggi Architektur mastered the balancing act between tradition and modernism perfectly. They steered clear of kitsch and clutter, created a stylish and tasteful atmosphere, and made room for a surprising spectrum of art eras and movements.
A spa area equipped with gym machines, a steam bath, a sauna, a massage table, a Jacuzzi on the terrace, and an open fireplace beneath a glass roof is no doubt the most spectacular feature of the Panorama Suite.
The freestanding bathtub in the open bathroom space is made out of a single piece of marble. The precious piece is so large and heavy that it would not fit through any door of the hotel. Foresight and prudent planning were necessary to be able to heave it onto its spot with the help of a helicopter before completing the roof.
The dream hideaway boasting a surface of 400m2 and beautiful vistas of the surrounding mountain range and the Saanenland area is available as of 15 000 Swiss francs per night. The rate includes the safety of triple-glazed, bulletproof windows and an individual butler service if requested. Guests, who venture out despite all conveniences, will be delighted with the fantastic features of the hotel – an elegant cigar lounge, for instance, a private cinema, the Six Senses spa with its Himalaya salt cave, a hammam, as well as an indoor and an outdoor pool.
The Alpina Gstaad also treats guests to a wide range of top-level culinary delights at its “Sommet” restaurant (18 Gault Millau points, 1 Guide Michelin star), at the “Swiss Stübli”, and at the Japanese MEGU gourmet restaurant (16 Gault Millau points, one Guide Michelin star) – the first of its kind in West Europe. 56 rooms and suites are available at the extraordinary hotel located on 20 000m2 of beautiful parkland above the picturesque village centre of Gstaad. The Alpina Gstaad opened in December 2012 and has collected numerous awards already.