05 Apr Le Grand Bellevue Gstaad
A fairytale chateau of pastel yellow from the outside and a haven of contemporary Alpine design on the inside, the Swiss Alps have never looked so chic. Built in 1912, Le Grand Bellevue is the oldest palace in Gstaad. As if straight out of a fairytale, this beautiful yellow and white building stands in a secluded park, surrounded by the majesty of nature.
The 57 rooms and nine suites are spacious, light-filled and well made. A base of neutrals composes a calm mood, while pops of claret, caramel or gold play out in plaid cushions, houndstooth curtains and designer lamps. Leather George Smith armchairs and clawfoot units contribute luxury, with interest added in some spaces by wood beams. Rooms are not entirely soundproof, but the beds are so ludicrously comfortable it would be hard not to sleep well. Room 103 has a huge terrace, but the loveliest are 107 and 108: located in the tower, they feel light and open with their round walls.
An added boon is that bathrooms throughout are a statement – all cream and granite, they have mirrored entrances and complementary patterned ceilings, a large window (some overlooking riotous greenery), twin sinks, and a separate bathtub and shower filled with Bamford minis. Other highlights include coffee machines, a complimentary minibar refilled daily, and a delicious chunk of homemade cake before bed.
Food & Drinks
Staying at Le Grand Bellevue you can savor the delicacies offered by the various restaurants. Ranging from traditional flavors to sushi, Leonard’s awarded flavors to elegant afternoon tea served at The Lounge. Let your palate be satisfied.
Services and facilities
The hotel has an excellent range of facilities. There is a cinema, mountain bike hire, car tours in a 1963 Bentley that once belonged to Roger Moore, and a boutique, but the showpiece is the 3,000m2 subterranean Le Grand Spa. A serene haven of wood and neutrals, where petals float atop sunken pools and wicker egg chairs hang, it has a large indoor pool and hot tub, a Thermal Oasis with 17 heat therapy experiences, a well-equipped gym including SensoPro physio trainer, and daily yoga and pilates classes – held on the lawn in fine weather. Treatments include everything from bespoke massages with organic Bamford products to three-hour couple’s extravaganzas and botox by Geneva clinic Rive Gauche.
Address: Untergstaadstrasse 17, 3780 Gstaad, Svizzera
Tel: +41 33 748 00 00