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The Alpina Gstaad

Margie Goldsmith

The arrival in 1905 of a railroad and a ski run quickly transformed the humble farming village of Gstaad, Swit­zerland. Within a decade, three luxury hotels—Gstaad Palace, Grand Hotel Park, and Grand Hotel Bellevue—had opened along the mountain town’s slopes. A century later, Gstaad remains an upscale retreat for downhillers, a status bolstered by the December arrival of the $337 million Alpina Gstaad hotel.

The newly built Alpina Gstaad affords 56 quiet, spacious quarters crafted from centuries-old recycled farmhouse wood and stone from the surrounding mountains. The 4,300-​square-foot Panorama Suite, which rents from $16,490 per night, includes three bedrooms, two wood-burning fireplaces, an exercise room, a private spa, and a large stone bathtub that had to be airlifted in by helicopter.

For those without a spa in their suite, the Alpina Gstaad offers a sprawling Six Senses Spa with indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The hotel’s three restaurants include Megu for contemporary Japanese cuisine and Swiss Stübli, which serves classics like raclette and fondue. A cigar lounge features a walk-in humidor, and a wine room holds 1,800 bottles. Graff Diamonds operates an in-house boutique at the hotel, while storefronts by Hermès, Brunello Cucinelli, and other designer labels are a five-minute walk downhill on Gstaad’s main promenade.

The Alpina Gstaad, +41.33.888.9888, www.thealpinagstaad.com

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