Alpina Gstaad

The Alpina, Gstaad, Switzerland

So where do billionaires go to escape the millionaires? The Alpina, of course. Arriving at Gstaad station, we whizzed uphill in the hotel’s Range Rover into an underground James Bond-esque lair that opens into the lobby of this majestic, newly built luxury hotel. You’d think the place had been there forever – sitting on the site of a Grande Dame; boasting delicately crafted Ringgenberg limestone and reclaimed barn wood architecture; and featuring an impressive array of antique furniture – it’s the perfect, Alpine classic. But also, you won’t miss the lashings of contemporary art – a collection worth millions; or the perfectly curated humidor; or the fine-dining Japanese restaurant; or the Six Senses spa featuring a real Tibetan monk – a head-on collision of old world charm and new world luxury. Our suite overlooked the steaming outdoor pool and the glacier beyond. It was beautifully designed, complete with a homely fireplace and a sumptuous sofa where we enjoyed some Roederer Cristal, the hotel’s signature bubbly. For the ultimate getaway, the Panorama suite calls, a 3-bedroom playpen of pure indulgence, so perfect that even the Queen (Madonna) couldn’t stay away.

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