Photo: Alpina Gstaad
The Alpina Gstaad and the Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne were named in the World’s 100 Greatest Hotels list, selected by travel experts from a list of 1,000 luxury hotels and resorts around the world.
“Each property was carefully selected based upon our customers' first-hand experiences, as well as our own extensive research on each property,” said Flight Network in a press release.
Those chosen “offered a unique combination of luxury, personalized experiences, and accommodations that reflected the true environment and culture of the destination. These are hotels that will change the way you view travel, and think about the world at large”.
The Alpina Gstaad in Oberbort, above Gstaad, opened in 2012 and has quickly gained a reputation as one of the country’s most luxurious hotels.
Among its facilities picked out by Flight Network are three restaurants, a wine-tasting room, a private cinema, cigar lounge and a 2,000m2 spa and gym.
Its Japanese restaurant MEGU was last November awarded its first Michelin star, joining Sommet which already had a star.
It was also recently named the best hotel in Switzerland in the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards 2017.
“Compliments for amazing service and quality. Caviar well served, champagne at the right temp, Decor simply fantastic,” was one of the gushing comments on the reviews site.
Though not everyone raved about it, with one guest criticizing the service in the Sommet restaurant which “unfortunately spoiled our mood and also our overall impression of the hotel”.
Photo: Alpina Gstaad
One of Switzerland’s original Palace hotels built during the 19th century tourism boom, the Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne dates from 1861 and has long been considered one of Europe’s best hotels.
Among its several restaurants is the two Michelin star Anne-Sophie Pic, while its spa has indoor and outdoor pools, hammam, fitness suite and tennis courts.
The hotel also beguiled most customers on TripAdvisor, with one saying: “A truly beautiful hotel with amazing views of Lake Geneva. First class service, great food, good restaurant choices and lovely breakfast. Room was first class. Expensive but worth it.”
A minority of reviewers were critical of some aspects including the service.
“Despite the fact that there were tons of employees on staff, they were not helpful,” said one.
Of course luxury doesn’t come cheap. Flight Network puts the ‘starting price’ for a room at 574 francs at the Beau-Rivage and 831 francs at the Alpina Gstaad.
The two Swiss hotels feature on a list that also includes Atlantis in Dubai, La Réserve Paris, The Goring in London, the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai and Trump International Hotel in Washington, as well as desert resorts, game lodges and tropical island hideaways.
Photo: Beau-Rivage Palace