Which hotel to choose for a winter holiday in Switzerland?

Home to some of the most beautiful mountain views and incredible ski slopes, Switzerland comes alive in winter. These are 5 of our best luxury hotels in Switzerland to make the most of the magical winter season.

Gstaad Palace, Gstaad

Grande Dame of the Swiss Alps, Gstaad Palace opened in 1913 and is the first palace of the village. It is now run by the third generation of the Scherz family. The appeal of this hotel is for guests looking for a holiday in the Swiss Alpine tradition.

The architecture of the hotel is reminiscent of the neo-Romanesque style of Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria. The Gstaad Palace offers breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps with interiors that combine Alpine chic with a British residential feel. The rooms feature cream, natural wood, or blue-grey tones with floral curtains, mid-century furniture and botanical prints.

Serving authentic Swiss dishes alongside flavors from Asia and the Mediterranean, the Gstaad Palace invites its guests to enjoy dining at its 7 restaurants and bars. Le Grand Restaurant & La Grande Terrasse are the flagship culinary outlets.

The Gstaad Palace has 7 restaurants and bars and serves authentic Swiss dishes as well as Asian and Mediterranean flavours. The Grand Restaurant and La Grande Terrasse are the hotel’s flagship restaurants. The Italian restaurant Gildo’s Ristorante and the rotisserie Le Grill are completely wooded in natural wood and have a cozy chalet feel with a certain romanticism. While the Cheese Factory with its more raw décor resembles a traditional refuge where authentic fondues are enjoyed on red and white checked tablecloths. While the Walig Hut, an alpine chalet at 1700 metres above sea level dating from 1783 where you can spend the night, offers a delicious fondue prepared by its keeper, rebibe cheese and dried meat.

The hotel has two bars, one in the lobby and one by the pool. The hotel’s GreenGo Club is the hotel’s private nightclub. It is the place to be for cocktails and vodka penne.

The Palace Spa offers 1,800 square meters of wellness and rejuvenation. Guests have access to an indoor pool, a jacuzzi, a private spa suite, a hammam, a sauna, steam bath, and a hair salon. The hotel also features a fitness room. The Tennis and Squash courts, however, are only open in summer.

Gstaad Palace

Address: Palacestrasse 28, Gstaad

Transfer: 40 minutes from Airfield Abragan St. Stephan

Opening period: December to April, June to September


Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, St Moritz

In the heart of the village of St. Moritz, Badrutt’s Palace is a Gothic-inspired stone building with burgundy red half-timbering. It has been a bastion of the Swiss hotel industry since 1896.

Its 155 rooms and suites, in shades of cream, blue-grey and light-grey, are classically decorated in a residential style and offer magnificent views of the snow-capped mountains from their large windows and terraces.

The Food & Beverage department at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is particularly impressive, as the hotel has 12 restaurants and 3 bars.

The IGNIV restaurant, which means “nest” in Rhaeto-Romanic, reflects the concept of gastronomic sharing so dear to Chef Andreas Caminada. The 2 Michelin star restaurant favours small dishes to be shared at the table. La Coupole – Matsuhisa is the hotel’s other flagship restaurant, and both the location and the cuisine are astonishing. The restaurant has been set up in Europe’s first indoor tennis hall and offers guests Peruvian-Japanese fusion cuisine.

The Grand Hall, considered the “living room of St. Moritz”, is a place for contemplation with its bay window set into the wooded architecture of the room, turning the view into a painting.

The Badrutt’s Palace Hotel spa offers a wide range of massages and beauty treatments. Its indoor infinity pool is worth a visit as it offers a beautiful view of the snowy landscape through its floor-to-ceiling glass window. The spa also has a hair salon and a fitness center.

The hotel also offers a long list of activities for winter holidays, such as skiing and snowboarding, skating on its own ice rink, curling and other ice sports, tobogganing, paragliding and more.

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

Address: Via Serlas 27, Saint-Moritz

Transfer: 10 minutes from Samedan Airport

Opening period: December to April, June to September


The Chedi Andermatt, Andermatt

Nestled at an altitude of 1,400 meters, the Chedi Andermatt has the closest architecture to a traditional chalet. Featuring a gable roof, its façade is more elaborate with elegantly lacy woodwork. The architecture of the Chedi Andermatt is a preamble to the interior design of the place. While still using wood as a primary material, the Chedi’s interiors feature a minimalist Japanese style that is a radical departure from the Alpine atmosphere.

The Lobby looks like a temple with its black colonnades and central fireplace, around which are arranged sofas and benches whose width would almost invite you to lie down for a nap.

The hotel’s 119 rooms and suites impress with their play on the textures of wood on the walls and furniture, in both light or dark colors. The furniture in rough stone or cappuccino colors and the warm, subdued lighting make the place both warm and elegant.

The hotel has nine restaurants and bars. The Restaurant and the Michelin-starred The Japanese are the hotel’s two flagship restaurants, where guests can enjoy the cuisine of Executive Chef Dietmar Sawyere.

The five-meter, high glass Wine and Cheese cellar is a culinary curiosity for cheese lovers. As for The Japanese By The Chedi Andermatt, its minimalist yet elaborate design immediately transports guests to Asia. The restaurant offers five to ten course kaiseki and the most extensive sake menu in the country. The hotel also has a Cigar Library with almost 900 cigars from 15 different countries, and a wine library with a DJ on the decks.

The Chalet is the hotel’s most intimate venue and is only open in winter. Its raclette and gourmet truffle fondue are a must.

The Chedi Andermatt spa covers 2,400 square meters. The Olympic-sized indoor infinity pool (35 metres) is worth a visit and lined with futons. The spa has a 35-metre Olympic-style indoor pool, whirlpools, a 12-meter outdoor pool and a gym.

The Chedi Andermatt

Address: Gotthardstrasse 4, Andermatt

Transfer: 40 minutes from Ambri Airport

Opening period: All year


The Alpina Gstaad

On a hillside overlooking the village of Gstaad, The Alpina Gstaad is the neighbour of the Gstaad Palace. However, after opening in 2012, with only 56 rooms, the hotel feels like a little brother and offers a much more intimate experience.

The architecture of the Alpina Gstaad is a blend of chalet, castle and modern building aesthetics. In the rooms and suites, it is the pure Alpine craftsman style that takes pride of place with wood, stone fireplaces, carved or painted period furniture and coffered ceilings. However, it is modernized with contemporary seating and artworks.

The hotel has three restaurants, which are overseen by Michelin-starred chef Martin Göschel. The Sommet, the Megu and the Swiss Stübli offer classic cuisine from around the world. The Michelin-starred Sommet restaurant offers an eclectic menu inspired by the chef’s travels in France, Italy, South East Asia and South America, all in an alpine atmosphere.

A delicious vegetarian menu is served. The atmosphere of the Megu is surprisingly modern with its Asian design combining kimonos and red flowers. It serves a fine Japanese menu by chef and sushi master Tsutomu Kugota. The restaurant offers a wide selection of sakes as well as Japanese whiskies.

The Swiss Stübli embodies the Swiss spirit with its typical chalet woodwork and traditional dishes. The Alpina Lounge & Bar combines panoramic mountain views with art from the hotel’s collection on all walls. The Cigar Lounge is inspired by 1930s Havana, with a selection of over 60 cigars.

The Alpina Gstaad has the only Six Senses spa in Switzerland and it houses a pool that could be set in a film studio with its tree trunk pillars, rock and raw boulders. The spa also has an outdoor pool and fitness centre. This offers guests yoga classes as well as a three-day, four-night Tibetan healing retreat based on breathing and meditation exercises, massage and sound treatments.

The hotel can arrange a number of winter activities such as snow hiking, paragliding, skiing and snowboarding and cross-country skiing.

The Alpina Gstaad

Address: Alpinastrasse 23, Gstaad

Transfer: 30 minutes from Airfield Abragan St. Stephan

Opening period: December to March, June to September


Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina

Welcoming its guests to the Engadin Valley since 1848, the emblematic neo-baroque façade of the Grand Hotel Kronenhof, green and white, blends into the magical and rustic landscape of the village of Pontresina. Situated at an altitude of 1805 meters in a valley protected from the wind, the hotel is not far from the Bernina massif.

Of the 112 rooms and suites in the hotel, all have a residential style and if some have a chalet style marked by a certain Italian elegance with an omnipresence of wood and shades of cream, brown and red. The suites in particular offer beautiful shades of blue, grey and cream.

As far as the culinary offer is concerned, the Grand Hotel Kronenhof has 4 restaurants and bars.

The Grand Restaurant is a masterly venue with its neo-baroque decorations (painted frescoes, gilding) and offers Swiss specialties.

The fully panelled Kronenstübli is an elegant place to enjoy Mediterranean and French menus. The Pavillon has a chalet style and offers a view of the glaciers of the Val Roseg from its terrace. The Bar is a cosy lounge in an elegant combination of blue and red.

The Fumoir, offers a more manly style with its emerald-green velvet upholstered sofas, mocha colored empire style furniture and pool table.

The Kronenhof Spa offers guests 2,000 square meters of wellness. The spa houses an indoor infinity pool, a hydromassage pool and a jacuzzi, all of which are lit by natural light from the large bay window that offers a magnificent view of the snow-covered landscape.

The hotel can also arrange a number of activities for its guests such as skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, ice sports, and more.

Grand Hotel Kronenhof

Address: Via Maistra 130, Pontresina

Transfer: 10 minutes from Samedan Airport

Opening period: December to March, June to September

Booking a Winter Holiday in Switzerland

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