Gstaad Palace is one of the only family-owned and -operated hotels in Switzerland, and guests are treated likeextended members of the family (big names who have checked in here have included Louis Armstrong, Liz Taylor andMarc Chagall).

 

During World War II, the hotel housed other treasures: owing to its isolated location on the uppermountainside, the Swiss government hid a large portion of the country’s gold reserves in a two-storey bunker at thehotel. Today, this historic space serves as La Fromagerie, with a Champagne truffle fondue, and the grounds of thefamous Lobby Bar. Here, guests can listen to live music, enjoy afternoon tea or have a drink late into the night.

 

For something more formal, dine at Le Restaurant, Le Grill Rôtisserie or at authentic Italian, Gildo’s Ristorante.

 

The Palace Spa, ranked among the most beautiful in the Alps, is a wonderful spot for resting your weary muscles after the outings of the day, whether skiing or golfing, with a soak in the hammam or a treatment in the private spa suite.