Travel Review: Gstaad, a winter wonderland

Escape the heat and head to the picturesque slopes of this Swiss chalet village
ByAndre NevelingThursday , 14 September 2017
Travel Review: Gstaad, a winter wonderland

Hollywood actress Julie Andrews once labelled it the “last paradise in a crazy world” and the Swiss chalet village of Gstaad is certainly one of the best destinations for any VIP winter wonderland bucket list.

Located in one of the largest ski areas in the highest mountain range in Europe, Gstaad is an award-winning destination known for its majestic ski slopes, renowned skiing schools, celebrity residents and its ultra-luxe timber chalets.

The most popular snow activities in Gstaad are certainly skiing and snowboarding. Gstaad has one of the world’s best snowfields, featuring 80 zones and 220km of slopes that are perfect for beginners, intermediates, and advanced skiers. As winter sports are given top priority in the village, many businesses propose diverse activities and tours for all age ranges to help visitors enjoy the mountains to their fullest.

Air-boarding and tobogganing enthusiasts can also enjoy family tracks and feel the chilly kiss of powdery snow on their faces while whizzing down runs categorised by eight degrees of di iculty. Away from the traditional snow sports activities, other entertainment such as hot air balloon rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, and excursions on sleds pulled by Siberian dogs add a whole new dimension to the winter holiday.

That’s not all. You can also lace up your skates and enjoy the ice rink right in the centre of the village, adjacent to the promenade. Numerous coffee shops and award-winning restaurants offer authentic gastronomic specialities such as the famous Swiss fondue and raclette, to be sampled at a leisurely pace and enjoyed in cosy interiors.

Exceptionally decorated with a romantic fire and exquisite chandeliers, the Duchessa Gstaad is one of the town’s Italian restaurants that epitomises the warm glamour of the snow-white city. If you are looking for a luxurious and serene stay during your ski holiday, boutique hotel Ultima Gstaad is your best option. The hotel offers the best of Gstaad’s luxury chalet experience through its 11 sumptuous suites and six residences that combine absolute privacy with luxury hospitality.

The resort offers a unique journey for its visitors, as they stay in chalets boasting comfort, generous spaces, the latest technology and personalised menus prepared by a private chef. Combining traditional Swiss architecture with modern, contemporary interior design, the exclusive Alpine resort allows you to enjoy exceptional winters.

After a day full of excursions, snow activities and shopping, Ultima Spa offers a relaxing exclusive wellness experience that promises to exceed expectations. Working with Swiss brand La Prairie, the spa has a range of ideal face and body treatments
for relaxing and recharging as well as hammam and steam baths for guests.

If Gstaad doesn’t tick all the boxes for a relaxing getaway with life-affirming scenery, invigorating activities and world-class hospitality, we can’t imagine where else could. INFO: Gstaad.ch, ultimagstaad.com 

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