Summer Season from 23 June - 10 September 2023
MY FAMILY COCOON
Growing up here, at the Gstaad Palace, means our family-run hotel is also my own personal family cocoon: The place that gives me those warm, fuzzy feelings that come with all those childhood memories. Of playing in the Palace gardens, long hikes up the mountains, or a refreshing dive into a crystal-clear mountain lake. Not only is it the place that I call home – it is the perfect starting point for the many adventures our awe-inspiring environment holds.
Summer in the mountains is truly spectacular. Some things are timeless: The sheer beauty of seeing the sun set behind
those mountain tops. Or the starry skyscape revealing itself during those delicious summer nights. One thing has improved since my childhood, though: today, I can let the e-bike take me to new heights – and fully enjoy the Alpine landscape on two wheels. Whether you, too, use one of our e-bikes to get you up those mountains, want to go on a hike to experience the scenery, or simply let mind, body and soul unwind in our gardens: I recommend taking a moment and feel the cool Alpine breeze caressing your skin.
Breathe. And let go. Welcome to our family cocoon.
For this edition of our “Summer Highlights”, we slightly changed the format in our aim to protect the environment as best as possible. We wish you happy reading.
CHOSEN BY THE BEST
Curating the exceptional since 1928
Comprised of more than 400 hotels in over 80 countries, The Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) is the largest collection of independent luxury hotels. Since 1928, the Company has carefully curated distinctive resorts, inns, chalets, villas, and safari camps, from the snow-capped Alps of Europe to the African veldt - made for those seeking the remarkably uncommon. Superior product, exceptional hoteliers and sublime service are hallmarks of its independent, family-led community.
LHW hoteliers are true artisans of hospitality who have shaped their destinations and the way the world travels for decades. Gstaad Palace, a proud member of LHW, has been a part of this remarkable community for more than 60 years. Mr. Andrea Scherz, the third-generation proprietor and general manager of Gstaad Palace, serves as LHW’s chairman and follows in the footsteps of his father, who also served as one of LHW’s Chairmen.
You are invited to join Leaders Club, the exclusive guest loyalty programme of The Leading Hotels of The World. The complimentary programme provides its members with personalised service and exclusive travel benefits. This includes pre-arrival upgrade opportunities, points on every stay, members-only rates, and on-property benefits like complimentary breakfast –to get the most out of your stay at any Leading Hotel around the globe.
CHERRY ON TOP
INDIAN DELIGHTS BYCHEF RAVI
Chef Ravi has cooked at the legendary Taj Hotel in Mumbai. Today, Ravi Bajaj is shaking up the British restaurant scene with classical Indian dishes interpreted with a light, playful twist. Chef Ravi Bajaj’s recipes have style. His classics come with a certain twist, a trace lighter, a trace more playful. Together with Culinary Director Franz W. Faeh he offers Palace guests a delightfully exciting menu during the entire summer season –a treat for eyes and taste buds alike!
For reservations please contact us at+41 33 748 50 00 or email@example.com
YOU DON’T NEED TO SEARCH FURTHER
Our promise to you, with us you’ll always get the “Best Available Rate”. Our dedicated Reservations Team is personally at your service close to and in season every day from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm promising you a response within 24 hours to ensure your desires will be met to the fullest. In between season, we’re at your service from Monday to Friday, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Adelina, Cécile, Larina and Josefina are not that old yet, but please rest assured their dedication is based on offering a personalised service being dear to our heart since 1913.
You might have questions to arrange your summer holidays at the Gstaad Palace, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or +41 33 748 50 00
NEW E-BIKING EXPERIENCES
Experience new Alpine heights with e-mountain biking! Thanks to the new fleet of high-end Thömus e-bikes, you can explore the wonderful Alpine environment on two very sustainable e-wheels. The Lightrider E2 model is perfect for those wishing to go rogue downhill, whereas the Longrider E2 is the best choice for touring terrain. Needless to say, the e-bikes are proudly made in Switzerland – and Olympic medalist Mathias Flückiger has been relying on the Bernese brand for four years now. Do you want to follow in these Olympic footsteps, pardon, tire tracks?
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THE WALIG HUT
This charming hut is located above Gsteig at 1’700 metres offering breathtaking views of Gstaad and the Saanenland. It was built in 1783 and like many others, was home to the farmers in the summer when the cows are brought up to pasture. Nowadays, there are very few of them left and it is most difficult to acquire them as they are either derelict or still used by the farmers. Whether for lunch or dinner (4 - 14 people), or even an overnight stay (max. 2 adults and 2 children), the beauty and the calm of our Walig experiences will capture you within minutes and make it hard to leave this magical spot.
Come on up! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +41 33 748 50 00
JC BIVER WATCHES
“We give birth to the soul of the watch.”
Jean-Claude Biver, living legend of the Swiss watchmaking industry, and his son Pierre have together embarked on a new adventure: the creation of a highly exclusive watch brand. To this end, they called upon the best Swiss specialists in each field (dials, hands, bracelet, case etc.) to create museum-quality pieces of great prestige.
Because sound is a vibration that can be related to the world of emotions, it is through sound that the Bivers adventure starts: a minute repeater with a tourbillon and a micro rotor each element, from the dial to the hands to the bracelet, by its exceptional level of hand-finishing, tells a story. “We decided to decorate all the faces of all the components of the movement” the Bivers say. “To achieve this, we had to push our partners to develop techniques for decorating certain parts of the pieces that were not originally designed to be decorated. The underside of the bridges, for example, is handgrained, which is very rarely done.”
But how do you make the minute repeater, a mechanism invented in the 18th century, contemporary? “With a new, different sound that is bound to have collectors perk their ears. We added a third hammer, which requires a very fine adjustment of the tempo to get the tone just right”.
The watch has an energy all its own: in addition to the sound that emanates from it, there is also the energy of the hard stone that makes up its dial. “We chose stones for their spiritual attributes, for the energy they radiate. Sodalite is soothing and has a protective quality. Silver obsidian is about rebirth” explain the Bivers.
Paradoxically, as we look at the watch, we forget the passing of time. But does it matter? “A watch has value for us because of its spiritual aspect, because of the soul it carries” says JeanClaude Biver. “Because an object without a soul is a dead object. We give birth to the soul of the watch.”Pierre and Jean-Claude Biver
PALACE À LA CARTE
Le Grand Restaurant & La Grand Terrasse *
We don’t serve hocus-pocus, but authentic and international cuisine.
Every day from 7.00 am to 11.00 am, 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm and 7.00 pm to 10.30 pm
Le Grill *
Awarded 16 Gault Millau points, serves heavenly dishes, not just for the stars.
Every day from 7.00 pm to 10.30 pm. If weather allows, we serve Le Grill delicacies on La Grande Terrasse.
From 7.00 pm gentlemen are asked to wear a jacket in Le Grill, the Bar du Grill and the Veranda section of Le Grand Restaurant Baseball caps, coats, hoodies, polo shirts, t-shirts, ripped jeans and sport shoes are not permitted in the restaurants and bars in the evening. Other than that, we won’t cramp your style!
* To book a table, please contact us at email@example.com
Bar at the «Piscine»
An informal place by the pool with magnificent view on the mountains.
From June 30, every day, from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm (weather permitting)
The Lobby Bar & Lobby Bar Terrace
Gstaad’s living room to come for tea, an aperitif or a nightcap.
Every day from 10.00 am to 1.00 am
** To book a table and for more information, please contact us at +41 33 748 58 93
*** No reservations granted For further information, please visit palace.ch
HUBLOT POLO GOLD CUP GSTAAD
17 - 20 AUGUST 2023
L'ÉTÉ À GSTAAD 2023
5 - 9 July
“The Place to Beach” in Gstaad beachgstaad.ch
14 July - 2 September
MENUHIN FESTIVAL “Humility” gstaadmenuhinfestival.ch
15 - 23 July
EFG SWISS OPEN GSTAAD
Legendary ATP 250 tennis tournament swissopengstaad.ch
SWISS NATIONAL DAY
Happy Birthday Switzerland!
Turning 732 years old gstaad.ch
2 September GSTAAD ZÜGLETE
Meet the local farmers and their cows coming down the mountains. gstaad.ch
All Season GSTAAD CARD
Discover the Destination in a sustainable way. gstaad.ch
21 - 23 July
Say OUI and join us for an exclusive culinary firework! Maximum 12 selected guests will learn the secrets of great food and wine together with Andrea Scherz, General Manager and Owner, and Franz W. Faeh, our Culinary Director.
On Friday, a high-class dinner paired with exquisite wines awaits at the Palace.
On Saturday, guests are invited to a BBQ Lunch at our Walig Hut – a truly unique mountain experience!
Martel proudly joins us during both days and sends not only great wines but also very unique expertise. Master Sommelier Benjamin Wolf is one of the top wine experts in the world.
He grew up in Tuscany and works as a wine scout for the renowned Swiss Martel wine company. The heavenly wine experience includes two icons from 2009: La Tâche from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Château Lafleur.
OUI, CHEF! EXPERIENCE
at CHF 5‘170 for two or CHF 3‘375 for one person, includes:
• Two nights in a Classic Junior Suite at the Gstaad Palace
• Exclusive Wine Tasting Dinner on Friday
• BBQ Lunch at the Walig Hut on Saturday
• Breakfast and use of the Palace Spa
For reservations please contact us at +41 33 748 50 00 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Postauto line Saanen-Jaun
MORE INFORMATION ON GSTAAD.CH
Abländschen is one of the most remote communities in the canton of Bern and close to Gstaad. You can still find pure tranquility there! A trip to the mountain village between Zweisimmen in Bern and Jaun in Fribourg promises distance from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Active people get their money’s worth too: the unspoiled nature offers versatile hiking routes, mountainbike trails, climbing possibilities – and the view of the majestic mountain chain of the Gastlosen provides magical views. In addition, visitors will find culinary highlights in Abländschen: for example, a range of dishes made almost exclusively from local ingredients awaits them at the Berghotel zur Sau. The very secluded village can now be reached by Postauto over Mittelberg pass with the new line Saanen – Jaun as from 3rd June to 15th October 2023.
MORE INFORMATION ON GSTAAD.CH/FONDUELAND
In Gstaad visitors awaits a different gourmet experience: dip your fondue fork into the melted cheese under the open sky! This is possible thanks to the rentable fondue backpack, which contains all the ingredients for the irresistible outdoor adventure – a choice of creamy classic or aromatic truffle fondue from local dairies, fondue equipment, crusty bread, spices, plates and forks. On foot, by bike, sled or snowshoes you can reach
four oversized fondue pots as well as two huts, which are specially equipped for the outdoor fondue enjoyment and have room for up to eight people. In the middle of nature and with a panoramic view, the fondue simply tastes better! The backpack can be ordered the day before at the following places: Molkerei Schönried, Fromage & Pain Saanen, Molkerei Gstaad and Molkerei Zweisimmen.GSTAAD SAANENLAND TOURISM
Take your time
«Come up, slow down»: To Flurin Riedi, CEO and Director of Gstaad Saanenland Tourism, this is more than a catchy slogan. We’ve asked the former elite mountain biker and Swiss native what makes our region unique – and the challenges it faces.
Flurin Riedi, why is summer in the mountains better than at a beach?
We can offer both here in Gstaad; we have a beach! All kidding aside, I am convinced that mountain life is much more varied and exciting than beach life. You must have experienced it to know what a summer mountain holiday means. There are so many different, unbelievably attractive and diverse possibilities! And the temperature is perfect, not too hot but still lovely. The landscape is so lovely, colourful and gentle in summer compared to Uri, where I grew up.
What makes our region unique?
It’s the perfect starting point for mountain rookies. The Saanenland is defined by gentle, picturesque hills – to me, as a Uri native, I wouldn’t call them actual mountains. But we also have real mountains here and glaciers. You can take a gentle stroll or go for a long hike up to the ridge. This combination is unique even in Switzerland.
Are people flocking to the mountains now instead of the beach?
I don’t think it’s necessarily an either/ or. You can like both beach and the mountains. During the pandemic, some people spent the summer months on a mountain vacation for the first time. And they are coming back now. Because they experienced an authentic, genuine connection. Maybe they passed a farm, started to talk to the farmer, and enjoyed a piece of fresh cheese. People are real here, and nothing is fake. It’s in their
genes after a century of hospitality.
You and your family are living here, in Gstaad. What makes you feel at home here?
We spend most of our summer at the outdoor pools! I’ve grown up in the mountains and want my kids to experience the same thing. They can spend their time in nature in so many ways, like biking, hiking, farming, and watching cheesemakers on the Alp. Adventure trails, playgrounds, we just have it all.
Do you remember the first time you visited Gstaad?
That must have been 15 years ago when I was still mountain biking. One of the races led me through the Sannenland. The green, lush landscape and the beautiful Chalets were so incredibly striking. I still remember that.
Is Gstaad a luxury destination?
I’d say it’s a delicate balance. Gstaad has a long tradition of being a meeting place for the rich and famous –but not in an artificial, glitzy way.
But because everyone can just be their authentic selves here. And that, to me, is the real luxury.
What are the challenges for Gstaad?
As everywhere, we are experiencing a shortage of skilled workers. Things like child care or affordable living are a big part of attracting more workers. And we need to ensure we can preserve the region’s authenticity.
Can you describe Gstaad in three words?
I’ll try: green highlands, Alpine agriculture, and purely romantic. It’s all so gorgeous here. You need to take your time. Take your time and dive into the culture, talk to locals, and fully absorb the region’s beauty.
SUSTAINABLE PREMIUM MOBILITY WITH THE NEW AUDI Q8 E-TRON
The premium manufacturer is continuing its electrifying success story with the Audi Q8 e-tron. In 2018, the Audi e-tron was the first electric SUV, kicking off a sustainable premium mobility concept without compromises. And that concept won fans: with more than 150,000 units sold, the Audi e-tron is one of the best-selling electric SUVs worldwide today. Now the new Audi Q8 e-tron is following in the footsteps of the electric pioneer, offering even greater comfort, performance and range.
With a range of up to 600 km and a charging capacity of 170 kWh, there’s nothing standing in the way of a sporty trip through the Swiss mountains or an inspiring drive beside impressive lakes and through stunning landscapes. Switzerland and Audi have also played a pioneering role in terms of charging infrastructure. There are now more than twice as many charging stations as petrol stations in Switzerland. The Audi charging card gives you access to more than 8,000 charging points in Switzerland. Audi opened one of the most innovative charging stations in Zurich in September 2022 with the Audi charg-
ing hub – only the second Audi charging hub in the world. The revolutionary charging concept makes it possible to build a self-sufficient rapid charging infrastructure in urban areas without burdening the local electricity grid. Audi is thus convincingly demonstrating that sustainable mobility and comfort are not mutually exclusive and are perfectly suitable for everyday use – and this applies both to the Audi e-tron models and to the infrastructure. audi.ch
WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE PALACE?
Monday to Sunday
Welcome to the land of cheese! Enjoy delicious Swiss specialties in a secret and naturally private spot in our lovely Palace garden. Complimentary stunning mountain view is included.
Available to resident and non-resident guests at a maximum capacity of 4 people.
CHF 50 per person will be added to your spending
Sundays: 16 July - 13 August (weather permitting)
Open air Palace Brunch*
Enjoy a Swiss BBQ Brunch on La Grande Terrasse.
CHF 145 per person
CHF 70 per child from 4 to 11 years
Monday to Sunday
Looking for the most beautiful view over the region? We’ve got you covered! Our Concierge Team will guide you the way to our very own Picnic Hideaway on top of Gstaad.
Dry and fresh fruits, muesli bar, mountain cheese, regional pork sausage “Chämiwürstli”, cold rosemary chicken breast, farmer’s bread, pasta salad and cooked eggs, mini chocolate cakes, cookies and still water.
CHF 45 per person
Monday to Sunday: from 7.00 pm
Palace on air
Antonella & Tato live on stage. Bar Du Grill, The Lobby Bar or its terrace (weather permitting)
19 August: from 11.30 pm
GreenGo Polo Night**
CHF 50 per person Free access for guests attending the POLO Gala Night & Resident Guests.
Dress code: elegant GreenGo
23 June - 9 September Wednesday to Sunday
Our Indian chef Ravi Bajaj is back at the Palace, and with him a great variety of flavorsome Indian dishes. La Grande Terrasse & Le Grand Restaurant
8 July: from 7.00 pm
The legendary Gildo is back*
We proudly welcome back our legendary former Maître D’, Gildo Bocchini.
One night, one Gildo, one PalaceEnjoy a special Italian menu in all our restaurant.
1 August: from 6.30 pm
Switzerland’s National Day*
Let us celebrate Switzerland’s 732nd birthday together with the Scherz family with a Swiss aperitif in the garden and a delicious four-course menu. Enjoy traditional folk music and the fireworks above the Palace!
CHF 200 per person
CHF 100 per child from 4 to 11 years
All Restaurants & Terraces
1 September “Martel”
Summer Wine Course
Taste good wine in a relaxed atmosphere at the Gstaad Palace and learn from a wine enthusiast. It’s all about grape varieties, growing regions and tasting techniques. Martel wine expert Christine Schmidhauser gets you further.
CHF 180 per person
25 - 27 August
Gstaad Palace Challenge 2023
The Rally for ambitious Bon Vivants. Join us at the finish line on Saturday, 26 August at 5.30 pm for a cocktail with the participants.
For further information, please visit palace.ch
For reservations and further information, please contact the Martel team at +41 71 226 94 00 or email@example.com
* For reservations and more information, please contact us at +41 33 748 50 00 or firstname.lastname@example.org
** For reservations, please contact the GreenGo Team at email@example.com
Excellence in Sustainability
We are officially “Swisstainable committed”!
The new programme by Switzerland Tourism promises a new approach to travel, promoting more awareness and deeper enjoyment of the environment. The aim is to become the most sustainable destination in the world.
To us, sustainability has always been a priority, a way to honour the amazing forces of nature that allow us to be what we are. Being sustainable means taking care of our resources, promoting and buying local and taking the time to delve deep into traditions and nature. Thus, officially becoming Swisstainable committed is just another step on a journey we have embarked on long ago.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY JOURNEY...
Our staff lives on site
Since 1984, our seasonal staff has lived right next door in dedicated accommodations.
+no commutes, less traffic
2008 Sustainable heat source
In 2008, the Gstaad Palace installed a sustainable heating system using wood chips from local forests.
+200,000 litres of oil saved annually
2008 Preserving our heritage
Since 2008, guests can get an authentic Alpine experience in the gently renovated Walig Hut without heat, hot water or Wi-Fi.
+diving deep into traditional mountain living
2009 EV trailblazers
In 2009, we installed the first EV charging stations –becoming a local trailblazer for electric vehicles.
+promoting clean driving
“The Gstaad Palace is not only a landmark among the 5-star luxury hotels in Switzerland, but has also been committed to sustainable tourism already for several years. I am very happy and proud to welcome the hotel and its staff in our Swisstainable programme and also thank them for their contribution to sustainable travel in Switzerland.”Martin Nydegger CEO, Switzerland Tourism
What about the light bulbs?
Since 2011, we have been using LED lighting to create a warm and cosy atmosphere inside and out.
+saving up to 80% of energy
Why we plant trees
We invested into nature by planting 1500 new trees for reforestation after the cyclone Lothar.
+keeping the mountain scenery as mother nature envisioned it
“While operating a family business since three generations, my family realised in very early years, running a hotel and protecting the environment go very well in hands. Often family businesses can be way more sustainable, as we tend to think twice, economically as well as ecologically. We are truly delighted to commit our sustainable efforts towards a brighter future for all of us.”Andrea Scherz Owner & General Manager, Gstaad Palace
2015 Preventing food waste
Since 2015, partnerships with local suppliers have made sure our Culinary Team can source ingredients locally.
+reducing the carbon footprint
2021 Less is more
In 2021 we started reducing plastic products in our amenities –and relying on natural air conditioning.
+less plastic, less energy
Sammy’s Summer Kids Club */**
Please consult with our Concierge Team to check on opening times. The Kids Club and its programme, in our “Playroom” and at the «PISCINE», is available complimentary for kids whose parents are Resident Guests of the Gstaad Palace. Entrance fee applies for external visitors due to limited capacity, starting from CHF 10, per children, per day.
Watch your most favorite movies in a cosy Kids Cinema setting. Playroom
2 July - 27 August (except for 20 August)
Every Sunday: 12.00 pm - 3.00 pm
The all-new bouncing castle***
Jumping all over the world, while parents enjoy lunch on the terrace.
15 July & 11 August
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Walking the St. Bernard dogs ***
Lead the dogs, brush them, hide food, let them search and much more.
22 July 10.30 am - 12.30 pm
It’s time for Pizza**/***
Our chefs show you how to make your own Pizza.
Minimum age of 5 years applies.
CHF 30 per child
Main Kitchen 29 July
1.30 pm - 4.30 pm
Meet the domestic fowl and small farm animals: rabbits, mini ponies, goats, sheeps, geese and ducks. Grab the chance to discover how to milk on a cow model construction.
6 August 9.00 am - 12.30 pm (weather permitting)
Kids Grand Prix & Funfair**
The 8th Mini-Grand-Prix with kettcars will take place this summer, again.
Child-friendly snacks and drinks in a fun atmosphere, complimented with cool beats and the well-known bouncing castle await your kids.
18 August & 19 August
1.00 pm - 3.00 pm & 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm (both days)
Les Peintres Nomades***
Be surprised and get creative. Get your personal Face painting and enjoy “Jewelry Painting”.
For further information, please visit nomadenko.com
6 August from 9.00 am
Have fun riding the nostalgic “Merry-go-round” and enjoy IceCream, Popcorn & Cotton Candy.
* Supervision of children under 5 years old is not granted at the “Playroom”.
From 5 years old: children may participate unaccompanied in all activities
3 to 5 years old: accompanied by an adult chaperone
5 August 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Family Scavenger Hunt**/***
Form a team with your family and friends and solve mysteries.
CHF 30 per person
12 August 3.00 pm - 6.00 pm
Swiss Fairy Tales***
Enjoy Swiss fairy tales and outdoor games coming together.
0 to 3 years old: admitted to play with age-appropriate toys under supervision of adult chaperone
** Reservation required, please contact us at +41 33 748 50 00 or firstname.lastname@example.org
*** Offered by the Gstaad Palace for resident guests only
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COLOUR SAMMY AND WIN A DIVE!
Colour Sammy’s World as you like it.
Send a photo of your artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The great artistic mind behind the most beautifully coloured artwork will enjoy complimentary entrance to «PISCINE» for the full Summer Season 2023.
YOUR SUMMER HOT (S)POT
AS OF 30 JUNE… IT’S POOL TIME
Monday to Sunday: 10.00 am - 7.00 pm (weather permitting)
Entrance fee applies individually. Or take advantage of the “12 visits subscription” and enjoy more for less.
RESIDENT DJ JIM LEBLANC BRINGS THE GREENGO VIBES OPEN AIR
Saturday & Sunday: 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm, free entrance from 5.00 pm
For table bookings at the Bar at the «PISCINE» and more information, please contact us at +41 33 748 58 93. For further information, please visit palace.ch
The village of Rossinière is just a half hour’s drive from Gstaad. Here in the Jardin des Monts, aromatic and medicinal plants thrive on sun-soaked terraces high above the picturesque village in Canton Vaud. They are cultivated organically at an altitude of 1’350 metres and picked by hand.
We bring you the magic of the mountains of the Pays-d’Enhaut to the Palace Spa in a unique ritual: Only 100 percent natural and organic oils from the Jardin des Monts are used for these treatments.
TENNIS & SQUASH
In summer, tennis hotshots can practice their serve and backhand on one of four clay courts next to the hotel. Generations of athletes have swung their rackets here. And if the weather is bad, there are three indoor courts nearby. If you prefer a faster pace, the Palace also has its own squash court.
Please also feel invited to watch our legendary Pro “Roy Emerson” while teaching his tips & tricks to the participants of the “Roy Emerson Tennis Week, happening at the Palace since 50 years.
A deep yet gentle, meditative Yoga practice based on Chinese medicine and Taoism. We hold the poses for longer periods in order to stimulate the deep connective tissues – our fascia, ligaments, joints and tendons. We also revitalise the energetic lines of the body, known as meridians, and open up blockages. The main aim is to encourage a sense of calm, detachment, contentment, patience, gratitude and balance between Yin and Yang.
FRESH FROM THE MOUNTAINS
The Palace’s indoor pool gained world fame when Inspector Clouseau took an involuntary dip in the cult film
“The Return of the Pink Panther” (1975). At 29 degrees Celsius, the water is ideal for swimming lengths. The indoor pool is right next-door to the Palace Spa and is open daily from 8.30 am to 8.00 pm. Our open-air Jacuzzi, is perfectly made to just relax on the bubble loungers, in the warm water at 36.5 degrees Celsius, squint at the sun or watch the beautiful mountain scenery. You can enjoy a relaxing soak in the fresh air all year round.
Arnen Lake near Gstaad
CAN ROBOTS CARE FOR YOUR WELL-BEING?
With all that talk of robots taking over, we’ve asked ourselves: could a robot do what we do? The answer: surely not! Our staff cares for you and your well-being like no artificial intelligence will ever do. Pinky promise.
To make our guests feel at home at all times, our staff knows and understands even the most extravagant needs – and goes above and beyond to meet them. Like following individual instructions for room service each and every day, and adapting to ever-changing desires. And setting up a room according to the Feng Shui method, if required. Or unpacking and sorting items following specific colour patterns.
Whatever the request, our staff probably has seen it all. Decorating a room for a dog’s birthday party, complete with balloons, flowers, and a cake? Check. A Flat Iron hanging from a balcony? Has happened before.
Assisting guests with finding the right thing to wear – every single night of their stay? Not a problem. Completely blacking out a suite so hungover partygoers enjoy a full day of undisturbed sleep? Consider it done.
“One time, a guest requested ‘two heavy people’ to assist them with their luggage. Turns out, their job was to sit on the suitcase to
make it close”, says Michaela Gäng, Executive Housekeeper at the Gstaad Palace
“Another time, we got a request to walk a guest’s mastiff twice daily. But the dog refused to walk – so he got outdoor rides on the porter trolley instead.” Apropos dog lovers: it is not uncommon for guests to lend the main bed to their canine friend and sleep on the pull-out sofa instead.
If you feel seen by any of these stories, don’t fret: our staff will be happy to assist you and all your whims. We’re all human, after all.
Alpine solar energy for a self-sufficient energy destination
What a feeling when you have the mountain sun kissing your face. The sun is also key to a sustainable renewable energy supply – especially in alpine regions. And thanks to alpine solar energy, Gstaad could become a 100 percent energy self-sufficient destination. This is the vision of “SolSarine” supported by Impact Gstaad. The sustainability project aims to install solar modules at six to eight locations. These are to produce local, renewable solar energy.
The Gstaad region is well suited for alpine photovoltaic systems, because the solar radiation in the mountains is more intensive and the number of sunny days in winter is higher than in the midlands. An environmental impact assessment is now underway to prevent the project from impacts on the landscape and the
environment, which is in the interest of keeping the beauty of our alpine world. Agriculture and alpine farming are fully integrated into the project and can continue to operate independently of the project. Should everything go smoothly, the authorities’ permits for the construction project should be granted by the summer of 2024. The first stage must then be completed by the end of 2025.
Impact Gstaad drives the project forward with the local communities, landowners/tenants, and the involved partners. “SolSarine” aims not only to use the region’s natural resources but also, at the same time, to strengthen the independence and the security of the energy supply as well as to contribute to the energy transition.
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HAUSER & WIRTH IN GSTAAD
For almost ten years, the international art gallery Hauser & Wirth has found a home in Gstaad at Vieux Chalet, the former chalet of Gunther Sachs, where an eclectic hanging of modern and contemporary artworks from the gallery’s roster of artists and beyond will be presented this summer season.
See works by modern masters such as Picasso, Joan Miró and Louise Bourgeois juxtaposed alongside contemporary artists including Pipilotti Rist, Jenny Holzer, George Condo and Camille Henrot in a charming domestic setting.
Since 2015, Hauser & Wirth’s activities in the Saanenland – helmed by James Koch, Partner and Executive Director at Hauser & Wirth – have also included public installation projects with the Gstaad Palace, featuring
outdoor installations by Martin Creed and Jenny Holzer, and several exhibitions at the exhibition space Tarmak22 by renowned modern and contemporary artists such as William Kentridge, Louise Bourgeois and Paul McCarthy.
Hauser & Wirth was founded in 1992 in Zurich by Iwan Wirth, Manuela Wirth and Ursula Hauser. In addition to their presence in Gstaad, Hauser & Wirth has spaces in Zurich, St. Moritz, Hong Kong, London, New York, Southampton, Los Angeles, Somerset, Menorca and Monaco.
To make an appointment to visit the chalet or for any further information, the gallery would be happy to hear from you at the email address email@example.com or call James Koch: +41 79 362 09 27.
SUMMER of ‘23
21 July - 26 August
Every Friday & Saturday, from 11.30 pm
GreenGo opening times*
Resident DJ Jim Leblanc and his crew are back on stage 19 August, from 11.30 pm
GreenGo Polo night
CHF 50 per person
Free access for guests attending the POLO Gala Night & Resident Guests
Dress code: elegant 21 & 22 July, from 11.30 pm
Let’s celebrate the “Swiss Open in Gstaad”
Dresscode: an “homage” in white
From 1 July Saturday & Sunday: 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm, free entrance from 5.00 pm
Resident DJ Jim Leblanc brings the GreenGo vibes Open Air
For table bookings at the Bar at the «PISCINE» and more information, please contact us at +41 33 748 58 93. For further information, please visit palace.ch
* For reservations, please contact the GreenGo Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on greengo.ch
This tastefully designed room in natural colors with plenty of daylight is ideal for discussing your business matters in peace. With 54 sqm, it provides a cosy setting for meetings with state-of-the-art technology. Thanks to beamforming technology, it will seem like your business partner 1000 km away is sitting right next to you.
BOOK A TABLE, ONLINE*
As of 1st of June 2023 all restaurants (no Bars, nor GreenGo) of the Gstaad Palace can be booked online, too. Our service partner from Switzerland «ALENO» provides you with a very comfortable and easy to use opportunity to get your Palace experience started. A maximum number of guests per reservation might apply.
For further information, please visit the culinary page on palace.ch or contact us at guestrelations@palace
Salle Bridge radiates warmth. The 32 sqm. room is designed for smaller conferences. It can also be used as a breakout room thanks to connecting doors to the larger Salle Baccarat. As all of the other conference venues in our hotel, Salle Bridge has WiFi and air conditioning (with exceptions).
NOT EVERYWHERE, SALLE BACCARAT…**
…remains your place of choice, and you can be sure of good company. This legendary, 240 sqm. ballroom has seen national and international stars come and go. With its high windows, elegant wood paneling, stage and fireplace, it is wonderfully versatile. A dance floor can be set up in no time at all, or the room divided up with thick curtains. Whatever the occasion, the chandeliers guarantee a glittering ambience.
* For further information, please visit palace.ch
** Contact us at email@example.com or call us on +41 33 748 50 00
LE ROSEY A LEGENDARY EDUCATION
Gstaad and Le Rosey are often found in the same sentence. The love story between this beautiful resort and the school is one we thought our readers would appreciate discovering. We spoke with Felipe Laurent, former student of Le Rosey and Director of Admissions.
Gstaad Palace: Many people have heard of “Le Rosey”, but not everyone has been lucky to study there. What is the one thing you will never forget about your own time being a student there?
Felipe Laurent: I don’t mean to sound grandiose when I say, “the opportunity to forge who I am.” I was at the school for five years… I learnt three languages, how to play the piano, the violin, and the harp, how to ski… I participated in many theatre plays, volunteered in the local community, and journeyed to meet the Maasai in Kenya.
But beyond the academic or adventurous, I learnt to live with people from all over… who thought, prayed, and saw the world differently to me. Although being away from my family wasn’t always easy, it also helped me to become independent, to learn to think for myself
and to be responsible for my own actions. The school’s motto is “Actis Virtus” which basically tells us that it is through our actions and not just our words that we show what we are made of.
GP: We’ve read that there are over 70 nationalities at the school and summer camps. We know that clashes can happen with so much diversity. How does that work?
FL: It’s interesting because you would indeed think everyone would be trying to impose their own thinking on everyone else. But I think the main reason why this multiculturalism works so well at Le Rosey is twofold: firstly, during the admission process students are interviewed, so picking candidates with a thirst for learning and who are open-minded is definitely one aspect.
The second is that because there are linguistic and cultural quotas, no one feels like they are the “majority” – and by extension no one feels like a “minority” either. The result is a community with a genuine curiosity for the world and people around them, and proud of their own heritage.
GP: And what about Gstaad? How does it fit into all of it?
FL: Well, I can tell you that for the majority of alumni Gstaad continues to feel like a second home, no matter how many years since graduation! It’s funny because we actually spend much more time on the campus in Rolle than in Gstaad, but everyone knows there’s something magical here.
The school has been around for over 140 years and the love story with Gstaad started in 1916. For the better part of the last half century the school has organised summer camps… and so for many people Gstaad will hold a special place in their heart – either as the place where they first spent a few weeks away from home, or where they learnt to coexist with others, or where they discovered what they were capable of… it’s truly a special time in our childhood to cherish!
The gates to enter Château du Rosey, a 14th-century estate where the school was founded in 1880. In the background, the futuristic Paul & Henri Carnal Hall, the school’s Arts & Learning Centre, designed by Bernard Tschumi and inaugurated in 2014.