The Alpina Gstaad

Contemporary alpine high style

The Alpina Gstaad sits on prime alpine real estate. Just a 10-minute walk from Gstaad village, the sprawling five-acre property crowns the top of Oberbort, an exclusive hill perched beside a pristine mountain panorama that pretty much yodels Swiss charm.

If the setting is classic, the hotel itself is anything but. Offering a much-needed shot of youthful adrenaline to the often-staid world of Swiss ski resorts, the Alpina was a revelation when it debuted in 2012, incorporating local stone and wood in its unapologetically modern design.

This isn’t your Aunt Heidi's alpine getaway — fully stocked with a contemporary playbook of features, the Alpina is the reinvented mountain retreat, offering as many features as a Swiss army knife. Among the resort's new-school amenities: a Six Senses Spa, private cinema, cigar lounge, yoga studio, Japanese restaurant and world-class modern art collection.

The best place to appreciate all this innovative luxury is in the Alpina Lounge and Bar, where the floor-to-ceiling windows offer a perfect view of the surrounding Bernese Alps and the menu of innovative cocktails mirrors the hotel's own creative energy.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The Alpina's contemporary design doesn't neglect a sense of place. Playful nods to Swiss culture are incorporated everywhere, from glass sculptures simulating icicles dotting the hallways to cinematic photos of the Alps.
  • Plan your own personalized retreat with the Gstaad resort’s tailored services, ranging from a digital detoxing “silent stay” and health-minded meal options to a fully equipped Silver Sport shop right in the entrance to the hotel.
  • The golden pine integrated throughout the property is largely recycled wood from old Austrian, Swiss and French farms, adding a glowing, classic patina to the Alpina's sleek contemporary design.
  • The sprawling Six Senses Spa offers everything from locavore Swiss services (an alpine anti-aging facial) to Asian-inspired treatments (think Himalayan salt scrub). The serene subterranean pool adds an extra level of Zen.
  • The luxury hotel's seriously curated collection of contemporary art includes work by Jana Euler, Wade Guyton and Nicole Eisenman and features an eclectic mix — from abstract pieces and street art to a portrait of a supremely elegant-looking Swiss Simmental cow. 

Things to Know

  • The Alpina is a seasonal hotel, open from early-December to mid-March and again from early-June to mid-September.
  • Half-board options, including a hearty buffet breakfast and dinner, are available.
  • When you need some alone time, drop the kids off at the supervised Tree House Club, a space providing games, activities and workshops to keep the little ones busy.
  • For an extra romantic adventure, book an evening snowshoe hike led by a private guide.
  • The Gstaad resort’s wine cellar holds more than 1,700 vintage labels and offers wine and cheese tastings.

The Rooms

  • Deftly fusing glossy contemporary style and alpine tradition, the 56 pine-wrapped rooms each feature red-leather desks, banks of windows overlooking the mountain scenery, antique Swiss farmhouse armoires and bedside glass pendant lamps designed to resemble bulbous cow bells.
  • All rooms offer balconies, affording a prime mountain-view perch.
  • Airy bathrooms are anchored by deep-soaking tubs and include walk-in rain showers stocked with Aqua di Parma toiletries.
  • Room categories range from cozy 355-square-foot Deluxe Rooms to 678-square-foot Junior Suites, 829-square-foot Deluxe Suites and 1,055-square-foot Grand Luxe Suites.
  • The two-story, 4,305-square-foot Panorama Suite lives up to its name with stellar vistas of alpine peaks that you can view from a private spa equipped with a sauna, whirlpool and hammam.

The Restaurants

  • Restaurant Sommet plates executive chef's Martin Göschel's alpine pasture-to-table cuisine, starring dishes like a meltingly tender Swiss Simmentaler fillet. A dedicated vegetarian menu makes things easy for herbivores.
  • Swiss Stübli’s dining room embodies pure alpine style, from waitresses clad in classic dirndl dresses to a cheese-centric menu that’s laser-focused on fondue and raclette.
  • Anchored by a sushi bar made of shingled wood designed to mimic fish scales, Megu dishes up pristine sashimi alongside a curated tea menu as detailed as any wine list.
  • Alpina Lounge and Bar plates almost every iteration of comfort food, from burgers and pasta to bouillabaisse and schnitzel.

24-hour room service
Fitness classes
Indoor pool
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Pet friendly
Getting There
Alpinastrasse 23 Gstaad, 3780 CH
ZRH (2 hr 30 min)