Larger than life in every sense, Chalet Etesian is an ebullient blend of classical grandeur and contemporary cool. Quirky interior design, with a nod towards Versailles, sets this luxury ski chalet apart from the crowd. Occupying a prime position...
Formerly the rustic home of Swiss goat-herds, Chalet Lottie has been reborn as a chic Gstaad retreat for people with exquisite good taste. If you are seeking sophistication, privacy and jaw-dropping views, you need look no further. Chalet Lottie...
Fresh, funky, and set in the heart of Gstaad, Chalet Georgia has genuine A-List appeal. Where else would you find an underground garage for five vehicles? Not to mention the stylish lift which connects the four floors of this newly-built luxury ski...
Sleeps 10 - 12
Price : On request
Chalet White Ace
A haven of quiet sophistication, Chalet White Ace is the ideal retreat for anyone seeking a luxury ski chalet in an intimate location that offers real privacy. Nestled in the pretty village of Gstaad, the chalet is encircled by private terraces and...
From CHF100,000 per week
If Narnia had a luxe ski chalet it would probably look a little like this. With traditional rich woods, sumptuous fluffy throws wherever you look, eclectic modern art pieces and just a sprinkling of winter wonderland magic, Chalet Amala is a luxury...
The perfect pad for chic socialites, Chalet Aflabim is a luxury ski chalet in Gstaad with its own party space. The spacious property is spread out over four floors, giving up to 14 people plenty of room to share and find a little quiet time, too....
From CHF110,000 per week
Located right in the heart of Gstaad, nestled among the boutique shops and fashionable bars and restaurants is Apartment Polo. From the windows you have a picture postcard view over Gstaad’s snow-sprinkled rooftops over to the Palace in the...
From CHF33,050 per week
Peace and quiet doesn’t come much more peaceful or more quiet than this. Chalet Riedsunne is a luxury ski chalet in Gstaad, converted from a charming barn into a luxury home and standing in acres of its own farmland – proper ‘Heidi’ country. The...
Destination Guide: Gstaad
World famous as a quintessential Swiss ski resort, Gstaad is revered for its exclusive, sophisticated atmosphere and extensive ski area.
During the ski season Gstaad attracts celebrities and even royalty. Development has been limited and tightly controlled, so as not to spoil the incredible natural beauty of the Gstaad valley. A fairytale castle nestles above the village, which is made up of old fashioned, pretty wooden chalets.
Gstaad itself stands at just over 1,000m and is surrounded by several charming villages, the largest being Saanen. The resort is pedestrianised, which makes wandering through the charming streets a pleasant experience. As well as luxury boutiques, there are art galleries and museums, and of course plenty of great restaurants and bars. Gstaad is also known as a ‘wellness destination’ having numerous spas and treatment facilities.
This mountain paradise is popular in both summer and winter, attracting visitors with its spectacular scenery and all year round activities. As well as winter skiing and summer hiking, you can go bowling, ice skating, husky sledding and much more besides. Gstaad also plays host to several major events such as music festivals, and major tennis and polo tournaments.
With over 250km of pistes in the Gstaad Mountain area, including several nursery slopes, there’s enough variety to keep everyone happy, whatever their level of ability. Gstaad has 11 black runs, 35 red and 50 blue, and there are several adjacent, unconnected ski areas to explore too. The resort sits amidst four valleys and there are lots of great mountain restaurants for long lunches and refreshing pit stops. With plenty of wide, gentle, sunny slopes, Gstaad is particularly well suited to intermediates.
Some of the best off-piste skiing is found in the Schonreid and Saanenmoser ski areas, and local guides are on hand to help find the best route through the powder. All year skiing is possible on the Les Diablerets glacier, accessed from Glacier 3000. La Braye has the best slopes for snowboarders, and heli-skiing trips are popular. Gstaad also has a good network of cross country ski trails for those who enjoy a slower pace of life.
Best places to eat and drink in Gstaad
Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to fine dining in Gstaad. There are Gault Millau rated restaurants at several hotels, including the Gstaad Palace, the Grand Hotel Bellevue, Grand Hotel Park and the Bernerhof. The most highly rated, Michelin starred restaurant is the Chesery where Chef Robert Speth creates French and Italian dishes with the finest of ingredients, such as fresh seabass, local game and just-picked mushrooms and berries.
On a simpler level, there are plenty of places to sample Swiss specialities such as fondue, or to pick up delicious, freshly-cooked crepes and pizzas. For a more unusual experience, you could try Michel’s Stallbeizli where the dining area is in a barn, overlooking the owner’s prime dairy herd, lined up in their stalls.
The nightlife in Gstaad is sophisticated and sociable. Richi’s pub and the Rialto bar are firm favourites among regular visitors and locals. From après ski bars to live music venues, refined cocktail lounges and nightclubs, the choice of entertainment is wide.
Best time to visit Gstaad
Visited all year round, Gstaad offers something for everyone. It is possible to ski here from October right through to April and even May, thanks to high level glacier skiing. Temperatures in Gstaad rarely rise above freezing between October and March, so be prepared for the cold. The nearest international airports are Bern and Geneva, both 1.5 hours’ drive away.
What we love about Gstaad
Gstaad is a beautiful, unspoilt corner of the Swiss Alps with very high standards. We love the romantic setting, the classy restaurants and shops, and the range of slopes to suit all abilities.
Gstaad Quick Facts:
Ski Area: Glacier-Alpes Vaudoises
Altitude of resort: 1000m
Top lift Altitude: 3000m
Total pistes: 250km
Number of lifts: 74
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