Gstaad, come up and slow down!

One great reference in this fairy tale spot is the Gstaad Palace Hotel, the epicenter of the action. Although velvet dinner jackets and diamonds are the norm, the Palace has a comforting familial vibe. Staffers greet you by name, and some guests often end up singing and dancing around the piano in the lobby bar after a couple Gin Tonics. 

Another favorite spot is The Alpina with its Six Senses Spa, a real balm for mind, body, and soul. There is a vast offer of treatments where you can hop from the salt cave to the sauna or grab an organic green smoothie from the juice bar. 

Fancy a spot of retail therapy? Ultra-glitzy Hauptstraße won’t disappoint (check out Trois Pommes and Bach Sign for a cool alpine look). Best cheese fondue or Raclette, both traditional Swiss dishes, are served at La Fromagerie (at the Palace Hotel) and Saagi Stübli (at Gstaader Hof). For a little healthier indulgence😉, you’d like to choose Mango Restaurant who offers a wide range of delicious plant-based (Indian) food and fresh cold-pressed juices. Charly’s Café instead is more for the sweet tooth. Its pastries and cakes are to die for. 

If you’re not feeling like skiing, you might want to go for a beautiful hike starting at Schönried and passing Doug Aitken’s Mirage Gstaad, a house entirely made of mirrors. Since it will stay for two years, it will definitely be interesting to see how it adapts to the changing seasons.

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