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Yoga in the Mountains

Starting in June, the Gstaad Palace will be adding to what it already offers with a new exclusive partnership with one of the most renowned wellness institutions.

14.04.2016

Yoga in the Mountains – the five-star Superior hotel launches new retreat in cooperation with the prestigious Wellbeing & Lifestyle Club Grace Belgravia

“We are excited to be introducing a completely new kind of health programme at our hotel,” said Andrea Scherz, third-generation owner and general manager. “Urban wellness and lifestyle trends, combined with ancient yoga practices in the midst of our unspoilt alpine setting are a natural fit for our discerning and health-conscious clientele.” Every day there will be five sessions of meditative and physical exercise aimed at rebalancing mind, body and soul. Vinyasa yoga and pranayama kriya yoga exercises are complemented with gong meditations as well as a special diet plan devised by the Grace Restaurant.

“Yoga is for everybody and therefore beginners are just as welcome on this retreat as passionate yogis,” explains Kate Percival, founder and CEO of Grace Belgravia London. Moreover, all sessions are completely optional to ensure that all participants can develop at their own pace and do not miss out on the enjoyment of the Gstaad region.

Yoga in the Mountains

Dates: 26 June to 1 July and 10 to 15 July 2016.

5 nights including full board, 5 sessions per day as well as a Jardin des Monts Energising Massage from CHF 3,747.00 per person.

One night at the Gstaad Palace

The five-star hotel releases its first-ever compilation album.

23.02.2016

“The Gstaad Palace has always lived and breathed music,” explains Andrea Scherz, third generation owner and general manager of the hotel. “Glamorous gala dinners with global stars such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Marlene Dietrich are among the most glittering spectacles in our hotel’s history, and our very own in-house club, GreenGo, is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. Some evenings there are as many as five different bands performing live at the hotel. This new compilation album is designed to reflect the Gstaad Palace’s distinctive joie de vivre.”

Produced in close collaboration with Jim Leblanc, resident DJ and art director at the Gstaad Palace, the CD is a stylish selection of contemporary-classical tracks, underscored with a touch of 70s and 80s disco. A composer and producer himself with almost 20 years’ experience, Leblanc also appears on the compilation with his tracks “This Feels like L.A.” and “Slow Down.” “Andrea and I share a passion for music – this project is a labour of love and we are aiming to provide the musical score for wonderful memories of the Gstaad Palace.”

One Night at the Gstaad Palace is now available to download in the iTunes Store, with the second compilation album scheduled for release next winter.

Leading Legend, Borgo Egnazia and Gemology Cosmetics new at Gstaad Palace

27.01.2016

Ernst Andrea Scherz recognised as a Leading Legend

On the occasion of the Leading Hotels of the World yearly conference in Lausanne and Montreux, Ernst Andrea Scherz, second-generation owner and Director of the Gstaad Palace, was awarded the distinction of Leading Legend for his achievements on their Executive Board. During his 17-year tenure starting in 1973, LHW established itself as one of the greatest luxury hotel groups in the world that at the end of the 1980s included more than 200 Leading Hotels worldwide, as well as regional branches in the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America.

Borgo Egnazia with its restaurant La Frasca, new in Gildo's Ristorante

Known to the media through the wedding of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel in October 2012, the new resort advanced rapidly to become a new landmark in southern Italy. Its restaurant La Frasca is a homage to Puglian cuisine, based on tried and tasted country traditions. Under the leadership of the native Puglian Domenico "Domenicone" Consoli, his four-person team has been skilfully reinterpreting rustic Mediterranean dishes for Gildo's Ristorante since the beginning of this winter season.

Gemology Cosmetics new at the Palace Spa

The positive effects of minerals and trace elements from precious stones have now been scientifically proven and have also been introduced into the wellness sector. Gemology, a new cosmetics brand from Paris, produces these effects through the use of 19 different minerals and is now complementing the range of options on offer at the Palace Spa with its products, treatments and massages. Making this cosmetics range available at a Swiss luxury hotel for the first time.

 

Award for Jim & Julie

Jim & Julie image film awarded two Silver Dolphins at the 6th Cannes Corporate Media TV Awards

19.10.2015

The Jim & Julie image film produced by Gstaad Palace and the Bernese director Steve Walker was awarded two Silver Dolphins at the 6th Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards in Palm Beach Cannes. As a result the clip released in May takes second place in the two nominated categories “Best Image Film” and “Best Corporate Film”.

The international competition was thrilled with a record number of 772 submissions from all over the world this year, from which an international jury of 60 experts awarded the best entries with Gold, Silver and Black trophies. Director of Sales & Marketing Melanie Horn, who managed the production of the twelve-month project, was absolutely delighted about the two wins: “We are proud that as a small family-run company we can definitely hold our ground in an international and high-quality environment alongside films by major global corporations who naturally have considerably bigger budgets for these kinds of projects. The focus was always on the story of Jim & Julie and we deliberately did without the commercial factor, which obviously went down well with the jury.” The cat and mouse game of the two main characters leads, despite a few awkward moments, and thanks to the tireless efforts of Stefano Bertalli who has held the post concierge at the hotel for 13 years, to a happy ending.

With Steve Walker, a native of Gstaad who runs the production company SAFRAN FILMS in Bern and who has already celebrated international success with art house films such as Buebe gö z'Tanz, the Palace was able to get a film-maker on board who is both unconventional and familiar with the region. “Thanks to his affection for Gstaad and thereby quite naturally for our hotel too, we were able to relate the story of Jim and Julie as authentically as possible,” emphasizes Horn. Thus it also seems hardly surprising that the hotel staff took on their duties for the film and were deliberately not replaced by actors. Equally authentic is the musical score, which was created specifically for the film by the Bernese composer Moritz Schneider.

What's your story?

Gstaad Palace produces a new unconventional image film.

09.10.2015

The slogan covered by the film What's your story? skilfully reflects the essence of the Grand Hotel steeped in tradition. “The Gstaad Palace is a house full of emotions and stories, which have already filled books and have been passed down over the generations both by our guests and by the owners, the Scherz family,” says Director of Sales & Marketing, Melanie Horn, under whose supervision the project was carried out. The story of Jim and Julie also has its beginnings at the Palace, and leads, despite a few awkward moments, and thanks to the tireless efforts of Stefano Bertalli who has held the post of concierge in the hotel for 13 years, to a happy ending.

With Steve Walker, a native of Gstaad who runs the production company SAFRAN FILMS in Bern and who has already celebrated international success with art house films such as Buebe gö z'Tanz, the Palace was able to get a film-maker on board who is both unconventional and familiar with the region. “With Steve we succeeded in producing a film which stands out from the usual kind coming from our sector, one that tells a real story instead of merely lining up a series of hotel images. Thanks to his affection for Gstaad and thereby quite naturally for our hotel too, we were able to relate the story of Jim and Julie as authentically as possible,” emphasizes Horn. Thus it also seems hardly surprising that the hotel staff took on their duties for the film and were deliberately not replaced by actors. Equally authentic is the musical score, which was created specifically for the film by the Bernese composer Moritz Schneider.

Successful start to the new Gstaad Palace Challenge Rally

16 vehicles from between 1956 and 1990 participating

16.09.2015

Last Friday, 32 participants from Switzerland, France, Great Britain, Greece and Belgium started at one-minute intervals in front of the Gstaad Palace at 4.31 p.m. on the dot. A three-day rally for ambitious bon vivants awaited them, where two challenging routes with just under 400 kilometres had to be conquered without the indulgent part getting a raw deal though.

With its Weekend des Vétérans, which has been held at the end of June for 45 years now, the Gstaad Palace looks back on many years of expertise in organising vintage car rallys. The Palace owner and initiator of the rally, Andrea Scherz, a keen participant himself in challenging rallys like the Flying Scotsman in Scotland, was responding to the frequently expressed request for an ambitious rally in the Bernese Oberland with the first Gstaad Palace Challenge. He had an experienced race manager from the region by his side with Franco Lupi from Gstaad, who managed to bring the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge 2013 to Gstaad for a stop. Roughly 25 volunteers from the hotel and Saanenland region contributed to the success of this weekend.

Thomas Maechler and his co-pilot Jürg Saegesser from Switzerland finally won the race with their 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage and besides being delighted with the obligatory cup they were thrilled with a table clock each from the watch manufacturer Audemars Piguet, who supported the three-day event as the main sponsor alongside the London auction house Bonhams. The second Gstaad Palace Challenge will take place from 26 to 28 August 2016.

Romuald Bour appointed as Director of the Gstaad Palace

As recognition for his many years of commendable work as Vice Director, Romuald Bour has been appointed as Director of Gstaad Palace with immediate effect.

15.01.2015

As recognition for his many years of commendable work as Vice Director, Romuald Bour has been appointed as Director of Gstaad Palace with immediate effect. Andrea Scherz, third-generation owner of the Gstaad landmark, continues loyally serving in his position as General Manager.

As a qualified hotelier from the Ecole Hotelière Strasbourg with posts in England, Austria and Switzerland, the native Alsatian had already gained sound experience in the luxury hotel sector when he took up the position of cashier at the Gstaad Palace hotel in 1999. The challenge of F&B Manager followed in 2001 and finally that of Vice Director in 2008. Bour completed a part-time higher education postgraduate course in Hotel Management in Bern from 2011.

“Even after 15 years I am proud to be able to work in such a special place every single day. With our employees and loyal regular guests we form a family that creates an incomparable atmosphere,” says the 37-year old hotelier. Andrea Scherz considers himself to be lucky to be able to rely on Bour after so many years of service: “Romuald is my right-hand man in the operational business. He has always had a superb understanding of the Scherz family’s philosophy and still practises this with great commitment every single day.” Besides his work at the hotel, Bour volunteers on the Gstaad Hotelier Association Board and on the organisation committees for the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad and Rallye des Vétérans. “The quality of life in Gstaad has certainly contributed to me feeling so attached to this place. It is a privilege for me to watch my two children grow up in a safe and at the same time so stunning area.”

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