9. November 2020

Winter Highlights at the Gstaad Palace – A treasure trove for families



As yet, the gentle hills of the Saanenland are still cloaked in their last autumn colours – but winter is already in the air. The Gstaad Palace, recently rated one of the best hotels in the "Condé Nast Traveller's Readers’ Choice Awards", is getting ready for the winter season: From 21 December 2020 to 7 March 2021, the multiple award winning five-star superior hotel will be delighting its guests with a treasure trove of wintry surprises and magic moments for all the family. Thanks to flexible booking conditions and tried and tested safety measures, nothing stands in the way of a holiday in Gstaad's winter wonderland.

The yearning for winter and a white Christmas is growing, and now is the time to dream to get out into the fresh air in the snow-covered Saanenland. At the Gstaad Palace, all the arrangements have been made to ensure the guests can once again enjoy winter magic and Christmas sparkle in the hotel's traditionally informal atmosphere. "Despite the challenging conditions, we are able to maintain the usual high level of top-quality service our guests are accustomed to. We are also seeing a significant increase in Swiss visitors: Almost half our summer guests travelled here from within the borders – a trend that is set to continue during the upcoming winter season," says third-generation owner Andrea Scherz. The Hotelier of the Year 2019 and co-president of the initiative "Die Schweiz fährt Ski!" (“Switzerland goes skiing!”) goes on to explain: "We have revised our booking conditions for improved flexibility and are providing our guests with the option to cancel their booking free of charge prior to arrival. Thanks to our tried and tested safety concept and the measures that have been put in place across all of Gstaad, nothing stands in the way of a relaxed winter holiday for all the family."

Family fun – photo shoot with Father Christmas

The host family Scherz is once again offering a range of family activities this winter that will put a smile on the faces of children and adults alike. From horse-drawn carriage outings and pony riding to a visit to Santa Claus and his reindeer in the Palace garden, from cinema evenings to the VIK Party, the "Very Important Kids" New Year party – with its cross-generational winter programme the Gstaad Palace demonstrates that luxury hotels and family holidays are no contradiction. As Andrea Scherz comments: "Investment in the next generation is of course a matter for our family-run establishment – after all, the children of today are the regulars of tomorrow." The concept is paying off: The association HotellerieSuisse rates the Gstaad Palace a "Top Family Hotel". And according to the leading travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller's 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gstaad Palace ranks number 4 among the "Top 15 hotels in Central Europe".

For body, mind and soul – travels around the globe

While more and more Swiss are discovering their home country as a holiday destination, the Palace will again be bringing a taste of the big wide world to Gstaad this season. Whether they're Indian, Italian-Mediterranean or Moroccan inspired, the beauty treatments and spa experiences from around the world promise pure relaxation in the hotel's 1800-square-metre wellness area. No wonder then that experts in the wellness sector recently awarded the Palace Spa the title "World’s Best Hotel Spa 2020". In keeping with the motto "journeys around the globe", Culinary Director Franz W. Faeh and his team will be conjuring up internationally inspired creations every day. Of course, no winter visit is complete without also indulging in a fondue or raclette dinner in the "Fromagerie". Outside the hotel, the Saanenland's ski slopes, ice skating rinks and winter hiking trails are waiting to be discovered – not forgetting the range of family-friendly toboggan runs. This winter, as always, guests at the Gstaad Palace will find all the ingredients for a typically Swiss winter experience – even though this year is anything but typical.

«family matters» – Gstaad Palace winter highlights 20/21 for big and small

23/12/2020 Horse-drawn carriage rides around the Palace neighbourhood
24/12/2020 Photo shoot with Santa Claus and his reindeer in the Palace garden
24/12/2020 Magical film screening in the Palace cinema
25/12/2020 Children's Christmas with enchanting guests
27/12/2020 Pony riding around the Palace
28/12/2020 Pyjama party with movie magic and pillow fight
31/12/2020 VIK party – New Year fun for Very Important Kids
31/12/2020 Elegant New Year’s Eve dinner
02/01/2021 New Year party for kids
13/02/2021 Falcons, eagles and owls demonstrate their aerial skills
14/02/2021 Valentine's Day at the Palace – a celebration of love with Chopard
17/02/2021 Children's disco – the younger guests get to rock in the GreenGo for once
19/02/2021 Saint Bernard dogs visit the Palace
20/02/2021 Les Recycleuses – stylish accessories to make yourself
27/02/2021 "Our little farm" – come and meet the four-legged inhabitants of the hotel garden