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Gstaad Palace announces Health Retreat with renowned internist Dr. Steven Lamm

In addition to spa and culinary programs, widely-published New York doctor will offer private consultations at Swiss luxury hotel in August during wellness week

15.06.2017

Long-known as a center for relaxation, wellness and exquisite service, the Gstaad Palace is cementing its position as a health destination with the launch of a new "Health Retreat." The program, which will be held from August 27-September 3, 2017, is an opportunity for guests to meet with highly-acclaimed Dr. Steven Lamm, the medical director of NYU Langone's Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men's Health, and author of multiple books including No Guts, No Glory and Fighting Fat: Break the Dieting Cycle and Get Healthy for Life.

The Health Retreat is a sign of the hotel's commitment to good health and living well. "We couldn't be more excited to welcome Dr. Lamm to Gstaad as part of our Health Retreat," said General Manager Andrea Scherz. "Our guests will receive the best possible care and attention from this celebrated physician, coupled with the outstanding service and hospitality that they have come to expect from Gstaad Palace."

Dr. Steven Lamm is a practicing internist and clinical professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine who believes that wellness is not simply the absence of illness. "This is a fantastic opportunity to really connect with patients in one of the world's most beautiful settings: the famous Gstaad Palace," said Dr. Lamm. "As a physician my goal is connect with the patient, and to improve my patients' lives from all angles - after all, my purpose is to treat each person, not only to manage the illness." He regularly offers commentary on television and radio, including The Oprah Winfrey Show and The View.

Located in the Alps, the 104-year-old, family-owned Gstaad Palace is one of the most recognized luxury hotels in Europe, and a long-time member of Leading Hotels of the World. The hotel offers a number of activities for health-minded travelers, including the 20,000-square-foot Palace Spa, with 8 treatment rooms, pool and a Hammam. During the summer months, visitors enjoy the property's Olympic-size heated outdoor pool, four tennis courts, bike rides and access to the many Alpine mountain trails.

The goal of the Health Retreat is to improve all aspects of health, including physical and emotional. Health Retreat participants will receive: accommodation for seven nights, daily breakfast buffet, daily lunch and dinner, two consultations with Dr. Lamm, Welcome cocktail party, guided hikes, one cooking class with one of the Palace's chefs, two group activities a day (stretching, Nordic Walking or Yoga), a 50-minute massage at the Palace Spa and an outing to the hotel's famous Walig Hut in the mountains with a traditional Swiss picnic. Pricing starts at $6,115 and includes taxes, service and VAT.

Gstaad Health Retreat with Dr Steven Lamm
(27th August until 3rd September 2017)

  • Seven nights at Gstaad Palace
  • Swiss breakfast buffet, as well as lunch and dinner
  • Lunch in the Walig Hut with Swiss specialities and a picnic in the mountains
  • Two or more consultations per person with Dr. Steven Lamm and a debriefing
  • Welcoming cocktail
  • Guided hikes
  • A cookery course
  • Two sports units per day (stretching, Nordic Walking or yoga)
  • A 50-minute massage at Palace Spa

Price from CHF 3'900.00 per person in a Double Classic Room. CHF 1'575.00 for accompanying person in the same room, without package including full board. Other room categories on request.

 

Bookings via www.palace.ch, email: info@palace.ch or via phone: +41 33 748 50 00

Yoga in the Mountains

A fresh breeze for body and soul

11.05.2017

Following the success of 2016’s inaugural retreat, the Gstaad Palace’s «Yoga in the Mountains» escape takes place this year from 18th – 23rd June, with plans for more dates in the pipeline.

A true wellbeing destination with fresh mountain air, unspoiled picturesque surroundings and a peaceful atmosphere, «Yoga in the Mountains» at the iconic Gstaad Palace – set above this charming and picturesque mountain village in the Bernese Oberland – is an unforgettable experience for beginners and dedicated yogis alike.

Guests of the «Yoga in the Mountains» retreat will also be able to enjoy the Gstaad Palace’s extensive facilities including tennis courts, squash court, fully-equipped cardio and weight-based gym and indoor & outdoor pools. Nearby facilities and activities include an 18-hole golf course, trout-fishing, mountain biking, paragliding, horse riding, river rafting and summer skiing.

«Yoga in the Mountains» 
(18th – 23rd June 2017, with plans for more dates)

  • 5 nights’ full board accommodation an access to the Palace spa
  • Daily Vinyasa and Pranayama yoga sessions
  • Daily evening gong sound bath meditation
  • An energising 75-minute Jardins des Monts massage (using botanicals plucked from the local mountainside)
  • Dedicated menus devised by the Grace team in partnership with the Palace’s chefs created to optimize gut health
  • A cooking class in the hotel’s kitchen with one of Switzerland’s leading chefs
  • Bespoke mountain wellness activities tailored to each guest, from hiking to a cosy hilltop shepherd’s hut for a lunch of Swiss delicacies to cycling through the mountain forests and lakes
  • A session with Ziggie Bergman, one of the UK’s foremost holistic beauty experts and a practitioner in her signature anti-ageing and tension-relieving facial reflexology techniques
  • Pre- and post-retreat guidance

Yoga in the Mountains with Grace Belgravia at the Gstaad Palace costs from CHF 4719 per person based on single occupancy on a full board basis (price excludes flights and transfers).

The yoga lessons can also be booked without accommodation.

To book, visit www.palace.ch, email info@palace.ch or call +41 33 748 50 00
More information also on: www.gracebelgravia.com/

Staff transition in the Palace Kitchen

franz w. Faeh takes over from Seasoned masters Peter Wyss & Hugo Weibel

04.03.2017

For over 40 years they made an impact on the culinary signature of Gstaad Palace: Executive Chef Peter Wyss and Chef de Cuisine Hugo Weibel. Now the two seasoned masters are passing the cooking spoon on to Franz W. Faeh, who has also been closely associated with the Swiss hotel icon for decades. Raised in Gstaad, he completed his apprenticeship at the Palace before he set out in the wide world, particularly to Asia. Now he has returned to his homeland and has been managing the Palace kitchen successfully since this winter season.

“A great era is coming to an end: Peter Wyss (67) and Hugo Weibel (60) are a godsend for our establishment – where does one still find such loyal and passionate companions nowadays. We, all guests, truly owe so much to them, in culinary as well as human terms”, says Andrea Scherz, Gstaad Palace General Manager and owner in the third generation. Under the aegis of Ernst Andrea Scherz – 46 years ago – young Peter Wyss started out as Commis Saucier in the winter season 1971/72.

The seasoned master – he has been Executive Chef at the world-famous Palace since 1984 – has cooked for kings, stars and starlets, in the hotel and in the residences, in chalets at Oberbort and all over the world. He, who in the early 1970s actually wanted to open his own Italian restaurant in Delhi, has brought the great wide world of cuisine to Gstaad. Always inspired and with his nose to the wind, Peter Wyss – together with his loyal counterpart Hugo Weibel (who also started as Commis Saucier in 1976 and has been Chef de Cuisine since 1987) – developed a classic, refined signature for the three restaurants of the best establishment in the area. To this day it is characterised by straightforwardness, honesty and precision, and relinquishes the great stage to the true flavour of basic ingredients. Now the well-attuned duo is leaving the hotel – but will continue to be available to regular guests for exclusive catering events on request.

Franz W. Faeh – also no stranger in Gstaad – has taken over the sceptre as Executive Chef from this winter season. The 56-year-old Saanen native completed his apprenticeship at the Palace during the period from 1978 to 1981. But culinary career adventures soon lured him out into the wide world – particularly to Asia, where among other things he was active for the Regent Group for 16 years in Hong Kong, Jakarta as well as Bangkok, and there he regularly cooked for the Thai royal family. Now he is letting the lightness and subtlety of Asian cuisine, particularly that from Thailand where Faeh got most of his inspiration, flow into his creations which he continues to develop into a wholesome, modern interpretation of Palace classics with the assistance of a 55-person brigade de cuisine. His menus are composed of international elements, the recipes and ingredients are much lighter and the presentation fancier than in the past. “We want evolution, not revolution. We endeavour to emphasise true gustation, just as Peter Wyss did. In the process, creativity is never an end in itself, but always serves the holistic taste experience”, says Franz W. Faeh, who successfully led the Le Vieux Manoir in Murten before his return to Gstaad. 

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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