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Baton change on board of Directors and with Maître d'hôtel

Two important personnel changes are pending in the Gstaad Palace team: Romuald Bour, Deputy Director for many years and Director for the last two and a half years, and Gildo Bocchini – at the hotel for 49 years and the First Maître d’Hotel –are handing over the batons to their successors. Vittorio Di Carlo is taking over the corresponding management tasks as the new Deputy Director and Andrea Buschini as the First Maître d’Hôtel at the legendary flagship hotel run by the Scherz family in Gstaad.

16.08.2017

He was always visible, discreet and ran the five restaurants at the Gstaad Palace professionally at all times. Gildo Bocchini was active in service for 49 years and worked for guests from all over the world as the First Maître d’Hôtel (he has been in this position since summer 1990). The distinguished professional from Cesena is now retiring. Gildo’s successor will be Andrea Buschini. He has been working at the Palace for 15 years – firstly as Commis de Rang (summer 1990), then as Chef de Rang. He was promoted to First Maître d’Hôtel Lobby Bar in 2006 and then finally as deputy to Gildo from winter 2013/14.

There is also a change on the board of directors: Romuald Bour has served the Gstaad Palace with his experience for 18 years – originally as a cashier (1999), then as a Food & Beverage Manager (from 2003), as Deputy Director since 2010 and as Director for the last two and a half years. He is now setting up his own business with his own catering concept. «Gildo Bocchini and Romuald Bour have contributed considerably to our hotel’s success with their great loyalty and consistency. We wish them both the very best, privately and professionally, and will stay in close contact with them in future too», says Andrea Scherz, General Manager and Owner.

Andrea Scherz is overseeing the F&B department himself again. Vittorio Di Carlo will now be responsible for the Rooms Division, Housekeeping, Spa and Human Resources. The new Deputy Director, a qualified hotelier from the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne EHL, is 31 years old and has worked at reputable establishments such as the Four Seasons Whistler (as Rooms Division Assistant Manager) and previously at Le Richemond Hotel (as the Front Office Manager) as well as at the Mandarin Oriental in Geneva. He started his career in the hotel sector at the Forte Village Resort on Sardinia. He has been working at Gstaad Palace since last year.

«Lunch by helicopter - between heaven and earth»: The summit of enjoyment - Matterhorn included

This excursion can be taken literally: The Gstaad Palace now invites guests to «Lunch by Helicopter». The finest delicacy, not only for lovers of Alpine panoramas, but also of culinary flights of fancy. The inspiring package is made up of a flight to Zermatt and back - including a big circuit around the Matterhorn - a Champagne aperitif and a regionally inspired lunch on a glacier 3000 metres above sea level.

25.07.2017

The Gstaad Palace has picked out the best of Switzerland in five hours, together with Air-Glaciers – for a “Lunch by Helicopter”. From the airfield in Saanen, the trip leads across the five valleys of the Saanenland region - where, legend has it, God rested his hand and reposed after finishing his work. Numerous photo motifs beckon during the 60-minute flight over the Alps: Wildhorn, Diableret glacier, and behind it the four-thousand-metre-high mountains Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. This is followed by the highlight of the trip in Zermatt. Everyone knows it, but only a few have gone around it: the Matterhorn.

Heavenly enjoyment on the Glacier 3000
At lunch time, the helicopter lands on a spectacular landing place at 3000 metres above sea level. The Champagne aperitif will be served on the edge of an almost vertical cliff in the Diablerets massif. The panoramic terrace of the “Refuge l’espace” opens up a broad vision into the endless glacier landscape of “Glacier 3000”. The mountain lounge dishes up regional specialities. Then comes the grand finale – the flight to Gstaad with the Palace in the middle of it all, seen from a bird’s eye perspective for once. A precision landing for gourmets is guaranteed.

The heavenly experience can be booked from 2 people - daily until 10 September, and in the winter season from 22 December 2017 to 11 March 2018.

Together with Air-Glaciers, the Gstaad Palace has recorded the impressive atmosphere between heaven and earth in the Bernese Oberland in a film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87O5dIfdaIU 

Between heaven and earth: “Lunch by Helicopter” – Special Package

The price from 2078 Swiss Francs per person includes:

  • Two nights stay in a double room, including half board and use of the Palace Spa
  • A 60-minute helicopter return flight with an Air-Glaciers pilot around the Matterhorn including a Champagne aperitif and then a flight to Glacier 3000 (http://www.glacier3000.ch/)
  • Lunch in “Refuge l’espace” on the Glacier 3000 (excluding drinks): https://www.refugelespace.ch/

Offer valid until 10 September 2017 and in the winter season from 22 December 2017 to 11 March 2018 according to availability and weather conditions. Cannot be accumulated or combined.

Can be booked via www.palace.ch, e-mail: info@palace.ch or by telephone: +41 (0)33 748 50 00

Exclusive in Switzerland:
Luxury cosmetics line Margy's Monte Carlo new at the Palace Spa

Royal Mediterranean flair comes to the Gstaad Palace with the luxury cosmetics line «Margy’s Monte Carlo»: The facial treatment concept of the Swiss-by-choice Margie Lombard, which Princess Charlène of Monaco has already pampered herself with, is now available only at the Palace Spa. These completely natural care products, developed in Vevey, contain ingredients produced in the body and counteract ageing highly effectively. 

13.07.2017

The Palace Spa is celebrating a real Swiss premier with the introduction of the new facial treatments under the brand “Margy’s Monte Carlo”. For the founder Margie Lombard – Swiss-by-choice through and through – it is clear: A high-quality, effective skincare product consists of pure, undiluted ingredients. This is why, for these products developed and packed in Vevey, she uses exclusively pure substances produced in the body, which she has been able to imitate using Swiss bio-technology. As a young entrepreneur, Margie Lombard learnt that collagen and hyaluronic acid are two fundamental elements of our body. They have been proven to influence the moisture content of the skin. If this is intact, it has a beneficial effect for a youthful appearance – uneven and wrinkled places also automatically become softer and gentler. In addition, vitamin A in the selection of “Margy’s” provides elasticity, while Vitamin E as an antioxidant has an anti-inflammatory effect and supports the hydrolipid layer of the skin. All products are completely natural, contain no perfume at all and are formed on the basis of sandalwood oil and geranium oil.

From Gstaad out into the world and back again
“My products are not exotic, but instead classic and clearly results-oriented. Beautiful skin requires sound treatments based on clear biochemical laws, and not magic”, explains Margie Lombard. The native Alsatian and Swiss-by-choice has dedicated herself entirely to skincare. At the age of 18 she already attended the well-known CARITA Institut in Paris and learned the craft of cosmetics from the experts. With this precious degree in her hand, she came to Gstaad, where she managed a cosmetics salon independently. Her talented hands and her beneficial facial treatments quickly became appreciated by guests from all over the world. Soon her career was already taking off. Despite her love of the Saanenland, she moved on: She studied cosmetology and after long research founded her own line of spa products. Many famous people were now among Margie’s customers – including even Princess Charlène of Monaco. After stays in Dubai, Hong Kong and Monte Carlo, Margie Lombard then returned to the Bernese Oberland with her care formula. “I am convinced that I have found the “place-to-be” for my brand and my concept at the Gstaad Palace”, says Margie Lombard happily. She has been a resident of Switzerland for more than 20 years, and lives with her husband and son in Zurich.

Unique in Switzerland: “Margy’s Monte Carlo” at the Gstaad Palace Spa

The Palace Spa provides three exclusive treatments with “Margy’s” products. As well as this, guests can also buy selected products on the spot and thus continue the beauty regime at home.

Haute Couture Facial – 90 minutes / CHF 450.–
For true skin rejuvenation combined with sublime relaxation. A 90 minute facial employing unique Margy’s techniques to activate the natural ingredients and their benefits. Skin feels smoother, firmer and plumper, benefiting from intense moisturization.

Firming Lifting Facial – 60 minutes / CHF 210.–
This facial treatment – based on a highly-efficient algae mask – smooths the skin gently and tones the face. Highly moisturizing, skin feels firm and supple following this treatment.

Short Fresh-Up – 30 minutes / CHF 95.–
A quick freshness boost for the skin for a glowing start to the day or to be party-ready.  

Bookable via www.palace.ch, E-Mail: info@palace.ch or by telephone: +41 (0)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.

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