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FAMILY TIME AND LA DOLCE VITA:
WINTER SEASON AT THE GSTAAD PALACE
On 20th December 2022, the Gstaad Palace will open its doors for its 110th winter season. The team around General Manager and owner Andrea Scherz has put together a packed programme of events running through to 12th March 2023. Substantial investments have been made in the hotel’s wellness area, while staff accommodation and other behind-the-scenes facilities have also undergone extensive refurbishment. The 'Salle Bridge' has been converted into a sophisticated location for meetings and events, while several guest rooms have also been restyled.
Snow-covered mountains, homely chalets, wintry forests, and towering in the midst of it all, the Gstaad Palace in matching white – it's a sight that has lost none of its charm throughout the past 110 years. Inside, the scent of Christmas biscuits and seasonal music float in the air, as children's eyes light up at the sight of the elaborately decorated Christmas tree and generations gather around the open fireplace. It may sound like a fairy tale, but it is as real as ever. The Gstaad Palace has been opening its doors to guests since 1913 and, once again, is rolling out a wintry wonderland for young and old alike.
The Gstaad Palace is in family hands. The region’s leading establishment engages in a continuous process of innovation, most recently with a substantial investment in the wellness area. Newly opened for this winter season, the outdoor jacuzzi of the Palace Spa has now doubled in size, measuring 13 x 5 metres. Extensive changes have also been made to the 'Salle Bridge'. Formerly the setting for card games, horse race betting and similar pastimes, the room has now been adapted to host small conferences and celebrations.
At accommodation level, one Deluxe and two Superior rooms have been fully renovated. "The Gstaad Palace isn't idle during the low season," explains Andrea Scherz, General Manager and third generation owner of the Gstaad Palace. "On the contrary, we are continuously redesigning our facilities in accordance with the requirements of our international guests. Following the coronavirus pandemic, which can hopefully be consigned to history, visitors are now returning from all corners of the world. Booking levels are high for this winter and we're looking forward to a joyous and peaceful festive period and a winter season that looks to be as lively as ever," Andrea Scherz enthuses.
High staff welfare
In the Gstaad Palace staff building, the new 'Marmite Lounge' is now open. It is a welcoming and homely place where employees can meet and engage with each other during break time and after work. "It's important to us that our crew is happy and feels appreciated in their role within this establishment," adds Andrea Scherz. For this reason, investments in guest accommodation have gone hand in hand with refurbishing staff bedrooms, which now offer substantially higher comfort levels. New hardware and IT systems have also been put in place, to streamline and facilitate routine tasks.
La Dolce Vita in all its variations
The culinary programme for the winter season is dedicated to delicate flavours and delightful indulgence. To set the tone, Culinary Director Franz W. Faeh and his 55-strong crew will be going all out with a five-course festive menu at Christmas. In line with the motto 'La Dolce Vita', the seasonal celebrations will culminate in the grand New Year's Eve party held in the 'Salle Baccarat' and throughout the hotel. A floor below, hearty classic Swiss dishes in the form of fondue and raclette are served in the intentionally low-key 'La Fromagerie', housed in rooms that once served as a Second World War gold bunker for a Swiss bank. Guest chef Ravi Bajaj will also be present this season. A star chef in England and an esteemed friend of the house, he will be delighting guests with his Indian cuisine.
GreenGo celebrates the big 50 (+2)
Last but not least, 'GreenGo', the original Gstaad nightclub opened in 1971, will finally be celebrating its 50th anniversary – and it will be doing it in style. An entire series of parties are planned, and on 7 January 2023 the club will play host to a big international act, to be announced on Instagram over the coming weeks. All we will say for now is: Don't forget your dancing shoes. And there's more news from the club. Jasmine Wheatcroft, artist and Gstaad resident, is revamping the graffiti wall with a hyper-realistic collage. Street art is giving way to portraits of the stars and starlets that party at the GreenGo.
Modern art amid breathtaking scenery
In collaboration with long-standing partner Hauser & Wirth, the Gstaad Palace is pleased to present an installation in the Palace garden. Two large bronze sculptures by William Kentridge, 'Her' (2021) and 'Cape Silver' (2018) will be set against the imposing mountain backdrop. Further works by the leading contemporary artist from South Africa will also be on show at 'Tarmak22' at Gstaad-Saanen Airport from 17 December 2022.
Next generation gathers at Sammy’s Winter Kids Club
Sammy, once the Palace family's much-loved pet, lives on as the mascot of the children's entertainment programme at the Gstaad Palace. From film nights and story time through to Christmas baking sessions, there's plenty in store for the kids. Further opportunities to be among themselves and enjoy a magical time include the kids-only Christmas, pyjama and New Year parties. Outside, the Palace garden awaits with animal encounter events such as pony riding and a meeting with the St. Bernard dogs, as they visit from their high-altitude home on the eponymous mountain pass. "The Palace is all about family traditions. 'We are family' isn't just an advertising slogan for us, but a way of life. So it's a joy and a pleasure to open our doors to the next generation of Palace guests," says Andrea Scherz.
THE GSTAAD PALACE -
TRULY UNIQUE AND IN TOP SHAPE FOR SUMMER
What's better than any Midsummer Night's Dream? Checking in at the Gstaad Palace, for a summer full of daydreams by the poolside and invigorating treatments in the Palace Spa. Explore the Gstaad region on 300 kilometres of hiking routes, then dance the night away in the GreenGo. Or perhaps you'd rather relax over a leisurely fondue in the Palace gardens. Whatever your preferences, the Gstaad Palace has the perfect leisure experience for you. The five-star hotel in the Bernese Oberland will soon be opening its doors, so come and see for yourself – it’s not a fairy tale, it’s real!
The Gstaad Palace is busy preparing for the start of the summer season on 24 June 2022. Andrea Scherz, General Manager and owner says about the re-opening: 'Every time a new season is upon us, it feels like the première of a stage play – rehearsed a zillion times but still incredibly exciting. We can't wait to welcome our guests and show them the refurbished areas around the indoor and outdoor pool, as well as the new board room. I’m especially excited about the classic car auction by Bonhams on 3 July 2022, which is returning to the Gstaad Palace for the first time after 14 years. We are currently also in the process of redesigning our online presence. The new website will go live in June and will present our hotel in a refreshingly different, yet characteristically distinctive style. We have made good use of the low season to further develop various aspects of our hotel and we're looking forward to receiving feedback from our guests.' Andrea Scherz, who has taken on an additional responsibility this year as the new chairman of 'The Leading Hotels of the World', is well aware that even a seasoned establishment must never stop improving. The Gstaad Palace has therefore invested in its future with a number of renovation projects.
Stylishly reinvented – the refurbished pool areas and new board room
The comprehensively modernised indoor pool and new outdoor area of the Palace Spa are simply perfect for lounging, unwinding and savouring the moment. Surrounded by graceful Art Deco features, visitors to the Spa find themselves in an oasis of relaxation. The real showstopper, however, is the new bar. Serving freshly prepared smoothies and snacks during the day, it is transformed every night to function as part of the GreenGo night club, thanks to state-of-the-art technology. The Spa design combines wood and brass elements with muted warm colours to create an elegant interior, interspersed with tropical planting for a hint of exotic glamour. The glorious view of Wispile mountain and the Diablerets range as seen from the jacuzzi is an added bonus, especially after enjoying one of the spa treatments with natural plant substances. Extraordinary and extra-easy, experience complete relaxation in typical Palace style. The redesigned gardens also emanate tranquillity and ease. With a completely new planting scheme, the verdant recreational grounds are perfect for unwinding.
By contrast, the green natural stone table of the new hotel board room keeps hard-working minds sharp and focused, even on the hottest of summer days. With a fresh new look, the meeting room offers space for 12 people and cutting-edge video conferencing facilities. Confidential meetings of any kind can be held here in a calm and composed working environment. An adjoining lounge area, equipped with a small kitchen, offers additional space for breaks and informal exchanges.
«PISCINE» and GreenGo – the places to be this summer
Following an extended period of renovation, the new outdoor pool bar has been up and running since the summer season 2021. Now renamed «PISCINE», the Olympic-sized outdoor pool built in 1928 has become the place to be both for hotel guests and day visitors. Elegantly integrated in matching Art Deco style, the pool bar serves light yet hearty Comfort Food. Also gearing up to welcome summer visitors is the legendary Palace nightclub GreenGo. Once again, the club will be open to all throughout the season and is launching a promising new venture: Friday to Sunday evening from 5 pm, resident DJ and GreenGo mastermind Jim Leblanc will be extending his skills to the «PISCINE», providing cool beats to accompany your sundowner – just one of the many ways to enjoy summer 2022 at the Gstaad Palace.