The Alpina Gstaad

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A Silent Retreat for the Rich and Famous
A Silent Retreat for the Rich and Famous
Gstaad may not be as well known as St. Moritz but the rich and famous flock there just the same. The Alpine mountain village has a pedestrian-only central strolling area with lots of upscale shopping and eating options. Joe and I stayed at the Alpina Gstaad—one of the finest new hotels I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing (rivaled perhaps by the Chedi in Andermatt, but only by a slim margin!). From the moment you drive up to its James Bond style entrance and then walk into its lobby with its priceless antique painted wooden ceiling (the 1700s era piece was bought from a prestigious Swiss art dealer and installed in the new hotel) you're know you're in for something special.

We love the hotel's "Silent Stay" program that lets you only be contacted in writing (staff will give you a special pin and will not speak to you unless you take it off) but you'll certainly want to crow to your companion (as Joe and I did to each other) about the stone-and-wood architecture, the indoor and outdoor pool, the Six Senses Spa, the beautiful landscaped grounds, and the Michelin-star dining at Sommat (one of three restaurants at the hotel). Art lovers will want to visit the hotel's rotating collection and couples will crave a stay in the hotel's "Love Suite" designed and accessorized by the lingerie and love lifestyle company, Kiki De Montparnasse.

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