Reset at the Bürgenstock Hotel & Alpine Spa, the legendary Swiss wellness retreat

After two years of strict pandemic measures, Switzerland has just eased most of its restrictions, making it more attractive than ever to visit. But while travelers typically head to Zermatt, St. Moritz and the country’s other legendary ski resorts at this time of year, why not avoid the crowds and consider a destination that’s just as scenic and glamorous but far less hectic? ?

Dating from 1873, Burgenstock Hotel & Alpine Spa is perched on top of a mountain – you should arrive by ferry and funicular, rather than car or bus – and overlooks the famous crystal clear Lake Lucerne. In its heyday: The historic property regularly attracted the world’s most recognizable faces – Audrey Hepburn was married in its quaint chapel in 1954 – but has gradually fallen out of the limelight over the years. But after an extensive nine-year refurbishment that cost 550 million Swiss francs and was completed in 2017, Bürgenstock has resurfaced a luxurious, modern icon that helps you hit the reset button, whatever your lifestyle. life.

What is particularly noteworthy is the way the hotel (one of four properties comprising the 148 acres Burgenstock Resort) not only survived the pandemic, but thrived. That’s because the destination makes it more than easy to prioritize your well-being in a breathtaking and spacious setting, the crown jewel being the legendary Alpine spa.

Spanning a staggering 107,000 square feet, the spa is one of the largest in Europe with best-in-class amenities including five pools, napping shells, infrared saunas and a relaxation garden outside. On the treatment side: Results-driven facials featuring Biologique Recherche and Dr. Barbara Sturm take top spot, but the body treatments and massages are also exemplary. With so many options, it’s more than easy to spend an entire day or two at Alpine Spa – which is exactly what many locals have been doing over the past couple of years, and how the hotel has kept it busy too. dynamic in these uncertain times.

Outside of Alpine Spa, you’ll find even more ways to disconnect from the outside world. The Bürgenstock Hotel’s 102 rooms and suites are elegantly appointed with two-sided gas fireplaces, massive soaking tubs with floor-to-ceiling windows for an unforgettable soak, and cozy nooks for contemplation. In short? You’ll have everything you need for a restful, uninterrupted night’s rest.

And with seven restaurants and three bars, there’s something for everyone. Highlights include the award-winning Oak Grill & Pool Patio – where you can enjoy local wood-fired Arctic char (a buttery fish with pink flesh like salmon) and wild herb salad in a beautiful room with a crackling fireplace – and Kitchen & Terrace Spicesa bustling Pan-Asian restaurant offering exceptional Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Thai cuisine.

But really, it’s hard to top the charms of the Lakeview Bar and Cigar Lounge. Though the all-day space serves up everything from afternoon tea to craft cocktails, it’s the stunning views of Lake Lucerne that Swiss and hotel guests can’t get enough of. bored and the easiest way to slip into a zen state of mind – something we all deserve right now.

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