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A Swiss escape: A winter getaway with these 8 emblematic stays

by Staff

The best winter getaway involves looking up at the clouds 1,400 metres above sea level, a cosy country cabin equipped with a roaring fireplace, starring shimmering stars in the night sky, fresh snow, and white grassland.

Picture yourself immersed in a good book, sipping a warming drink, all within the comfort of your tourist lodging. Regardless of your inclinations, once you’ve witnessed the mesmerising snowfall in Switzerland, your winter wanderlust will be rich with possibilities.

Here are some of the finest hotels for your upcoming winter travel, ensuring an unforgettable experience awaits. Embark on an enchanting winter journey featuring glacial lakes, snow-clad mountains, and a panorama that transcends your wildest imagination.

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, St. Motitz

Photo: Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

Badrutt is located in the heart of Sankt Moritz with panoramic views of the Engadine Alps and Lake Sankt Moritz. In winter, Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is the perfect starting point to explore one of the world’s most exciting ski regions.

In summer, alpine and spa activities abound in the sun-soaked Engadine Valley. Dates back to 1896, unrivalled and unexpected eating and drinking meet a unique sense of belonging in a historic and iconic mountain resort.

Baur Au Lac, Zurich

Photo: Baur Au Lac

Nestled in a unique private park in the heart of Zurich with magnificent views of Lake Zurich and the Alps, the historical five-star Baur Au Lac hotel offers elegant luxury rooms and suites with complimentary minibars, superb restaurants, and a penthouse fitness centre.

The Baur Au Lac set the standard for luxury hospitality from the very beginning and still enjoys a reputation as one of the best hotels in the world, offering some of the best culinary services. It has delighted guests from all over the world with its services. After a short autumn break, it reopens on 16 November.

Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne

historic luxury hotel sitting right on the shores of Lake Geneva. Beau-Rivage Palace opened in the year 1861 while the current main building constructing in Art Nouveau and neo-baroque style in 1908. Merely 10 minutes away from the vibrant city center, the hotel benefits from the Mediterranean atmosphere of the nearby harbor.

This hotel is an authentic palace with its Belle Époque facade, 10 acres of gardens, and a sense of history that is not entirely unfounded. These days, the hotel attracts attention with its two Michelin-star Anne-Sophie Pic restaurants and a wine cellar with vintages from the nearby UNESCO-protected Lavaux vineyard.


Photo: Christian Perret

The magnificent Alpine Valley is situated between the majestic rolling hills and crisscrossing rivers. In Graubünden, both German Romansh and Italian are commonly spoken. The excellent snow conditions in Graubünden make it possible to enjoy all winter sports you may think of. In addition, discover the rich culture of Graubünden, and the quaint town of Chur for a gourmet dinner.

Longing for simple relaxation in a traditional spa? Try Telemark skiing, parabola skiing, or snow golf — putting a red ball on a white “green”. In Graubünden, we guarantee first-class service and the most precious resource of all — a pure and unpolluted environment.

Ultima Gstaad

Ultima Gstaad is composed of three large chalets and is merely a 10-minute walk from the Gstaad promenade. It is an award-winning luxury hotel that redefines luxury living with 11 suites and six residences offering the highest level of style and relaxation for guests from all over the world. You will enjoy Ultima’s signature world-class service in your private chalet.

If you are keen on the outdoors, head to the mountain ski slopes for a snowy and exhilarating experience.

Ultima Crans-Montana

Photo: Ultima Crans-Montana

Set high on a sun-drenched plateau in the Valais region of Switzerland. Ultima Crans-Montana boasts some of the most spectacular views in Europe. It consists of two luxurious chalets with stunning interiors to match the splendid landscape. Designed to provide absolute privacy and full service to ensure a comfortable stay, making it the perfect place to discover the essence of the Swiss Alps.

Ultima Geneva Grand Villa

Photo: Ultima Geneva Grand Villa

Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, it offers guests a chic residence for their Alpine vacation. It is only available for private rental and focuses on high-end wellness. You may leave the hustle and bustle behind and embrace the tranquility of nature while being able to commute a short distance.

Ultima Geneva Grand Villa marks the beginning of a new chapter in the Ultima Luxury Resort Collection, replicating the luxurious comfort espoused by the brand to the city.

The Woodward

Photo: The Woodward

Unveiled on September 1, 2021, The Woodward is the latest addition to the Autodesk portfolio of masterpiece hotels, which are located on the shores of Lake Geneva with panoramic views of Mont Blanc. A world-class dining experience awarded Michelin stars breaks in furiously.

The 1,200-square-metre wellness area includes the Guerlain Spa, a state-of-the-art gym, a 21-metre indoor pool, and a unique wellness institute. The Oetker Collection’s focus on healthy and quality living is implemented.

This story was first published on The Peak Malaysia.

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