It’s the last day in my reveal of the hottest hotels for 2014.
Last, but not least, it’s: LE GRAND BELLEVUE, Gstaad, Switzerland
Originally built in 1912 as a cure house and spa, Le Grand Bellevue in the heart of Gstaad Village, offers a new concept for this chic destination in its ‘casual yet refined’ ethos. Owned by visionary couple Daniel and Davia Koester, the 57-room hotel has stripped back on the formalities and grandeur normally found in Gstaad hotels. Instead guests can expect the welcoming feel of a country house hotel.
Eclectic furniture, such as side tables made from antique Alpine walking sticks, armchairs in soft velvets and herringbone fabrics, and oversized Chesterfield sofas are set against original parquet floors, arched windows and Moroccan-style alcoves. Luxe lovers will not be disappointed though – Le Grand Bellevue is home to one of the finest wine cellars in Gstaad, with over 10,000 bottles. It also has a private cinema, a private members club and the Bellevue Spa, with a Turkish hammam, Himalayan salt inhalation grotto and Bamford treatments. For one of the most charming restaurants to be found, check out its Le Petit Chalet, a traditional rustic chalet nestled in the hotel’s grounds that seats just 18 guests with a menu of hearty Swiss dishes. A must.