Now that is the height of luxury: Five-star hotel is the first to be built in the Swiss Alps in more than a century
17:11 GMT, 19 December 2012
Welcome to the peak of luxury. The first hotel to be built in a famous Swiss Alpine resort for 100 years has finally opened.
The five-star Alpina Gstaad hotel was more than four years and 200million in the making.
But its owners think it was worth every penny and say the hotel, which sits in the heart of the Bernese Alps, boasts a 'new level of distinction' for Gstaad.
Imposing: The Alpina Gstaad hotel is the first luxury hotel to be built in 100 years in the Swiss Bernese Alps
The Alpina Gstaad hotel is the first luxury hotel sits in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland
Five-star: The hotel's Megu Restaurant is one of three at Alpina
Decadent: The bar stands on a raised platform and boasts a range of unique artwork
Top notch: The Restaurant Sommet is run by famed executive chef Marcus Lindner, who held two Michelin stars when he was chef at Zurich restaurant Mesa
Set within 20,000square metres, the hotel also features three chalets and two private suites among its 56 rooms and boasts three restaurants.
The kitchens are run by renowned executive chef Marcus Lindner, who recently ran the two Michelin star restaurant Mesa in Zurich.
And befitting a hotel that has set its sites on unique luxury, it also has specific room for wine tasting, a cigar room and a 2,000 square metre spa and 25 metre pool.
Hotel owners Marcel Bach and Jean-Claude Mimran said they wanted to create a destination that took a modern twist on traditional Switzerland culture.
In a statement they said: 'We are building the newest five star hotel in Gstaad in 100 years and the architecture design (is in) traditional style inspired by local Swiss alpine culture and the rugged authenticity of the Bernese Oberland.'
They said the hotel, which has been awarded Switzerland's highest rating – the five star superior, manages to be both 'cosy and luxurious'.
Guests will also be pampered at the Six Senses spar that includes a 25metre pool.
Relax: Guests at The Alpina Gstaad can enjoy luxury and pampering at the Six Senses Spa pool
Unwind: The 2,000sqm spa offers holistic treatments, fitness and rejuvenation programmes
A variety of treatments are offered at the spa
The five-star hotel boasts 11 private apartments, three chalets and two private suites and 56 rooms in total
Rejuvenated: Guests can indulge in comfortable king-sized beds
Vast: The hotel's 400sqm three-bedroom gives guests views to both the north and south
The luxurious finish of the Panorama Suite continues into the bathroom
The hotel's managing partner Onno Poortier said they offer the 'perfect luxury experience.'
Such is the level of detail that different designers were contracted to work on separate areas.
Even the wine tasting room and cigar rooms had its own specific designer.
Hand-carved locally quarried Ringgenberg limestone adorns the entrance and firs, some more than 100 years old, have been used to line the walls of the public rooms and the roof is made of natural slate.
But such luxury comes at a high price.
A deluxe double room can cost 560 per night and a grand luxe room in March costs 1,350 per night.
It is the newest addition to the renowned alpine resort of Gstaad,a region known for its finishing schools and private schools.
Niklaus Leuenberger, hotel managing director, told hospitalitynet: 'We are honoured and delighted to be able to share with our guests our unique vision for The Alpina Gstaad.
'Much passion has gone into the construction of this extraordinary hotel.
'Along with the support of our hotel owners, and the development and pre-opening team, we are extremely proud to have created a modern, elegant, authentic and comfortable Swiss alpine hotel which promises to be the new luxurious destination for visitors to the Saanenland region for many years to come.'
Spacious: The hotel's grand luxe suites boast space for dinner, to work and an Alpine stone fireplace flanked by a specially-designed, internally-lit bookcase
Cosy: Guests can enjoy a cabin atmosphere in the five-star hotel with rooms clad in timber
This room features a three-piece suite and floor to ceiling windows
Private: Viewers can enjoy 2D and 3D screenings in 14 over-sized armchairs