Gstaad is Switzerland’s most iconic luxury ski resort. An international fairy-tale –like destination that has been a favourite of the global elite for the past 100 years.
From Hollywood celebrities to European aristocracy, Greek shipping tycoons to international jet-setters, it is not mere luck that has putten this little alpine village to the map of the most luxurious destinations throughout the world. Picturesque Gstaad is home to some of the most refined hotels & restaurants in the world, the best private boarding schools in Europe as well as 220km of skiable terrain.
The Gstaad Palace, built in 1914, has served as the ultimate landmark of the little village town for the past century. In the 1960s gala dinners with international stars such as Louis Armstrong and Marlene Dietrich caused a great sensation. At night, the Palace Hotel is lit by spotlights and the eves of every chalet in the village are illuminated by strings of small white lights.
The holiday region of Gstaad enjoys a high level of prestige and international renown. In spite of this, it has remained truly Alpine, with its chic charm, British understatement and authentic traditions. Or as acting legend Julie Andrews once said: “Gstaad is the last paradise in a crazy world”.
According to legend, God wanted to take a short rest whilst creating the world. The imprint of his hand thus shaped the Saanenland region. His five fingers formed the valleys, with Gstaad nestling in their midst. It is hard not to believe that supernatural forces are at work when you let your eyes wander over the beauty of Nature. And nestling amidst the lakes and mountains lie the homely, Alpine villages with their characteristic chalets.