Feel the magic of the mountains, both for body and soul. It is the perfect setting to wake up at one of these outstanding hideaways.
Alpin Lifestyle Hotel Löwen & Strauss
Surrounded by the imposing peaks of the Allgäu Alps, Alpin Lifestyle Hotel Löwen & Strauss is in the centre of the picturesque and stylish town of Oberstdorf. In the cosmopolitan town of Oberstdorf he has created Löwen & Strauss, a contemporary hotel and restaurant, with a modern ambience. In typical Alpine style with lots of wood and rustic elements, the hotel makes a perfect base to explore this area of nature. Jeunes Restaurateur Peter A. Strauss is an acclaimed chef who has won many culinary prizes. A welcoming place for both young and old, holiday-maker or local resident. The hotel rooms and suites are all unique, with design furniture and decorated with materials from Tirol Living Collection. Start the day with a delicious "Alpine" breakfast. In the wellness-oasis Casa Alp, with panorama sauna and tepidarium, you can finally relax at the end of a day filled with sport activities.
Burghotel-Restaurant Auf Schönburg
The vicinity of the medieval town of Oberwesel is known for its excellent Rhine wines. Steeply sloped vineyards cover the hills. Nature in the Oberes Mittelrheintal is dazzling and listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here, high above the Rhine valley, is lies Burghotel & Restaurant Auf Schönburg. A lovingly restored castle which dates back to the year 966. One look at the photo of this castle hotel in enough to see that it is a bucket-list experience. The rooms have been restored with an eye for detail and for the castle’s history: they feature four-poster beds, alcoves, stained-glass windows, plastered ceilings and balconies with views over the meandering Rhine. The kitchen is well stocked with seasonal and regional produce and the cellar holds the very best regional wines.
Herangtunet Boutique Hotel
Surrounded by untouched nature and the wild mountainous landscape all your senses will come to life. In establishing Hotel Herangtunet, Marco and Marie-José Robeerst created a welcoming haven of comfort, a place to recuperate and get in touch with your creative side. This philosophy is translated in the individual character and tastefully furnished suites. Each suite is individually styled by the Dutch couple in a tribute to their most favourite places on the planet. Each individually furnished themed suite boasts a wood stove, a luxurious bathroom and the finest beds. This really is the perfect Scandinavian base to start a walking holiday, culinary travels or a very romantic skiing trip.
Hamilton Lodge & Spa
Hamilton Lodge is a comfortable family hotel on the Belalp, a car-free mountain area in a UNESCO World Heritage site at an altitude of 2,100 metres. A 40-minute walk will take you to the Aletsch Glacier, with a view of the Matterhorn. Hamilton Lodge itself offers spectacular views of Switzerland’s highest mountains. After an exhilarating day of activity you can unwind at the spa, gazing at the mountain view from the Finnish sauna, or relaxing in a hot tub filled with water from the glacier. This hip-Heidi hideaway is elegant and tasteful, with charming rooms and comfortable boxspring beds, a restaurant serving regional dishes, a lounge with a log fire, a sunny terrace and, nearby, a mountain stream, a cheese dairy, and cows and goats grazing in the pasture.
GD Hôtel Bella Tola & St-Luc
The elegant Grand Hotel Bella Tola dates from 1859. The high quality of the cuisine is matched by the excellent service from the friendly staff, led by Anne-Françoise and Claude Buchs-Favre. You can enjoy the sunset on the veranda, stretch your legs towards the fireplace or sip a drink in the library, and the Spa will soothe your tired muscles. The 30 stylish guestrooms are carefully furnished, and rooms at the front have views of the Besso and the Matterhorn. The sunny terrace is ideal for lunch or dinner on warmer days.
Hôtel Le Grand Chalet Favre
Hotel Le Grand Chalet Favre is situated in the heart of the picturesque and largely car free village of St-Luc, at 1,650 metres altitude. The sun-bleached chalet, owned by Anne-Françoise and Claude Buchs-Favre, is furnished in idyllic Alpine style. Picture yourself lying in the deckchair of your private sunny balcony soaking up the mountain scenery, with views of the majestic Matterhorn, at more than 4,000 metres. The restaurant’s sunny terrace has some of the best alpine views in the Val d’Anniviers, both in winter and summer
Hôtel Le Grand Bellevue
In the heart of Gstaad village, Le Grand Bellevue was originally built in 1912 as a cure house and spa. The dynamic young owners Daniel and Davia Koetser re-launched Le Grand Bellevue after a year-long renovation. Chef Francesco De Bartolomeis inspires diners at LEONARD’s restaurant with his sophisticated combination of international haute cuisine and modern bistro style. Treat yourself to expertly hand-rolled sushi and curated salads by Tokyotrained Sushi Master Takehiko Yoshikawa at the Sushi Bar. At Le Petit Chalet, you will be treated to Swiss traditional specialities. The hotel also features an art-deco bar, cocktail lounge, cigar lounge and a private cinema.
It’s not surprising that stars like Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and Keith Richards owned houses in Montreux. The town is a sophisticated haven, yet a hub for talented artists. The boulevard along the banks of Lake Geneva and the annual Montreux Jazz Festival are world-famous. Hôtel Masson, a beacon of fine hospitality, offers truly magnificent views across the lake to the Swiss and French Alps beyond. The hotel’s rich historical atmosphere, from the Belle Époque décor to creaking parquet floors, features the original furniture. Hôtel Masson is the most historic Hotel in the entire area of the Montreux Riviera. Classified as regional architectural heritage, as well as honored from ICOMOS for its outstanding conservation and hospitality, the Masson is a contemporary witness of almost 200 years of hotel history. When the weather is fine – and it often is-, you can enjoy breakfast on the balcony, with a view across Lake Geneva
The historical Hanseatic town of Schmallenberg in Sauerland is just a short drive from the ski resort of Winterberg. Hotel Störmann was built when the town was reconstructed after a devastating fire in 1822. For many years it served as the royal Prussian coaching inn. This renowned hotel has welcomed many famous figures, including the former chancellors Konrad Adenauer and Helmut Kohl. The hotel was in the Störmann family for eight generations, and now the Deimann family is writing the next chapter of its rich history. Hotel Störmann has recently been extensively restored and tastefully refurbished in keeping with the character of the building – the striking cast-iron inn sign makes a good example.
While the dew still blankets the Austrian village of Lech down in the valley, up at 1,750 metres in Oberlech you wake up basking in the morning sun. The views from Hotel Murmeli’s sun-drenched terrace and restaurant are stunning. Chef Wolfgang Strauss and his wife Anne Marie are renowned for their Austrian hospitality and sophisticated international cuisine, combined with an impressive and diverse wine list. It makes an ideal place to enjoy a relaxing lunch, or a well-deserved dinner after a day of skiing on the Arlberg. Hotel Murmeli is open from early December to late April. From December to April, environmentally-friendly Oberlech is car free. You reach Hotel Murmeli and Oberlech by cable car, which runs every five minutes from 7.00 am to 1.00 am. You can leave your luggage behind at the Valley Station and it will be brought up to the hotel for you.
There are few places on earth where all the beauties of nature converge. At the foot of the Mount Rigi (1,797 metres) stands Hotel Vitznauerhof. The boutique hotel with historic walls, art nouveau details and modern design elements is harmoniously embedded in the imposing surroundings at the edge of the crystal clear waters of mystical Lake Lucerne. The host Raphael Herzog runs the Hotel Vitznauerhof with great passion and is supported by an equally dedicated team. 53 stylish rooms and suites, glamping tents as well as three first-class restaurants and a bar - all with unique views of the lake and the enchanting mountain panorama - invite you to enjoy and experience gastronomy at a high level. Jeroen Achtien, the Dutchman won his spurs at the celebrated restaurant De Librije (three Michelin stars) back in his home country. Achtien is head of both of Hotel Vitznauerhof’s restaurants. Restaurant Sens, the culinary flagship, serves regional specialities and modern creations.
Hotel Waldhaus Ohlenbach
On the southern slope of the 841 metre high Kahler Asten – far from the world’s hustle and bustle – lies the charming hotel Waldhaus Ohlenbach. In the summer it is an excellent starting point for cycling and walking trips - and in winter time for alpine or cross-country skiing. At 700 metres above sea level, leaving the hotel you step straight out into nature. The Winterberg ski lifts are nearby. All rooms face either south or south-west and have a wonderful panoramic view of the hills of High Sauerland, the ‘land of the 1000 mountains’. The individually styled rooms range from classic Sauerland pine wood décor to crisp contemporary with bright colours.
Hotel Restaurant Langgenhof
Your hosts at Hotel Langgenhof are the Mutschlechner family. Peter Mutschlechner continues the tradition handed down by his parents – it was his mother Greti and father Robert who once transformed their family farm into a place to welcome guests and serve good food. For 30 years, Greti put her heart and soul into cooking delicious traditional and regional dishes. Meanwhile, Robert stocked the wine cellar with local gems. Hotel Langgenhof is now a paradise for wine lovers: Peter’s wine list features more than 500 wines. The newest part of the hotel, which includes the panoramic wellness area and swimming pool, as well as the complete renovation of the main building, was designed by Peter's cousin Martin Mutschlechner, his partner Marco Bucci and Peter's sister Verena.
Hotels that have preserved the authentic atmosphere of a historic inn or tavern are few and far between. You have to hunt for them, but they do still exist. An excellent contemporary inn needs an excellent contemporary innkeeper, and that is precisely what Landgasthof Linde has got. In good innkeeping tradition, Hannes Ebster is not only the owner, but also the chef, together with his brother Georg Ebster, and the life and soul of this welcoming Landgasthof, or country inn. We all love Austria for its snowy Alpine slopes, of course, but Landgasthof Linde is just as nice in summer, with its magnificent garden – an immaculate lawn, charming summer house, and fruit trees for delicious home-made jams and apple strudels.
Maiensässhotel Guarda Val
Hotel Guarda Val, in the Lenzerheide region in the canton of Graubünden (Grisons), is set among Alpine pastures, or Maiensässen, at an altitude of 1,600 meters. The hotel, which actually incorporates an entire village, consists of eleven cabins and stables, some of which are 300 years old. The interior of each of the 50 rooms is unique, blending traditional Alpine design and contemporary comfort. The use of sun-weathered wood in the rooms and suites reflects the close connection with nature. You can experience true Alpine relaxation in a hot tub or unwind in one of the hay beds with views of the valley.
Unique Hotel Post Zermatt
The innovative and trendy Unique Hotel Post, located in the heart of Zermatt, opened its doors in 1875 as the third oldest hotel in Zermatt. Martin Perren and his wife Daniela Perren-Germanini have been the fifth generation owners since 2001.
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