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Published: Tuesday, August 01, 2017    



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While the beauty of the Swiss Alps is enough motivation to visit Switzerland, we've rounded up six more reasons to pick the mountain range as your next vacation spot

Picking a holiday destination is no easy feat, especially when you're looking for the whole package – gorgeous, rolling landscapes, a little action, a little culture, and a little R&R. Switzerland is one such place which ticks all the boxes, with its Bernese Oberland region being home to a particularly charming upscale resort town, Gstaad, often commented upon walking the fne balance between traditional and modern lifestyle.

So whether you are a culture enthusiast, a sports buff, someone who wants a quiet escape in the middle of majestic mountains, or are looking for all of the above, there are countless reasons to consider Gstaad as a holiday destination this summer, and we’ve picked six for you...

DISCOVER A SPORTS WONDERLAND

While Gstaad’s trademark is an impressive 220km ski slope, it also has much more to offer sport fans during warmer seasons such as hiking, biking and a few more memorable escapades like paragliding across the majestic Alps or swimming in the crystal-clear mountain lakes.

TIP: If you're a polo-enthusiast, then book those tickets for this month as The Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad will be taking place from 17 to 20 August.

SHOP AT THE BEST

The last thing you might expect a small village in the middle of the Alps to be is a fashion hub featuring designer brands like Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Chopard, Brunello Cucinelli, Prada, Moncler, Ralph Lauren, and Cartier – they all have stores in the Gstaad Promenade. Other smaller boutiques also stock labels such as Chloé, Dolce & Gabbana, Tod's, Burberry, Dior, and Marc Jacobs – the perfect brands to help you indulge in a bit of retail therapy.

RUB SHOULDERS WITH CELEBS

Gstaad is a home and holiday destination to many top celebrities that you could be lucky

"SO WHETHER YOU ARE A CULTURE ENTHUSIAST, A SPORTS BUFF, OR SOMEONE WHO WANTS A QUIET ESCAPE… SWITZERLAND IS A PLACE WHICH TICKS ALL THE BOXES"

enough to come across during your holiday.

Current residents include English actress Julie Andrews, Formula One Holdings owner Bernie Ecclestone, and French singer Johnny Hallyday. Hollywood stars such as Salma Hayek, Madonna, and Designer Valentino Garavani prefer keeping it as a holiday home.

ENJOY A HOME FROM HOME EXPERIENCE

In order to make the most of your stay in Gstaad, you need a place to call home. Nestled at the heart of the village, Ultima Gstaad offers a unique experience in the peace and conviviality of your own private chalet, with all the comforts of a luxury hotel. Privacy and discretion are assured at the fve-star boutique property, with an irresistible blend of traditional and ultra-modern, comprising three immense wooden chalets offering a contemporary and luxurious home-from-home experience. Choose from 11 superb suites and six fabulous residences, dine in an Italian restaurant, and unwind at Spa by La Prairie with relaxing face and body treatments. A personalised butler service is also available to take care of your every whim 24/7.

CELEBRATE REFINED ART

If art is your passion, then get ready for a soul-feeding experience. Gstaad is home to a wealth of art galleries, suitable for all tastes. Works by renowned artists, steel and bronze sculptures, contemporary abstract and oil paintings, woodblock prints, and much more are featured locally.

TIP: If your travels take you to the Alps before September, be sure to check out the classical music event, Gstaad Menuhim Festival, showcasing more than 50 concerts and a vast array of famous soloists and ensembles – a defnite treat for the soul.

GIVE YOUR CHILDREN A REAL TREAT

If you are planning a family trip and want to offer your little ones a fun, instructive holiday (and yourself a real break!), Gstaad’s renowned schools, Le Rosey and the John F Kennedy International School can help you with that. They offer amazing summer camps where your children can enjoy a fascinating two to three week experience in the mountains, while you can relax at Ultima Gstaad just a few hundred metres away from the campus.
 
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