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Home to luxury brands such as Rolex, Swatch and Victorinox, Switzerland has long been associated with high quality and attention to detail. Its most luxurious hotels maintain the country’s high-class reputation, too, offering guests everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to helicopter rides. Whether you’re heading to the mountains of Gstaad or fashionable St Moritz, here’s our pick of the most luxurious hotels – bookable with Culture Trip.
Frequented by the high-flying and political elite who regularly visit Geneva, La Réserve aims to redefine luxury. Rooms are tastefully decorated and there’s health spa and fitness centre which promises to strip away stress and leave you feeling fresh and reinvigorated. The hotel complex also has three restaurants including the Michelin-starred Le Tsé Fung.
Basel’s most luxurious hotel has sat on the Rhine river bank for over 300 years. Don’t let its age deter you, as Les Trois Rois has kept up with the times. The culinary experience is exquisite especially the Cheval Blanc, a three-starred Michelin restaurant run by culinary genius Peter Knogl. If you are visiting the historic city of Basel and want to treat yourself, this is the hotel for you.
The Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains offers all the glitz and glamour of the St. Moritz ski resort and easy access to ski slopes close by. Each of the 184 rooms or suites (and chalet suite) come with vintage antiques and wooden interiors which provide a cosy, rustic feel. The hotel is only open at certain times during the season so check the website for opening and closing dates.
Located in the swanky ski resort of Gstaad, frequented by A-list celebrities, this five-star resort hotel offers comfortable suites from junior through deluxe, signature and presidential. Each of them, and the upscale residences, are kitted out with all the amenities you will need for a relaxing stay. Enjoy a romantic gourmet dinner at the Duchessa restaurant or relax after a day on the slopes at the wellness centre.
Perched on the edge of Lake Geneva. the elegant Beau-Rivage has hosted famous figures such as Victor Hugo, Charlie Chaplin and Nelson Mandela, to name a few. Each of its rooms is individually styled, ensuring a highly personalised experience. The outstanding culinary offering includes Le Mayako, a sushi bar, and the two Michelin starred Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant.
Steeped in history, and a stone’s throw from Lake Geneva, the 12th-century Château d’Ouchy is a great hotel to experience the beautiful city of Lausanne. All of the hotel’s 50 rooms are artfully decorated, in tune with the Château’s prestigious heritage. The restaurant and bar offers exquisite dishes including the speciality perch meunière which comes from the lake.
The Chateau Gütsch is an icon of Lucerne. The building which was constructed in 1888 doubled as a home and hotel. Today, it is one of Switzerland’s most charming boutique hotels. The stylish interior effortlessly matches the Chateau’s Belle-Époque exterior, where luxury intertwines with pomp and elegance. Wonderful views of the city, lake and mountains from the terrace are worth a visit alone.
The views from Villa Honegg’s outdoor heated pool are magnificent. A short distance from Lucerne, the Honegg is perched on a hilltop overlooking Lake Lucerne and surrounded by nature. The hotel has been called a hideaway hotel for the blend of comfort and nature experiences it offers.
This sprawling hotel, perched above Zurich, with views spanning the city and the distant mountains, is a top pick. Prices may be steep but what’s on offer here is everything you could hope for from a luxury hotel. There’s a choice of suites and rooms, an on-call butler service and two restaurants, including a two Michelin starred restaurant overseen by chef Heiko Neider.
Mark Nayler contributed additional reporting to this article.