Le Grand Bellevue, Gstaad, Switzerland
Welcome the summer with the revitalising settings of Gstaad, Switzerland on the Uplifting Swiss Alpine Retreat. Surrounded by steep and verdant slopes, situated in the Southwest region of the Swiss Alps, Gstaad is a charming village attracting visitors from all over the world seeking respite from the city-marathon.
In the morning, be greeted by impressive scenery in an invigorating Jivamukti Yoga Class with our expert, Nicole von Grünigen. Though lesser known in Europe, Jivamukti Yoga has a history dating back to 1984 and is a popular style amongst celebrities in America. It is a physical, ethical and spiritual practice and while it can improve strength, flexibility and confidence, it is also a method to help build and develop relationships, leading to a sense of interconnectedness and the discovery of contentment and spontaneous joy. Balance Holidays are pleased to be one of few retreat companies offering this practice in Europe.
To further encourage our approach to wellbeing, this programme includes a guided mountain hike, and two guided E-Bike tours around crystalline lakes followed by an outdoor picnic, and a wild Mountain herb foraging cooking class. Settle into the evenings with an exquisite gastronomic offering in the property’s esteemed restaurant. Following traditional Alpine and Swiss culinary concepts, using seasonal, organic ingredients, in Gstaad, the perfect sustenance is not only wholesome but attractively tasty too. On the last evening, a typical Swiss dinner is included in this programme. For a well-rounded, authentic Swiss-Alpine experience, a complimentary 50-minute Herbal Aromatherapy Massage is also included.
Draw a close to each day in the stylish and contemporary suites of Le Grand Bellevue. Tucked away from the frenzied promenade, Le Grand Bellevue is Gstaad’s oldest palace hotel, originally built in 1912 as a Cure House and Spa. Having recently undergone renovation works, it preserves and enhances its reputation as the epitome of Alpine excellence, Swiss sophistication and elegance.
Pursue an experience filled with new adventures and bank the memories shared with like-minded individuals on the Uplifting Swiss Alpine Retreat. Turn the attention to the flower-strewn fields and embrace the source of radiant energy before letting the blue-vault skies lure you on a spontaneous stroll. Simply follow the natural ebb and flow because when you are here in Switzerland, emails and calls can wait!
*To learn more about how a typical day on a retreat looks like, please see sample here and for more information about food and cuisine, please see here.
Having been exposed to the likes of dance and athletics at a young age, which later stemmed into aerobics, fitness and body forming, Nicole von Grünigen took her first yoga class at Pilates school. From that point onwards, she realised that Yoga and Pilates are the two areas she wanted to focus and specialise in. In the year 2000, Nicole gained her certification in Power Yoga Teacher Training, followed by her qualification as a Sivananda Yoga Teacher in 2008, before obtaining the title as an ‘Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher’ in 2016. The underlying principles behind her classes are to help her students integrate body and mind and heighten the feelings and sensations of joy.
Spacious and stylish, the Chic Room at Le Grand Bellevue is composed of a neutral base, accented in soft pops of maroon, gold and caramel. Industrialist styled lamps, paired with plaid curtains and patterned cushions, the sleek and elegant interior design will provide a cosy and calming space for guests to enforce self-care. At the turn of a new day, begin with a soothing bubble bath or linger in a plush bathrobe with a cup of warm herbal tea, overlooking the mesmerising views from a nearby window. Each room is installed with a double bed, bathtub and shower combination, TV, Wi-Fi and safe. Other amenities include complimentary soft drinks, and juices (replenished daily), Nespresso machine, fruit basket, robes and slippers and essential toiletries.
Le Grand Bellevue’s inviting spaces extend into the communal areas too. Staff at the 24-hour concierge desk are friendly and helpful. While other amenities, an impressive cinema, well-equipped gym, tennis court, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, gardens, restaurant, bar and lounge, and not forgetting the artful Le Grand Spa, the showpiece of the hotel, are extra options for spending time with each other.
Meals at Le Grand Bellevue hold a heavy emphasis on seasonal, organic ingredients and added awareness to foraging. Teamed with dedication and Alpine and Swiss traditions, spun with a modern twist, the end results are delightful. Pretty and flavoursome, each dish is prepared fresh in the kitchens, ready to satisfy guest’s whims, carrying a wealthy nutritional profile.
Detox begins at the very first breath of fresh, Alpine air, inhaled beneath the towering mountains, besides sublime and beautiful lakes. Discover the varying layers of beauty, challenged only by the dense Alpine forests, high moorlands and undulating, lagoon-like tarns. Counteracting the tedium of city life, the easy-going charisma of Gstaad, Switzerland is a prime-draw for the time-hungry guest looking to disconnect and reboot.
Widely known for the steep slopes and cross-country trails that extend hundreds of kilometres, Gstaad, Switzerland is not just another opulent choice to escape the city clamour. Situated in the South Western region, slotted between the soaring Swiss Alps, the unbeatable positioning honours the sweeping scenery, host to a diverse range of outdoor activities. Take in the full view from above in a cable-car ride at Rinderberg, a simple 30-minute drive away from the hotel. The closest airport is Geneva, with various modes of transport conveniently available.
The closest airport is Geneva. Inside the airport, a train service is available, bringing you directly to Gstaad station within 2 and a-half hours. Trains depart at regular intervals and a ticket can be purchased through the following website: https://www.thetrainline.com/en/train-times/geneva-to-gstaad. From outside the station, the hotel shuttle bus will pick you up and bring you directly to the property.
Alternatively, if you wish to hire a taxi or rent a car, quote the below address to bring you directly to the estate. Total journey time if local conditions permit will be approximately 2 hours.
Le Grand Bellevue
An arrival and welcome ceremony begins at 5pm therefore we suggest booking tickets with an arrival time that allows sufficient time for travel from the airport to the estate. As a general rule, guests will be allowed to check-in from 3pm on the day of arrival. On the day of departure, this programme has activities scheduled until 2pm. However, you are welcome to depart earlier to suit your personal agenda.
For more information regarding check-in and check out, please contact us.
Guests will be allowed access to the estate’s swimming pools, Spa extensive facilities, gardens, lounges and tennis court throughout the full duration of your stay. Additionally, outdoor activities, daily yoga sessions and a complimentary massage is included as part of this programme therefore, we recommend bringing some comfortable workout clothes, a bathing suit and a small backpack to carry your personal belongings.
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