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This December, Gstaad in Switzerland will be embracing the brand new Huus Hotel Gstaad, which stands in an intimate mountain hideaway location 1,111m above sea level in the Bernese Oberland.
Nestled on a rolling hillside between the villages of Saanen and Gstaad, the seven-story, 136-room traditional wooden-clad chalet transcends simple Swiss hospitality and strikes a delicate balance between a restful retreat and a community hub for likeminded explorers and adrenaline junkies. From the adventure lounge, restaurants, spacious spa, and fully fledged family area, to the all-inclusive activities and complimentary equipment hire, the year-round hotel is the sheer embodiment of Bernese bonhomie.
Built in the classic Swiss chalet-style, the original building has undergone a complete renovation that was placed in the accomplished hands of Erik Nissen Johansen—the visionary architect and designer behind Swedish design studio Stylt Trampoli. Johansen's first move was to replace walls with enlarged windows, flooding the rooms and guest areas with natural light. "We want guests to feel like they are staying with a friend," says Erik Nissen Johansen, "a friend with a gorgeous home who takes you on incredible outdoor experiences and then serves you a delicious meal by the fireplace."
All of Huus Gstaad's 136 rooms and suites have been furnished with large, inviting beds by Swedish brand Hästens, while natural woollen blankets and warm pendulum lights add to the cozy chalet-like atmosphere. The four room categories all feature a balcony or terrace with either north- or south-facing views so guests can sit and soak up the mountainscape. Specially crafted storage units have been installed in every room, each featuring a mirror and a mini bar. Backpacks from climbing stalwarts Mammut, an aluminium water bottle, and binoculars by the traditional brand Zeiss, have all been provided so guests have everything they need to explore their new home.
Bathrooms are fitted with oak shelves, slate-black hexagonal tiles, and gray pebbles, that offset the copper fixtures. A window, positioned for views out to the room and through to the surrounding woodland, allows natural light in. The hotel's own brand of amenities has been carefully selected to compliment the aroma of the local flora and fauna. Mixing blends of premium organic plant oils and mineral extracts with natural fruit acids, the products radiate a fresh, zesty fragrance. Each room also comes with its own SuitePad Samsung tablet, which features more than 150 complimentary newspapers and magazines.
Spread across 2,000 square meters and three floors, the hotel's spa takes the concept of relaxation to another level. Here, the Finnish sauna offers panoramic views of the gardens below, while the aromatic sauna allows guests to unwind after a long day on the slopes. Other offerings include an ice fountain, a herbal steam bath, a panoramic swimming pool, children's spa, and yoga classes. The two treatment rooms offer invigorating massages to rejuvenate weary bodies and minds.
With just 7,000 inhabitants, Gstaad-Saanenland is known for its secluded, relaxing retreats, yet it is its world-class cultural programs, outstanding skiing, and "chalet-chic" exuberance that makes it one of Switzerland's premier destinations. The area around the hotel offers 250 kilometres of slopes and trails for skiers of all levels and a full immersion into nature through river rafting, family canyoning, rappelling, rope park adventures, bike tours, and more.
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