Set in the fairytale landscape of Pays d’Enhaut, 1,007 meters above sea level, Hotel de Rougemont is surrounded by majestic pine trees and boasts breathtaking views of the Gstaad Dolomites. The 19 bedrooms and 14 suites use clean lines and handpicked natural materials in different ways, giving each room its own character. The bathrooms are uncharacteristically encased in glass, showcasing both contemporary and traditional design. The hotel’s Alpine brasserie, Le Roc restaurant serves dishes that are innovative as well as traditional and in tune with nature, meaning fresh seasonal ingredients. A cozy lounge with a fireplace, a wine bar with the best Swiss varietals, and a gold-onyx-and-wood-accented bar provide plenty of spaces to relax and mingle. The luxurious spa, illuminated by numerous candles and black mosaic (in the pool area), offers treatments using Pure Altitude products made from organic alpine plants. A private cinema with plush burgundy seating and anthracite walls bring to mind cinema of yore. -Design Hotels

Could there be more? Yes!

Activity – the Rougemont is located just 10 minutes from Gstaad, one of Switzerland’s most beautiful ski areas (boasting 150 miles of slopes and 58 ski lifts). The perpetual snow of Glacier 3,000 makes it a skier’s paradise year round. The region is also wonderful in spring and summer with hiking, horse-back riding, mountain biking, golf at the magnificent Lac de la Gruyère course, and more!

Relaxation – visit the spa’s Turkish bath and sauna. Beneath a canopy of stars, the hammam claims a mystical air, enhanced by 100 percent humidity.

Epicure – Le Roc restaurant, an Alpine brasserie, has an open fireplace centerpiece which is used to prepare exquisite local grilled meat and fish dishes.

Design – Each room uses natural materials, such as wool, linen, leather, and sumptuous pelts, to form a cohesive play of colors and textures that are inspired by nature. Intricate pieces of oxidized steel art by artist Paolo Albertelli in the suites echo the surrounding landscape and reflect the region’s craft tradition of paper cutting. 

Culture – nearby Gstaad (population 7,200) has retained its Alpine authenticity. There are 200 farms, 80 working Alpine pastures and around 7,000 cows. The special Simmental cattle provide the milk for the famous Alpine and Hobelkäse cheeses. Their spicy air-dried beef is also a delicacy. However, they are more than just livestock. At Alpine festivals, like “Suufsunntig”, the prize “Meisterkuh” is selected and festively decorated. And when the cows leave the high Alpine pastures in the autumn amidst the loud clanging of bells, this is an age-old tradition and not a tourist event.

I love the intentional melding of old and new at this resort and their dedication to preserving the historical ambiance and charm!

Have you been to this magical destination or similar?  Have a suggestion for a location we should profile?

 -loren