Switzerland is a fun place to visit year-round, famous for its snow-capped mountains, amazing skiing and summer adventures. Vacationers can visit museums, historic sites and stay in hip hotels in Zurich, Bern or Geneva, or plan a quiet holiday in the mountains to celebrate an anniversary, birthday or another special occasion. In the winter, choose from small and large mountain resorts where you can ski on some of the most well run slopes in the world. Many travelers check into a health spa for a week of rejuvenation and relaxation. During the warmer season, play great golf in the mountains. Year-round, there are many luxury resorts and hotels to choose from in famous destinations like St. Moritz, Luzern, Basel, Zermatt and Melide.
1. Badrutt's Palace in St. Moritz
© Badrutt's Palace
Badrutt's Palace is a luxury hotel surrounded by the Swiss Alps in St. Moritz, one of the world's top winter vacation destinations. Visit in December when the town gets festive in preparation for the holidays. The resort features a health spa, indoor & outdoor pools, tennis and golf. In the winter, enjoy challenging skiing, the Palace Ski School and natural ice rink with resident skating instructor. St. Moritz is a charming winter ski vacation destination, complete with gourmet restaurants and designer shops. The St. Moritz area offers numerous vacation activities for outdoor enthusiasts. In the summer, a shuttle transports guests to two nearby golf courses with spectacular mountain scenery.
There is also horseback riding, mountain climbing, tennis, biking, polo and sailing. The hotel's health club provides fitness classes and personal training. Summer activities in the area include opera performances, the St. Moritz Gold Cup golf tournament, the international windsurfing championships, and sailing regattas on the St. Moritz and Silvaplana lakes.
Since it opened its doors in 1896, the hotel has been a favorite with celebrities and royalty. The hotel has 201 individually decorated guestrooms and suites with beautiful views of the Swiss Alps, the village or the lake. The spa employs the Daniela Steiner Skin Care System products to provide a range of relaxing, therapeutic and rejuvenating treatments. The hotel has several restaurant and bars. Le Restaurant serves elegant breakfast and dinner, while Le Relais offers bistro-style French delicacies. Stop at the Acapulco Snack Bar for a juice and a light meal, or sip tea in the Palace lobby. The Renaissance Bar attracts guests for aperitifs and nightcaps with its warm fireplace. In the summer, you can dine outdoors at the Mexican Bar or at the Acapulco Terrace which serves grilled dishes and salads. King's Club Discotheque is open from mid-July to mid-August.
Room rates from Euro 139. The resort is open during the summer season from June 27 to September 22, and during the winter ski vacation season from December 4 to April 12. You can fly to Zurich Airport which is 2.5 hours by car from the hotel, Milan or Munich. If you do not wish to rent a car, Switzerland has an excellent railway system. Traveling by train will allow you to take in the beautiful scenery while somebody else does the driving. The hotel can make arrangements for transfers from the St Moritz Railway Station (+41-81-837-11-00).
2. Mandarin Oriental Hotel du Rhone, Geneva
© Mandarin Oriental Hotel du Rhone
Mandarin Oriental Hotel du Rhone, Geneva is a luxury romantic hotel located on the right bank of the River Rhone in the center of Geneva's business and historic districts. The hotel is a short walk from Geneva's historic old town and its theaters. The hotel has 192 guest rooms and suites, many with scenic views of the river. The elegantly furnished rooms feature art deco touches and Greek marble bathrooms. Chocolate lovers with delight in Creme de Gruyere chocolates served in the rooms on your luxury honeymoon.
Guests can work out at the fitness center, indulge in a massage, and relax in the sauna and steam bath. There are four restaurants and cafes at the hotel. Le Neptune and Le Cafe Rafael both offer outdoor seating on the terrace. Rates start at 320 Swiss Francs. VacationIdea.com Tip: Check for packages and deals to save on your trip. The "Luxury Breaks" package includes a daily dining credit of CHF 50 per day, or CHF 100 if you reserve a suite. It requires a 2-night stay. Rates start at CHF 660. The "Suite Temptations" includes: free 4th night,
breakfast, VIP amenity (+41-22-909-0000).
3. Switzerland Honeymoon: The Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel on Lake Geneva
© The Beau-Rivage Palace
The Beau-Rivage Palace is a historic spa vacation getaway on the shores of Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland. Surrounded by ten acres of parkland, the hotel enjoys scenic views of the lake and the French Alps. The building features belle epoque architecture, furnished with antiques and fine reproductions. The hotel has a European spa with eight treatment rooms, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center. For the ultimate indulgence on your spa vacation, book one of the two private spa suites.
In the summer, Lausanne offers biking, sailing, tennis, golf and water-skiing on the lake. In the winter, there are several ski resorts a short drive away. Guest rooms and suites are individually decorated in a classical style. Ask for a room with a view of the lake and a whirlpool on your spa vacation. Luxury hotel services include 24-hour room service, a 24-hour concierge and twice daily maid service. During the warm summer months, sit on the terrace and enjoy the view. The hotel is 35 minutes from Geneva International Airport by train or by car. If you are traveling from Paris, take a train which takes about 3 hours and 35 minutes. (+41-21-613-3333).
4. Luxury Spa Suites at Grand Resort Hof Ragaz
© Grand Resort Hof Ragaz
Grand Resort Hof Ragaz in Switzerland offers luxurious spa suites with in-suite saunas where you can detox and relax as much as you like in the privacy of your own suite. If you are planning a romantic getaway to Europe, treat yourself to couples massages at this unique spa. There are several different accommodations to choose from at Grand Resort. Ask about the Grand Hotel Quellenhof & Spa Suites when booking your stay.
The resort makes it easy to travel with the whole family. While you are relaxing at the spa, kids ages 3 and older can participate in the children's program which includes painting, baking and games for kids of different ages. Babysitting services are also available. The spa has a Swarowski steam bath, a relaxing indoor hot spring and a number of spa programs. Enroll in a weight loss program or improve your sports performance. The thermal spa waters are healing and rejuvenating, perfect for a relaxing European vacation.
There are a variety of dining options at the resort, ranging from refined dining to casual eateries. Choose from a total of 8 restaurants, some of which are perfect for couples while others are great for families. Äbtestube is a gourmet restaurant serving delicious cuisine with top wines. The restaurant specializes in Regio Nova cuisine with dishes such as bison from Canada. Restaurant Bel-Air serves amazing spa cuisine, including delicious Japanese dishes. There are two beautiful golf courses at the resort, including an 18-hole PGA Championship Course which has hosted the annual European Seniors Tour for more than ten years. After a round of golf, have lunch on the Golf Restaurant terrace enjoying the views. The 9-hole Executive Course with Golf Academy is a great place to learn how to play golf in a relaxed setting. The 9-hole course is a great place to polish your short game. (+41 (0)81 303 30 30).
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5. Hotel de Trois Couronnes on the Shores of Lake Geneva
© Hotel de Trois Couronnes
Hotel de Trois Couronnes is situated along the shores of Lake Geneva in the old town of Vevey, also referred to as the chocolate capital of Switzerland. Its strategic location offers quick access to Switzerland's top attractions such as a chocolate factory, Gruyere town, and Lavaux Vineyard Terraces.
The hotel has a total of 71 elegantly appointed guest rooms, including nine Junior Suites and 16 Suites. Ask for one of the 34 rooms and suites which are oriented southwards overlooking Lake Geneva and the Alps.
Restaurant Les Trois Couronnes has a terrace overlooking the lake and the Alps and offers Mediterranean and fine local cuisine.
Spa Lounge serves light, healthy meals. The Veranda Bar entertains guests with live music, cocktails and light snacks with views of the lake and the Alps. The Puressens Spa is the hotel's wellness, health and balance center that embraces a zen environment. The facility houses the Joelle Ciocco Epidermiologic care center. Swim in the 24-meter heated indoor swimming pool with underwater music, relax in the sauna and whirlpool. There are 9 treatment rooms where you can get a variety of massages, body wraps and more. The spa offers fitness courses, including Pilates and body sculpting.
A 9- and an 18-hole golf course are just three kilometers from the hotel.
The hotel is home to the Montreux Jazz Festival and families can witness its festivities when booking in July. For sports lovers, a tennis court is just a five-minute walk away. Water sports can be organized upon request. The hotel offers sight-seeing tours for families.
The hotel has a wedding organizer that assists couples with their wedding plans.
(+41 21 923 32 00).
6. Switzerland Honeymoon: Riffelalp Resort
© Riffelalp Resort
Riffelalp Resort is a secluded mountain hotel near the ski town of Zermatt. The hotel is surrounded by hills, dense forests, and snow or green fields, depending on the season. The resort is set in one of the most scenic spots in Europe. Guests enjoy direct views of the Matterhorn from the rooms and suites. Those who love nature, solitude and skiing will fall in love with this resort instantly. The ski hotel has a private tram and ski-in/ski-out access to the slopes of Zermatt.
There are 65 rooms, 5 suites and 2 apartments at the resort. Each room has been individually decorates with warm fabrics and woodwork. Inside, you will find plush sofas, whirlpool tubs and Wireless broadband Internet. Ask for a room with a balcony to enjoy the best mountain views on your ski vacation. The resort has some of the finest restaurants in Zermatt. You can head to Al Bosco's sun terrace during the day to have lunch with a view of the mountains..
"Alexandre" and "Walliser-Keller" are open for dinner. Walliser-Keller serves local delicacies like Raclette, meat dishes over hot stones and Fondue. The resort has several bars and lounges, including the Mark Twain Lounge, piano bar in the lobby and the Vinothek which offers wine tasting. Savor wines from Valais on Mondays, from Italy on Wednesdays, and from other parts of the world on Fridays.
The spa at the Riffelalp Resort is pure bliss. There is an indoor pool with a whirlpool, and a choice of saunas. The outdoor pool is among the highest in Europe. The rate includes: half-board in the resort restaurants and Dine-Around at the Seiler Hotels in Zermatt, train to Zermatt and free night train from the village to the Resort (+41 27 966 05 55).
7. Switzerland Honeymoon: Lausanne Palace
© Lausanne Palace
Lausanne Palace and Spa is a luxury property located on one of Europe's most famous lakes: Lake Geneva. The hotel is close to the best attractions in Lausanne: Palais de Beaulieu, International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Museum.
This luxury 5-star property is just 500 meters from Lausanne Cathedral and the Historical Museum. This is a fine getaway for everybody who wants to spend a few days in luxury with stunning views of the Alps, forests and the lake all around them.
There are 31 suites and 116 bedrooms. Ask for a room or a suite overlooking the lake for the most dramatic views. Each room has been individually decorated in classical style. Luxuries like marble fireplaces and spacious layouts make this property a great place to stay. Specialty suites include: the Coco Chanel, Samaranch, Contemporary, Presidential, Corner, Deluxe and the Classic Suite.
Choose from four distinct restaurants. Table d'Edgard is sober and chic with its fabrics, wood and leather decor. The Brasserie serves traditional Parisian delicacies. You will get sauerkraut, beef entrecote, onion soup, pot-au-feu and more. Cote Jardin has tables on a terrace with stunning views of the Alps and the water. It serves Mediterranean cuisine with flavors from Greece, Spain and Morocco. Palace Sushi Zen serves traditional Japanese food. The Cellier is a vintage treasure. Swiss wine from Geneva, Valais and Lavaux is carefully preserved here for the true connoisseur. There are treasures from Lavaux and Burgundy as well. The cellar stocks wine from Chile, California, South Africa and New Zealand.
The spa offers a range of wellness services including the CBE Concept Spa which is acclaimed throughout the country and beyond. Each wellness program can be tailored to the individual requirements of a guest. There are a Hair Spa massages and the Yogi Booster for balancing, energizing and nutrition. The Banquet room is a popular destination for weddings and receptions. Choose from several marriage packages.
(+41 21 331 31 31).
8. Switzerland Honeymoon: The Chedi Andermatt
© The Chedi Andermatt
Located in the charming village of Andermatt in the Urseren Valley in the Swiss Alps at 4,747 feet (1,447 m) above sea level, The Chedi is a magnificent five-star luxury resort that offers 123 opulent, modern rooms and suites. The hotel has an unusual blend of Asian and Alpine décor, with a mix of leather and stone in its rooms and spacious yet cozy common spaces where large fireplaces invite guests to relax after a day on the slopes. It has four gourmet restaurants, bars, a health club, and a full-service spa. There is an outdoor swimming pool for the warmer months. The Nätschen ski lift is just next door, as is the Andermatt train station, ready to take the resort’s distinguished guests to the surrounding ski slopes and villages.
Gotthardstrasse 4, 6490 Andermatt, Switzerland, Phone: +41 41 888 74 88,
9. Switzerland Honeymoon: Mont Cervin Palace
© Mont Cervin Palace
The newly-renovated 5-star Mont Cervin Palace hotel is located at the foot of the Matterhorn in the heart of the pedestrian-only village of Zermatt in Switzerland. Winter in Zermatt is a dream come true for those who love skiing, snowboarding, skating, sledding and other snow sports.
For a better well-being and long lasting relaxation, treat and soothe your mind, body and soul at MCP Spa. The Swiss spa offers massages, facial, body, hand and foot treatments using high quality products.
MCP Spa in Switzerland has an outdoor pool open year-round, an indoor pool and two whirlpools with views of the Zermatt Mountains. Relax in the Finnish sauna, steam baths, and relaxation rooms with heated loungers. Work out in the fitness room to get in shape for the ski season.
The hotel has three room categories to choose from: Alpine, Chalet and Chalet Family. The rooms and suites facing North offer views of the snow-capped mountains while the units facing South provides panoramas of the Matterhorn.
Le Restaurant has a cozy atmosphere that serves charcoal-grilled market-fresh meat and fish accompanied with a very impressive wine list. Gourmet dining of Mediterranean cuisine is prepared at the Ristorante Capri with views of the Matterhorn.
Bar Le Petit Cervin opens only during winter and serves up to 30 guests offering some of the best wines in the region. The Rendez-vous serves tasty cocktails, wine, beer and selected dishes amidst soft piano tunes, dance music and acoustic sounds. For cigar enthusiasts, Davidoff Lounge is the ideal place, serving a vast choice of Cuban and Dominican cigars beside an open crackling fireplace.
Winter activities include skiing in Zermatt, ice climbing and paragliding. In the summer, hike on 400 kilometers of marked hiking trails in the Swiss mountains.
Families receive a 20% discount on the regular room rate including breakfast for children under 16 who are staying in their own room. Child care services are free and children 2 to 8 years old are treated with fun activities at the Nico's Kids Club. Guided walking tours are offered in Zermatt during the summer while a range of snow activities are offered during the winter season.
Plan your wedding and other special events at the hotel which offers a tailored package for every occasion. You can select from a variety of reception rooms accommodating between 15 and 350 people. (+41 27 966 88 88).
10. Switzerland Honeymoon: Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
© Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace is a spa and culinary getaway on the shores of Lake Geneva. Built in 1096, the hotel offers personalized service and sweeping views of the Swiss Alps. The property is an hour's drive from the Geneva Cointrin International Airport. There are 236 rooms, including 185 guestrooms and 51 suites furnished with five star amenities. Ask for a room with a veranda overlooking the water. La Terrasse du Petit Palais has views of the lake and the Alps. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner of salads from the resort's organic garden, as well as fresh meat and grilled fish. Enjoy refreshments and ice cream during afternoons. La Palmeraie overlooks the mountains and the lake and serves light snacks, coffee, tea and fruit juices. Swiss specialties and international cuisine is offered at the hotel's gourmet brasserie, La Brasserie du Palace.
For a late Continental breakfast, aperitifs, home-made dessert buffets and afternoon tea, the Lobby Lounge Bar is a great choice. The elegant Harry's New York Bar serves a wide choice of cocktails and an a la carte menu of cuisines from around the world, while live music entertains diners.
The 10-treatment room Willow Stream Spa has a whirlpool, hammam and sauna. The indoor pool is great for exercising and relaxing before your treatment.
Golf de Lavaux is an 18-hole, par-72, 6,678-yard golf course, carved from 153 acres of erstwhile farmlands in Puidox-Chexbres.
With its strategic location in the heart of downtown Montreux, families can enjoy a day of sightseeing trips in the charming city. Attend the famous Montreux Jazz Festival and the celebrated Christmas Market or simply relax in the hotel's outdoor swimming pool.
The Belle-Epoque Ballrooms and the modern Coupole function room can accommodate 12 to 1,200 guests.
11. Le Crans Hotel and Spa in the Swiss Alps
© Le Crans Hotel
Le Crans Hotel and Spa is a chalet-style getaway in the Swiss Alps. The boutique hotel has just 15 suites and apartments, providing its guests with the ultimate in luxury and privacy. Relax next to the indoor or outdoor pool, get massages at the spa and enjoy breathtaking views of Mont Blanc.
15 suites and apartments have private terraces overlooking snow-capped Valais peaks and thick forests. Each bedroom presents a different interpretation of a mountain theme.
Rotunda restaurant offers mixed grill or brasserie dishes on the terrace looking out on the Alps. LaTable d'Hotes and LeCellier are two dining venues that allow guests to experience dining at the heart of the hotel's kitchen, served in person by the chefs. Taste a selection of the finest local and imported vintage wines. Choose from among 48 of the best red and white wines from Switzerland and from around the world at LaVinotheque. LeCigareLounge is a private club which offers a selection of cigars and drinks in a cozy ambience.
LeSpa is inspired by the surrounding mountains and the the elements of wood, stone, fire and water. A mix of Western and Eastern treatments, hammam, massages, a hot tub and auna pamper both the body and mind. Guests receive a complimentary green fee pass for play on the 18-hole, par-72 Severiano Ballesteros Golf Course in Crans Montana. Ask about the free ski pass during certain winter months (+41 (0)27 486 60 60).
12. Le Mirador Kempinski on Lake Geneva
© Le Mirador Kempinski on Lake Geneva
Le Mirador Kempinski Lake Geneva is a luxury lakeside retreat which offers vacationers spectacular views of the Alps and Switzerland's only Givenchy Spa. The hotel is located in the heart of the rural region of Lavaux, between Lausanne and Montreu, surrounded by lush vineyards of Chardonne and views of Lake Geneva. The Lavaux region and Montreux Riviera offers cultural festivals throughout the year. Ask for a room with a balcony overlooking Lake Geneva. The hotel has a mix of 67 modern and classical guest rooms and suites with natural lighting and earth-colored decor.
Begin each day with a hearty breakfast buffet at the Horizon Restaurant with views of the Alps and the lake. Le Patio offers casual Mediterranean buffet meals. Au Chalet serves rich and authentic Swiss cuisine. Delight in the artistic culinary offerings of catch-of-the-day fish from the lake and seasonal dishes at Le Trianon.
The red-carpeted Piano Bar entertains you with its lively music and a choice drinks from its vast collection of superior champagnes and vintage whiskeys.
The naturally-lit spacious spa offers head-to-toe cleansing beauty rituals and treatments devoted to purification, rejuvenation and complete well-being. Le Mirador Medical Center provides customized healing and preventive medical programs to restore your inner balance. The fitness gym and exercise room offer state-of-the-art equipment and exercise classes like yoga, aerobics and Pilates.
Golf enthusiasts can book tee times at the 18-hole Golf de Lavaux championship golf course just minutes away from the hotel. The scenic course is located above the hills of Lake Geneva and has a six-hole practice course with scenic views of the vineyards.
The hotel has a gym, indoor and outdoor pool and three tennis courts. The hotel can arrange Nordic walking accompanied by trained guides. Private helicopter charter is available to explore the Alpine peaks and Lake Geneva.
Get married with spectacular lake views while the hotel wedding planners take care of the details, including horse-drawn carriage rides, flowers and wedding photography. The hotel offers five spacious venues which can accommodate weddings of up to 300 guests. (+41 219 251 111).
13. Switzerland Honeymoon: The Dolder Grand
© The Dolder Grand
If you are looking for a classical European spa vacation experience, visit The Dolder Grand in Switzerland. The luxury five-star resort was originally built in 1899 and features the spa concept by Sylvia Sepielli. The building exterior looks like a picture-perfect castle you would find in a Disney movie, complete with white walls, wooden details and high towers.
The hotel has 173 luxury rooms and suites in the main building and two wings. Traditional accommodations are located in the main building, while the wings house more modern-style decor.
The hotel spa a swimming pool with scenic views, fitness and movement studios. Soothing modern decor creates a relaxing space for the body and mind. The extensive spa menu includes several world-famous product lines such as La Prairie, Amala and Kerstin Florian. Unique therapies include the "Meditation Walk" under a mirrored cupola.
14. Switzerland Honeymoon: Whitepod
Whitepod is a unique mountain getaway offering 15 large cozy tents with awesome views of Lake Geneva. Each tent features a large bed, soft carpet and is decorated with unique objects from the region. Scandinavian designed bathrooms and wood burning stoves complete the experience. At the center of the tents is a wooden chalet with a central fireplace.
15. Things to Do in Switzerland: Muzeum Susch
© Muzeum Susch
Muzeum Susch is one of Switzerland's most special hidden gems and is certainly worth a visit for anyone interested in history, natural beauty, contemporary art, and the exploration of the relationship between artworks and the spaces in which they are housed.
Muzeum Susch can be found among the ruins and remains of an old vicarage and hospice, with some of the surrounding structures having history dating all the way back to 1157. A team of architects worked to expand and restore these structures in order to forge the foundations of the Muzeum Susch, making minimal changes in order to preserve the integrity and identity of each site and even leaving areas of natural mountain rock exposed both on the exterior of the museum and inside it. This helps to create a very special experience for every visitor of Muzeum Susch as they feel centuries of history all around them while admiring contemporary works of art from leading and emerging European creators.
Sur Punt 78, 7542 Zemez, Switzerland, Phone: +41 (0)81 861 03 03
16. Park Gstaad
© Park Gstaad
Park Gstaad, which was originally opened in 1910, offers timeless Swiss ambiance and architecture that incorporates the surrounding scenery of the Swiss Alps into its design. Mountain and forest views are offered from modern rooms and suites featuring black granite bathrooms, in-room safes, and complimentary minibars. Four restaurants serve contemporary local and international fare, including the upscale Avenue Montagne, the garden terrace Chalet Waldhuus, and Caveau, which focuses on food and wine pairings. A cigar lounge and club bar also offer extensive cocktail menus in relaxing atmospheres. A spa features onsite hairdressers and hydrotherapy and Turkish baths, and a fitness center showcases a PGA Tour simulator golf range.
Wispilenstrasse 29, 3780 Gstaad, Switzerland, Phone: +41-3-37-48-98-00
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17. Carlton Hotel St. Moritz
© Carlton Hotel St. Moritz
Carlton Hotel St. Moritz takes luxury accommodations to the next level, offering complimentary butler service, 24-hour limousine service, and daily food and beverage credits to all guests. It was constructed in 1913 and overlooks Lake St. Moritz and the majestic Swiss Alps, providing convenient access to natural attractions such as Via Alpina’s hiking trails and Piz Nair mountain. Spacious and elegant junior and full suites offer panoramic views and amenities such as flat screen televisions, separate sitting and kitchen areas, and free wireless internet. The Da Vittorio-St.Moritz restaurant offers gourmet meals by Michelin-star-awarded chefs Enrico and Robert Cerea, and a lounge and bar offers fireplace and terrace seating. Other amenities include a three-level spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and access to top area skiing schools and excursions.
Via Johannes Badrutt 11, 7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland, Phone: +41-8-18-36-70-00
18. Boutique Hotel Matthiol
© Boutique Hotel Matthiol
Boutique Hotel Matthiol is a classic mountain chalet and ski lodge located in Zermatt’s Winkelmatten district, offering exceptional views from the base of the iconic Matterhorn mountain. 23 recently-renovated standard, double, deluxe, and spa suite rooms are decorated in rustic stylings emphasizing wood and stone elements, offering amenities such as balconies with mountain views. Guest facilities at the lodge include a full-service upscale restaurant serving traditional recipes crafted with locally-sourced ingredients and a large list of fine wines. For a unique romantic dining experience under the stars, guests may reserve the heated outdoor Fondue Igloo. Breakfast is served daily, and afternoon tea service is available, featuring pastries and 17 different types of tea. Other amenities include a full ski school, a spa with sauna and whirlpool, and a fitness center.
H2130, Moosstrasse 40, 3920 Zermatt, Phone: +41-2-79-68-17-17
19. Boutique-Hotel Schlussel
© Boutique-Hotel Schlussel
Boutique-Hotel Schlüssel was central Switzerland’s first boutique hotel, serving guests since 1820. The hotel offers 12 individually-decorated rooms showcasing views of Lake Lucerne and the Alpine mountain range, offering amenities such as wooden floors, freestanding bathtubs, stylish sinks and showers, and a selection of DVD films. A hotel restaurant offers a daily menu featuring seasonal dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients along with a variety of local wines and spirits. On Wednesdays, a special romantic getaway reservation package is available, which includes a complimentary bottle of wine and rose petals spread across guest suites’ beds and bathtubs. A variety of cultural events are hosted at the hotel throughout the year, including musical performances and culinary events, and private wedding rental packages are available at any time.
Oberdorfstrasse 26, 6375 Beckenried/Lucerne, Switzerland, Phone: +41-4-16-22-03-33
20. Caffe dell'Arte Boutique Rooms
© Caffe dell'Arte Boutique Rooms
Caffè dell'Arte Boutique Rooms offer a unique taste of Mediterranean flair and hospitality, located in the historic district of Locarno within Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Canton Ticino region. The nine-room bed and breakfast is within walking distance of the Piazza Grande di Locarno, which is host to a number of high-profile local and international events throughout the year. The historic 15th-century facility offers individually-decorated rooms with amenities such as private bathrooms, minibars, flat screen televisions, and free wireless internet. Some rooms also offer balcony access. Breakfast is served daily for all guests, crafted from locally-sourced ingredients, and hot chocolate, tea, and coffee are available throughout the day. Other guest amenities include a large enclosed visitor courtyard area and an upper-floor art gallery operated by the Art Gallery Patrizio Patelli Foundation, which uses its sales proceeds to support local social outreach programming.
Via Cittadella 9, 6600 Locarno, Switzerland, Phone: +41-9-17-51-93-33
21. Carlton Lausanne Boutique Hotel
© Carlton Lausanne Boutique Hotel
Carlton Lausanne Boutique Hôtel is perfect for couples looking for an indulgent getaway in the heart of Lausanne’s cultural attractions, located minutes from the Musée de l'Élysée, Lake Geneva, and the city’s Olympic Museums. The hotel has operated since 1906 and has been the preferred hotel of celebrities such as Serge Gainsbourg and Nina Hagen, offering all the luxury amenities visitors have come to expect from the Carlton brand in the intimate environment of a boutique hotel. 47 sophisticated guest rooms and suites offer signature Elite bedding, marble bathrooms, furnished balconies, and amenities such as minibars and flat screen televisions. The hotel’s L’Ardoise brasserie serves gourmet French fare, while a bar and lounge stocks fine wines.
Avenue de Cour 4, 1007 Lausanne, Switzerland, Phone: +41-2-16-13-07-07
22. CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort
© CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort
CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort offers seven spacious alpine chalets overlooking the Matterhorn mountain, accessible via Zermatt’s Sunnegga Cable Car. The resort is the perfect choice for visitors looking to hit the slopes during their Switzerland stay, providing direct access to a number of area ski slopes, and is conveniently located less than 10 minutes from the Zermatt train station. Many of the resort’s spacious chalets offers deluxe amenities such as wellness areas with saunas and steam baths, complimentary minibars, and private balconies. Free breakfast is included with each night’s stay, and local dishes are served at the CERVO Puro and Ferdinand restaurants, including vegetarian options.
Riedweg 156, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland, Phone: +41-2-79-68-12-12
23. The Alpina Gstaad
© The Alpina Gstaad
The Alpina Gstaad is a five-star hotel within the Bernese Alps that offers unique amenities such as a private movie theater and a modern art collection. The hotel was opened in 2012 and features chalet-style Swiss Alpine architecture emphasizing sandstone, marble, and aged wood elements. Designer rooms and suites contain private balconies, carved wood ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and private libraries, lounges, and fireplaces. For larger group getaways, a three-bedroom split level suite features its own gym, spa, and kitchen areas. Three fine-dining restaurants are offered on site, including the Japanese-style Megu, the upscale Sommet Restaurant, and the local-fare Swiss Stübli. Other guest facilities include a Havana-themed cigar lounge, a wine cellar, and the Six Senses Spa.
Alpinastrasse 23, 3780 Gstaad, Switzerland, Phone: +41-3-38-88-98-88
24. Hotel d'Angleterre Geneva
© Hotel d'Angleterre Geneva
Hotel d'Angleterre Geneva is the city’s only five-star boutique hotel, offering distinct British character with everything visitors expect from Swiss hospitality. The hotel overlooks Lake Leman’s Jet d’Eau and is less than a four-minute walk from the beach, also offering convenient access to nearby attractions such as the United Nations Headquarters, St. Pierre Cathedral, and the Rue de Rhone. Elegant rooms and suites are decorated with refined furnishings and provide lake views from private balconies. The Windows Restaurant serves Swiss and international fare, while the Leopard Room Bar serves custom cocktails and hosts live music six nights a week. Other amenities include an onsite fitness center with private yoga sessions, 24-hour room service, and an upscale cigar lounge and wine cellar.
Quai du Mont-Blanc 17, 1201 Genève, Switzerland, Phone: +41-2-29-06-55-55
25. Travel Tip: Ochs Und Junior - Unique Customized Swiss Watches
© Ochs Und Junior
Ochs Und Junior was established in 2006 and is based out of the beautiful city of Lucerne, Switzerland. Ochs Und Junior is one of the best rated and most beloved brands of custom Swiss-made watches. With this company, you are the boss, able to craft and create a design that works for you, choosing from a range of models and then being able to use the Ochs Und Junior 'Customizer' to fully personalize every aspect of your device from the color and style of the dial to the design of the markers, hands, dots, discs, and any other little features as well. You can also fully customize your strap, choosing from a range of quality leather, suede, rubber, and textile options in a myriad of colors.
The custom Swiss watches of this company are designed with simplicity in mind, offering beautiful, bold designs with understated aesthetic appeal and simple functionality, telling the time and date, with some models also featuring more detailed calendar and time zone functionality. The fact that only approximately 130 watches are made and sold from Ochs Und Junior on an annual basis goes a long way to showing just how committed this Swiss watch company is to the quality of its products and the satisfaction of its customers. Phone: +41 41 266 02 12, ochsundjunior.swiss
What are the 25 Perfect Switzerland Vacation Ideas?
The 25 Perfect Switzerland Vacation Ideas according to local experts are:
Hotel des Trois Couronnes
Hôtel des Trois Couronnes has hosted luminaries such as England’s Princess Marie-Louise, composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and silent film star Charlie Chaplin throughout its two centuries of operation, making it a top choice for couples looking for a world-class Switzerland travel experience. The opulent palace-style hotel is located within the heart of Vevey, just over a 10-minute walk from the shores of Lake Geneva, and offers easy access to the nearby Gruyère and Lavaux vineyard region. 71 spacious, individually-decorated rooms are available, including executive and junior suites that feature separate living and dressing room areas. The hotel’s Michelin one-star restaurant offers seating on a grand panorama terrace and serves French and Mediterranean cuisine, while its Puressens Spa features a Turkish bath, a swimming pool playing underwater music, and a Baroque-style fitness center. For visitors seeking cultural experiences, the hotel is conveniently located near the venues for events such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Musical September, and the annual Images Festival.
Rue d'Italie 49, 1800 Vevey, Switzerland, Phone: +41-2-19-23-32-00
Hotel Firefly combines all the luxuries of a four-star resort with the intimate charm and attention to detail of a family-owned hotel. The hotel is located at the foot of Matterhorn mountain, within walking distance of the Klein Matterhorn cable car system, the Matterhorn Museum, and the Zermatt train station. Chic suites sleep two to 12 guests and are designed around the concept of the four elements, featuring private balconies, sitting areas, and fireplaces. Complimentary a la carte breakfast is included with each night’s stay, and a hip restaurant and bar features a wine cellar. In addition to standard amenities such as indoor and outdoor pools and a fitness center, the hotel also offers a climbing wall for guest use.
Schluhmattstrasse 55, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland, Phone: +41-2-79-67-76-76
Switzerland Vacation Ideas: Hotel Giardino Lago
Hotel Giardino Lago is perfect for couples looking for a laid-back escape from Switzerland’s tourist sites, located in Minusio within the Locarno district, along the banks of Lake Maggiore. The hotel emphasizes sustainable tourism practices and a high quality of living in an intimate boutique environment. 14 uniquely-designed rooms blend modern and traditional styling, highlighting Designers Guild fabrics, oak parquet floors, and glass design elements. Modern fusion cuisine with Mediterranean flavors is served at the Ristorante Lago’s lakeside terrace, while a rooftop lounge offers opportunities for sunbathing. Complimentary guest amenities include bicycle and deckchair rentals for the duration of visitor stay.
Via alla Riva 83a, 6648 Minusio, Switzerland, Phone: +41-9-17-86-95-95
Hotel Suvretta House St. Moritz
Hotel Suvretta House St. Moritz prioritizes classic Swiss hospitality, offering a five-star experience in a luxurious facility within the Suvretta nature preserve. For couples looking to experience the outdoor splendor of the Swiss Alps, the hotel offers convenient access to the Suvretta-Corviglia winter sports region, the Via Alpina hiking trails, and Piz Nair mountain. Elegant rooms and suites create a refined ambiance and emphasize natural light elements, featuring amenities such as parquet floors, marble bath detailing, and private living room areas. Its Grand Restaurant is located within an oak-panel dining hall and serves gourmet Swiss specialties, while a Club Bar and library lounge provide sophisticated opportunities for relaxation after a long day on the hiking trails or the slopes. A children’s restaurant, indoor and outdoor play areas, and babysitting services are also offered for couples traveling with families in tow.
Via Chasellas 1, 7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland, Phone: +41-8-18-36-36-36
Hotel The Omnia
Hotel The Omnia is located less than a 10-minute walk away from top Matterhorn region attractions such as Matterhorn Ski Paradise and the Gornergrat Alpine railway. The contemporary hotel is elevated above the Zermatt skyline and adapts the concept of an American mountain lodge with European flair, featuring stylish design by New York architect Ali Tayar. 30 guest rooms are available, including 12 suites with bay windows and unique amenities such as personal-use telescopes. A contemporary restaurant serves international dishes and offers indoor and outdoor terrace seating, while a hip club presents regular live music. Complimentary breakfast is included with each night’s stay, and a private shuttle service transports guests to and from the nearby Zermatt train station.
Auf dem Fels, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland, Phone: +41-2-79-66-71-71
Lausanne Palace & Spa
Lausanne Palace and Spa was constructed in 1915 and has become an integral part of Lausanne’s cultural heritage over the past century. The elegant five-star hotel is located within the heart of the city’s business district, less than a 10-minute walk from top attractions such as the 12th-century Lausanne Cathedral. Upscale rooms and suites showcase splendid views of Lake Geneva and the Old Town, featuring amenities such as marble bathrooms, private balconies, and complimentary minibars. Four restaurants are offered on site, including the Michelin one-star La Table d’Edgard and the Japanese-style Palace Sushi Jen. Relaxation options include the Aveda Beauty Center, which features a Pilates center and a luxe spa, and three hotel bars.
Rue du Grand-Chêne 7, 1003 Lausanne, Switzerland, Phone: +41-2-13-31-31-31
Resorts in Switzerland: Le Mirador Resort & Spa
Le Mirador Resort and Spa offers a five-star resort experience within the beautiful Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The intimate boutique spa resort is a tranquil oasis atop Mont-Pèlerin, offering 63 antique-furnished rooms and suites with panoramic views of the nearby Rhone Valley and luxury amenities such as interactive entertainment systems, remote lighting controls, and multilingual plasma televisions. Both the Japanese-style Hinata restaurant and the locally-sourced Le Patio offer terraces overlooking Lake Geneva. Shuttle, limousine, and helipad service are offered for visitors looking to travel in exclusive style. Other amenities include a piano bar, a fully-equipped medical center, and a Givenchy Spa.
Chemin de l'Hôtel Mirador 5, 1801 Chardonne, Switzerland, Phone: +41-2-19-25-11-11
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Switzerland Vacation Ideas: PLATZHIRSCH Boutique Hotel & Bar
PLATZHIRSCH Boutique Hotel and Bar offers a chic, trendy adults-only boutique hotel experience in Zurich’s Niederdorf old town quarter, within walking distance of attractions such as Bahnhofstrasse street and the Swiss National Museum. 24 understated modern rooms and suites within a renovated historic building overlook the Hirschenplatz and feature upgrade amenities such as private balconies, Nespresso machines, and iPad use. Complimentary breakfast is available with each night’s stay within the hotel’s trendy first-floor bar, which offers seasonal outdoor boulevard cafe seating. Live music, private art exhibitions, and wine tastings are also showcased periodically at the bar, which also serves cocktails and coffee specialties.
Spitalgasse 3, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland, Phone: +41-4-42-50-70-80
Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof Grindelwald
Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof Grindelwald takes luxury to the next level in an all-suite resort complex near the Grindelwald train station. The hotel has been in operation since 1892 and is privately managed today as part of the Romantik franchise. Chic suites and chalets connected by an underground tunnel system showcase panoramic views of nearby Eiger mountain and offer amenities such as flat screen televisions, sitting rooms, and fireplaces. For couples traveling with families in tow, family suites provide separate children’s rooms. A breakfast buffet is offered with each night’s stay, and gourmet meals are served nightly at the international-style Schmitte and Alpterassen restaurants and the local-fare Gast-Stübli. Vegan and kosher meals may be crafted upon request, and prayer rugs are available for in-room use.
Swiss Alp Resort 1, 3818 Grindelwald, Switzerland, Phone: +41-3-38-54-58-58
Small Luxury Hotel Ambassador a l'Opera Zurich
Small Luxury Hotel Ambassador a l'Opera Zurich is housed within the historic former Uto Castle, a neo-Baroque building which was constructed in 1898. It is located across from the famed Zürich Opera House within the city’s downtown district, less than 10 minutes from the Bahnhofstrasse shopping district. 45 sophisticated rooms and suites feature electronically-adjustable beds, Nespresso coffee makers, and upgrades such as private living room areas. The hotel is noted for its unique rooftop terrace, which provides spectacular views of Lake Zurich and the surrounding Alps. The award-winning Restaurant Opera serves sustainable seafood dishes, while the hotel’s intimate bar provides after-theater cocktails.
Falkenstrasse 6, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland, Phone: +41-4-42-58-98-98
SThe Chedi Andermatt
The Chedi Andermatt blends classic Swiss ambiance with Asian-themed elements, located within Andermatt’s Alpine region near the Gemsstockbahn cable car station and the Nätschen ski lift. Wood, stone, and leather design elements accent luxury rooms and suites, which feature built-in fireplaces, private seating areas, whirlpool tubs, and mountain views from select rooms. The hotel’s restaurants serve European and Japanese fare, while a wine and cigar library provides opportunities for evening relaxation. Ski equipment rental and storage is available, along with standard and electronic bicycle rental and an exclusive sport butler service providing customized access to the region’s top summer and winter sports.
Gotthardstrasse 4, 6490 Andermatt, Switzerland, Phone: +41-4-18-88-74-88
Switzerland Hotels: The River House Boutique Hotel
The River House Boutique Hotel is one of Andermatt’s top boutique hotels and has been ranked among the best hotels in the country, located near the Gemsstock and Piz Badus mountains. The rustic-chic resort features eight uniquely-decorated rooms with exposed wood beam design elements and amenities such as Nespresso machines, iPod docks, and free wireless internet, though visitors should note that televisions are not provided within rooms. Free continental breakfast is served with each night’s stay, and a gourmet restaurant serves after-ski fare. The hotel’s Andermatt Whisky Club also hosts exclusive whiskey tasting events, live music performances, and other cultural events.
Gotthardstrasse 58, 6490 Andermatt, Switzerland, Phone: +41-4-18-87-00-25
Switzerland Vacation Ideas: Widder Hotel
Widder Hotel is located within the heart of Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse shopping street, spread across nine adjacent historic buildings. A wide variety of noted art and furniture by internationally-recognized artists is showcased throughout the hotel complex, including pieces by luminaries such as Andy Warhol, Le Corbusier, and Frank Lloyd Wright. All rooms are individually decorated and feature modern design and amenities such as complimentary minibars and complete B&O entertainment systems. Upgraded suites offer luxuries such as freestanding bathtubs, fireplaces, and private rooftop terraces. The GaultMillau-noted Widder Restaurant serves Swiss and international fare, and the Zur Schtund restaurant offers seasonal terrace seating. Other amenities include a library, a fitness center, and the Widder Bar, which hosts live jazz performances.
Rennweg 7, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland, Phone: +41-4-42-24-25-26
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Switzerland Vacation Planning Tips
Practical Travel Tips for the Trip
Switzerland is very efficient and traveling here is as easy as it gets. If you need additional information, Switzerland Tourism offers great maps, tips, apps for your phone and other travel tools.
- Getting There: Fly to Zurich or take a train from other parts of Europe. There are many flights from major U.S. and international cities. From Zurich, take the train to your destination.
- Do I Need a Visa to Enter?: Switzerland is a part of the Schengen Area which means that a US citizen or Green Card holder can travel there for up to 90 days.
- When to Go: Go in the summer (June to September) to enjoy an array of outdoor activities, and in the winter (mid-December to mid-April) for skiing and snowboarding. Some of the best deals can be found in April, May and October. When you decide to travel to Switzerland will ultimately depend on your activities. July and Auguest are the peak season and accommodations are the most expensive. The airfare from the U.S. to Europe is the most costly then as well.
- The Weather: The weather can be unpredictable, especially in the mountains, so it's a good idea to be well prepared when planning outdoor adventures. In the summer, temperatures range from 60 F to 86 F (15 C to 30 C), in the winter from 25 F to 45 F(-2 C to 7 C). Rain can come out of nowhere in the mountains.
- What to Bring: Summer hiking gear should include comfortable clothing and shoes, sunscreen and a reusable water bottle. You can rent high quality skis, ski boots and snowboards at most mountain resorts.
- Airport information: Zurich airport is very efficient, so you should have no problems arriving and departing. Keep in mind that you will have to go through immigration if flying from a U.S. airport.
If you plan to travel by train, remember to purchase a rail pass before you go. Public transportation is a very good alternative to renting a car.
How Much Will This Trip Cost?
Although Switzerland is often thought of as a luxury destination, you can find great options for a range of budgets.
A Few Basic Travel Expenses to Consider
Here are some common travel expenses to help you estimate the cost of the vacation.
- Hotel Prices: Expect to pay over 100 Euros for a hotel room in a major city, and from 30 Euros for a dorm room at a hostel.
- Airfare: During the high season, flights from New York City, Boston and Chicago can cost over $1,000 USD per person, but during the shoulder season you can find tickets for $600 USD. Flights from West Coast cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco to Zurich or Geneva cost over $1,200 USD.
- Daily Expenses: Expect to spend at least $50 - $100 USD per day on food. If you plan to eat at hotel and resort restaurants, look for meal plans that include lunch and dinner. Look for specials like kids eat free.
- Extra Activity Expenses: Ski lift ticket prices can add up, so look for 3-, 5- and 7-day passes to help you save on vacation. Museums cost about 10 Euros and tours about 50 Euros.
Once you add up airfare, hotel room costs, food and activities, a vacation in Switzerland won't be cheap, but this incredible country is a must-see destination.
From incredible mountain scenery to museums and spas, there are many things to see and do. Why visit Switzerland? This unique European country has an array of activities that will make you want to return year after year. Here are some must-see attraction:
- Zurich: The Swiss National Museum in Zurich features stunning chateau architecture and houses art from ancient through modern times.
- Interlaken: Go on a scenic hike to Giessbach Waterfalls or take the funicular.
- Basel: Swim in the Rhine River in the summer and take a romantic walk over its bridges.
- Bern: The Einstein House is where the famous physicist lived and worked.
Deals & Packages
Most hotels and resorts offer specials at different times of the year. If your travel plans are flexible, avoid traveling during Christmas, New Year's and other major holidays and look for shoulder season specials.
Save Money by Checking for Deals
Below is a sample of deals and packages to look for in Swiss cities and resort destinations.
- Family Packages: Families can save with package that include access to a kid's club, meal plans and two-for-one room deals.
- Save on Rooms: There are two way to save on rooms: look for last minute specials or book well in advance. If you choose the second option, the advance purchase rooms are often non-refundable so be sure to purchase good travel insurance in case you have to cancel or postpone your trip.
- Air Travel Deals: Look for off season airfare deals in October, early November, early December, January and April.
The best way to get a deal in Switzerland is to find flexible with your travel plans.