At the Bürgenstock Resort, bigger certainly is better

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At the Bürgenstock Resort, bigger certainly is better


By Bryan Dearsley

When it comes to luxury resorts and hotels, Switzerland is definitly a world leader. Boasting one of the highest densities of luxurious accomodations anywhere on the planet, this small but dynamic alpine country attracts countless visitors, all of them drawn here for its superlative hospitality, its stunning scenery, and its endless opportunities for adventure.

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Classic chic: Bürgenstock’s Palace Hotel

With so many great things going for it, it’s perhaps little wonder that this beautiful country should have been chosen as the location for one of the world’s most impressive new luxury vacation destinations: the Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne. Encompassing some 148 acres of real estate atop a mountain ridge 2,800ft above the beautiful lake it’s named after, the Bürgenstock Resort might also be one of the
world’s greenest new resorts, too – and not just because of its surrounding forest. Completely car-free (guests are ferried in from the city of Lucerne and delivered via Europe’s highest outdoor elevator and a funicular railway), the yearround resort is a leader in healthy living and responsible tourism thanks to its being entirely CO2 neutral, an achievement made possible by the adoption of a unique energy system reliant upon lake water for heating and cooling, and hydroelectric power for electricity.

All that green technology becomes even more impressive when you consider just how big the resort is. For example, in addition to its four hotels and their 383 rooms, the resort has a further 67 luxury residences, 12 restaurants, numerous bars and lounges, a massive 107,000sq ft spa and wellness center, along with enough conference space to easily host upwards of 800 people.

Opening the doors of its first phase in June 2017, guests will be spoiled for choice when it comes time to choose their preferred accommodations. Of the resort’s four hotels, one of the first to welcome guests will be the four-star Palace Hotel, a former privately owned mansion built in 1904 that’s been completely transformed for the 21st century. The other properties include the five-star Bürgenstock Hotel and Waldhotel Healthy Living, the latter also serving as a medical and wellness centre, and the cozy three-star Taverne, built in the 19th century and a delightful taste of traditional Swiss hospitality.

World-class spa and amenities

A focal point of the resort is undoubtedly the magnificent indoor/outdoor Bürgenstock Alpine Spa. Features available to guests include the use of three swimming pools, one of which is an outdoor heated infinity-edge pool with incredible mountain and lake views, as well as treatment rooms and private spa suites. For fitness fans, the spa also comes with a 24-hour gym and a yoga studio.

And when it’s time to have some outdoors fun, there are options aplenty. Amenities include:

  • A nine-hole golf course
  • A spectacular promenade and sculpture path
  • The Cliffwalk nature trail
  • Curling rink
  • Three championship tennis courts
  • A 43 mile long network of hiking and biking trails
  • Water sports on Lake Lucerne
  • Art and cultural events


Destined to become one of the world’s most sought after luxury getaways,
the spectacular Bürgenstock Resort is evidence that bigger can, sometimes, be better.

To learn more, visit the resorts website at www.buergenstock.ch/en.

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Bryan Dearsley is Editor-in-chief of Luxury Globe Media. You can email him at editor@luxuryglobe.com.

 

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