The most luxurious hotels in Switzerland

Whether it’s watches, chocolate or penknives, the Swiss have the last word on top quality, producing prestigious goods that are the envy of the world. Unsurprising, then, that of Europe’s many superior holiday destinations, Switzerland dominates, expertly combining class, style and high standards in a way which is impossible to recreate elsewhere.

It’s not difficult to see the influence of its bordering neighbours, meaning that the range of holidays on offer is far wider in terms of architecture, language, cuisine and culture. If you’re a discerning traveller, it’s undoubtedly a location you should investigate. We’ll tempt you further with our list of the most luxurious hotels in Switzerland.

The Fairmont Le Montreux Palace

montruex-hotel-genevaThe Fairmont Le Montreux Palace

Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, in wonderful Montreux, this five-star hotel is an elegant treasure, constructed in true Belle-Époque style with its distinctive yellow shades. It offers a range of increasingly beautiful accommodation, from the city-facing mountain rooms and stylish lake view rooms (where you could have your own veranda), right up to the sophisticated suites, where there’s a living room, Jacuzzi and a large balcony offering stunning views of the Alps.

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The Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, Interior -  https://www.flickr.com/photos/schaerer/16386591043/in/photolist-oWpo9g-oWmma3-oWpobv-pT8Qyp-oWmp3Y-oWprGi-pALAFK-rUKhwF-rCfMJS-rUPNEH-rCfMGN-qY2yBM-rCeyKW-rUPNvz-rUGwB1-rUGwyf-qXPQzo-rCeyME-rCeyLN-qY2yGg-rAuQVc-qXPQFf-rCfMJ1-rCfMJG-rUPNwX-rCfMJb-rUPNxt-rSwFgb-rUKhJK-rCfMQd-rCfMLA

When exhausted after a day of sightseeing, or perhaps attending the Montreux Jazz Festival, then a few relaxing hours at the Willow Stream Spa could be just the thing, followed by some of the hotel’s fine dining. With three restaurants to choose from, you could eat on the lakeshore at the Terrasse Du Petit Palais, opt for the best locally sourced dishes at MP’s Bar and Grill or enjoy more music and wonderful aperitifs at the Montreux Jazz Café. Highly rated, the hotel has been described as ‘a dream’. Find out for yourself at www.fourseasons.com/geneva.

Villa Castagnola Grand Hotel Lugano

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Villa Castagnola Grand Hotel Lugano

Anything which calls itself a ‘Grand Hotel’ conjures up all sorts of opulence, majesty and a hint of mystery, n’est pas? This stately ‘villa’ on the shores of Lake Lugano more than delivers the grandeur you would expect. Once the home of a Russian family and with its own subtropical park, it’s like something you’d see in a film.

Every single room is south-facing and so offers jaw-dropping views of the park or lake. There’s a private beach, wellness centre with spa and gourmet dining to be had at one of the three restaurants. If you’re a little thirsty, you could watch the sun set at the garden Banano Bar, or have afternoon tea in the classic Salone del Camino.

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Villa Castagnola Grand Hotel Lugano, Gardens

Take up a residence with a long-stay apartment or enjoy a brief break in one if the fabulous suites while soaking up some of the hotel’s long history and charm. Discover more at www.villacastagnola.com/en.

Intercontinental Davos

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Intercontinental Davos

Davos, the premier skiing resort, is a firm favourite of royalty, politicians and the world’s elite. Known as much for its infamous parties as its pistes, if you’re going to stay anywhere, then it’s the five-star Intercontinental Davos. Only minutes from the Congress Centre, this striking building is in the centre if the action and caters to the most discerning guests. For a spot of indulgence, there’s the Alpine spa; to warm up those muscles pre-ski, there’s the pool and gym. An exciting new spa concept is due to be launched in the summer, so watch this space.

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Intercontinental Davos, Intrior

We all know it’s really about the apres-ski though, and you can expect fine dining of the highest quality at this hotel. Whether it’s delicious dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients at the Capricorn Brasserie, or admiring the stunning views with an unusual drink in hand at the chic and exclusive, Studio Grigio (a venue which is popularly used for interviews, especially during the annual conferences if you wanted some credentials). Accommodation is sleek, modern and luxurious, ranging from Superior Rooms up to the Presidential Suite (which has its own fireplace and private sauna). Reviewers praise the range of whiskeys and the exemplary service. If you’d like to see for yourself, check out the Intercontinental Davos website.

Eden au Lac, Zurich

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Eden au Lac, Zurich

With a name like Eden au Lac, you’d expect stunning lake views, and that’s what you’ll get in this charming boutique hotel. Fantastic service, beautiful rooms and a real sense of history greet guests – you will be completely taken care of from the second you ascend the blue-carpeted steps that lead up to the entrance.

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Eden au Lac, Interior

The neo-baroque hotel has retained and incorporated original features in its décor, but that doesn’t mean it’s old fashioned. Some of the most contemporary dishes can be found on the menu at Restaurant Eden, which is said to be one of Zurich’s most exciting gourmet venues. After eating, stop for drinks and listen to cool lounge music at the Sky Bar, which has been ranked among the best rooftop bars in the world.
If you’re going to stay here, choose a luxurious lake view suite on the top floor - this isn’t a hotel for compromises. You can find out more at www.edenaulac.ch

Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, Geneva

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Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, Geneva

The best-rated luxury hotel in Geneva earns its stars not only for its fine northern Italian food, its spa leisure room with private hamman or a personal assistant on every floor, but also for the way it makes each guest feel like a member of the family. Relaxation and indulgence awaits you at the Hotel des Bergues. Even the pool is superior, with its infinity edge and underwater music.

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Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, Geneva, Spa

Every single room has been beautifully decorated, each bathroom features a marble bathtub and you’ll have a fantastic view of either the city, the garden or lake. The suites are spacious, with separate living room and balcony, styled with French fabrics. The larger suites offer a dining room too, where you can choose from a vast menu. Alternatively, you can eat in one of the hotel’s two fine restaurants, then relax in the striking Le Bar des Bergues with a speciality cocktail or two.
More information can be found at www.fourseasons.com/geneva.