Top 10 best luxury hotels & resorts in Switzerland

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Today: Top 10 best luxury hotels & resorts in Switzerland

Switzerland is a small landlocked country right in the heart of the Alps, bordered by Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Liechtenstein. The country’s ravishing mountain scenery, rural villages, glitzy ski resorts, pristine lakes, and green rolling pastures offer unbeatable winter adventures and summer outdoor experiences. The variety of different sights to see in Switzerland is truly incredible, ranging from giant glaciers, epic mountain peaks, and wild rivers, but also vibrant cities, world-class museums, and scenic train journeys. Luxury hotels are in abundant supply in Switzerland, ranging from lofty Alpine retreats to stylish lakeside resorts. Here’s my top 10 list of the most phenomenal luxury hotels and resorts in Switzerland.

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In a quiet mountain setting outside Davos, the luxurious AlpenGold (formerly known as the InterContinental Davos) offers chic, contemporary accommodation. This glimmering steel orb, set high above Lake Davos, resembles a golden spruce cone, and the inventive gastronomy served at three distinctive restaurants is out of this world. Parquet flooring and plush accents adorn the 216 individually appointed rooms and suites from where you can absorb the Alpine splendor from your private balcony. After a day on the slopes, you can soothe your tired muscles at the highly rated spa, which features a heated indoor/outdoor pool. The Kids and Teens Club engages tots to teens, as do blockbuster films in the cozy cinema.

  • Hotel website: Alpengold Hotel Davos
  • Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking AlpenGold Hotel Davos via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for two, early check-in, late check-out, complimentary access to Club Lounge, and $100 USD hotel credit).



In spring 2021, The Oetker Collection added The Woodward Geneva – Switzerland’s first all-suite urban retreat – to its portfolio of luxury hotels. The property sits directly on the shores of Lake Geneva, offering panoramic views of Mont Blanc. Originally built in 1901 by French architect François Durel, the hotel has been renovated under supervision of world-renowned architect Pierre-Yves Rochon. Beyond The Woodward’s historic façade, guests find contemporary interiors, providing a stylish city sanctuary. Each of the 26 suites boast designer details like marble fireplaces and custom bookcases (most also have views of Lake Geneva). The spa features a 21 m (68 ft) indoor pool, the longest in the city. And in the two restaurants, helmed by Michelin-starred chefs, you’ll find international fare as well as vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options.

  • Hotel websiteThe Woodward
  • Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking The Woodward Geneva via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for two, early check-in, late check-out, $100 USD food & beverage credit).



Perched above Zürich, this fairy tale-like castle building first served as a “Curhaus” (a health spa), during the late 19th century. Today, it honors this history with a state-of-the-art spa, which is housed in one of the new wings designed by Lord Norman Foster. The 175 rooms and suites are scattered throughout the property, and all are timelessly decorated with stylish furnishings. The spa comprises eighteen treatment rooms, separate areas for ladies and gentlemen, an aqua zone with views of the natural surroundings and a medical wellness center. The acclaimed “The Restaurant”, headed by innovative chef Heiko Nieder, has two Michelin stars. Most striking is the hotel’s art collection with more than 100 artworks including pieces by Andy Warhol, Henry Moore and Salvador Dalí.

  • Hotel website: The Dolder Grand
  • Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking The Dolder Grand via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD resort credit).
  • Review: read my review of The Dolder Grand here.


Behind the Park Hotel Vitznau’s hundred year old walls lies a wonderfully inviting interior. The extensive renovation work at the property has fully embraced the notion of ‘maintain the past, create the future’. State of the art technology has been integrated into the elegant and luxurious décor of this magnificent historical building, and nostalgic charm at its most beautiful has been combined with the highest level of comfort, fulfilling a visionary concept. This sparkling jewel is characterized by three main themes: wine & dine; art & culture; and health & wealth. The different areas of the hotel, as well as the 47 residences, suites and junior suites have been individually furnished with great attention to detail and with modern comfort.

  • Hotel website: Park Hotel Vitznau
  • Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking Park Hotel Vitznau via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD resort credit).



The Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains is ideally located in St. Moritz Bad, with direct access to the cable car station to the ski and mountain region Corviglia. All rooms and suites are elegantly and timelessly appointed and reflect unpretentious luxury and stylish class. The historical – but contemporarily depicted – motifs of the pictures bear witness to the glamorous past of St. Moritz while the technical equipment is state-of-the-art. With three award-winning restaurants (one Michelin Star), one Asian culinary outlet, an Alpine Kempinski The Spa and many more facilities, the luxury Kempinski Hotel in St.Moritz with its sportive and relaxed atmosphere provides the very best Switzerland have to offer: pure alpine recreation.

  • Hotel websiteKempinski Grand Hotel des Bains
  • Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking The Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for two, early check-in, late check-out, $100 CFS hotel credit).



The Chedi Andermatt Hotel offers an extraordinary blend of Swiss Alpine chic and Asian Zen in the Alpine landscape of the Urseren Valley, known far beyond Switzerland for its towering peaks, deep canyons, cascading waterfalls and pristine mountain lakes. The luxury hotel is captivating and striking in its otherness. Glossy Alpine wood, leather sofas, more than 200 fireplaces and numerous panorama windows offer a warm and cozy spot to linger awhile. Located 1,447 m (4,747 ft) above sea level, The Chedi Andermatt enchants guests with its 123 elegant rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants and bars and a spa that is unique in Switzerland – an oasis of calm and relaxation.


The new Six Senses Crans-Montana Hotel is located in one of Switzerland’s most prominent ski areas, in the canton of Valais. Offering ski-in, ski-out access, the resort’s 45 guest rooms and suites have a Swiss chalet feel and are surrounded on three sides by nature and pine forest. There are two onsite restaurants: a signature Japanese dining room and an all-day dining brasserie. Wellness offerings at the resort include a spa specializing in alpine treatments, gym and fitness studio, pool and suspended relaxation area. Consistent with Six Senses sustainability focus, recycled, local materials were selected by the architect and design teams top build the property and repurposed materials were used in the manufacture of finishes including flooring, millwork and fabrics



An icon in the exclusive, discrete and cosmopolitan Swiss resort of Gstaad, The Alpina Gstaad five-star superior hotel has single-handedly redefined luxury and Alpine chic. This is no ordinary luxury hotel, it is a unique establishment where authenticity combines with Swiss refinement to create an Alpine experience like no other. Each of the 56 rooms and suites uniquely embody Swiss authenticity and sophistication. The expertise of artisans from the region has created inspiring spaces, where original and contemporary local materials are subtly united with genuine period woodwork. Housed right at the heart of The Alpina Gstaad, the Six Senses Spa is a true sanctuary of peace and well-being

  • Hotel websiteAlpina Gstaad
  • Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking The Alpina Gstaad via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for two, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD resort credit).
  • Review: read my review of The Alpina Gstaad here.


Perhaps best known as the Bernese Oberland’s winter paradise, The Gstaad Palace is a favorite among active travelers and those truly in the know. The luxury hotel has presided over Gstaad since 1913, with splendid views of the Swiss Alps. You’ll find 90 rooms and suites, five restaurants (one rated 15 Gault Millau points), two bars with live music, a renowned nightclub, and a full-service spa. The latter is a wonderful spot to rejuvenate with a soak in the hammam or a visit to the private spa suite after a day of skiing or golfing. A squash court, four outdoor tennis courts, and an Olympic-size outdoor pool (called PISCINE), are available in summer.

  • Hotel website: The Gstaad Palace
  • Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking The Gstaad Palace via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for two, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD hotel credit).
  • Review: read my review of The Gstaad Palace here.


Located 550 m (1800 ft) high above Lake Lucerne, the integrated Buergenstock resort is a masterpiece of modern architecture on the cliff of the Buergenberg, offering four hotels, eight restaurants and a serene spa, making this an Eldorado for food lovers, wellness seekers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. The best hotel in Switzerland has been a legend since 1873, due to its link with the rich and famous: it was here that, Audrey Hepburn was married, Charlie Chaplin regularly stayed, and Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti made their home. Newly built and opened in 2017, the ultra-luxe Buergenstock Hotel & Alpine Spa sits at the heart of the resort, offering and innovative design with floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal stunning Lake Lucerne and Alps panoramas.

  • Hotel website: The Buergenstock Hotel & Alpine Spa
  • Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking The Buergenstock Hotel & Alpine Spa via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD resort credit).


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  1. Hi,
    Thanks for reviewing the hotel scene in my home country! I think that your selection is fine although subjective, of course. For the Ticino, the most southern part of Switzerland, I would have opted for Castello del Sole or maybe Eden Roc in Ascona. As to St. Moritz, I think that there are better choices, Suvretta House or Kulm. But that is a matter of opinion!
    Best regards, Franziska

  2. My list:
    1. Gstaad Palace
    2. Baur Au Lac
    3. Riffelalp Resort 2222 m
    4. Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva
    5. Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois
    6. The Alpina Gstaad
    7. Beau-Rivage Palace
    8. Park Hotel Vitznau
    9. Beau-Rivage
    10. Villa Honegg

  3. Can’t imagine why the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace is not on this list. My wife and I stayed there in 2006 for 8 days during the Montreux Jazz Festival. It was managed by Raffles at that time. It was fabulous then and I understand it has only gotten better.

  4. Je pense que vous n avez pas visité tous ces hôtels !
    De loin l Alpina en première position pour moi!

  5. All I know, is that I have loved the Switzerland videos, that I want to go! It seems that I would probably love it near the Christmas time, so beautiful. Just wondering if it is much more expensive at this time, like every where else? I appreciate all this wonderful information, but the videos just make my day! Thanks for all of it!

  6. Ja,das Bürgenstock Resort ist Top . Ich wohne auch paar Minuten von dort.😅 Aber was ist mit dem six senses in Montana? Kempinski St.Moritz ist veraltet. Wird saniert wie ich hörte.

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