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The hottest new hotel openings in Switzerland right now

Fall is here, and after a blazing hot summer (in most of Europe anyways) we leave behind our sunscreen and beach hats, and look towards autumn in Switzerland —otherwise known as the best time to travel pretty much everywhere in the country. From sunny mountain hikes to glacier skiing, lake excursions and wine tastings in golden-toned vineyards, Switzerland is the go-to-destination for travel all year round. Whether you’re browsing for some holiday inspiration, planning a city break or in search of your next wellness escape, either way, we’ve got you covered with the latest luxury hotel openings (or that will open soon!) to plan your next trip around .

Rooftop lounge © Mandarin Oriental Luzern

Mandarin Oriental, Luzern

It’s official, after an extensive three year renovation, one of Lucerne’s grandest Belle Époque landmarks has reopened as Mandarin Oriental Palace, Luzern. Since its opening in September, the newly renovated hotel has been alluring visitors with its captivating location along the shores of Lake Lucerne, steps away from the old town and overlooking the Alps beyond. The meticulously renovated palace was placed in the expert hands of local architects Iwan Bühler Architekten and London-based interior designers Jestico + Whiles, who achieved a sophisticated and contemporary design, while carefully retaining some of the building’s original features and preserving its old-age charm. With 136 rooms and suites — of which most offer private balconies—a contemporary spa with a sauna and steam room, four restaurants and bars, including all-day MOzern Bar & Brasserie with European classics, the Colonnade eatery offering French haute cuisine and Minamo, serving flavoursome Japanese dishes in a chic setting, you’ll find it hard to leave this desirable address.

Hotel: https://www.mandarinoriental.com/en/luzern/palace

Le Deck lounge © Eringer Hotel

Eringer Hotel, Valais

Nestled in the Valais Alps at an altitude of 1800 meters, the new Eringer Hotel & Spa is as an eco-friendly luxury escape, offering incredibly stylish facilities in a nature-focused setting. Built with sustainability in mind, the alpine address was designed to exist and function in perfect harmony with the surrounding landscape, using thermal energy from springs to heat the complex and implementing responsibly sourced wood from local forests in all of its chic rooms & suites. Besides this, the hotels two in-house restaurants offer everything one could ask for: the trendy Stubli bistro, serves traditional Swiss and regional delicacies such as fondue and raclette, while the indoor and outdoor Pietro’s, offers flavoursome Italian classics with Valaisan influences. And for those in need of some well deserved relaxation, the hotel’s future ValVital Thermal Spa (opening in 2023), will provide a Japanese inspired wellness area featuring jacuzzis, a sauna, a hammam and an expansive indoor and outdoor pool with breathtaking views of the Dent Blanche and Matterhorn summit.

Hotel: https://en.eringerhotel.ch

The Penthouse restaurant and club © FIVE Zurich

FIVE hotel, Zurich 

The latest opening from luxury hotel group FIVE —whose portfolio includes the much loved The Penthouse and The Beach at FIVE Palm Jumeirah in Dubai— is an urban sanctuary billed to be one of the hottest places to party and dine in Switzerland. Only 20 minutes from downtown Zurich, the luxurious FIVE Hotel places a big focus on music and culinary experiences, offering 6 stellar dining venues, including a street food eatery, Soul Street, with a festive atmosphere; Maiden Shanghai, a sublime Chinese restaurant and the glamorous The Penthouse, a stylish, top-floor lounge — connected to a nightclub with an alfresco terrace — where guests can enjoy Japanese cuisine and live beats from a lineup of internationally renowned DJs — as well as panoramic views of the city skyline.The property was done up by celebrated interior designers, Russell Sage Studio, who sought to create an artful oasis inspired by music and film, offering 87 thoughtfully curated rooms and suites with unique art pieces and modern furnishings. And last but not least, the hotel’s 560 sqm wellness area including a steam bath, a sauna, a relaxation room, and an indoor and outdoor swimming pool with jacuzzis, will fulfil all your pampering needs.

Hotel: https://zurich.fivehotelsandresorts.com

Luxury lounge © Hotel des Horlogers

Hôtel Des Horlogers, Le Brassus

The perfect meeting ground for discerning travellers in search of impressive architecture, mindful design, gastronomy — and watches, of course, the Hotel des Horlogers is an architectural gem inspired by the natural environment around it. This is the first-ever hotel by watch brand Audemars Piguet, who sought to create a nature-focused destination in the Swiss Vallée De Joux region — known as the birthplace of Swiss watchmaking—to connect guests to this unique location and its horological legacy. The design? Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), in collaboration with the Swiss-based architect CCHE, were commissioned to create a stylish hotel with sustainability in mind, using locally sourced materials in every inch of the property; whose cool zig-zagging form harmonises with the surrounding forests and allows for epic views of the landscape. With 50 avant-garde rooms with luxurious materials, two gourmet restaurants led by three-Michelin-star chef Emmanuel Renaut — whose inventive menu combines the best of local ingredients with creative ideas —and the sublime Le Spa by Alpeor, featuring a sauna, hammam, fitness area and two treatment rooms, this is the ideal place to recharge and reconnect with nature in style..

Hotel: https://www.hoteldeshorlogers.com/en

Hotel exterior © Six Senses Crans-Montana 

Six Senses, Crans-Montana

This coming February, the famed Six Senses hotel group will open their first-ever Swiss address, with an ultra-luxurious, ski-in/ski-out resort in the prestigious alpine village of Crans-Montana. The hotel will occupy a prime location next to the resort’s main ski slopes and overlooking the snow-capped Swiss Alps, welcoming both wellness lovers and avid adventurers to enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, gastronomy and world-class spa treatments. It was designed by the Parisian architectural firm AW2, who developed a sophisticated style in harmony with the surrounding landscape, implementing locally sourced wood and stone in all of its 45 rooms and suites to complement the nature outside. There’s plenty of fine cuisine on offer, too: Byakko, will serve contemporary Japanese plates, while the all-day restaurant, Wild Cabin brasserie, offers classical Swiss dishes with modern touches. And, of course, as with all Six Senses resorts the hotel’s showpiece, 2,000-sqm spa featuring an expansive indoor pool, outdoor rooftop pool, a sauna, a steam room, a jacuzzi, a yoga studio and Biohack Recovery Lounge — offering smart tech that helps to activate the body’s healing process and soothe away stress— is the perfect remedy to all your self-care needs. .

Hotel: https://www.sixsenses.com/en/resorts/crans-montana

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