Health and wow-ness

Swiss bliss


After nine years and over $564 million, the Bürgenstock Resort—a mini-village of four hotels, restaurants, and bars set high on a jaw-dropping forested ridge above the Lake Lucerne—has made quite the comeback. First opened in 1873, the resort—in its heyday—was a favorite of the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren (who even took up residence for a number of years). Now, it’s been re-imagined as a one-stop getaway, with the fabulous Bürgenstock Hotel as its centerpiece. The 102 guest rooms are outfitted in Italian marble and Greek quartz, and feature dual sided fireplaces and lake views. Once you’ve settled in, hit the multi-level spa for a La Prairie facial and a dip in the dramatic outdoor pool, which appears to float off the side of a cliff. Whether you’re coming to take part in a wellness retreat and hike the miles of on-property trails, or just want to relax with massages and gourmet food, there’s plenty to do; and should you care to venture into Lucerne, it’s just a quick ride away on the hotel’s complimentary high-speed boat (talk about glamor!).

There’s no shortage of activities all around the year. In the winter, there are ice-skating rinks and beautifully designed indoor tennis courts (and skiing a short drive away). The extensive bike paths and aforementioned hiking trails are popular during the warmer months. Once the cold weather season is over, the Hammetschwand Lift is in operation for those who are not scared of heights and keen to immerse themselves in the surroundings. (Originally built in 1905, it is the highest outdoor elevator in Europe and was featured in the 1964 James Bond film, Goldfinger!)

As for accessibility, it’s an easy drive (less than an hour) from the Zurich airport. For an even more dramatic entrance, however, arrive in Lucerne by train and take a 20-minute boat ride to the foot of the property. From there the legendary funicular—originally opened in 1888—takes you directly up to the resort. (It really puts the “fun” in “funicular.”)

*We suggest staying at Waldhotel, a luxury medical center/hotel. Remember how the well-heeled used to go to Switzerland to “recover and recuperate” during Victorian times? Well, this is the modern version. This spectacular health and medical hotel was built by Italian star architect Matteo Thun. All 160 terrace rooms and suites overlook the Alps. Your stay comes with rehabilitation, cure, and preventive packages, but individual treatments are available as well—and GET THIS— Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence is health insurer-accredited.

*Book with us by December 15, 2018 to receive extra special amenities and treats!