If you were gazing out through the windows of Chalet Lauenen in summer you might well imagine Julie Andrews flinging her arms out and bursting into song, “The hills are alive with the sound of music”. Lauenen is that rare fish, a ski chalet, isolated, in the middle of an Alpine meadow.
As the meadow will more than likely be covered by a blanket of snow, Miss Andrews will have long gone and will be snug, sipping mulled wine, next to a roaring log fire elsewhere in the Alps. Luckily you won’t, you’ll be ensconced in this fabulous accommodation. You’ll also only be a five minute drive from the centre of Gstaad and the lifts. But if peace and quiet, in a tranquil location, with magnificent scenery, floats your boat, then sail away, Chalet Lauenen is for you.
Chalet Lauenen was recently completed in 2013. The designers fashioned a blend of traditional alpine sensibilities with the latest contemporary design. Rich fabrics, aged and honey toned wooden beams and sumptuous furnishings are evident throughout the property, where will also find attention to detail at its finest. Spread over a very generous 600m2 on four floors, providing numerous relaxation and entertainment areas, all with the latest modern comforts, this beautiful property easily accommodates the 14 guests it was designed for.
You will have a wonderful time here, trying out the spaces and deciding which one is your favourite, there are many to choose from. The grand sitting room, for example, is luxurious and sophisticated. A large open fireplace is the main feature of the room, guests can sink into the sumptuous sofas or relax with a glass of champagne on the fur covered day beds. Or you might prefer the less formal day room which is bright and spacious with a wonderful bay window, ideal for daydreaming, as you survey the idyllic pastures surrounding the chalet.
The bedrooms are splendid too. The impressive master bedroom, for instance, has a traditional Swedish stove and en suite bathroom with separate rain shower. A further five bedrooms will delight.
A beautiful staircase leads the way to the cinema room, which overlooks the main sitting room, high in the eaves. Sink into the comfy seating or relax on a day bed whilst watching the latest films. Chalet Lauenen has state-of-the-art audio and visual systems throughout ensuring a wonderful ambience. The cinema lounge enjoys a 70” high definition screen, Dolby surround sound and an extensive library of movies. Apple TV and the Xbox provide endless entertainment and there is also a Sonos sound system with oodles of tunes wired throughout the chalet controllable from iPad and Smartphone.
Chalet Lauenen boasts an exceptional spa and wellness area. After a fabulous day on the mountain you can sit back and relax on the day beds whilst dipping in and out of the waterfall showers, sauna, steam room and plunge pool. There’s an outdoor relaxation space with river view, designed specifically for you sit and take in the splendour of your location.
Bedroom 1 - Master double with Swedish stove, en-suite bathroom & separate shower
Bedroom 2 - Double with en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 3 - Bunk room with en-suite shower room
Bedroom 4 - Guest suite with separate bunk room (2 sets / sleeps 4 children) with en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 5 - Twin with en-suite shower room
No need to rush out of bed - breakfast is laid on. A healthy array of fresh fruit juices, a selection of warming teas and coffee - yoghurts, crispy cereals, juicy fruit and a mouth-watering display of delicious fresh breads & delicate pastries. Your chef will also prepare a daily cooked hot option for you - how do you like your eggs? Full breakfast is served every morning. So much choice that you might miss the first ski lift if you're not careful.
Come back after a wonderful day on the mountain to the warmth and comfort of your chalet. Snuggle up on the comfy sofa in front of a crackling fire, with a steaming cup of tea and a generous serving of cake – this is how all afternoons should be. Your chef will prepare a fresh from the oven, sweet treat for your return, so whether your preference is for a hearty sticky Apple and Ginger cake or a delicate Mille-feuille aux framboise is more your thing, there will be something tempting waiting for you. Personally I don’t think you can beat a slice of crispy baguette with lashings of butter and dollops of apricot jam or nutella - but maybe that ‘s just me - the perfect comfort food.
When staying in a catered chalet every night feels like a special occasion, and why shouldn't it, you're on an amazing holiday and it's so good to be alive. You’re dressed and ready for a glass of something chilled with friends and family, ready to regale them with tales of your mountain adventures that may get a little exaggerated for dramatic effect with each rendition. Enjoy the delicious canapés and amuse-bouche freshly prepared by your star in the kitchen.
Take a seat at your own private table - it's time for the main event – a delicious feast, masterfully crafted by your talented chef. With an emphasis on using hand-selected, fresh, local and seasonal ingredients you will be served a melt in your mouth three course dinner that wouldn't look out of place in a Michelin starred restaurant. Dinner is complimented by a tangy platter of divine local cheeses. Menus can be tailored to suit your tastes and your chef will be happy to prepare everything from a simple supper to fine dining delights. Dinner is served on 5 nights.
The chalet provides beer, house wines, a drinks tray of 3 bottles of house spirits and mixers. Champagne is served with canapés on 5 nights of your stay.
Children & dietary requirements
The chalet is happy to cater for specific dietary requirements, and will serve an earlier high tea for children (on 6 nights). You can talk to your SkiBoutique PA about any specific requests from dietary requirements such as gluten free diets to birthday cakes and favourite dishes. We will do our very best to ensure that your wishes are granted and delivered in resort.