Hollywood stars and international celebs brush elbows with thrill-seeking skiers and snowboarders in the ultra-chic village of Gstaad, Switzerland. Home to one of the largest ski areas in the Alps, the picturesque mountain-side hotspot is no stranger to the rich and fabulous. Ultra-luxury designers including Hermes, Chopard, Prada, Cartier and Hublot have established boutiques along the cobblestone streets in the city-center, where après-ski celebrations and shopping create the perfect ambiance after a day on the slopes.
Louis Vuitton recently opened a Swiss-style chalet boutique in Gstaad, set along the town’s popular promenade. The location features the full men’s and women’s collections alongside a roaring fireplace – perfect since guests have the option to ski directly up to the store.
Gstaad Palace is a stunning five-star hotel set atop a hill overlooking Gstaad and the Swiss Alps. Resembling a fairytale castle, the hotel boasts indoor and outdoor heated pools, a luxurious spa and chic restaurants serving authentic Swiss cuisine. Discerning travelers include celebs from around the world (see: Madonna & Anne Hathaway ring in 2013 in Gstaad) looking for a winter wonderland escape.
Gstaad may be tough to say, but it’s very easy on the eyes. The Swiss-style chalets decorated with white lights in the winter are reminiscent of the idyllic settings in Disney films, while champagne toasts and high-end shopping whisks you away to a world of elegance and sophistication.
This “slopey” town is quickly emerging as one of the world’s most posh, private and luxurious destinations for jetsetters and celebs. If you’re planning a ski-trip abroad –act fast! It’s only a matter of time before the small city of Gstaad becomes a “must see” for avid skiers, shoppers and socialites.