QUALITY OF LIFE IN SWITZERLAND
HOTELS / RESORTS
Although not an exclusive trademark for Switzerland but Swiss luxurious hotels and resorts have something to stand up for!
Hotel Villa Honegg: Art Nouveau-style Villa Honegg dating from 1905, is Switzerland’s smallest superior five-star, occupying a sun terrace high on the Bürgenstock mountain above Lake Lucerne is one of the examples of luxury in Switzerland at its best. It offers 23 rooms and suits of secluded opulence, as well as Gault-Millau-standard dining and a heated outdoor infinity pool with an un matchable stunning view. The hotel’s terrace faces a panorama of interlinked summits, while the woodland at the back covers the start of the Felsenweg, a two-hour circular cliff walk incorporating Europe’s tallest exposed lift.
Bürgenstock Resort: From its origins in 1873 to its glamour in the 50s and 60s, when Hollywood stars including Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn lived here, the Bürgenstock Resort has quite the heritage. Its image after a nine-year, £440m renovation is even more spectacular. An architectural collage of four hotels merges 19th-century grandeur with sheer modern flanks. Balanced like an eagle’s nest on top of a sheer forested flank 500m up above Lake Lucerne, the 60-hectare Bürgenstock Resort overlooks mirror-like vistas, cow-filled meadows and jagged Alpine horizons.
Grand Hotel Trois Rois, Basel : The Trois Rois resides on the edge of the Rhine river, exactly in the same place for over 300 years. Age only added beauty, as the Trois Rois has more than kept up with the times and offers a truly luxurious experience for guests. The culinary experience is exquisite as the Trois Rois houses the remarkable Cheval Blanc, a three-starred Michelin restaurant run by culinary genius Peter Knogl.
Probably not as popular for its cuisine as France but you will be surprised to know that Switzerland leads in terms of fine dining!
In 2018 Swizerland has a trio of three star restaurants – Cheval Blanc (Basel), Schloss–Schauenstein (Fürstenau) and Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville (Crissier). The country contains a total of 118 starred restaurants: out of them 3 3-star, 19 2-star and 96 1-star. This means Switzerland has retained in 2018 its title as the country with the highest density of top-class restaurants per capita in the world.
LUXURY IN SWITZERLAND: WATCHES
The list is quite long but the equity of these watch brands literally defies time as some come back long from at least couple hundred years ago such as Breguet, Patek Philippe and Rolex.
Already In the second half of the 18th century, Breguet was widely regarded as the most renowned of all watchmakers and Marie Antoinette and Napoleon Bonaparte belonged among its clientele’s list. Breguet created the oldest Swiss wristwatch, also probably the oldest one in the world for the sister of Napoleon: Caroline Murat, Reine de Naples.
From Bucherer – founded in Lucerne, whose store in Paris is officially the largest watch and jewelry store in the world – to local boutique A L’Emeraude in Lausanne, run by Patrick and Marina Cremer, to Les Ambassadors which bills itself as “The Leading House of Leading Brands”, add to it Gübelin selling timepieces from some of the world’s most coveted luxury brands, Huber and Kirchhofer.