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Gstaad’s new Le Grand Bellevue celebrates its first summer introducing a host of alpine activities

Re-launched under new ownership in December, Le Grand Bellevue is already setting a new precedent in Gstaad. Since its takeover and renovation by dynamic young Swiss couple, Daniel and Davia Koetser, Le Grand Bellevue has injected a refreshingly eclectic and relaxed hotel concept to this famously traditional resort. In the heart of Gstaad village, on the promenade itself, this 57-room hotel enjoys a neighbourhood spirit and the welcoming feel of a country house hotel. Bold design and a humorous flair have transformed this 100 year old palace hotel to attract a sophisticated design-savvy clientele.

Summertime sees Gstaad in bloom and buzzing with holidaymakers taking advantage of attractive rates and an array of cultural, sporting and wellbeing activities. Opening for its first summer season on the 20 June, Le Grand Bellevue is pleased to announce the following new features:

· Le Grand Spa – the Bellevue’s 2,500sqm spa is a world-class sanctuary for wellness working in partnership with organic English brand, Bamford, and revolutionary Swiss facial brand, Cellcosmet. Extensive facilities include: eight spacious treatment rooms; an array of heat therapies including Turkish hammam, Himalayan salt inhalation grotto and an outdoor Finnish sauna; a fully equipped gym including the latest Technogym cardio machines; and yoga & Pilates studio. The spa has serene relaxation areas with waterbeds overlooking the mountains and a 200sqm swimming pool opening onto a lavender-clad terrace. Comprehensive wellbeing programmes incorporate results-driven treatments, nutritional spa cuisine and exhilarating fitness activities throughout the mountainous countryside.

· New Outdoor Lounge Bar & Cinema – will be unveiled in the hotel’s gorgeous private parkland, serving icy summer cocktails, champagne and tapas against a backdrop of lush Alpine scenery. In the evenings, the gardens will play host to an outdoor cinema, with classic films projected under the stars whilst guests enjoy an al fresco 3-course dinner. On Tuesday 8 July, the hotel will be hosting their Davidoff Saveurs dinner where an array of the Chef’s renowned risottos will be served at the outdoor cinema, followed by a delicious caviar ice-cream.

· LEONARD’s – the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant intricately merges the core values of fine dining with an informal ambience. Fresh seasonal produce from the surrounding countryside combine with exquisite seafood, European favourites and comfort food classics to create a menu based on choice and diversity; where fine dining sits comfortably alongside casual brasserie style food. Guests can try the chef’s new 5 course daily menu and finish their meal with a Colonel Bellevue, their signature vodka sorbet desert. Private dinners for up to 18 can be hosted in Le Grand Bellevue’s vaulted wine cellar alongside an enviable collection of over 10,000 bottles.

· Gourmet Treks & Al Fresco Fondue – throughout the summer months, guests will be hosted on guided walks throughout the mountains with the hotel’s chef to showcase local herbs and produce for cooking lessons back at the hotel. Guests can also be loaned vintage style ‘fondue backpacks’ containing all they need to create a fondue feast at altitude.

· Bellevue Classic Car Rally (20-25 June 2014)– kicking off the summer season in style, Le Grand Bellevue has partnered with prestigious British rally connoisseurs Jewel events to launch ‘The Jewel That is Gstaad’, an annual six-day car rally leading guests through some of the finest locations in Switzerland. The event, which will now form part of the Jewel’s acclaimed rally portfolio under the patronage of Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, will bring together one of the best collections of private cars in Europe.Throughout the rally, guests will enjoy dinners at the Gstaad Yacht Club, the acclaimed Chesery and the prestigious Gala dinner hosted by Le Grand Bellevue.

· Cycling Tours – Gstaad has over 280km of signposted mountain biking routes suitable for beginners, cross-country and endurance bikers. There are seven lifts and cable cars in the region available for biker use and cyclists can hop between villages on the Montreux Oberland railway. This summer, Le Grand Bellevue is offering three nights’ accommodation including mountain bike rental and gourmet lunch boxes from £475 per person including one sports massage per person and unlimited access to Le Grand Spa.

· Events – throughout the summer months the village of Gstaad is a buzz with cultural and sporting events drawing visitors from across the globe. These include: FIVB Volleyball Championships (8-13 July) introducing lively ‘beachside’ action to the Swiss Alps; The Crédit Agricole Swiss Open Tennis (19-27 July ) coined the ‘Wimbledon of the Alps’; The Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad (21-24 August) taking place next to the Bellevue; and the famed Menuhin Festival (17 July – 6 September) which fills the village and intimate churches with internationally acclaimed concerts and musicians.

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