Looking to book the best luxury resort in Switzerland? The newly renovated Burgenstock Resort near Lucerne offers luxurious suites, award-winning restaurants, chic lobby bar, high end retail shops and a spa featuring jaw-dropping views over the lake below.
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My Visit to Burgenstock Resort
My pilgrimage to Switzerland’s iconic Burgenstock Resort was an effortless trip which would have me traveling by car, plane, train, ferry and funicular. The adventure began the moment I slammed the car door shut at the Toronto airport.
I was then whisked over the Atlantic on Swiss Air, landing in Zurich just as the sun peaked over the alp-adorned skyline. After skipping down an escalator I found myself on a 1st class train, zipping past picturesque dairy farms which sat perched over a fog covered lake.
Getting To Burgenstock Resort
Once the train pulled into Lucerne I hopped across the street and boarded the Burgenstock Express, sailing across the city’s crystal clear lake as elegant white swans swooned along the shore. After the forty minute cruise I stood silently in awe as a funicular soared up a steep mountain, offering excited guests a truly epic view.
Spilling out onto a cobblestone terrace I’m greeted by a choir of smiling staff who offer refreshing oshibori towels to new arrivals. Moments later I find myself swooning with a smug mug inside a luxurious suite, admiring a magical postcard-perfect view.
History of Burgenstock Resort
The pioneers of the Burgenstock Resort, Franz Josef Bucher and Josef Durrer, made history in 1871 when they bought the Alp Tritt on the ridge of the Burgenberg, perched 500 metres above Lake Lucerne. They gave the hotel village the memorable name of Burgenstock, creating a paradise that attracted the world’s elite, based on the thoughtful yet forward-looking style of Fritz Fey, which was initiated during the 1950s and 60s.
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Illustrious guests from business, politics, high-society and show business felt at home here: the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Konrad Adenauer, the Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, US President Jimmy Carter, and James Bond alias Sean Connery. Burgenstock’s most notable beauties were film stars: Sophia Loren who lived at the resort with her husband Carlo Ponti, and Audrey Hepburn who in 1954 married Mel Ferrer in the picturesque palace.
A New Era at Burgenstock Resort
Since 2008, the Burgenstock Resort has been owned by investors from Qatar who have spent $700 million on a lavish renovation, breathing new life into one of Europe’s most iconic luxury resorts.
The iconic alpine destination offers guests outdoor facilities at the centre of the resort, which extends over more than one kilometre and includes a golf course, private residences, 12 restaurants and bars, four hotels, luxury shopping, tennis courts, fitness studio, and world-class spa.
Burgenstock Resort Accommodation
The iconic Palace Hotel offers luxury travellers the crème de la crème in honeymoon-worthy romantic lodgings. Beginning in 2008, the 19th-century landmark property underwent a complete refurbishment while preserving its significant heritage.
The original marble pillars, embellishments, fireplaces and paintings can be admired in the Lobby Lounge and the Foyer Salle Palace, while the Ritz Coffier Restaurant features the original 1903-stove and copper pans. Interior designers MKV London have blended significant historic features with elegant materials and furniture featuring hardwood oak parquet flooring and custom-made hand-blown glass chandlers.
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Indulge in a luxurious sleepover in one of the Palace Hotel’s 108 modern rooms and spacious suites and you’ll find plush beds, Nespresso machine, beer-stocked complimentary mini bar, Bulgari beauty amenities, gas fireplace, massive bath with a jaw-dropping view, and cozy nook adorned with faux-fur pillows.
Burgenstock Resort Spa
If you’re looking to lick jet lag and treat yourself to a slice of rest and relaxation, spend a day restoring your spirit at the Burgenstock Alpine Spa.
The otherworldly wellness centre covers an area of 10,000 square metres and includes 13 treatment rooms and 3 private spa rooms.
The main attraction is the indoor pool and two outdoor pools, one which is heated year round to a temperature of 36°C and boasts an infinity-edge enhancing the breathtaking view over Lake Lucerne.
Burgenstock Resort Restaurants
Burgenstock’s biggest draw is its colourful collection of culinary concepts. The resort offers fine dining French cuisine, classic alpine Swiss restaurant, contemporary Asian and playful Middle Eastern menu with hookah bar.
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Each morning hotel guests stroll past a grand piano and portraits of regal European royals to arrive at Ritzcoffier Restaurant. The name pays homage to the “King of the Hoteliers & Hotelier of the Kings” César Ritz and haute-cuisine legend Georges August Escoffier.
Each morning the breakfast spread includes freshly pressed juices, pretty pastries, hot station (waffles, sausage, bacon), cold station (cheese, honeycomb, charcuterie, cured salmon, salad, yogurt, cereal), as well as an a la carte menu devoted to the egg.
For those looking to indulge in a fine dining romance you’ll find fancy French dishes served here each evening thanks to Chef Marc Haeberlin (3-star Michelin Auberge de l’Ill) and Chef de Cuisine Bertrand Charles.
Be sure to order the signature Ribelmais Poularde, a playful take on chicken served in two courses: tender Pot Au Feu Tortellini and Baked Supreme Smoked on Burgenstock Pine Cone and Hay.
A hat tip to Burgenstock Resort’s new Middle Eastern owners, Sharq Oriental offers classic Arabian eats to the discerning globetrotter.
Sharq’s chic dining room sits perched over Lake Lucerne and includes a sun-soaked terrace and intimate hookah lounge. The menu features classic meze and grill dishes which perfume the room and create a truly exotic ambiance.
Highlights include eggplant mousse Moutabal, pomegranate sweetened Mouhamara, crunchy Falafel, saffron infused Kabab’s, date adorned couscous, and a barberry muddled Zereshk. The wine list features a commendable selection of Lebanese wines worth celebrating with a swirl and sip.
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The out-of-this-world restaurant design award goes to Spices Kitchen. Its dining room is an architectural marvel, jutting out of the Palace Hotel’s slick facade, leaving hungry food fans hovering over a dramatic cliff while enjoying an unforgettable panorama of Lake Lucerne.
The restaurant’s open kitchen offers a broad selection of Asian delicacies which are prepared by talented chefs who mastered each cuisine on home turf.
Looking to enjoy an authentic taste of place where local Swiss specialties are served in a cozy Swiss Chalet? Burgenstock’s hat tip to alpine fare is offered up at the historic Restaurant Taverne 1879.
The intimate interior is decorated with authentic Swiss vintage while tables are romantically lit by the flicker of white candle sticks. On special occasions guests are greeted by a choir of alphorn’s while over the dinner hour a lively polka band boasts a foot tapping soundtrack.
Highlights from the Taverne 1879 kitchen include creamy pumpkin soup, crunchy rosti, tartiflette reblochon, and Zurcher Geschnetzeltes, a Zurich staple featuring tender slices of veal cooked in a creamy mushroom sauce.
Lake View Lounge & Bar
The heart of the Palace Hotel can be found at Lake View Lounge & Bar, an open concept social space located just steps away from the hotel’s front desk and concierge.
It’s the perfect perch to sip cocktails and people watch. Enjoy heart stopping views while sipping the mixologist’s signature Rum Cobbler which pairs perfectly with a bowl of sweetly spiced roast nuts.
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Best Tours From Lucerne
- Mount Bürgenstock Excursion from Lucerne: On this tour, choose the start time to suit your preferences and reach the peak of Mount Bürgenstock with ease—with round-trip ferry and funicular travel from Lucerne included.
- Burgenstock Panorama Photo Tour from Lucerne: Take mind-blowing photographs in the heart of central Switzerland atop a spectacular mountain ridge offering incomparable views of Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps.
- 30 Minutes scenic helicopter flight from Lucerne: Take off and enjoy the beautiful scenic flight over the City of Lucerne, lake Lucerne and the famous Swiss mountains Rigi & Pilatus.
- Private nostalgic boat tour on Lake Lucerne: A very elegant and refurbished nostalgic boat from 1926 will take you to hidden wonderful bays and if you wish, also to restaurants you can reach only by boat!
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