This story originally appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.
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Opened December 2016
Sitting prettily in the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps, Gstaad draws a glamorous set of skiers with its pristine slopes and selection of luxury hotels. The latest to join this Alpine scene is the five-star boutique hotel Ultima Gstaad, which welcomes guests with a lavish Baccarat crystal chandelier and grand piano made entirely from glass. Guests cozy up in warmly decorated suites or in the privacy of an individual chalet which, combined with the impeccable service and amenities, give Ultima Gstaad its edge. Behind each chalet’s classic alpine lodge facade, spacious interiors combine natural materials and plush furnishings with contemporary lines and a wealth of amenities. Encompassing just 11 suites and six residences, the hotel has a distinct feeling of exclusivity, and this is heightened by its facilities. As well as having butlers on hand, guests can make use of the hotel’s sleek wood,metallic and white spa by La Prairie and on-site Aesthetics Clinic, while themodern chandelier-lit Duchessa Restaurant stands out as an elegant setting for fun-filled nights of food and wine.