In the heart of Gstaad village, Le Grand Bellevue was originally built in 1912 as a cure house and spa. The dynamic young owners Daniel and Davia Koetser re-launched Le Grand Bellevue after a year-long renovation.
Chef Francesco De Bartolomeis inspires diners at LEONARD’s restaurant with his sophisticated combination of international haute cuisine and modern bistro style. Treat yourself to expertly hand-rolled sushi and curated salads by Tokyotrained Sushi Master Takehiko Yoshikawa at the Sushi Bar. And the celebrated chalet-style Chesery, takes diners on an exquisite gastronomic journey, using seasonal ingredients in the most creative of dishes.
Other features include an art-deco bar and cocktail lounge, cigar lounge and a private cinema. Le Grand Bellevue is home to 3,000 square metres of luxurious wellness facilities. Le Grand Spa features no fewer than 17 different wellness zones, including an indoor swimming pool and outdoor relaxation pool, a state-of-the-art fitness room and a range of yoga, meditation and Pilates classes.
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Le Grand Bellevue offers a remarkable choice of cuisine: where else can you take your pick of two top class restaurants? LEONARD’s serves modern Alpine gastronomy combining local ingredients in a range of exiting dishes. From the hotel, it’s just a short walk through Gstaad to the other restaurant, Chesery, for chalet-style fine dining. Chef Robert Speth serves dishes that capture the flavours of Switzerland.
LEONARD’S: daily, 7.00 – 11.00am, 12.00 – 2.45pm and 6.30 – 10.45pm.
Wednesday to Sunday 12.00 – 2.30pm and 6.30 – 10.30pm
Tuesday, closed in September and October. In July and August closed till 6.00pm.
Back at Le Grand Bellevue, there’s The Bar. In a vintage interior with trendy music, you can enjoy a tasty pasta dish, or choose smaller dishes to share, combined with an excellent cocktail. Fans of Chesterfield furniture will love the 17.5-metre sofa.
Opening times: daily, 11.00am to 00.30am.
In the tiny Krug Chalet, you can enjoy the ultimate private dining experience for a group of up to eight. You dine surrounded by sparkling snow, with a warm blanket to hand and heaters to keep you snug.
Stroll through the gardens of Le Grand Bellevue and you’ll come across Le Petit Chalet, an intimate log-cabin restaurant with room for 18 diners, specialising in traditional Swiss dishes – which naturally include cheese fondue and raclette. In summer, the chalet opens its doors so you can dine out on the terrace.
Opening times: Thursday to Monday, 6.00 – 23.00pm
(open daily 21 December – 5 January and 8 – 24 February).
For fantastic Japanese food after an exhilarating day in the mountains, head for the Sushi Bar. You can also enjoy the delicious sushi in the comfort of your own room, or maybe a Japanese salad and perfect sashimi by Sushi Master Takehiko Yoshikawa.
Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday, 12.00 – 3.00pm and 6.00 – 10.00pm.
In the cocktail lounge and club bouquet, the resident DJ creates a relaxing atmosphere in a décor of extravagant floral fabrics and vintage glamour.
Opening times: Thursday to Saturday 8.30pm – 2.00am (during the winter months).
Choose a book from the well-stocked library and take a seat by the crackling fire for afternoon tea. Or take the time for a cosy game of Monopoly or Scrabble. Settle down in one of the inviting armchairs or wrap up in a warm blanket and recline on one of the tweed sofas.
The private gardens of Le Grand Bellevue offer an intimate hideaway in the heart of Gstaad, perfect for a picnic or a quiet read. More active types can take to the lush lawn for a game of croquet. Or maybe you’d prefer an outdoor yoga session?
The garden lounge offers a view of the Alps in the distance with the garden in the foreground – a wonderful place to sip a drink or enjoy an ice cream.
Gstaad is one of the most exclusive skiing resorts in the world, well loved by the international jet set and royalty. The shops in the pedestrianised centre of this attractive mountain resort carry most of the well-known fashion designer brands. This part of Berner Oberland is famous for its immense skiing slopes with more than 220 km of pistes. All year round this wonderful mountain region with its beautiful lakes and woodlands beneath the more than 3,000 metre high Spitzhorn summit is ideal for winter and summer sports. Every year sports lovers look forward to the Swiss Tennis Open in Gstaad with all the known big names in tennis or to the Beach Volleyball Major Series. Also well worth a visit is a trip to one of the local farms for the most delicious cheese and milk.