For those who favour après over ski, the glamour hotspot this season is in Gstaad, at Le Grand Bellevue’s new nightclub, Bouquet, which opens on Christmas Day. Flying in some of Europe’s top DJs, including DJ Gmac from Paris, the decadent party venue will be spinning tunes until the early hours.
The club, with its subterranean exclusivity, kilim-covered sofas, velvet banquette seating, funky House of Hackney deep-burgundy wallpaper, bordeaux-red herringbone curtains and rock’n’roll lounge feel, is looking to bring “that je ne sais quoi to the town and all our patrons”, says Daniel Koetser, owner of Le Grand Bellevue.
Koetser is following the 180-capacity club’s Christmas debut with an extravagant New Year’s Eve party at which patrons can toast 2016 with an array of drinks from sake cocktails to Krug to Moët & Chandon’s new Nectar Impérial Rosé champagne served on ice – Gstaad is the first ski resort to serve the drink.
The historic hotel reopened in 2013 after an extensive refurbishment, and its 57 rooms combine a modern aesthetic with a comfortable dose of tradition. Its fabulous 3,000sq m Le Grand Spa is launching a new partnership with Daylesford founder Lady Bamford’s range, Bamford, next year, and Pilates and yogaclasses are on offer to ease away the slalom-induced aches and pains. An extensive offering of steam rooms and saunas includes a Finnish sauna, brine grotto and herbal steam bath.
Before a night on the tiles, all revellers need to line their stomachs. Tuck into dishes such as poached Gstaad egg hollandaise with spinach, or roasted Noilly Prat turbot steak at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Leonard’s, or for some warming tartiflette or fondue, Le Petit Chalet is a cosy wooden hideaway. For those who are keeping themselves trim for the Moncler, the sushi bar is a healthy choice, serving delicious algae salad, sashimi plates and maki rolls.