Here at Dovetail we are very excited for the official launch of Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucernewhich will be celebrated in 2018 after the final hotel of the masterpiece, The Waldhotel, opened in January 2018.
Sitting along a mountain ridge 500m above Lake Lucerne, Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne has a heritage dating back 150 years including as the hideaway for Sophia Loren and as the wedding venue for Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer in the 1960s. Following an international investment of half a billion Swiss Francs and a nine year project, this icon of Swiss hospitality has been carefully revived. Arriving by private boat transfer across Lake Lucerne to the Bürgenstock Resort, guests are greeted by the fully restored 19th century Bürgenstock Funicular Railway to transport them up the mountain. Once there, guests can choose from one of fourhotels – the 3* traditional Taverne 1879 with just 12 cosy rooms, the 4* Palace Hotel from 1903 which has been fully restored, the breath-taking 5* superior Bürgenstock Hotel with far-reaching views across Lake Lucerne and the Waldhotel Health and Medical Excellence, which incorporates a wonderful forest bathing concept.
Designed by Italian star architect Matteo Thun, the five-star Waldhotel is an architecturally striking medical centre at the front line of innovation, utilising the excellence reputation of Swiss medicine. It features an elite team of multidisciplinary physicians with a depth of expertise to treat and prevent health concerns using treatments at the highest level. Built into the landscape and designed to be gradually enveloped in the surrounding greenery, it embraces the concept of forest living. All 160 terrace rooms and suites will boast magnificent south-facing views of the Alps. This high class healthy living destination will offer extraordinary levels of care, focusing on the specific needs of patients and guests. Besides beauty and relaxation treatments,tailored programmes can be built upon the following:
• Medical check-up(multidisciplinary diagnostics including imaging - health risk assessment -health consulting)
• Mobility – Performance –Revitalization (orthopedics - sports medicine - metabolic and cardiovascularrevitalization – ophthalmology – physiotherapy & physical therapy – massage- integrative medicine)
• Metabolism & Weight Balance(sustainable weight reduction & regulation - nutrition & dietetics –IMetBalance)
• Mental Health Balance (assessmentof work-place & work-life balance – consulting – treatment - personal coaching)
• Well-Ageing - The World of Senses& Beauty (dermatology - cosmetics & Spa - dental health &aesthetics)
In addition to 23medical rooms which includes 18 rehabilitation rooms and five rooms foraccompanying guests, the 4,200m² Waldhotel will incorporate a medical spa,ladies only spa, 160m² conference room, board room, herb garden, library,healthy dining ‘Verbana’ Restaurant and educational kitchen to teach guests howto recreate this cuisine at home.
As is the ethos of Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne, The Waldhotel champions sustainability in its construction and approach. Natural construction materials including wood and stone from local surroundings have been used where possible, in addition to limestone from the excavation. This conscious effort has spared the equivalent of trucks driving nine times around the world.
The resort also boasts a 10,000sqm glass-clad Alpine Spa offering an incredible infinity pool overlooking Lake Lucerne and 1950's kidney shaped ‘Hollywood pool’ inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright.
The resort incorporates an incredible array of amenities, founded on wellness, nature and design, all set within 60 hectares of pristine Alpine forest and almost entirely carbon neutral. To occupy its guests, the resort boasts 12 world dining options, 70km of hiking and biking trails, three Davis Cup standard tennis courts, a nine hole golf course, curling, ice-skating rinks and horse stables.