By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Ermitage Spa & Hotel)
The Ermitage Wellness Spa & Hotel is a special place where the staff are waiting to pamper you.
The spacious reception hall (lobby) has a touch of old world charm. Its impressive two-story high panoramic ceiling wall-to-wall windows provide both a dramatic view in the day and romantic at night. You see the pool, pond, gardens and mountains from almost every public room and guest rooms.
Couches are next to a large fireplace with flickering fire during cold evenings.
Walking into the glamorous dimly lit One Million Stars Cocktail Lounge, the neon lighting stands out. A pianist plays as his music an be heard throughout the first floor’s public rooms as well as upstairs at the spa.
The original hotel was built in 1955 with a recent addition of two buildings in 2011,
They kept the buildings in the traditional Swiss Chalet-style as the Ermitage is located in a small village.
Stefan Walliser, Director of the Ermitage Hotel, proudly mentioned that his family
Crest can be traced back 500 years and another part of his lines are from Hannibal.
Stefan discussed the Ermitage Hotel, “We are the only 5-star hotel with ski- and ski-out. There are 50 kilometers of ski slopes on the left and 110 kilometers
on the right of the hotel. We are connected with three different valleys and guarantee snow. “
They have a theater which schedules Academy Award and other films for adults and
The Ermitage Hotel is the official summer hotel of the Menuhin Festival (Das Offizielle Menuhin Festival).
Their emphasis is on wellness with a spa which covers more than 3,000 square meters. Guests can enjoy the sauna, 10 different steam baths, the relaxing rooms, massage and treatment. Their Goat Milk Massage is traditional to the Alpine area.
The swimming pool, squash court, tennis, beach volley ball and complimentary mountain bikes keep guests busy.
Cows are important to the local economy. When checking-into the hotel, they gave me a carved wooden cow. You will see around 60 cow pictures around the hotel.
The Ermitage Wellness-&-Spa Hotel is in the village of Schonried ov Gstaad.
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