Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
The majestic classical 1900 building by Josef Bon sits perfectly in idyllic setting on the lake shore and belies the stunning contemporary innovations within. This is one of the great spa hotel retreats of the world
The Park Hotel opened in 1903 by a pioneer of early tourism, was renovated extensively in 2009 under the principle of ‘maintain the past, create the future’. State-of-the-art technology has been woven into the elegant fabric of the lakeside palace so that guests are delighted not only by the nostalgic charm of this magical building but also the innovative concepts and superb contemporary facilities.
Themes of art and culture, epicurean and health run throughout the hotel and each of the individually styled suites and residences where furnishings, decoration and art have all been individually chosen. Fine dining at Restaurant Focus and fusion cuisine at Prisma are complemented by the glorious Lakeshore Terrace and the wonderful Verlinde Armagnac and Cognac bar from which the staff will craft cocktails to suit your palette, serve Relais Gourmand food or provide you with a cigar to enjoy in the fumoir. Six wine cellars are an almost museum-like paradise for oenologists and comprise one of the greatest collections in the world.
The superb spa is cutting edge and houses gymnasium, pools, saunas, massage and beauty treatment rooms. The Finnish sauna for heat, tepidarium to relax, try a steam bath, sanarium and then cool off in the ice grotto after a session in the gym. The wonderful infinity edge heated pool extends twenty-one metres out towards lake and mountains or simply jump into Lake Lucerne from the hotel pontoon and relax in a hot tub.
Days are spent cruising the lake by private boat, biking or hiking the mountains. Visit Mt Rigi on the Rigibahn, the first mountain railway in Europe, the impressive sights of Lucerne – one of the most beautiful cities in the world – or Zurich. Play tennis, badminton or boules at the hotel and in the winter there are Nordic, dog-sledding and sledging activities. The Park Hotel Vitznau offers the perfect balance between luxurious comfort, immaculate service from a staff for whom nothing is trouble, epicurean paradise and healthy mountain lakeside living. One of the great Spa Hotels of the world.