Bürgenstock Hotels & Resort Lake Lucerne
- Day Spa
- Fine Dining
- Going Solo
- Medi Spa
- Thermal Facilities
- Kids club
- Pool – Indoor
- Pool – Outdoor
Hailed as ‘The Architectural Project of the Century’, more than 550 million Swiss Francs were spent on the renovation of the Bürgenstock Resort. Accessed by private catamaran and a fully-restored 1888 funicular railway, guests are transported across Lake Lucerne and directly into the reception of the mountain top retreat.
383 guest rooms and suites span four hotels, from the historic late 19th century Taverne to leading edge architectural design by Matteo Thun for the Waldhotel.
Set 500m above Lake Lucerne is the 10,000sqm Alpine Spa. The glass-encased haven brings an atmosphere of tranquillity, surrounded by glorious mountain views over Mount Pilatus and Mount Rigi. The three-floor spa has been designed to inspire the feeling of wellbeing in the body and soul, housing a Kneipp bath, private bath chambers, an Arabian Razul using local Bürgenstock Rock, Turkish Steam, a panoramic sauna and tranquillity room both with roaring log fireplaces, jacuzzis hidden within a cave, 13 treatment rooms, three private spa rooms and a ladies-only spa.
Highlights of the Alpine Spa menu include signature Bürgenstock stone massages, Vichy shower treatments, body peelings, anti-ageing, revitalising and perfecting facials and elasticity body packs. The Alpine Spa collaborates with local and natural spa brands including Suzanne Kaufmann and La Prairie to promote natural wellbeing which soothes the soul.
To enjoy the natural beauty of Switzerland and the spa’s idyllic surroundings, a 3,000 m² outdoor spa offers wellbeing under the wide-open sky. The beautifully landscaped private garden allows guests to enjoy the crisp Alpine air. From the historic protected kidney shaped ‘Hollywood Pool’, which was once exclusive to the resort’s celebrity guests in the 1950’s, to the dramatic infinity-edge pool overhanging the mountain edge, there is a heightened sense of connection with the stunning Lake Lucerne which flows below and supplies the water for all of the spa’s facilities. The water in the infinity pool is heated to a water temperature of 35c throughout the year so that the stunning views can be enjoyed in the utmost comfort.
To complete the diverse range of offers at the Alpine Spa, guests can also enjoy an indoor and outdoor fitness park and wide range of professional courses available, including body pump and yoga.
- Infinity pool
- Panoramic sauna
- Private spa suites
- Kneipp baths
- Arabian rasul
- Salt bath
- Ladies’ spa
- Nude spa
- Finnish sauna
- Cold water pool
- Aroma sauna
- Herbal steam room
- Ice room
- Rain shower
- Alpine eco pool
- Infa-red cabins
- Serenity room
- Indoor pool
- Kids club
- Outdoor pool
- Beauty facilities
- Oak grill & pool patio
- Spray tanning
- Treatment rooms
Each of the Bürgenstock Hotel’s 102 rooms and suites spread across seven floors boast panoramic views across Lake Lucerne. A masterpiece of modern architecture, the Bürgenstock Hotel has been designed by local architects and uses shell limestone sourced from the Alps throughout.
Built on the site of the former Park Hotel, contemporary interiors have been created by London based MKV Design and feature subtle alpine touches to illustrate mountain life, such as the traditional wood-carved walls. Other design features of the rooms include the spectacular oriel windows, the double-sided fireplace and the double panorama bathtub. Bathrooms include a walk-in shower, Arabian hand shower, Bulgari amenities and high quality bathrooms and slippers.
24-hour room service is available. Soft drinks and beers from the minibar are complimentary. The hotel connects directly to the 10,000m² Alpine Spa and the neighbouring Palace Hotel via the Museum Corridor.
Check out: 12:00 PM
Beautifully prepared organic grill dishes await in the Oak Grill and Pool Patio restaurant. Based on a farm-to-table concept, specialities are prepared on a grill with a special blend of woods and spices, including fish from the lake and vegetables and meats from local producers around the Bürgenstock Resort.
Facilities and Activities
- Hammetschwand lift
- Tennis courts
- Ice skating rink (in winter)
- Horseback riding
- Bike trails
- Water sports
- 12 Bars and restaurants
- Conference centre
- Museum corridor
- 4 Hotels
- Bürgenstock funicular
- Residence suites and villas
For the Kids
Children are warmly welcomed in the Mutzliburg Kids Club during opening hours. Children up to age 15 are welcome to use the wet zones accompanied by their parents. Treatments and the access to the nude area are allowed for people over 16.
From Zurich, take the motorway exit Stansstad and follow the signs to Bürgenstock.
From Italy, take the motorway exit Stans-Süd and drive towards Stansstad. Follow the signs to Bürgenstock.
The nearest airport is Zurich which has connecting trains directly from the airport to Lucerne. From Lucerne airport catch the boat from the pier across the glittering Lake Lucerne, before taking the famous Bürgenstock Funicular directly to the lobby of the Bürgenstock Hotel and the Piazza.
From Stansstad railway station, directly to Bürgenstock Resort with the Postauto you will find four stops in the resort: Bürgenstock Ost, Bürgenstock Waldhotel, Bürgenstock Zentrum, Bürgenstock Residenzen.
Fly directly to the Bürgenstock Resort by helicopter. You will find several landing places in the resort. There is also the private airfield of Buochs 15 minutes from the resort for private jets.
Review by Lydia-Rose Cox
World-class beauty and wellbeing therapies in Europe’s largest spa, 500 metres above Lake Lucerne. Nine years and a 550 million Swiss Franc investment, Bürgenstock Resort has been reborn as one of Switzerland’s most prestigious addresses. Here in the Alps the estate represents a landmark in ecological thinking due to its construction practices, the Bürgenstock Bahn, the world’s oldest electrical funicular delivers you into the lobby of Bürgenstock Hotel where the carbon neutral credentials continue. More than 165,000 sq m of stone and wood excavated on site have been incorporated into the construction and renovation of the Alpine Spa, Bürgenstock Hotel, the Palace Hotel, the Pensione Taverne and the Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence. Whether the pursuit of hedonism, healing or hibernation brings you to Bürgenstock, this trailblazing resort is set in one of the world’s most geologically raw and rich environments, with Alpine air guaranteed to leave you breathing easier. Just being in this Swiss mountain setting is invigorating.
The Alpine Spa is an impressive glass-enclosed, earthy-hued 10,000 sq m refuge of tranquility with an arresting Alpine backdrop. Smooth grey-stone walls and natural lighting evoke a sense of calm; around every corner find grapefruit-infused water and healthy snacks on the house. Watching from the outdoor infinity pool, we admired boats gliding across Lake Lucerne, and submerged in our heated cantilevered watery perch we could see snow setting on Rigi and Pilatus’ peaks. Kept at a constant 36 degrees, this is a heavenly hangout whatever the weather.
The spa menu is extensive and suited to all goals; favourite treatments include the The Swiss Line Oxygen Rescue Facial, Susanne Kaufmann massages, body peels, and herbal baths. Revitalising in the hands of intuitive therapists, hi-tech-holistic products, full of essential oils from the Bregenz Forest, restore even the weariest of bodies.
The Swiss Oxygen Rescue Facial naturally plumps skin with vital O2 which minimizes facial redness linked to dilated blood capillaries; more than that the Swiss Line products and the application of these genuinely boosts cell renewal. Mindful inhalation soothed immediately and soon enough I was drifting. I heard the words ‘slight peel’ ‘hyaluronic acid’ and ‘relax’ but before long I was sound asleep, cocooned on the heated treatment bed. After 45 minutes I woke, touched my face and revelled in feeling like I’d never need moisturise again.
Unwind before, in between and after treatments in the unheated lake-water pool, rebalancing hot and cold Kneipp baths, by floating in the salt pool (you’ll become aware of every scrape you didn’t know you had but persevere and you will be rewarded with silky-soft skin), infrared cabins and nap shells, Bürgenstock’s jelly-mattress pods with white noise are the ultimate power-nap pods. In the Serenity Room — the only unscented space in the Alpine Spa — borrow one of the coffee table books (I dipped into Audrey Hepburn’s bio) to read on a fireside waterbed.
Alongside the Alpine Spa, a mountain-facing state-of-the-art medical and wellness centre at the Waldhotel tailors physical and mental wellbeing packages specialising in cardiology, dermatology, orthopedics and nutrition. Comprehensive itineraries packed full of check-ups, treatments and relaxation are adapted to each guest’s specific needs; from post-op recovery to weight-loss.
Bürgenstock Hotel’s light-filled gently perfumed lobby stars a comfortable lounge, roaring fire and well-stocked bar. Museum-like corridors are lined with paintings, photos and sculptures telling the past of this history-rich resort which dates back to 1876. Rooms are airy and open plan with king-size beds and huge square baths celebrating grandstand views. In true Swiss style, two duvets rather than one make for undisrupted sleep if you’re sharing the bed. A gas-lit fireplace, open both sides, divides the bath and lounge areas; serene palette, contemporary furniture is strategically placed so as not to compete with the uninterrupted view of lake, mountains and Lucerne itself.
Masterful omnivore menus designed by Culinary Director, Mike Wehrle, champion simple vegetables and herbs picked from the gardens make up light, healthy yet hearty meals at Verbena, the Waldhotel’s low-sodium, health-conscious restaurant. Farm-to-table dining at the Oak Grill delivers the freshest produce and meat cooked over spiced up wood; fresh fish caught from Lake Lucerne is a speciality but the sweet-potato chips and lychee cocktails are winners, too. Expertly prepared authentic pan-Asian recipes await in the glass-fronted Spices Restaurant & Bar — try the Yum Woon Sen. Spicy, the glass noodles are light but pack a punch.
At Sharq Oriental Restaurant, the comforting and indulgent Middle Eastern cuisine —moussaka, fattoush and hummus — is prepared with flourish in front of you in the open kitchen.
Facilities and Activities
The protected historic Hollywood Pool and Patio, where stars such as Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren have famously lounged, opens in the summer. As does the Hammetschwand Lift, Europe’s highest outdoor elevator.
Explore the magnificent surroundings with ease by ambling along wide, raised, wooden promenades, which start from outside the hotel, pass through woodland and past the golf course. Wheelchair friendly, they make hiking accessible for less able-bodied nature lovers. There is also access to 70km of hiking and biking trails, a nine-hole golf course, a sculpture trail, water sports, ice-skating rinks in winter and horse riding. Indoor fitness facilities are unrivaled; the three private spa suites and impressive tennis courts mean you can be as active as you like in every season.