Perched above the street that snakes via the Grindelwald within the Bernese Alps, is the stylish Resort Belvedere.
The resort opened in 1907 and has been in the identical household, the Hausers, for 3 generations. It seems like a dinkier model of Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Resort, with its pale pink partitions and backdrop of snow-topped mountains.
But there’s nothing drained or quaint about this spectacular superior Four-star resort. Whereas Resort Belvedere matches comfortably in its alpine setting amongst the wood chalets, it has a contemporary inside and a dedication to sustainability via hydropower.
and grownup teams would slot in effectively right here. The spacious foyer overlooks a big terrace decked out with fairly wicker furnishings, the place you’ll be able to sip your favorite tipple whereas trying on the mountain views.
Whereas the resort feels fairly grown-up, additionally they cater for households and make each effort to make youngsters really feel welcome. There’s a particular youngsters’s menu within the restaurant and board video games to maintain the household entertained.
There are 56 rooms at Resort Belvedere, starting from the usual double to household rooms that may accommodate as much as 9 folks. All rooms have balconies overlooking the Grindelwald valley, and a few have views of the perilous and world-famous Eiger mountain.
Rooms are spacious and colourfully embellished with a comfy seating nook and tea making services. Our toilet was massive and spotlessly clear, with two basins and a shower sufficiently big for 2. Fortunately the bathe gel, shampoo and conditioner have been connected to the wall in massive separate containers, so there was sufficient for multiple wash.
Friends can loosen up within the massive indoor pool with ground to ceiling home windows to benefit from the beautiful view of the mountains. There’s a sauna and glacier steam bathtub, and in typical European style you’re anticipated to be nude. Nevertheless to save lots of your blushes there’s a ladies’s solely hour each Wednesday between 3pm and 4pm.
On the push of a button, company can open up a door by the pool that results in the outside saltwater Jacuzzi. It’s an invigorating expertise made extra superb by the breathtaking views.
Different services embrace seminar rooms for enterprise conferences and an intensive bar/foyer space. To maintain youngsters (and adults) entertained, there’s additionally a big video games room with desk tennis, desk soccer, billiards, Nintendo Wii and a play nook for toddlers.
Foods and drinks
The meals served in Restaurant Français is so good chances are you’ll be tempted to dine in each night time. The menu serves loads of Swiss classics with a high-quality eating twist, together with fondue and schnitzel. I tucked into a wonderful plate of beer battered perch and potato salad – a really fancy fish & chips certainly!
When you’re interested by ordering a glass (bottle) of wine, make it a Swiss one. Lower than two per cent of Swiss wine is exported and far of it’s produced in small, household run vineyards. We loved a glass of Sylvaner white wine and it was gentle, crisp and scrumptious.
Breakfast is served in the principle restaurant and company can select from a variety cold and hot dishes from the expansive buffet, which additionally contains quite a lot of freshly baked Swiss bread.
Is Wi-Fi accessible
WiFi is out there freed from cost, however the connection in our room wasn’t nice. We had extra luck within the resort foyer.
Replace: We have now been knowledgeable by Resort Belvedere that they are going to be changing their WiFi system very quickly to make sure improved web connection.
Normal doubles begin from CHF 278 (£212) per night time, whereas a deluxe double with Eiger views begins at CHF 518 (£395) per night time. Household rooms begin at CHF 558 (£426) per night time and kids as much as 11 years keep freed from cost within the dad and mom’ room or in a household suite.
All room charges are based mostly on two folks sharing and embrace breakfast.
What’s close by
Within the winter Grindelwald is a well-liked ski resort. For the remainder of the 12 months, there are many journey actions to participate in, from trekking to mountain biking. When you’re looking for an adrenaline kick, there’s a close-by gorge the place you’ll be able to try a terrifying canyon swing with an 85m free fall.
The best strategy to attain Grindelwald is by prepare. It takes about three hours to journey from Zurich Worldwide Airport to Grindelwald (altering at Bern and Interlaken).