JUN 2013

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SPA HOPPING GSTAAD PALACE, Holding court on a hilltop in a verdant valley of Bern canton in the southwest of Switzerland, Gstaad Palace—which celebrates its centennial this year—epitomizes the grace and gentility of a bygone era. The turrets and spires of its elegant structure speak of its status as a haven for the rich and famous, a place where aristocrats rub elbows with international jet-setters. Guests have included Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, David Niven and Peter Sellers, who shot a Pink Panther movie here. Today, the five-star facility features a well-equipped Technogym, heated Olympic-sized pool, and indoor and outdoor tennis courts (with coaching by tennis pros such as Grand Slam champion Roy Emerson). With 150-plus miles of slopes at its doorstep in the Bernese Oberland, 3,440-foot-high Gstaad is a mecca for mountain climbers, skiers, bikers, trekkers and the like. After a few hours spent roughing it in this Alpine arcadia, guests eagerly seek the curative services that await at the The Place's Spa & Health Club. The 6,000-square-foot, state-ofthe-art wellness center boasts eight treatment rooms, saunas, steam baths, a solarium, private spa suite, indoor pool, and an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi that open up to a majestic, mountainous panorama. Indoors, subdued lighting, stone Gstaad Palace Spa guests decompress as they take in stunning walls, wooden ceilings, plush furniture and a circular stone panoramic views from the relaxation lounge or the outdoor pool. 22 DAYSPA | JUNE 2013 COURTESY GSTAAD PALACE PALACE.CH

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