Whether you like being in, on or by the water, whether you’re seeking an active holiday or just want to relax or whether you’re a mountain enthusiast or a culture buff, the Deltapark Vitalresort has got you covered.
If you like to have the privacy of your own home, while also enjoying the convenience of a hotel, then staying at one of the private Lake Villas at the Deltapark Vitalresort near Thun, will provide you with the best of both worlds.
Yacht-like interiors at the Deltapark Vitalresort Lake Villas
Staying at a Lake Villa at the Deltapark Vitalresort was a truly unique experience. I loved having the luxury of a spacious, private home, while also having the services and facilities of the hotel on our doorstep. It’s like vacationing on the water without the need of a sailor’s permit nor the risk of sea sickness.
There are 7 Lake Villas, 3 of which are managed by the Deltapark Vitalresort as 5 star serviced apartments. The villas are tucked away in a peaceful and secluded area providing you with that sense of privacy, yet only steps away from the hotel and its facilities.
The architecture and interior design of the lake villas unmistakably take inspiration from a yacht. The villas sit on the water’s edge and when on the wrap-around porch you get the illusion of being on a ship. The authentic ship flooring throughout the villa adds to this impression as does the built-in wooden cabinetry in the bedrooms.
Each villa features 180m2 living space spread across two floors, which includes 3 en-suite bedrooms, a fully equipped open plan kitchen with a large kitchen island, a living and dining area, spacious terrace, a double parking garage and a boat’s garage.
While I found the interior design of the living room at our particular villa to be lacking some cohesiveness, I absolutely loved the overall bright and generous space, the contemporary light-coloured bathrooms, the ship-like bedroom design and above all that yacht-feeling when sitting on the terrace.
Surrounded by nature, yet close to the historic town of Thun
The Deltapark Vitalresort is located in Gwatt, just a short drive from the charming town of Thun and enjoys a very unique position. The expansive complex sits right on Lake Thun and is flanked by a nature reserve on both sides. The resort consists of several buildings that were added over the years.
The history of the Deltapark Vitalresort dates back to the 1930’s
The area was originally part of the surrounding swamps, when in 1929 a lady called Lisel Moser had the vision to build a protestant youth center on it. Soon after the land was turned into a buildable plot and simple wooden houses were built to accommodate the Gwatt youth center.
Over time the Gwatt centre became a popular destination for various types of seminars. The unique tent shaped buildings were added in the 1960’s and in the 1980’s the building, which is now part of the main building, was added.
In 2008 the complex was purchased by Peter Hauenstein, owner of Hauenstein Hotels as well as a real estate and investment group in Thun. The project Deltapark was launched in 2011.
After a further expansion and extensive renovations of the existing buildings, the hotel opened as the Deltapark Vitalresort in 2016. The Lake Villas aka Deltaprivé were inaugurated a year later. The name of the hotel pays homage to its location ‘Kanderdelta’, the shape of the mountain ‘Niesen’ behind the hotel and the iconic, love-it-or-hate-it, tent shaped buildings.
(What) a trip to the spa
The latter, now listed buildings, are home to a 2000m2 spa and wellness area including sauna facilities, an indoor salt water pool, an outdoor jacuzzi, sundecks, treatment rooms and a gym. In addition, there are 3 private spas, each featuring a unique design style ranging from Swiss Chalet to African Lodge hut.
For those who can’t or don’t want to walk the short distance to the spa, there’s an automated train that will take you there from the main building. Regardless of your situation, I recommend giving the little train a try in any case, because taking a train in your bathrobe is definitely not your everyday experience and when Artificial Intelligence aka AI takes over, then it can even turn into a comedy show…
Contemporary interior design with a masculine touch
One of the three buildings currently houses 19 rooms sold as 3-star accommodation. However, this building will soon undergo a big transformation, I was told by Kevin Furrer the General Manager of the hotel.
The remaining 87 rooms are rated 4 stars superior. They’re located in the main building and a building to the back of the resort. All rooms feature a balcony and functional contemporary interior design.
Much like the rooms the overall design of the hotel is contemporary. The rather masculine design concept features lots of wood and mostly dark brown and black leather furniture as well as purple upholstery. However, thanks to the many floor to ceiling windows the interiors still appear bright and inviting.
Culinary journey at Deltapark Vitalresort Thun
The Deltapark offers three restaurants – the Hotel Restaurant, the Delta à la Carte Restaurant and the Deltaverde Thai Cuisine, as well as a Lounge & Bar and a Smoker’s Lounge.
Vegan friendly or not?
Since going vegan, I’ve stayed at several 4 and 5-star hotels in Switzerland. While all of them made an effort to accommodate me, there usually were several hiccups along the way. Given my previous experiences, I was prepared to explain, question and even design my own menu as I’ve done in the past. I was therefore pleasantly surprised at how well prepared the Deltapark Thun was.
Dinner at the Deltaverde Thai Cuisine was exceptional. Not only were there multiple vegan options (yay!), but they were also clearly labelled and the food was absolutely delicious.
On our second evening we ate at the hotel’s main restaurant and the chef prepared a special vegan menu for us. Unlike at some other hotels in Switzerland, it wasn’t just a roasted cauliflower (which seems to be the vegan go-to dish at many hotel restaurants), but instead a varied and tasty four course meal, which included a delicious dessert (which is a rare treat for a gluten-free vegan like me).
Prior to our departure we had lunch on the terrace of the Delta à la Carte Restaurant, where we were offered two vegan menu options. We both opted for the Italian style soup and pasta and enjoyed our last meal while taking in the views of the gardens and the lake beyond.
As any vegan would know, breakfast is often the most disappointing meal at hotels. Gone are the days when I would look forward to an scrumptious breakfast buffet that would keep me full all day long. Having said this, the breakfast buffet at the Deltapark did offer a few more vegan options than most hotels, such as vegan cheeses and vegan yoghurts.
In summary, although there’s of course still room for improvement, I would label the Deltapark Vitalresort as fairly vegan friendly.
Relaxation, wellness and indulgence are the cornerstones of the Deltapark Vitalresort
While the Lake Villa was definitely the highlight of my stay at the Deltapark, I also enjoyed the scenic and peaceful surroundings, the spa and of course the culinary experience.
When I asked the General Manager what the Deltapark Vitalresort stands for, he said: “Relaxation, wellness and indulgence”. In my personal experience, these three boxes have most definitely been ticked. The Deltapark is a great place to disconnect, slow down and just enjoy the moment.
Happy stylish discoveries,
Frederike Hegner and Romel Janeski (Courtesy of Deltapark Vitalresort)
Note: This blog post was created in collaboration with the hotel (press stay).