Everyone has heard of Gstaad, but what about Rougemont? Almost as if hiding in the shadow of world renowned Gstaad, you will find the enchanting village of Rougemont. Authentic wooden chalets make up the village and lush Prealpine landscapes and the Videmanette, also known as ‘The Gstaad Dolomites’, create the backdrop. So, if you love the region of Gstaad, but not necessarily the hype that comes with it, then Rougemont is the place for you.
The Hotel de Rougemont & Spa is one of those hotels, where you literally feel the stress and tension fade away as you enter. The reception area is spacious and bright, yet at the same time cozy and welcoming thanks to the colours and materials used. The smiles of the staff are as authentic as the chalet style architecture of the hotel.
The overall design is alpine chic with a hint of elegance. A neutral colour scheme runs throughout the entire hotel creating a sense of calm. Neutral colours in combination with wood, stone and slate always have a soothing effect and simultaneously ooze sophistication. Chairs from Maxalto, as well as stylish light fixtures from Catellani & Smith and Bocci also add to the elegant feel. Recessed LED lighting in the ceilings and on the walls create a warm glow and together with rustic wood panelling and the plaids further enhance that sense of wellbeing felt throughout the hotel. The vintage Bogner ads come canvases add a touch of nostalgia. The Bar Lounge offers plenty of seating surrounding a massive central fireplace sitting atop a big stone from the local river Sarine. The Wine Room offers a space for private dinners and wine tastings and the chic Cigar Lounge will delight the cigar aficionados amongst you.
With only 33 rooms and suites the Hotel de Rougemont & Spa is considered a boutique hotel. We were given one of the fabulous Prestige Suites, featuring a bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, a lounge with a sofa bed, a second bathroom, a guest toilet and a balcony with stunning views. The style alpine chic also dominates the rooms giving the property a very cohesive look. In the bathrooms the oak cabinets are set against slate tiles and black marble sinks, creating a very contemporary look. Bathroom hooks made to look like a deer head make reference to the logo of the Hotel de Rougemont & Spa. Driftwood lamps add a nice rustic touch to the living space.
When in the mountains I love the combination of fresh air, ever changing stunning views and physical exercise, followed by a visit to the spa! Feeling your strained muscles soften by the gentle bubbles in the jacuzzi and the aches and pains melt away in the sauna is pure bliss. Getting a gentle and relaxing massage (ask for Marine) was the icing on the cake! The Nuxe Spa features a small indoor pool with integrated bubble jets, a sauna and a steam bath. As the name suggests, Nuxe products are used for all treatments and the pleasant fragrance will linger long after your treatment. For those seeking to keep up with their fitness routine, there’s also a generously sized gym with machines and weights. The design of the spa follows the same neutral colour scheme and the use of natural materials. The natural crude rock wall brings nature in and is a lovely background for the turquoise shimmering water of the pool.
Relaxed and refreshed, we got ready for our dinner at the in-house gourmet Restaurant Le Roc. Innovative combinations of uber fresh local ingredients, beautifully presented, made every dish an experience.
After a full day of activities in the fresh mountain air and a sumptuous meal, there’s quite nothing like sinking into the bed. And what a bed it was! In fact, it’s how I’d imagine lying on a cloud feels like! Fluffy, yet supportive, firm, yet soft. A light duvet, plush pillows and extra soft linens sum up the heavenly experience. The interior designer in me had to find out the make of the mattresses and I was pleased to learn that they are from one of my preferred bed and mattress suppliers, Elite Beds.
As I always say, one of my favourite things about staying at hotels is breakfast. It is such a luxury to simply get up, do your morning routine and then sit down for a healthy and hearty breakfast. At the Hotel de Rougemont & Spa breakfast is served at the L’Atelier Le Roc, which doubles as a cozy restaurant for cheese specialities in the winter. The design is casual and cozy with lots of wood, exposed beams and felt curtains framing the typical chalet windows. There’s a continental buffet as well as hot dishes prepared to order. The vegetable omelet filled with ratatouille is not to be missed…
Go ahead and discover Rougemont, a member of the ‘most beautiful villages in Switzerland’ and the unspoiled region of the Pays d’Enhaut, but remember to keep it a secret 😉
P.S. Update: the Restaurant Le Roc was awarded 14 out of 20 Gault Millau points in October 2019!
Pamper yourself, you deserve it!
As a regular Spa goer, who’s been lucky enough to visit some of the most exclusive spas in places like Dubai, Oman, Mauritius, the Maldives, the Caribbean, London and Switzerland, I have experienced many types of massages – good and bad. The massage at the Nuxe Spa was one of the best I’ve ever had, because it was highly personalized. A simple questionnaire before your treatment helps establish your preferences, so that you can fully relax without having to wonder what to expect. I can highly recommend my masseuse Marine.
Get the Gstaad Card and get around:
Whether you are staying in Rougemont or in Gstaad, I highly recommend the Gstaad Card. With this card you get access to the cable cars and lifts of the region, as well as the trains connecting the various villages. It’s a great way to get around and explore the region.
Adrenaline junky or not, Videmanette is a must:
If you’re an adrenaline junky, you will love La Videmanette. In winter there are some of the most challenging as well as the longest downhill runs of the entire region and in summer there are three Via Ferratas (literally iron paths in Italian) that will delight climbing enthusiasts. However, even if you are seeking more leisurely thrills (like we were), it is worth taking the cable car up the Videmanette. You will be rewarded with a breathtaking 360 degrees panorama. Different level hikes are also available, including a short stroll where you can simply enjoy the views.
Gstaad and Saanen – always worth a visit:
Both the village of Gstaad and Saanen are always worth a visit. In my blog post about the Huus Gstaad you can read more about the villages of Gstaad and Saanen as well as the activities in the region. One of my favourite places is the Lauenensee and the waterfall, which is a fantastic hiking and mountain bike destination.
Simone Aïda Baur of Global Inspirations Design
Courtesy Hotel de Rougemont & Spa
Note: This blog post was created in collaboration with the Hotel de Rougemont & Spa and the Tourism offices of Pays-d’Enhaut and Gstaad (press trip).
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