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October 1, 2013updated Feb 17, 2014

Swiss Classic

By Chris Boyle

Newly Renovated Suite / Gstaad PalaceCelebrating its centennial on December 8, Gstaad Palace seems ready to take on the next century with the same grace and glamour that has made it a jet-set favorite the world over.

A convivial warmth permeates the property—family owned and operated for the last 75 years—and like the picturesque alpine village it reigns above, the castle-like Palace enjoys a particularly happening winter season, drawing the likes of Madonna to its ‘70s-cool GreenGo nightclub and La Fromagerie, a cozy nook serving up fondue and raclette (other dining options include fine fare at Le Grill and Italian divinities at Gildo’s).

Of course, skiing and spa-ing (try the new oxygen-rich treatments from cosmetic surgery guru Ivo Pitanguy), not to mention a big New Year’s Eve bash, are on offer, but those “into the wild” might enjoy an overnight in one of the hotel’s bona fide igloos.

Palace Spa / Gstaad Palace

Prefer a verdant summer sojourn in the Swiss Alps? Four red-clay tennis courts, an Olympic-sized outdoor pool, and a true escape to Walig Hut, an authentic dairy farmer’s mountain abode, await.

For this birthday party, book one of the just-redone, alpine-chic suites (about $2,551 to $3,149 a night), or the more traditionally styled rooftop Penthouse, featuring three bedrooms, private elevator access, and a huge wraparound Jacuzzi terrace (about $10,750 to $15,094 a night).

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