On 6 November 2017 the new Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne opened its long-awaited Alpine Spa.
“It is one of the most demanding, but at the same time one of the most spectacular, building projects in the resort. The spa complex is of key importance for the success of the Bürgenstock Resort,” says Bruno H. Schöpfer, MD of the Bürgenstock Selection.
Stretching over an area of over 10,000 square metres, the modern indoor and outdoor spa has been created on The Bürgenberg with a view of the lake and the mountains, right next to the five-star Hotel Bürgenstock. The complex is open to visitors from early morning until late evening and entry is included in the room charge for hotel guests.
The spa is connected directly to the Hotel Bürgenstock via a skywalk and can also be reached by guests of the Palace Hotel without getting their feet wet and wearing just a bathrobe. It extends over three floors and is surrounded by a historic garden with a wide variety of plants.
The Alpine Spa includes:
- Four indoor and outdoor pools with lake water taken from Lake Lucerne
- Extensive sauna landscape
- Saline and Kneipp bath
- Relaxation rooms and sun terraces with view of the lake and mountains
- Complete ladies’ spa
- 15 massage and treatment rooms
- Three private spas with panoramic sauna, steam-bath, relaxation room and treatment rooms
- Oak Grill & Pool Patio restaurant
- Historic pool bar with windows overlooking the outdoor pool
- Hairdressing salons
- Fitness park with yoga and Pilates studio
- Kids’ Club with childcare facilities
The project managers have met all the numerous regulations relating to historic building preservation and landscape protection in the construction of the Alpine Spa. The extensive landscaped garden, the kidney-shaped Hollywood pool dating from 1954 and the dressing room building in the shape of a rotunda are covered by a preservation order; Audrey Hepburn, Sean Connery and Charlie Chaplin have all taken a dip in the pool.
The most spectacular spa area is the L-shaped outdoor infinity-edge pool. It towers over the cliff edge to the north-west of The Bürgenberg, 500 metres above Lake Lucerne. The spa also includes the new Oak Grill & Pool Patio restaurant which pampers guests with all kinds of delicacies from the charcoal grill. The materials used in the Alpine Spa are mainly oak, limestone, Lipica marble, as well as glass and bronze. Six generously-sized wood stoves create a cosy ambience.
Tourism in Switzerland began around 1860 and the history of Swiss spas also started at the same time. Switzerland quickly became known internationally as a health resort and spa. The Bürgenstock Resort benefited from this development. By the turn of the nineteenth century, visitors to Lucerne had to wait up to two weeks for a room in the resort. The Bürgenstock Resort was later one of the first tourist destinations in Switzerland with an outdoor pool and spa facilities.
Based on this history, the element of water plays a vital role in the concept of the new Alpine Spa. Not only has the historic outdoor pool been restored, but also all the water facilities such as the Kneipp and saline baths, the steam baths and the indoor and outdoor pools are supplied with water from Lake Lucerne. Water temperatures in the numerous baths and pools vary between 10°C and a maximum of 40°C. These temperatures provide different vitalising effects for the body and spirit. In addition, the indoor and outdoor infinity pools are equipped with massage nozzles, air-massage and other vitalising systems.
The Alpine Spa has been deliberately designed with a large wet-area, which is divided into different zones and stretches over three floors. “This allows us to offer guests different water- themed experiences,” explains Bruno H. Schöpfer. The saline baths have a salt content of 12% and are especially important for cleansing the lungs and skin. They use exclusively Jura salt from Switzerland.
The new spa restaurant, the Oak Grill & Pool Patio restaurant, was formerly part of the famous Bürgenstock Club. It was possible to preserve the room entirely with its impressive oak beams and the large fireplace thanks to the extensive renovation work. The culinary concept comprises organic produce and dishes with a regional focus from the beechwood grill.