The first international five-star hotel in Central Switzerland will open under the Kempinski Hotels banner in June 2021.
Kempinski Palace Engelberg, revealed last November, is a Belle Epoque-era property that has been meticulously reinterpreted for the next generation.
Promising exclusivity and luxury, this newest jewel of the Kempinski family guarantees a peaceful escape from fast-paced city life. In addition, the team of the Kempinski Palace Engelberg is also responsible for the management of the sister hotel Frutt Mountain Resort in Melchsee-Frutt.
With inspiration from the mountains, carefully selected local materials such as wood and stone play a major role in the palace, mirroring in its design the subtle textures and colours of nature. High-quality craftsmanship and traditional techniques have been used in a contemporary way while alpine motifs have been adopted and transformed.
Casual elegance meets effortlessness of being
Starting from the large entrance hall, the historical features and proportions are engagingly preserved. There are hidden gems from the past to be rediscovered – tile mosaics and marble, hexagonal motifs, coffered ceilings, chandeliers, niches in the bedrooms of the Belle Epoque wing and the genuine crackling fire one hopes to find in the mountains. Hazy greys and more subdued colours contrast with the traditional, expressive marble and mosaic work. Unusual materials such as wool, wicker, wood grains, copper and antique brass contrast easefully with tactility.
Elegant rooms and suites – all with a unique mountain view
The 129 spacious rooms and suites are characterised by light colours and noble materials, such as brushed oak and sumptuous leather in warm shades of brown. Gentle shades of green and blue convey a feeling of fresh mountain air. This interplay of historical details, contemporary furnishings, such as box-spring beds from the Swiss manufacturer “Elite”, and spectacular panoramic views of the mountains ensure a feel-good ambiance in a remarkable class of its own.
Regional gastronomic highlights
With a flair for elegant European style and a service infused with the essence of local culture, the Cattani Restaurant has a laid-back informality. The menu features seasonal produce from local producers, prepared by executive chef Michéle Müller, notably one of the few female chefs in a Swiss five-star-superior hotel, who constantly seeks out new culinary experiences to please and surprise guests.
The property features The Palace Bar, Cigar Lounge and Wintergarden, featuring its own terrace.
A light-filled spa for all the senses
On the top floor, “Kempinski The Spa” evokes the Alps. Stone, as smooth as a pebble or roughly carved, stands in contrast with graphic lines of wood. The inspiration from the mountain landscape is abstract, but always harmoniously combined with the incomparable panorama. An infinity pool with spacious lounging areas, a relaxation room with an open Himalayan salt-stone fireplace and carefully selected treatments provide the perfect place to unwind and allow to engage all senses.
Prime location in the center of Engelberg
Kempinski Palace Engelberg is located in the centre of the village, right next to the spa gardens and only a few minutes’ walk from the railway station. The famous Engelberg monastery and the funiculars are a 10-minute walk away.
Bookings for Kempinski Palace Engelberg are available online for arrivals commencing 25 June 2021.
Lead image: Kempinski Palace Engelberg balcony © Kempinski Hotels