The Gstaad Palace is a flagship among Swiss luxury hotels, a landmark destination in one of the world’s most luxurious holiday regions, and this autumn it is hosting the Gstaad Palace Challenge, a weekend regularity rally for enthusiasts who appreciate wonderful roads, stunning scenery, fine company and outstanding cuisine. Organised by Rally Round and limited to just 30 cars to maintain the highest standards of service within a convivial atmosphere, this is rallying at its best for skilled crews driving exclusive classic and vintage cars.
Known for its exceptional charm and fabulous views of the Saanenland valley, the Palace Hotel’s guest list reads like a who’s who of the international jet set, from film stars to heads of government and global business. It is particularly renowned for its food; from to-die-for truffles champagne cheese fondue at La Fromagerie to the Gault Millau point restaurant Le Grill with open kitchen, there is much to indulge in. The international cuisine at Le Grand Restaurant is as delicious as it is picturesque and Gildo’s Ristorante, named after the hotel’s Maitre D’, is famous for its authentic Italian fare.
The hotel’s Palace Spa is impressive too, offering eight treatment rooms, a private spa suite, saunas and steam baths, a relaxation area with Swiss style fireplace and indoor and outdoor swimming pools boasting panoramic vistas. The authentic interior décor includes a wall of Blausee granite, giving the feel of the Bernese Mountains and creating an exclusive and extraordinary wellness centre that exceeds the expectations of even the most discerning spa connoisseurs.
The Gstaad Palace Challenge will take place on Friday August 31 and Saturday September 1, finishing with a sumptuous prizegiving dinner that evening; guests depart on Sunday September 2. Entry to the event is strictly by invitation only, but if you would like to be considered please contact the Rally Round office; entries close on June 15.