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Luxury Golf, Wine & Wellness Tour in Switzerland
Issue 34 / 07 April 2020

Luxury Golf, Wine & Wellness Tour in Switzerland

Combine a wine and wellness holiday in the beautiful Swiss Alps with a tour of some of the best golf courses in the world.

Alicia Bryan

Have you dreamed of combining a holiday in the beautiful Swiss Alps with a tour of some of the best golf courses in the world? Well now you can turn the dream into reality with our exclusive golf, wine and wellness experience in Switzerland. Perfect for a late summer or early autumn break, our 10-day itinerary includes the finest championship golf courses, spectacular mountain top chalets, acclaimed spas, breathtaking views and locally renowned wine from the Valais region. The route will take guests on a golfing odyssey like no other, honing driving and putting techniques against a scenic backdrop of majestic mountains and lakes. By evening, luxurious accommodation, coupled with local gastronomy and deeply relaxing treatments will indulge the senses and soothe the body. Although a driver service is included, with the success of our "Supercar Escape" experience last year, upon request, you can self-drive a car of your choice with both classic models and supercars available.

DAY 1: Arrival in Gstaad

After flying into Geneva airport and catching a train to Montreux, you may ride the scenic Golden Pass train to Gstaad, taking in the enticing views of green valleys and neatly combed vineyards, which are to provide the setting for the days ahead. STAY: ULTIMA GSTAAD (2 nights) On arrival, settle in for a two-night stay at the Ultima Gstaad, a boutique hotel with exceptional facilities, including a superb spa and clinic. There are three bars including a lobby lounge, a shisha bar and a detox bar serving herbal teas and fruit and vegetable juices throughout your stay.

"Ultima’s spa with luxury yacht-like glossiness radiates a magnificence that notches up Gstaad’s high-end hotel scene."
The Telegraph
"Ultima’s spa with luxury yacht-like glossiness radiates a magnificence that notches up Gstaad’s high-end hotel scene."
The Telegraph

Day 2: Golf Club Gstaad-Saanenland

Located at an altitude of 1,400 metres at the foot of the Hornberg, this 18 hole (par 70) course is technically challenging and surrounded by a nature reserve with sweeping views over the Bernese Alps. Offering a driving range and various practice facilities, non-golfers are welcome on the panoramic terrace or in the clubhouse 15-point Gault-Millau restaurant. Following a hard session of golf in the morning, make your way back to Ultima's spa and clinic, taking advantage of the hammam, sauna, and indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, as well as the 15-metre swimming pool. The spa also has six treatment and massage rooms with tailor-made treatments available in Ultima’s clinic from detox and revitalisation to botox and DNA testing. As the evening approaches, enjoy the delightful cuisine in Ultima’s Duchessa restaurant or explore the famous streets of Gstaad for further dining options.

Day 3: Gstaad to Villars-sur-Ollon

A day of exploration awaits en-route to Villars-sur-Ollon, with a stop at Col du Pillon and its cable car up the Glacier 3000. From here, steel your nerves to take on the Peak Walk by Tissot, the only suspension bridge in the world to connect two mountain peaks. At a height of 107 metres, it offers a breathtaking vista of world-famous mountains, including Mont-Blanc, the Matterhorn, Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch. Following an exceptional lunch at the Alpine restaurant Botta, check in to Fleur des Neiges for a three-night stay. STAY: FLEUR DES NEIGES (3 nights) This impressive property has a private location in the heart of Villars. With exceptional views of the Dents du Midi, Fleur des Neiges has an open plan living area with a stunning 17th-century stone fireplace. For entertainment, the property houses a cinema room as well as a large sauna and a spacious terrace with a relaxing Jacuzzi.

Day 4 & 5: Golf Club Villars & Badoux wines

The only 18-hole (70 par) golf club in the Vaudois Alps, Villars’ south facing greens offers a view of Mont Blanc, as well as some challenging altitude differences and slopes. Later in the day, head to the Club’s sunny panoramic terrace to toast the winner with a glass of wine and enjoy some of the local Swiss specialities. Offering a wide range of treatments, why not end your afternoon with a relaxing trip to the Royalp spa? Here you can switch off and revitalise body and mind ready for another day on the green. The wines tasted so far on this trip will no doubt have whetted the appetite for the delights of Day 5, when you will discover one of the most popular Valais wines at Badoux wines. Here you will visit the wine cellar to learn about the production process and, of course, taste it! Although Switzerland has nearly 37,000 acres of vineyards, less than 2% of Swiss wines are exported, making this visit truly an experience to savour.

Day 6: Villars to Crans-Montana

En-route to Crans-Montana you will stop at Sion Golf Club situated in the Rhone Valley. Founded in 1995, both the Valère Basilica and Château de Tourbillon tower over the 18-hole (par 70) course, extending over 42 hectares. Bordered by Rhone to the north and Bois de la Borgne to the east, this course has natural water obstacles and runs through beautiful fruit trees. STAY: ULTIMA CRANS MONTANA 2 (4 nights) Located in the Plan-Mayens district of Crans Montana, Chalet 2 offers 820m² of living space with opulent decor and a spacious open plan kitchen area - perfect for hosting groups of family and friends.

Day 7 & 8: Golf Club de Sierre & Géronde Wines

On Day 7 you will play at the 18-hole Golf Club de Sierre. Situated in the charming landscape of the Rhône valley, the course is punctuated by challenging water obstacles. Following a day on this technical course, ease your muscles back at Ultima Crans Montana 2's vast spa and clinic which includes a traditional hammam as well as a sauna. Dive into the incredible outdoor swimming pool or treat yourself to one of Ultima’s personalised treatments. A different Valais wine awaits at the Géronde wine cellar, where the Rouvinez family have become, over the course of 60 years and three generations, the biggest vine owners in the Canton of Valais.

Day 9: Golf Club Crans-Sur-Sierre

At an altitude of 1,500 metres, the Golf Club Crans-Sur-Sierre, one of the most prestigious in the Alps, famously hosts the Omega European Masters each August, with players and spectators alike enjoying the magnificent alpine panoramas of the Bernese Alps. With four golf courses, the famous 18 hole Severiano Ballesteros is one of the best courses in the world while the second most popular course, the Jack Nicklaus has on several occasions been declared the most beautiful 9 hole course in Switzerland.

Day 10: Golf Club du Domaine Impérial

A final game of golf before departure from Geneva airport – and where better to end the trip than on the course that’s been ranked number one in Switzerland numerous times? As one of Europe’s top 50 courses, this 18-hole course requires precise playing alongside a creek and around small hills.

This is an example itinerary of what you could expect on your trip. For further information or if you would like to book our bespoke Golf, Wine and Wellness experience please contact a member of our team. You can also explore our extensive portfolio of luxury summer chalets for a summer trip to the Alps.

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