If you want to experience Switzerland you need to be among the cow dotted pastures, wooden chalets, mountains, and the smell of edelweiss that often lingers in the air.
We traveled to a ideal spot located in Pay-d'Enhaut, experiencing one of the most breathtaking train rides from Montreux direction Gstaad. The region may ring a "cow bell" because of it's famous jet-set Gstaad or perhaps you've heard of the world's hot-air ballon capital aka Châteaux d'Oex. However, the real treasure is in the heart of Rougemont.
WHERE TO STAY:
The Hotel de Rougemont is a 4* Boutique Hotel, surrounded by a landscape rich in colour and tradition, minutes from La Gruyère, Gstaad and Chateux d'Oex. Rich in history and recently renovated, its cozy yet modern design is harmonious with the nature's atmosphere.
SIZE: 33 modern Alpine rooms & suites, all are equipped with terraces that face the mountains and peaks of Pays d'Enhaut + Luxurious Chalet
FOOD: Gastronomic restaurant "Le Roc" bases their refined inventive cuisine on local and seasonal products.
WELLNESS: NUXE SPA (one of two from Nuxe) offers various spa treatments, heated swimming pool, sauna steam room, gym and relaxation area.
EXTRAS: Spa, 3 Seminar Rooms, Wine Room, Cigar Room, Lounge Area with Huge Fireplace, Bar, Ski room & lockers
ATMOSPHERE: The hotel smells like you're in a Nuxe dream, traditional Swiss chalet exterior, natural lighting, stone fireplaces, hardwood walls, huge plaid chairs, clean modern design, floor to ceiling windows
Literally what else could you ask for.....
It felt like I was Mariah Carey on MTV cribs - except more like Heidi Carey. We were completely spoiled as we were hosted in the exclusive - Le Chalet de Rougemont. This 582 sq. meter luxe chalet - not lacking in amenities or charm, sleeps 10, on 3 levels, private elevator, integrated sound system, cinema, state of the art kitchen, bar, salon, meeting area, 3 terraces, fireplaces throughout, possibility for privatised access, with seamless views of the Pays-d'Enhaut mountains. Although the chalet is attached to the hotel - it's lost in pure tranquility. Personally the most beautiful chalet I've ever seen or stayed in...
But what's make hotels unique these days? The people, the service. Not only did we get to enjoy the regions specialities in "Le Roc" restaurant - but we went to meet the makers with a first stop in Saanen to meet cheesemaker Willi Bach. There we got to see where he and his family live 3 months a year as they produce Alp Cheese, with a first hand experience on how this cheese has been made for centuries. Don't think I didn't leave there without my own Alpage Cheese. Also, the Family Bach has a guest bedroom if you're really up to the adventure : www.willibach.ch.
What I love about this region too is their slogan "GO UP, SLOW DOWN" - which is exactly what you do here. We also got to try our skills at Swiss Cutting Art. Imported from the Orient, paper cutting has its Swiss origins in the Pays-D'Enhaut and we learned first hand from artist Corinne Karnstädt
how delicate and tedious this Swiss tradition really is. Can you just image how sharp those scissors are!
Another local gem located just down hill from the Hotel de Rougemont is The Fromagerie Fleurette, local cheese producers mainly focused on Tomme. With a crew of 2-8 people working at at a time, it's fascinating to imagine that the Fleurette Cheese can be found practically around the world. Note: If you're in the area you have to stock up on my perso favorite "Tomme aux truffes".