Stylish apartments at the water’s edge, with idyllic alpine views
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Modern alpine living in architecturally designed homes with sweeping panoramas
High in the heart of the Swiss Alps, this property is stylish mountain luxury at its best. A showcase of sophisticated design and jaw-dropping beauty, it is located in one of the best-kept secrets in all the Alps, the historic village of Leukerbad between Lake Geneva and the Rhône Glacier.
Sitting at an altitude of 1,411 metres, this authentic Swiss mountain village, in the heart of the stunning mountain landscape of Valais, is famous for its curative thermal waters and spectacular Alpine backdrop. Added to that is its old-world charm, security, and a great outdoor lifestyle, making it a very attractive proposition.
Thanks to its extraordinary mineral waters, Leukerbad has been the site of thermal baths since Roman times and remains the largest thermal spa and wellness resort in the Alps. Few thermal baths in the world are as pure, breathtaking and holistically effective as the historic springs in Leukerbad.
As deeply and addictively relaxing as the Leukerbad thermal waters can be, there is no shortage of activities. Skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, mountain biking, scooter biking, paragliding, cross-country skiing and climbing are just some of the activities in the Valais Alps. As one of Switzerland’s five Olympic training bases, Leukerbad offers Swiss athletes ideal conditions to prepare for the Olympic Games.
With over 50 kilometres of downhill skiing on the doorstep, the winter season offers exceptional mountain adventures. Sun worshippers and lovers of the alpine terrain will be in awe of the magnificent views of the surrounding Valais Alps peaks that reach 4000 metres. Leukerbad is accessible to places like Zermatt, Crans-Montana and Saas-Fee, all of which are within an hour by car.
The vast and extensive network of trails in the Gemmi and Torrentalp regions offer a paradise of the most breathtaking hiking trails in the world, including hikes into the thermal spring canyons themselves. Many trails are also suited for mountain biking. For golfers, there is an 18-hole course at the Golf Club Leuk, run by Swiss PGA professionals.
Some of the highest-altitude vineyards in Europe flourish on the outskirts of the village, proof of the amazing amount of sunshine and heat the region receives both summer and winter.
Leukerbad is conveniently located and easy to reach: Bern (2.50 h), Geneva (3.00 h), Zurich (3.10 h) and Basel (3.20 h).
Surrounded by some of the most majestic peaks in Switzerland’s famed Valais region, the deluxe property enjoys an elevated position, overlooking Leukerbad and opening onto the three great mountains, the Daubenhorn, the Balmhorn and the Torrenthorn.
The striking residences have everything you could possibly want in a home. The stunning architecture, spectacular interiors, scenic setting, dramatic views and unmatched amenities provide a modern lifestyle of prestige and luxury.
The design strikes a masterful balance between classical tradition and the clean, streamlined freedom of modern design, alongside masses of glamour. Slate-roofed structures of stone and timber, designed by the renowned architect Michael Graves, highlight the magnificent property and pay homage to some of the finest chalet architecture in the Alps.
The residences are generous in size and limited to just 30. Fabulous for entertaining and serene living, the mountain homes offer 137-225m² of opulence. The elite residences are available in one, three and four bedrooms, kitchens with state-of-the-art Gaggenau appliances and high-tech quartz composite worktops, bar with wine refrigerator and generous terraces or balconies. Blending seamlessly into the alpine environment, the elegant homes boast panoramic views of the mountains and valley.
The reverence demonstrated for tradition is heartfelt, apparent in the split-log walls, wide-plank floors and high, beamed ceilings, as well as the grand stone fireplace – made from boulders found in the area – that dominates every great room. The rustic wooden balustrades on the private terraces, sheltered by the building’s deep eaves, echo the Swiss chalets of the 19th-century golden age of mountaineering.
Expansive and airy floor plans reflect modern living tastes, a spirit reflected in the oversized proportions of the rooms as well as in the giant panes of glass in every room opening onto the magnificent Alps.
Interiors are stylish and contemporary, with an elegant colour palette against natural materials such as reclaimed oak, translucent white quartz, charcoal green slate and smoke grey granite.
The pièce de résistance, however, is that this is the world’s first development featuring indoor and outdoor thermal spas, with water from deep mountain springs tapped directly into each private residence. Each residence has its own dedicated, unlimited supply of Leukerbad’s fabled thermal water and mineral salts.
Each master suite has its very own personal spa facility, with an indoor-outdoor soaking pool, a steam room and an indoor master bathtub, all of which are fed by dedicated water lines directly from the thermal spring. Most sublime of all is what is probably the best bath in the world. Made of heavy, dark wood and situated next to both the suite’s fireplace and the folding glass wall with its majestic view of the Alps, the massive free-standing soaking tub is the ultimate indulgence.
One of the most carefully thought-out features of the personal spas is the sun shower, a personal steam room and multifaceted shower cabin. Housed in glass and limestone, the radiant-heated cabin offers a range of drenching or misting shower settings such as water curtain and tropical rain. In addition, the cabin functions as a steam bath and has a state-of-the-art chromatherapy function.
One of the more decadent indulgences is the sumptuous moon bath, an oversized soaking tub set into the Concetto stone slab on every terrace. Designed for either solitary or social use and accessible from both the master spa suite and living area, and equipped with Jacuzzi water jets, this larger tub can accommodate up to six people. With the outdoor fireplace close at hand and surrounded by history’s most fabled mountains, the outdoor soaking tub is the perfect way to relax.
There will be an impressive array of luxury amenities awaiting residents, including a 5-star hotel, 900m² spa with treatment rooms, fitness studio and pool, restaurants, wine bar, private lounge, private wine cave, screening room, game rooms, children’s club, panoramic lobby/salon area, branded boutiques, doorman, ski valet and expert concierge services.
There will also be a Residents’ Club, offering owners a comprehensive array of refined lifestyle services, which extends to other properties in the developer’s collection. The developer retains ownership of certain residences at each property and makes them available exclusively to members of its Residents’ Club who wish to spend time at a property other than the one at which they have purchased.
This is the chance for the few to have their own bit of sanctuary in this little-known alpine gem.
In a spectacular seting, the supremely luxurious Belle Epoque masterpiece residences boast stunning architecture, refined interiors and unmatched amenities
Set in the UNESCO-protected vineyards of the Lavaux and along the shores of Lake Geneva, this magnificent property faces the lake’s glittering waters, overlooking the fairy tale beauty of the towns of Vevey and Montreux, with sweeping views of the surrounding Alps.
Arguably the world’s most prestigious address, this is a unique opportunity to own a landmark residence replete with Belle Epoque opulence and hotel-style luxuries. Majestically situated in an area of incomparable beauty and splendid views, the imposing mansion is perched high atop Le Mont-Pèlerin in Chardonne, in the canton of Vaud, above Vevey, Switzerland.
Privacy, exclusivity and luxury are the coveted attributes of Du Parc Kempinski Private Residences.
Located in the heart of Europe in the charming village of Le Mont-Pèlerin, an hour from Geneva International Airport and 30 minutes from the private airports of Lausanne Blécherette and Bex, Du Parc offers owners both ease of access and privacy. Zurich Airport is three hours away. With easy access to the main motorways leading to the mountain resorts of Verbier, Gstaad, and Zermatt, internationally acclaimed skiing is about an hour away, door to door.
The grandiose property is minutes from Lausanne and Montreux, which provide a full range of entertainment, cultural and sport activities, alongside world-renowned universities such as IMD, EHL and the EPFL, as well as one of Switzerland’s leading teaching hospitals.
Many Swiss and foreign nationals have made this lovely little village their main residence or second home, thanks to an exceptional way of life, magnificent scenery and a quality of life that is legendary throughout the world.
Once the refuge of princes, aristocrats, diplomats, socialites and luminaries who included Victor Hugo and Pierre Cardin, this magnificent and historical hotel building dates back to 1906. Now it will be transformed into a limited number of ultra-luxury private residences. Du Parc’s vision is to restore the extraordinary Grand Dame of European hotels to its former glory and to capture the legendary opulence of its era.
With only 24 architecturally significant residences, Du Parc is indeed limited-edition exclusive. Ultra-high specifications, combined with cutting-edge technology, sumptuous furnishings, on-site concierge services and a private and secure setting are all hallmarks of the deluxe property.
Refined and prestigious, each hotel residence is an extraordinary work of art, blending classic architectural elements with state-of-the-art systems and lavishly appointed interiors.
Boasting 200–674m² of impeccable living space, each of the 2- to 6-bedroom residences is a celebration of opulence, glamour and elegance. Each gracious home is created for fine living and elegant entertaining, with interior design and decoration by internationally acclaimed interior designers BBG-BBGM (creators of the W hotels interiors and St. Regis Palace NYC).
The elite homes boast high ceilings, wide windows facing south over the lake and a wealth of cutting-edge technology that would impress James Bond, including biometric recognition entry controls, baths that fill up in response to a text message and invisible speakers built into walls and ceilings.
The gourmet kitchen is a chef’s dream, with built-in Gaggenau appliances, wine cooler, deep freeze, steam oven, coffee machine and vitroceramic induction plate. The stylish kitchen is fitted with black granite worktops and varnished, wood-finish cabinetry.
The larger apartments also incorporate private guesthouse units in the annex park building, ideal for visiting friends and family or members of staff.
The three triplex penthouses are the crown jewel of Du Park Kempinski Private Residences, exemplifying the ultimate in luxury living. Apart from palatial living spaces, each penthouse commands breathtaking views of Lake Geneva and comes with cathedral ceiling, plus its own separate apartment for guests or staff. There is an option to have them decorated by the prestigious interior design firm of Fendi Casa.
Managed by internationally renowned Kempinski Private Residences, Du Parc offers an unparallelled lifestyle that blends the finest amenities and services with the ultimate in discreet privacy and security.
The lobby will be the heart of the property, with concierge and honour bar for those moments of relaxation while waiting for the limousine or a game of billiards before dinner.
Facilities will include 5-star hotel services provided by Le Mirador Kempinski Lake Geneva and concierge services by Quintessentially, the world’s leading luxury concierge.
Residence owners will enjoy exclusive access to an array of exquisite lifestyle amenities, including: wine cellars and tasting room managed by Quintessentially; cigar connoisseurs lounge operated by Davidoff; and 650m² private spa operated by Givenchy that is complete with treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor heated pools, Jacuzzis, sauna, hammam and fitness room. There is also a private 16-seat cinema with surround sound, a 24-hour business centre and a rental programme.
All owners at Du Parc Kempinski Private Residences are given membership in the Mirador Country Club for ten years. Benefits include unlimited access to the fitness/sports centre that includes swimming pool and Jacuzzi; tennis courts; plus discounts on hotel accommodation, amenities and services.
Owners will be offered a lifetime membership and the first-year green fee at the neighbouring Golf de Lavaux, a championship 18-hole course designed by Peter Harradine. The Lavaux Golf Course enjoys a fabulous location, above the vineyards and with an unforgettable view of the Alps.
All the main building residences benefit from a wide range of services, from 24-hour concierge service, valet parking and house management, to more specific à la carte services that can be organized by the concierges on-site, at the Mirador Kempinski Hotel or through the individual Quintessentially membership. These include specialist fitness support, catering, event management, specialist dry cleaning, chauffeur services, wine tasting and more.
The magical setting overlooks Europe’s largest lake, majestic snowy mountaintops and UNESCO-recognized vineyards. The property enjoys 32 acres of park grounds, replete with romantic rose gardens and a 32,000m² natural playground for children.
Be among the discerning few to own one of tomorrow’s icons, Du Parc Kempinski Private Residences is haute living at its finest.
A traditional chalet in one of Europe’s oldest mountain resorts
Grindelwald, in the Bernese Alps, is the perfect blend of pure mountain splendour, historic charm, world-class skiing and unsurpassed beauty. The glacier village, which is one of Europe’s oldest mountain resorts, is located only 22 kilometres south of Interlaken and 192 kilometres southwest of Zurich.
This luxury ski chalet in Grindelwald enjoys an idyllic south-facing position, with panoramic views overlooking the beautiful and majestic mountains. The luxury chalet sits on a 2,321m² plot of land and will provide 200m² of living space that includes four generous bedrooms, each with ensuite bath. There is a light, open-plan living and dining area with fireplace, wellness area with sauna and underground garage. Beauty and true craftsmanship lend this elegant mountain home a comfortable and warm ambience.
This luxury chalet is encapsulated in a world of natural splendour. Grindelwald is located in a ski and walking area at 1,100-metre elevation and is surrounded by the spectacular 4,000-metre mountain range of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, as well as traditional alpine villages.
Grindelwald is part of the Jungfrau TopSki Region and has direct access to 213km of downhill skiing, with 50 individual pistes, served by 20 ski lifts. In summer, a network of more than 300 kilometres of hiking trails allows you to visit the most beautiful spots in the valley of Grindelwald.
One of the most exclusive locations in Switzerland – Ronco sopra Ascona – is home to a small and prestigious development of only eight elegant, modern 2- and 3-bedroom residences, ranging from 228m² to 315m² living space.
Ronco sopra Ascona, overlooking Lake Maggiore, is one of the most delightful places with an enchanting panorama of the lake, the mountains and the lovely Brissago Islands.
The ultra-modern homes offer a totally uninterrupted connection to nature through their wide glass expanses. Each residence is carefully positioned to ensure the best possible view and maximised privacy. The space excels in uncompromising, modern design, but simultaneously meets the requirements of everyday life.
In addition to the breathtaking panoramic views, each residence features open fireplace, private terrace and parking space. Residence owners can also take advantage of an on-site pool (14m x 4m) and separate moorings reserved in the extended harbour of Porto Ronco on Lake Maggiore.
This is cool elegance and contemporary sophistication in a spectacular setting.
Surrounded by meadows and mountains, vineyards and pastures, the Villars-sur-Ollon region is everything you dreamed of in the mountain world
Villars sits on a sunny terrace at 1,300 metres and is undoubtedly one of the best, and most easily accessible, four-season resorts in the Alps. Only a 90-minute drive from Geneva airport, and with excellent train connections, it is easy to visit Villars even if only for long weekends.
The mountain resort has retained its traditional charm and strict building controls are in place to ensure that this will continue to be the case. Laced with streams, dotted with pines and ringed by the jagged tops of higher mountain ranges, it is a quintessential Alpine ski spot.
Up-market and a well-kept secret, still busy all year, Villars is a perfect location for a second home.
This luxury boutique development consists of four chalets, offering only 20 luxury ski apartments in total. The chalets are built according to typical local architecture and with authentic materials such as old wood and traditional stone roof. Finished to the highest standards, the ski apartments feature open fireplaces and either a balcony or a garden.
Apart from the idyllic location, residence owners will benefit from a sauna with showers and a cold pool in each chalet, heated open-air swimming pool, Spa, Hammam and fitness room. Concierge services, live-in caretaker and a covered car park round off the amenities of this luxury mountain property.
As well as offering luxury mountain living, the apartments are also highly energy-efficient. The environmentally friendly heating systems reduce the amount of CO2 emitted in the atmosphere by 150 tonnes per annum, resulting in energy savings of around 60 percent.
Swiss property remains attractive and the Swiss Alps remain an excellent place to buy. Whether you are looking for a luxury ski property for personal use throughout the year or an investment to let, these Villars chalets provide a perfect opportunity.
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