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Winter Activities

Gstaad offers more than just alpine skiing in the winter months, both on and off the slopes.


If you prefer your skiing at a more sedate pace, Gstaad has some of the best cross-country skiing facilities in Switzerland. With both skating and traditional tracks meandering through the breathtaking mountain landscape, there is something for all abilities.


Gstaad offers some of the finest luxury day spa facilities in Switzerland. Of particular note is the famous Gstaad Palace Spa and the Alpina Gstaad.The Alpina’s Six Senses Spa offers a relaxing environment in which to revive tired ski legs with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs, floatation rooms, hammam, several treatment rooms, a juice bar, a full fitness centre, and many more facilities.The Palace Spa has equally luxurious facilities spread over 1,800m2 making it a haven of relaxation. There are a variety of treatments available, a pilates studio, squash courts, and a gym. Whether you are after relaxation or fitness, it can be found here.

Luxury Chalets in Gstaad to Rent

Internationally renowned for its popularity amongst the international jet set, Gstaad is a charming chic village that retains a strong alpine atmosphere and traditions. Smiling House has a wonderful collection of luxury chalets in Gstaad to rent as it is one of the most popular ski resorts in Switzerland.


The centre of the village consists of an attractive collection of luxury chalets, restaurants, shops, hotels, and bars. There are various neighbourhoods within the resort and visitors will find a wide range of activities and places to explore in the surrounding areas. A popular way to do this is via one of the three mountain railways which offer spectacular views. The pedestrianised traditional village centre of Gstaad is dedicated to shopping where elegant international designer boutiques sit alongside professional sports shops, fine jewellers, and stores offering handcrafted local products. In the winter, Gstaad is well-known for skiing and snowboarding. However, there are plenty of other outdoor, exhilarating activities like hiking, tobogganing, air boarding, and winter cycling. Your in-resort concierge will be delighted to help you with booking any of these activities. See below for winter and summer activities.


Gstaad is regarded as a gastronomic hub in the Swiss Alps and can’t fail to excite foodies. Boasting over 37 top-notch restaurants, you can experience fine dining with three restaurants boasting coveted Michelin Stars. Or if you want to try hearty mountain fare and Gstaad’s locally produced mountain cheeses, you’ll find plenty of traditional restaurants.


Night owls will love the stylish bars with live music, fashionable DJ clubs, and cool lounges in the resort of Gstaad. All of them have one thing in common: their international and laid-back atmosphere.

Summer Activities

Summertime in Gstaad is an outdoor adventure paradise, cherished by locals and visitors alike.


Gstaad is not only a winter playground, the summer offers the opportunity for adventure too. From the lush green meadows in the valley floor to the snow-capped peaks you will never be short of something to do. Some of the activities you can enjoy include hiking, biking, golf, river rafting, summer tobogganing, and hot air ballooning.


Can you think of a more peaceful way to experience a bird’s eye view of the spectacular summer alpine landscape? Floating over wild flower-filled meadows and picture postcard chalets, this will be an unforgettable addition to any holiday.


Gstaad has two summer tobogganing runs to keep you entertained. Whether it is the thrilling Alpine Coaster on the Glacier 3000 (the world’s highest summer toboggan run) or the exhilarating Rellerli toboggan run, those looking for an adrenaline rush will not be disappointed.



Over the Christmas period, Gstaad hosts a Christmas market with festively decorated chalets selling local produce. Enjoy a glass of gluhwein as you soak up the Christmas atmosphere.


The summer months in Gstaad and the surrounding villages are packed with events. Three that stand out for their prestige and entertainment are the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series, the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad, and the Hublot Polo Gold Cup.

For six days in early July, the best volleyball teams in the world congregate in Gstaad to take part in the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series bringing the beach to the mountains.

An ATP clay court tournament attracting the world’s elite of tennis from across the globe, the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open in July is one not to be missed.

The Hublot Polo Gold Cup has all the glamour you would hope for from such an event. With the world’s top ranked players taking to the field for the sought after world ranking points.

Travel to Gstaad


Gstaad can be reached from a number of nearby airports including Zurich, Geneva, Bern, and Saanen. Bern is just 1 hour away by car and two hours by rail and has connected flights from London City airport. Geneva and Zurich are both similar distances away and can be reached in approximately two hours by train or by car.


Gstaad has a good network of rail links to all the airports with a picturesque journey taking about two hours. Contact our team to discuss the options that would be best suited to you.


We can arrange for a mini bus, taxi, or chauffeur-driven service from your chosen airport to your Gstaad luxury chalet rental. Alternatively, there are private Geneva airport transfers available including the Happybus from Geneva and Shuttle direct from Zurich.


Most of our properties in Gstaad offer off-road parking and otherwise we can make arrangements for your vehicle to be safely stored while you enjoy your stay.