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Kempinksi Palace Engelberg opens in the Swiss Alps

New 5-star luxury hotel welcomes guests from 25 June

14 May 2021

Kempinski Hotels brings timeless elegance to the Swiss Alps: With the new Kempinski Palace Engelberg, which opens its doors on 25 June 2021, a unique hotel from the Belle Epoque era is being reinterpreted for the next generation. An interplay of nature, history and modernity makes this place something very special.

A time out from city life

As the first international five-star superior hotel in the largest winter and summer holiday destination in central Switzerland, the Kempinski Palace Engelberg is a refuge for every season. With the promise of exclusivity and luxury, the newest jewel in the Kempinski family stands for a relaxing stay far away from the fast-paced city life.

"The need for beautiful, quality retreats has never been greater. Escape from our hectic lifestyles has become central. We are very excited to offer our guests a place where they can relax and balance their body and mind in a luxurious environment," says Andreas Magnus, General Manager of Kempinski Palace Engelberg. "It's part of our Kempinski DNA to create tailor-made experiences for people with a sense of style and taste, while creating incomparable places for them."

The new hotel promises an exclusive retreat. Credit: Kempinski Hotels

Swiss Alps as a source of inspiration

Immediately upon arrival, the historic building manages to captivate guests. Inspired by the Swiss Alps, carefully selected local materials such as wood and stone play a major role in the new Kempinski Palace Engelberg. The design draws on the subtle textures and colours of nature. High-quality craftsmanship and traditional techniques have been used in a contemporary way, and alpine motifs have been taken up and transformed. 

Materials such as wood and stone run through all the rooms. Credit: Kempinski Hotels

The successful Engelberg hotelier Eduard Cattani had the building constructed in the late 19th century by his brother, the architect Arnold Cattani, and at that time made it famous far beyond the borders of Switzerland.

Casual elegance meets the lightness of being

Hidden treasures from the past were rediscovered during the construction work and skilfully integrated into the new interior design. Tile mosaics and marble, hexagonal motifs, coffered ceilings, chandeliers or the niches in the bedrooms of the Belle Epoque wing recall the building's traditional past. A cosy fireplace, which is part of an alpine atmosphere, was also left in place. In terms of colour, hazy greys and muted colours dominate, providing a sophisticated contrast to traditional, expressive marble and mosaic work. At the same time, unusual materials such as wool, wicker, wood grains, copper and antique brass provide a special touch and contrast playfully with the texture and feel of the building.

The traditional past meets modern elements. Credit: Kempinski Hotels

A unique view of the mountains

The 129 rooms and suites feature light colours and fine materials such as brushed oak and high-quality leather in warm brown tones. Soft green and blue tones convey a feeling of fresh mountain air. The relaxed interplay of historical details, state-of-the-art furnishings, such as box spring beds from the Swiss manufacturer Elite, as well as a spectacular panoramic view of the mountains, spreads a feel-good ambience in a class of its own.

The Swiss Alps always in view. Credit: Kempinski Hotels

Gastronomic highlights from the region

Furnished in an elegant European style and influenced by the local culture, the "Cattani Restaurant" conveys a pleasantly relaxed atmosphere. The quiet terrace offers a unique view of the spectacular mountain landscape and invites guests to linger and enjoy. The menu features seasonal products from local producers. These are created into delicious treats by Executive Chef Michéle Müller, one of the few female chefs in a Swiss five-star superior hotel.

Seasonal and local: that's the chef's motto. Credit: Kempinski Hotels

A spa flooded with light for all the senses

For the Kempinski The Spa, located on the top floor, the Alps served as an obvious inspiration. Stone, smooth as pebbles or roughly hewn, contrasts with graphic lines of wood. The influence of the mountain landscape is abstract, but always in harmony with the view of the incomparable panorama. The perfect place to relax is the spa area with an infinity pool with spacious lounging areas, a relaxation room with an open Himalayan salt stone fireplace. Selected massages and treatments provide a soothing journey for all the senses.

Pure relaxation at the hotel's spa. Credit: Kempinski Hotels

Kempinski Palace Engelberg

Dorfstrasse 40, 6390 Engelberg, Switzerland
Tel: +41 41 639 7575

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