Vacation like Jackie Kennedy in super-luxe Crans-Montana
What do Jackie Kennedy and James Bond have in common? Both Roger Moore and the iconic former First Lady have shared an affinity for Crans-Montana, a luxurious resort destination high in the Swiss Alps. But this Alpine town isn’t just special because of its famous guests – year-round activities, gourmet food, world-class wine, and lavish accommodations make it a hidden gem for luxury travel in Europe.
From the Ski Slopes to the Golf Course
Crans-Montana is open all year, with plenty of options to fill the days. In winter, the area enjoys some of the best ski and snowboarding conditions in the Alps. The region’s legacy can be traced back to 1911, when it hosted the first Alpine ski race in history – today, four ski areas and reliably sunny weather continue to provide some of the best slope conditions in Switzerland.
During warmer seasons, the region’s mountain lakes are the place to see and be seen, one of which even has a white-sand beach. Crans-Montana is also a gaining notoriety as a mecca for golf lovers, serving as the host of the prestigious Omega European Masters. The region is home to four scenic golf courses, including a renowned Jack Nicklaus course.
Food, Wine, and Shopping
Gourmet cuisine is practically guaranteed in Crans-Montana, with 134 restaurants and bars – including Michelin-starred cuisine at Didier de Courten and Hostellerie du Pas de L’Ours. Wine lovers will also find paradise here, thanks to 52 local wine growers that produce some of the finest wine in the country.
Upscale shopping is another high-end diversion in the area, with close to 200 shops selling designer goods, perfume, luxury jewelry, and fine décor.
Part of what makes Crans-Montana a top vacation destination for luxury is the quality of its hotel properties. The sumptuous Hotel Guarda Golf is a top choice, located directly on the fairway of the Jack Nicklaus golf course. Guests here are truly in the lap of luxury, pampered by lavish rooms, limousine transfers, and a modern day spa. Hostellerie du Pas de L’Ours is another luxe option, where a charming mountain chalet exterior welcomes guests, and chic suites come with fireplaces, bathtubs, and balconies.
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