Inside the Swiss Alps resort where Asia’s richest family stayed during the pandemic, a wellness retreat where suites cost up to $46,000 a night

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The Bürgenstock Resort has luxurious suites, thousands of square feet of wellness facilities, and seven restaurants. Bürgenstock Hotels AG

Nestled in the Swiss Alps and overlooking a picturesque lake, Switzerland’s luxurious Bürgenstock Resort reportedly played host last September to Asia’s richest family: the Ambanis.
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Mukesh Ambani, the Indian businessman who’s worth $US79.3 ($AU108) billion, booked out the resort’s Royal and Presidential suites with his wife, their three children, and their children’s partners last September, according to a Bloomberg report.

Jonas Reif, Bürgenstock Resort’s spokesperson, told Insider that the Presidential suite starts at $US28,000 ($AU38,008) a night and the Royal suite starts at $US46,000 ($AU62,442) a night, meaning the Ambanis were shelling out at least $US74,000 ($AU100,449) per night during their reported stay. 

Ambani’s company, Reliance Industries, did not respond to multiple requests for comment from Insider. Reif, the resort’s spokesperson, said the resort did not share information about its guests but that it “has always been a favorite meeting place for business leaders.”

The first hotel built on the site in 1873 attracted celebrities like Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn. After a nine-year renovation that was completed in 2017, the wellness-centric resort is more luxurious than ever and appears to still draw high-profile guests.

Look inside the luxe Bürgenstock Resort.

Guests can arrive to the resort by car, private helicopter, or private jet – the Buochs Airport is only 15 minutes from the resort.
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For something a little more romantic, guests can take a shuttle boat over Lake Lucerne and then the Bürgenstock funicular up to the resort.
The resort consists of four hotels, two spas, and 10 bars and restaurants. The most expensive of the resort’s four hotels is the Bürgenstock Resort & Alpine Spa, which has 102 rooms and suites.
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There are around 15 different types of rooms and suites, with nightly rates starting at about $US1,267 ($AU1,720), according to Reif.
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A deluxe lakeview room. Bürgenstock Hotels AG
Its priciest suites can cost tens of thousands of dollars per night.
While the resort would not comment on the Ambanis’ visit, it has hosted a number of high-profile families.
Left to right: Mukesh Ambani, his wife Nita Ambani, their daughter Isha Ambani, Isha’s husband Anand Piramal, Swati Piramal, and businessman Ajay Piramal. STR/AFP via Getty Images
“Today the resort is popular among Fortune Global 500 companies to host meetings for their top management,” Reif told Insider. “The business leaders often revisit the resort on private occasions.”
One of the suites the Ambanis reportedly booked is the Presidential Suite, where a night’s stay starts at about $US28,000 ($AU38,008).
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The Presidential Suite. Bürgenstock Hotels AG
The bathroom includes a Jacuzzi, a rain shower, a sauna, and an adjoining massage room.
The spacious living area offers panoramic views of Lake Lucerne and comes with a grand piano.
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The Presidential Suite. Bürgenstock Hotels AG
And don’t forget about the massive private roof terrace.
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The Royal Suite, the other space reportedly booked by the Ambanis, is not listed on the hotel’s website. Reserving the suite costs upwards of $US46,000 ($AU62,442) per night.
The Bürgenstock Resort’s Alpine Spa has more than 108,000 square feet of wellness facilities.
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These facilities include multiple swimming pools, steam rooms, saunas, and relaxation areas.
There’s an indoor pool with panoramic lake views …
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… and an infinity-edge outdoor pool.
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The spa has 13 modern treatment rooms that overlook the lake, as well as steam and salt-water baths, saunas, and relaxation zones.
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Treatments include a 90-minute white caviar facial for $US325 ($AU441) and an 80-minute stone massage for $US348 ($AU472).
Then there are the private spa suites, each of which comes with a double Jacuzzi, a Finnish sauna, a steam bath, rain shower, and private lounge.
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The ‘Audrey’ private spa suite. Bürgenstock Hotels AG
Reserving a private spa suite costs between $US456 ($AU619) and $US964 ($AU1,309) per hour, depending on the size of the suite.
The second of the resort’s hotels, the historic four-star Palace Hotel & Conferences, was built in 1903. Nightly rates at its 137 rooms and suites start at about $US1,006 ($AU1,366).
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The Palace Hotel & Conferences combines elements of the original hotel with “touches of modernity,” according to the website.
The Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence has 23 rehabilitation rooms.
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The hotel also provides medical check-ups, post-operative convalescence, and treatments for burnout patients, per the resort’s website.

Nightly rates start at about $US1,007 ($AU1,367).

Dining options at the resort include the RitzCoffier, a French restaurant at the Palace Hotel & Conferences.
Then there’s the Spices Kitchen and Terrace, with dishes from China, Japan, Thailand, and India.
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The four-course chef’s menu costs about $US133 ($AU181) per person, not including drinks.
In addition to its seven restaurants, the resort has three bars, including the Lakeview Bar & Cigar Lounge.
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A typical cocktail at the Lakeview Bar & Cigar Lounge will cost you about $US26 ($AU35), while a single cigar costs between $US14 ($AU19) and $US33 ($AU45).