Each year, the restaurant guide Gault Millau Switzerland and Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Carl F. Bucherer team up to present the Hotel of the Year award. Yesterday, on 28th August 2018, Carl F. Bucherer and Gault Millau jointly named this breathtaking resort the legendary Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne, Hotel of the Year 2019. The award ceremony was held at the resort, which is located on a spectacular mountain ridge with wonderful views out over Lake Lucerne. This is the twelfth time that the Swiss luxury watch brand and the renowned gourmet guide, who share a long-standing partnership, have presented the Hotel of the Year award. In honor of this special award, Carl F. Bucherer presented selected delicacies from the Spices Kitchen & Terrace, one of the resort’s restaurants, and luxurious timepieces in a series of artistic photographs.
The Spices Kitchen & Terrace, which serves up authentic Asian cuisine in the heart of Switzerland, is one of four restaurants at the Bürgenstock Resort that will be featured in the GaultMillau Guide 2019. Constructed as an impressive glass cube, the resort’s award-winning restaurant serves Far Eastern delicacies from its open show kitchen, and guests can take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. In honor of this award, Carl F. Bucherer took inspiration from the culinary variety on offer at the resort and presented popular creations from the Spices Kitchen & Terrace together with selected timepieces in a series of photographs. Various models from the Swiss watch brand were joined by a range of different courses, including Indian, Thai, Japanese, and Chinese dishes, in these artistic compositions.
The Swiss watch manufacturer and the Bürgenstock Resort also share a long and illustrious history. The Grand Hotel, as it was known following its original completion in 1873, seemed to have an almost magical power to attract such renowned names as Charlie Chaplin, Kofi Annan, Sophia Loren, and Audrey Hepburn. Following nine years of planning and construction work, the new Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne opened on August 28, 2017.
Speaking at the award ceremony, Sascha Moeri, CEO of Carl F. Bucherer, said: “The Bürgenstock Resort has always pursued a vision of consistently setting the very highest standards. It is this shared philosophy, as well as the fact that we both have a long history and are ‘Made of Lucerne,’ that creates such a strong connection between our brand and this renowned hotel.” With Gault Millau Switzerland Editor in Chief Urs Heller also in attendance, Sascha Moeri honored the outstanding performance by presenting a watch each to Bruno H. Schöpfer, Managing Director of the Bürgenstock Selection, Robert P. Herr, General Manager of the Bürgenstock Resort, and Mike Wehrle, the Bürgenstock Resort’s Culinary Director. Each timepiece features an engraving on the case back with the words “Hotel of the Year 2019”.