Hotel of the year 2019 & Haute Horologerie meets Haute Cuisine
Each year, GaultMillau Switzerland and Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Carl F. Bucherer team up to present the Hotel of the Year award. This year, the legendary Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne has the perfect recipe. 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.
Carl F. Bucherer shares its home city with a stunning hotel – the Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne. On August 27, Carl F. Bucherer and GaultMillau named this breathtaking resort 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.
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. This harmonious blend of haute cuisine with haute horlogerie once again highlighted the shared values that unite Carl F. Bucherer and the Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne – continuity, passion, independence, and perfection down to the very last detail.
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, a unique blend of historic listed buildings and modern structures with an exemplary sustainability concept, 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 GaultMillau 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.”