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Lenkerhof Gourmet Spa Resort *****

Badstrasse 20 | 3775 Lenk | Switzerland |

"2nd Position in the Category Romantic Hotels"

TripAdvisor Travellers‘ Choice, 2017
From 290€/room

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FAMILIES LOVE

  • The Little Prince, a restaurant dedicated to children
  • The 2,000 sqm wellness area
  • The Wet'n Wild water playground

 

LOCATION

In Switzerland, in the beautiful Simmental region, the Lenkerhof, a sumptuous 5-star resort ideal for the whole family, awaits you. Nestled in a valley, at the foot of the mountains, the hotel transports you to the heart of dazzling nature. Between streams and pine forests, come down the slopes in winter, or go hiking on trails under a mild summer sun. The highly exclusive Gstaad resort, ideal for luxury shopping and VIP nights, is only 40 minutes from the hotel. From Bern International Airport (the closest), travel time is 1h20. If you travel by train, the Lenkerhof will be happy to send you a private shuttle on arrival at Lenk Train Station (just a 7-minute drive away). From Zurich Airport, it takes 2h30 to drive to the hotel.

 

DESCRIPTION

The history of the Lenkerhof begins 350 years ago with the baths and the Balem spring, owned by the establishment. A dream location for spa therapists, the hotel has subsequently developed a Gourmet Resort & Spa to offer its guests the most complete experience possible, while making it a point of honor to adapt to families’ expectations. Many spaces have been designed specifically for children. Staying at the Lenkerhof means offering yourself a break, with pleasure and serenity, a veritable gastronomic hotel break, the culmination of which is the 2,000 sqm (21527 sqft) dedicated to well-being.

The resort offers :

  • 82 rooms and suites
  • 6 restaurants and bars
  • 1 wellness area  (saunas, jacuzzis, spring water baths…)
  • 1 outdoor pool heated to 34°
  • 1 indoor pool
  • 1 fitness room
  • 1 supervised playground for children
  • 1 smoking room
  • 1 wine cellar
  • 1 high-quality baby-sitting service
  • 1 complimentary kids-club for children from 3 years old

The interiors of the hotel combine classic charm and contemporary furniture, to create a refined and warm atmosphere. Through the various rooms and common rooms, travellers will discover many works of art, including the permanent collection of the owner, Mr. Jürg Opprecht.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

The rooms and suites at the Lenkerhof each have their own unique ambience. Travel through time or to the Mediterranean, while ensuring a cozy and warm atmosphere.

The Nostalgie double rooms (30 sqm – 323 sqft) are in ochre and gold tones. You can enjoy a balcony facing south.

The Junior Suite Nostalgie offers between 38 sqm (410 sqft) and 43 sqm (462 sqft).

The Mediterranean Suite, with its generous 80 sqm (860 sqft), has a balcony, a bathroom with 2 sinks, a bath, a shower and a separate toilet.

With 55 sqm (592 sqft), the Alpine Selfness Suite is a luminous cocoon with an exceptional design offering a breathtaking view of the Wildstrubbel massif. On request, a child or baby cot can be added in most rooms.

In order to guarantee the comfort of families, the Lenkerhof has many room types dedicated to them. For a couple traveling with two children, the ideal option is the combination of a Nostalgia Double Room with a small single room with shower. If you are more numerous, combine two Superior Double Rooms, with a connecting door. You will be able to stay with 3 adults and 3 children. The combination of a Mediterranean Suite with a Junior Suite allows for the stay of 4 adults and 3 children.

 

GASTRONOMY

A restaurant is especially dedicated to children and takes its name from the famous childish novel by Antoine de Saint Exupery: The Little Prince. In this colourful restaurant, your little ones are invited from 18:30 to enjoy pizzas, hamburgers and freshly prepared salads. While Mom and Dad are having a tête-à-tête dinner, an attentive team watches over their Bucheys meal.

A veritable ode to gastronomy, the Spettacolo restaurant has a daily menu of sixteen dishes created with care … Sixteen, like the 16 points received by the chef, Stefan Lünse, at the prestigious Gault Millau guide. To end the dinner in style, let yourself be tempted by the gourmet selection of more than 30 cheese specialties.

For a dinner with the flavours of Italy, it’s up to the Oh de Vie to go. At noon and in the evening, the restaurant will fill your taste buds with Mediterranean flavors served as two, three or four course menus.

Take to the heights to savour the most typical delights of Swiss cuisine, this is what the Bühlberg, the altitude restaurant located at 1664 meters (the bravest can walk there from the hotel , during a nice walk of about 1h30) offers.

The terrace of the hotel welcomes you on sunny days for a midday snack, or simply to rest under the sun. Finally, the Little Prince is a gourmet restaurant dedicated to children.

Every day, from 10.30 am the Lenkerhof’s lobby bar offers you coffee, snacks, cocktails and aperitifs as varied as you are looking for. Hot chocolate or mojito; every hour is a pleasure! Notice to fans of cigars, the establishment also shelters a smokehouse: softness, with a straight line of the Dominican Republicm, or traditional Havana, powerful and racy, a team of specialists will advise you on the cigar you need according to your wishes. More than just a storage space, the wine cellar offers a real oenological experience. Tastings, learning and sharing are on the programme to guide you in discovering the best global and local nectars.

FOR THE KIDS

  • Baby-club
  • Kids-club
  • Teens activities
  • Sports activities
  • Kid's excursions
  • Crafts
  • Games and books
  • Connecting rooms
  • Baby-sitting
  • Kid's menu
  • Allergen-free menu
  • Welcome gift
  • Emergency baby bottle
  • Bottle warmers
  • Baby phone
  • Baby cosmetics
  • Baby bath
  • Baby cribs
  • Stroller
  • Baby chair
  • Emergency pacifier
  • Shuttle with baby seat
  • Potty
  • Kid's shop
  • Lifeguard
  • Nearby Hospital
  • Nearby doctor

 

FOR THE CHILDREN

The Lenkerhof puts the dishes forward to spoil families. Thus, a programme and dedicated spaces have been created to guarantee children a unique experience that meets all their expectations.

One kilometre on foot, it wears, it wears… it wears the shoes of the grass walkers! For a well-deserved break after a morning of skiing or walking, the Alpine Playstation welcomes children from 3 to 13 years old free of charge. Inside or outside: games, toboggans, colouring and shows are on the programme. Supervised by experienced assistants, younger and older children can make new friends and spend a fun afternoon.

Every day, from 7:30 to 17:30, a part of the wellness area is dedicated to children. The Wet’n Wild is a set of two pools, a water slide, the turbotube, and a climbing cylinder for the more adventurous. The area is free access and is not supervised by animators, so it’s an opportunity for Dad and Mom to take to the slides to share a family moment between laughs and dives. So that the youngest can enjoy the pools without worries, the reception of the spa provides families with waterproof diapers, suitable for swimming.

For guests under 14 years old, the 7 Sources Spa has created a care card dedicated to their sensitive skin. Relaxing body massage with essential oils; hand care, manicures, and nail polish for little princesses or facial moisturizing to relax and maintain the skin.

Books, DVDs, board games, baby phones and extra beds /cots can of course be provided in the room at the request of families.

 

FAMILY EXPERIENCES

In both winter and summer, the region is full of unique family experiences. From the hotel, the departure for the slopes can be done on skis. The Lenkerhof also has a ski room where you can store your equipment during your stay. The ski school in the area offers a wide variety of courses for all levels.

Located just minutes from the hotel, the tourist office of Lenk-Simmental, offers in every season fun games to discover the surrounding trails and local products.

Not far from the hotel you will also have the opportunity to enjoy a carriage ride with the Heinz Schwarz draft horses. Wheeled horse-drawn carriages in summer, carriages on skates in winter, this is a great opportunity to discover the region differently. For the most romantic, these ballads can also be done by night, by the light of a small lamp and huddled under a plaid.

As soon as the weather warms up and the snow melts, skiing and snowshoeing give way to hiking and cycling. Tennis and horse riding lessons can also be organized near the property.

 

FOR THE PARENTS

A true nerve center of the resort, the 7 Sources Spa offers 2,000 sqm (21527 sqft) of treatment and spa experiences. The 7 springs forming the Simme originate in the Wildstrubbel massif, surrounding the Lenkerhof. It is both the energy and the eternal tranquility of these sources that inspires the spa to offer energizing but also relaxing treatments. The spa has 7 saunas with different virtues, 1 indoor pool 28° and 1 outdoor pool 34°. After passing through the saunas, a quick jump in the polar cave (at -1°) is strongly recommended to boost your blood circulation.

Among the many a la carte spa treatments, there is one that will allow you to enjoy a unique moment as a couple. Combining a romantic bath in a two-seater whirlpool bath and a double-cabin back massage, the “moment in couple” treatment is ideal for ending up in a bubble of lightness and well-being.

To complete the wellness experience and apply the famous saying “a healthy mind in a healthy body”, the gym and its latest equipment is at your disposal. A sports and food coaching program can be established according to your wishes and needs with your personal coach.

After having taken advantage of the spa, all you have to do is go to the Lenkerhof’s hairdressing salon or beauty salon, then enjoy a romantic dinner while the babysitter watches over your little treasures.

  • 24/24 check-in
  • Bar
  • Beauty salon
  • Boutique
  • Business center
  • Cigar cellar
  • Concierge
  • Conference room
  • Fitness room
  • Hairdresser
  • Hammam
  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Ski
  • Spa
  • Valet parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • WiFi
  • Yoga

 

OUR FAMILY HOLIDAY IN LENKERHOf

 

 

Menno, Founder of the blog Top With Kids, aged 46, married, father of Tess (10) and Wende (7), from Arnhem, Holland

 

 

 

We are excited to surprise our girls when visiting the Lenkerhof. It is not really the gourmet restaurant Spettacolo for them offering a choice of 16 different courses, which change every day or the renewed and ancient old thermal spa waters they are after. No, the thing that gets them really excited is the fact that the pool boasts its very own indoor slide!

 

A HISTORIC ADDRESS

The Lenkerhof is steeped in history. It began 350 years ago as a Spa hotel with its own Sulphur spring. Today, it mainly caters to Swiss guest in search for the Alpine tranquility, nevertheless all nationalities are more than welcome. As in most Swiss hotels the staff at the Lenkerhof is extremely accommodating. For instance, there is always someone around to answer your questions and, in the morning, free water bottles are handed out at the entrance. If you are not as lucky as us to experience days filled with sun they are equally happy provide you with an umbrella.

 

ROOMS WITH VIEWS

Overall, we are in awe of the beauty and comfort of this hotel. Not to mention its own little pamphlet about pillow choices! Our connected rooms are very comfortable and equipped with all the amenities you might ever need. We share a nice balcony which overlooks the valley and the mountains in the distance. The refreshing mountain air fills our lungs and we feel totally invigorated.

The connected rooms are very comfortable and equipped with all the amenities you might ever need.

Although for families we recommend the connecting rooms you might also opt for one of the suites. For example, the Suite Mediterrain. Designed in Mediterranean style, this light and friendly suite Mediterranean, more than 80 sqm in size, caters for all tastes. The fireplace and the Nespresso machine in the living area provide a cosy atmosphere to enjoy fine delights, while the comfortable double box-spring bed is the ideal place to rest and relax. For children, there is the possibility to turn the couch into a sofa bed and to have a baby cot put up. We are pretty sure that our youngest would love to do that.

 

PRETTY FACILITIES

We always love a personal touch in a hotel. Especially if this touch is connected to the owner or manager of some other member of the staff. In the Lenkerhof there is a permanent exhibition of works by Jürg Opprecht (proprietor of the Lenkerhof) and alternating works both by well-known and lesser known Swiss artists. Inspired by all the works we make an impromptu art walk through the building, again and again discovering new delightful objects. It feels a bit like visiting an art museum without leaving your hotel.

There are more reasons why you might choice to not leave the hotel. For example, the 7 sources beauty & spa wellness area, named after the seven sources of the River Simme. It is one of Switzerland’s most extensive wellness landscapes covering 2,000 square meters. The spa menu even offers special kids beauty treatments.

The spa menu even offers special kids beauty treatments.

Furthermore, the hotel offers a 34°C outdoor pool with its healing Sulphur water. The pool is lined by sunbeds and offers a panoramic view of the mountains. Bathing in this water is very good for the skin and helps to alleviate skin conditions, rheumatism and joint pain. The sulphur is quite intense so you are not supposed to stay in the water for too long by the way. Just adjoined to the outdoor pool, through an airlock you enter the indoor pool with slightly less warm water perfectly equipped for making some laps. No problem for the girls, since opposite the indoor basin finally they discover the Wet’n’Wild water slide. What an exiting experience to have this attraction completely for kids only for hours. After 18:00 hours both pools are exclusively reserved for adults, so make sure you’ll be there on time.

 

WHERE SPORT AND NATURE BECOME ONE

With all these experiences in the hotel, you might forget that the Lenk region has many, many things to offer in terms of family fun. First, the hotel is near a cable car (no you cannot hear it) which is great for people who do not want to walk far. The mountain cable cars in Lenk are inclusive upon one night in a hotel. All the guests with this card also enjoy free travel on all Lenk bus routes.

As you might guess the Lenkerhof is based in the lovely town of Lenk which is first mentioned in 1370. The oldest traces of a settlement in the area come from Neolithic artifacts that have been found scattered around the municipality. The way into the Simmental gives a breathtaking first view of the three peaks of the Wildstrubel. The opulent massif guards the valley, forming both the natural end to the valley and the border with Valais. Long before the first spa visitors came to the Simmental, the Stone Age hunters had gathered there. Neighbours from Valais sought their fortune here too. The thermal water in Weissenburg became popular in 1604. From 1686, high society started staying in Lenk for curative treatments. Around 1900, there were 250 guest beds, mainly for summer tourism. Soon the first winter sports guests arrived.

And in this time and age you can experience almost every winter sport that has ever been invented. For this we have to go back sometime in winter as for now we enjoy sunny days with 30°C. Fortunately the choice of summer activities is no less impressive. One of the big attractions are the numerous hiking trails. Though a fun activity for the somewhat older children, in many cases a long walk is just to boring for the little ones. Well, this rule does not apply to the trails on offer in this region. For example, we walked the Marmot Trail; a journey of discovery into the world of the marmot. The walk isn’t very strenuous but is a fun, eventful trail for all ages. The path takes you from Leiterli mountain station to Stoss central station. Our girls explore the marmot habitat through easily accessible holes and they test their agility on the wobbly bridge and find out how many “marmots” they weigh with the marmot scales.

Furthermore, you will be quizzed on your knowledge of animal sounds and tracks? The next few stations will help you improve this knowledge. At the end, the path will take you to the maze with a barbecue area, where there is another chance to practice climbing and balancing. All in all, is a truly heart-warming experience that brought us a couple of hours of great family fun.

If you look for a little more climbing, you might consider the cave walk. This hike will lead you past three caves: Zwärgliloch, Schnurenloch and Mamilchloch. The oldest stone tools in the canton of Berne to be made by human hands were once discovered here. With plenty of scrambling and ladder climbing, this route is perfect for cavers. The first cave mentioned is easily accessible. If you like to venture to the second and third be sure to bring waterproof clothing, a torch and hiking boots. The circular track takes you over a mountain path, through a natural tunnel and up a ladder into Schnurenloch. To get to Mamilchloch (rock milk), you will need to use the freestanding ladder, which is 10 meters long. Enough excitement for a day?

Another hiking trail we highly recommend is the 4 km Lynx trail along which children learn how wild cats live and behave. The walk begins at Leiterli mountain station. A relatively good, gently sloping natural path will take you by the well-known Hasler Hochmoor. Along the way you will discover various interesting facts about the lynx and its habitat. Follow the lynx or fox tracks. The trail you will find life size figures of the lynx, as well as its prey, such as roe deer and chamois. Because the lynx is a shy and very cautious animal, you may not actually see any on the Lynx Trail, but that does not diminish the overall experience at all.

If you go up the mountain by cable car but for some reason do not feel like hiking down, a thrilling option, especially for teens, is to go down by mountain carts. These vehicles are fitted with a comfortable seat, wide tires and good brakes. This means there’s nothing standing in the way of safe cruising fun! The Mountain Carts can be hired from Metschstand mountain station and returned at Metsch central station. For maybe an even greater adrenaline boast, you can climb in the high rope park in Zweisimmen. The majestic trees of the Obersimmental make fine pillars for wobbly cable bridges, tricky and varied bridge elements, amusing rope ladders, crazy Tyrolean zip-wires, daring leaps and high-speed downhill runs. At heights of between four and twenty meters (thirteen to sixty-five feet) above the ground, you will surely encounter and hopefully overcome, some personal barriers.

 

GASTRONOMY

After all these activities your appetite will probably go through the roof, lucky you, as the Lenkerhof is a culinary heaven. With children you really shouldn’t forget to eat at the Bühlberg restaurant, a stylish and yet original easy-going restaurant. It’s terrace is situated at 1,664 meters, so a great stop during a hike or bike-tour and in winter during skiing. The best part for us is the huge playground directly in front of it. It offers a large car park but the roads are tiny so consider taking the regular bus shuttle to get there. The view of the Wildstrubel, Wildhorn and the Plaine Morte Mountains is really breathtaking.

The Lenkerhof is a culinary heaven.

Down in the valley at the Lenkerhof itself, we already mentioned the gourmet restaurant Spettacolo. Well we can be rather short about this remarkable experience. The food that came out to our table was amazing, every dish was incredible. So tasteful and the presentation was like an art form. The dishes are size-wise as in Michelin star restaurants and the setting is going in that direction too.

The Restaurant Oh de vie with its lovely interior design, is an Italian à la carte menu, perfect for a lovely and romantic night for two. Dining together as parents with some little ones in town? Not at the Lenkerhof, the hotel has its own kids restaurant, the Little Prince. The little princes and princesses are bound to satisfy their appetites here with schnitzel, burgers, salads and more. And if they’ve finalised their meals, they can enjoy themselves in the ‘Alpine PlayStation’. A hidden den in the basement of the restaurant filled with toys and art materials guided by a very enthusiastic staff member. The alternative translation of PlayStation as kids will not find the digital equivalent. The philosophy here is to really reconnect with their true creative talents.

 

conclusion: WOW

Both the Marmot, Lynx and other family hiking trails combine playful elements and art. Game stations made from wood capture the children’s imagination during the walk. They are highly recommended for a day of outdoor family fun. We really like the idea of the ‘non-tech’ Alpine PlayStation. Kind staff is around to encourage kids to make their own art works with wool, wood and rope. It’s always good to have them disconnected from their mobile devices. Our experience with Lenkerhof was just amazing, from the front desk to room accommodations to superb culinary dining. Everything about the resort was top notch with still a kind of genuine hospitality.

BABYSITTING

  • Rate: 25€/h

CHECK-IN/OUT

  • Check-in :  From 3.30 P.M. to 11 P.M.
  • Check-out : From 7 A.M. to 11 A.M.

KIDS-CLUB (Alpine Playstation)

  • Age: From 3 years old
  • Opening hours: Every day. From 1 P.M. to 9.30 P.M.
  • Rate: Complimentary

NUMBER OF ROOMS

  • 82 rooms and suites

SPA PROGRAMME

TRANSFERS

  • One way from Zurich : from 580€/3 people

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