Eric Favre, a distinguished hotelier with 30 years of experience at luxury properties in Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa, has been named the new Managing Director of The Alpina Gstaad, the first luxury hotel to open in the Swiss Alpine resort in 100 years. Niklaus J. Leuenberger, who served as Managing Director of the hotel during its crucial pre-opening and launch phases and was responsible for its management and operation for its first year, completed the hand over to Mr. Favre on October 1, 2013.
Prior to joining The Alpina Gstaad, Mr. Favre was General Manager of the Djibouti Palace Kempinski in Africa. He spent ten years as General Manager of Le Mirador Kempinski in Le Mont Pelerin, Switzerland. From 1996 to 1999, he served as Director of the Hotel Management School Les Roches in Bluche, Crans Montana. Mr. Favre has held executive positions in such revered hotels as The Oriental in Bangkok and Al Khozama in Riyadh, a Leading Hotel of the World.
A native of the Canton of Vaud, Mr. Favre graduated from the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne and later received a Diplôme de Chef d'Entreprise de la Société Suisse des Hôteliers. In 1998, Mr. Favre was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Training and Development from IMC in London. He speaks French, English and German.
The destination's first newly built five-star superior hotel, The Alpina Gstaad is part of a CHF300 million luxury development that includes private apartments within the hotel and three chalets, The Alpina Gstaad is a contemporary interpretation of traditional Swiss architecture incorporating authentic local materials and time-honored Alpine style,
The Alpina Gstaad has drawn raves from guests and locals and has earned top reviews from such prestigious organizations as Gault Millau, Virtuoso, the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show as well as major publications including Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, The Robb Report, Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report and Switzerland's Schweizer SonntagsZeitung.
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About The Alpina Gstaad
The Alpina Gstaad is set on five acres in Oberbort, the exclusive hilltop area of the village which is in Saanenland in the heart of the Bernese Alps. The Alpina Gstaad has three restaurants: the first European outpost of MEGU, the renowned Japanese restaurant; a traditional Swiss stübli, and Restaurant Sommet serving contemporary cuisine. The luxury hotel has a bar and lounge, wine-tasting room, private cinema, cigar lounge, a ballroom and several boardrooms. The 21,500-square-foot Six Senses Spa includes a fitness center and an 82-foot lap pool. A large outdoor swimming pool is set in the gardens. The 56 spacious rooms and suites – all with balconies – range from 333 square feet to 4,305 square feet.