1. Arrive. In the Bernese Oberland.
Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau – these are the most well-known mountains in the Bernese Oberland, but they are not the only ones. A record number of 14 peaks can be found in this popular Swiss holiday region alone. If you drive to the Lenkerhof, you will see most of them, as Lenk is the most southerly village in the Simmental valley. Malicious gossip has it that it is in the middle of nowhere.
However, this is debatable, as the Swiss capital, Bern, is only an hour away from the hotel, by car or by train. The scenery is unique, as the village is located at 1,068 meters above sea level in a picturesque high mountain valley at the foot of the Wildstrubel massif.
2. Stay. In the most juvenile 5*S hotel in Switzerland.
A glamorous hotel amid fantastic scenery. First-class service. Outstanding Gault Millau standard cuisine. Sound stressful? Not at all. The Alpine resort is not only one of the most stylish hotels in Switzerland but also one of the most relaxed and individual of its kind. The service is discreet, but the staff is always around and makes life easier for the guests - whether you stay with the entire family or travel on your own.
The hotel offers harmony between classic and modern styles with trendy, elegant and individual elements. Good light and crystal-clear mountain air. Nothing is run of the mill – everything is one of a kind. Sophisticated, yet flexible. Everything is tailored to the needs of the guests – nothing is too much trouble.
3. Enjoy. At the Spettacolo and the Oh de vie.
Jan Leimbach describes his perfect creations as “tastebud tantalizers”. Take regional, first-class ingredients, carefully prepared, a dash of creativity and surprise – and there you have it – a feast of culinary delights. Some flavours come rather unexpectedly but are always a joy for the taste buds. The German chef, born in 1973 in Brig VS (Switzerland), creates 15 different dishes every day – depending on the season and what’s available at the market. Leimbach’s cuisine has been acclaimed by the French restaurant guide Gault Millau for several years now and currently holds 17 points out of 20.
Spettacolo is the hotel’s main restaurant. This is where the day starts with a substantial breakfast buffet, fresh bread and a good cup of coffee, fresh fruit and eggs from the farm, cheeses produced in the surroundings and smoked ham. In the evening, guests can enjoy light dishes inspired by regional and international delicacies. The Oh de vie is the Mediterranean-style restaurant in Lenk: The chef-de-cuisine and his team prepare Mediterranean specialities in an open kitchen.
Hotel guests can choose where they want to round off their day. All guests can put together their very own menu choosing from dishes freshly prepared every day – four courses are included in half-board.
Not to forget a glass of the perfect wine from the huge selection in wine cellar. Before dinner the guests come together in the underground vaults and taste various wines in order to select the bottle of their choice for dinner.
The bar in the hotel foyer is always a great place to be. It is the centre of the hotel and a meeting point – in the morning, at lunchtime and in the evening. Have an espresso before you start your day skiing or hiking or simply enjoy a cappuccino in the most beautiful valley. Treat yourself to an aperitif before dinner or a digestif to round off your day – all this in a lounge atmosphere next to an open fire in winter and on a large terrace with stunning views in summer.
4. Feel good. At the seven sources.
The seven springs of the Simme river were the inspiration when creating the spacious spa facilities “7sources beauty & spa” – exciting architecture and hours of relaxation. Thanks to the hotel’s own hot spring, Lenkerhof has had a long and changing history. The British have bathed here and enjoyed the healing effects of sulphur since 1683. 2,000 square metres where everything is about the body. It is one of the largest spa facilities in Switzerland and offers a great variety of options.
Saunas and steam baths with herbs, sulphur and shale oil. A sports pool and an outdoor pool with crystal-clear water containing sulphur from the hot spring – the most powerful in the Alps with a pleasant water temperature of 34°C. Facial and body treatments with exclusive cosmetics from AVEDA, the tropical Ligne St Bart and Algotherm. Fitness, cardiac training and personal training with medo check, a professional programme to create an individual training plan and to determine your fitness level.
5. Be active. On one of the largest outdoor playgrounds worldwide.
There are two winter sports resorts nearby – one of which is one of the top locations in Switzerland. Skiing and snowboarding. Cross-country skiing and ice-skating. Tobogganing and ice climbing. Snowshoe hiking and winter walking – all this is possible in Lenk. Adrenaline junkies will find many challenges and thrills, but there are also comfortable tours for more relaxed holiday makers. Fresh mountain air and happy cows. Blue sky, bright sunshine, waterfalls and a quiet atmosphere in a unique landscape. These are great holidays – relax, unwind and be active.
In winter and summer alike, the most southerly village of the Bernese Oberland is a true outdoor playground for young and old. International dog sledging, the Mountain Challenge and various mountain running events are among the sporting highlights. And once the snow is gone, it is all about cycling and mountain biking, hiking, climbing, running and Nordic walking.
To ensure that you are stimulated mentally as well, you are offered cultural highlights such as the Lenk Jazz Days, the “Alpkultur Lenk” Summer Academy and “Das Zelt” (The Tent) in winter. And in the hotel itself you will find pictures and sculptures, active distractions in the form of the guest programme as well as fashion shows. Good ideas are always put into practice.
6. Be a child. In a special world.
We see no reason why five stars should not be a sign of a child-friendly hotel. Children belong at the Lenkerhof and are always welcome. Without any compromises. Little ones are perfectly looked after: outside, amid the untouched nature just on the doorstep, as well as inside the hotel. The PlayStation of the Alps, free childcare every day from 1pm to 9.30pm with nursery, restaurant for children, wet ‘n’ wild water fun until 5.30pm and an outdoor adventure park – everything little children and teenagers could possibly wish for. There is something for everyone. Joy and happiness as well as children’s laughter – this is what makes this house so full of life. Why not come and experience it for yourself?