Often times, we are faced with occasions when pictures speak much louder than words. No matter how beautifully or eloquently we describe a scene or moment in time, the true emotions, whether good or bad, cannot be felt without an image to support the story. Since the era of cavemen, humans have told tales of faraway places, magical lands, and even contrived legends to explain how or why deities existed. Today on homify, words and incredible imagery will combine to set the scene, and kick start a dormant desire to travel high up above the clouds and into the Swiss Alps.
Nestled atop Mount Bürgenberg, which is also known as Bürgenstock, exists one of the world's most breathtaking views. Here, in this idyllic and dream-like setting, you will find the Hotel Villa Honegg. The panoramic view from this site has been the subject of many highly acclaimed art pieces, is home to countless villas, and has been the choice vacation spot for international actors and politicians, such as Charlie Chaplin, Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren, to name a few. The famous view is bound in circumference by Lake Lucerne, with its crystal blue waters hugging the grey, snow-capped mountainous landscape. Jestico + Whiles, architects of the award-winning
W London in Leicester Square, are the team responsible for the interior design work completed inside this luxurious 5-star hotel. So, without further ado, let's begin our privileged sneak peek, and take a look inside…
A holiday, to most, involves removing oneself from the stressors and pressures of daily life, and is essential for our sanity and minds. In saying this, we don't always want to be completely removed from the creature comforts that we have grown accustomed to. Combining modern day luxury, yet situated 1,000 metres above sea level, Hotel Villa Honegg allows guests to escape routine into an environment that is both secluded and luxurious. The façade has been masterfully designed in the rare
Gustavian Style—a unique style developed by Swedish Aristocracy in the 17th and 18th centuries. This architecture borrowed upon, and derived influence from the travels of King Gustav III, who ventured to countries with extravagant monarchical architecture such as France, Italy and England. The grand vista you see pictured, has been masterfully restored to its former glory by local artisans.
At the end of a long day of trekking, hiking or skiing, there is nothing more satisfying than being welcomed home with an inviting, warm embrace. With a place to hang up your coats, leave your umbrellas and exchange your snow soaked ski boots for house slippers, you can begin the journey from entrance to bedroom suite in style. The deep timber tones, coupled with glimmering gold wallpaper, creates the perfect space to either start or end a busy day. And, if for whatever reason you are required to wait, you can do so in comfort on these two padded armchairs. Inside this extravagant hotel, you will find 23 suites and guest rooms, an infinity pool and spa, a restaurant for fine dining, a fumoir, and even a cinema room.
With the radiant view and fresh alpine air at your fingertips, you can wake up to the gentle pitter-patter of snow on your terrace from a room designed with serenity and relaxation in mind. A rich colour palette of chocolate brown and gold has been selected, employing delicate fabrics and a bold mixture of material finishes and textures. The colour gold is synonymous with royalty, and when paired with brown, creates an undeniable match. In terms of colour psychology, brown represents health, vitality and nature—three very important factors to experience during your personal retreat or vacation. Regardless of the type of bedroom suite you have booked, you are guaranteed to be honoured with a glimpse of the breathtaking scenery. These rooms, which feature all the latest and greatest comforts in both technology and interior design, boast one more little surprise which can be found in the bathroom—genuine Hermès amenities.
Whether you take breakfast in the dining room, or within the relief of your own room, that marvellous view will follow you where ever you go. Peering in through your bedroom windows, the mountainous landscape exerts its presence and grandeur, and will remind you on a daily basis of where you are. Perhaps you would like to enjoy a glass of wine, hot cocoa or read a book? You can do so on the warmth provided by the pale gold loveseat chair, or out in the open on the dark brown wicker chair on the terrace.
No beautiful bedroom suite would be complete without an equally as beautiful bathroom. By creating repetition, and carrying the interior theme of gold and brown also into this space, we can feel a connection between the two rooms. This bathroom is laced with fine and delicate details. In a brilliant juxtaposition between modernism and the Gustavian Style, this curved basin with magnificent timber cabinetry, provides a thrilling addition to this bathroom. Polished and poised, the grain of the wood has been allowed to take centre stage, with the curve of the drawers being exemplified by the rhythm in the grain. Playing further with different textures and movement, the sky blue herringbone shaped tiles complement the variance between the chocolate and caramel brown tones. The taps and gilded mirror add the necessary touch of vintage charm to leave the occupant questing whether this bathroom was designed in the 17th century or present era.
In this grand sitting room, leather, silk and deep timber tones evident in both the flooring and bookshelf, come together to create a harmonious and relaxing space to enjoy a whiskey by the fire, or a good read before bed. The designers at Jestico + Whiles sought to create a tactile experience for guests through the use of different material finishes. Not only is this a visually pleasing scene for the eye, but it also evokes a curiosity in our minds to touch and feel the ripples in the cushioned leather, the smoothness of the silk and the individual grain that naturally occurs in wood. Then, the eye is also drawn upwards to the multi-layered chandelier. Resembling an inverted tier cake, the gentle ripples in the fabric cast a soothing shadow via the warm yellow light held inside. Furthermore, the geometric pattern provided by the beige and brown carpet creates a dialogue with the off-centred shelf, trifling with the attention of the retro style furniture and modern fixtures. The fireplace, which is encased by an ornate white hearth, has been magically finished with bouquets of rich red roses, adding a pop of passionate colour to a fairly muted space.
Perhaps a casual game of Chess is more in your league of entertainment, or a good precursor to switch your mind off after an energy filled day. Perhaps not a detail first noticed, but if you look carefully into this scene, you will see that the Chess pieces, curtains and soft furnishings match. Again, continuing the theme we have seen carried throughout the entire villa, gold and deep shades of brown become the hero. It should be noted however, that this is no accident. The designers have selected tones that complement the scenery outside, allowing the vista to be the art, and the furnishings to be the frame.
Nourishing your body is of utmost importance, with a seasonal gourmet and à la carte menu available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is sourced from local Swiss suppliers, with the herbs and spices grown from the hotel's own garden. Gault-Millau, rival to the Michelin star system, is one of the most influential restaurant guides in the world. With a maximum rating out of 20, the restaurant in Hotel Villa Honegg scored a resounding 14. Of course, this fine dining experience can only be experienced to maximum effect in a room that matches a space with this accolade and acclaim. In this dining room, we see a more contemporary use of gold, displayed in the foreground of the cushioned armchairs, yet also tucked away into the recessed ceiling to create an opulent and subtle glow. A contemporary contrast has been created from the intricate black and white pattern that dons the backs of the armchairs. To finish, the diamond shaped chandelier, fashioned with individual glass pockets, is the icing on the cake of such a sumptuous and dignified room.
Lastly, but definitely not least, we will finish with the view of the infinity pool and spa. The turquoise waters create a gentle alliance with the scenery, matching the blissful blue tones provided by Lake Lucerne. The pool is heated to a toasty 34ºC, so even during winter, you can enjoy the surrounds from the water. The view that has stood out during the entire tour, can be experienced in full in this panoramic image. You are almost able to smell the fresh alpine air, and peppery pine aroma.
To complete the experience at the Hotel Villa Honegg and the incredibly mesmerising efforts of Jestico + Whiles, we will finish with one last view of the pool in winter. The ground, which is now blanketed in snow, is coupled with the mysterious steam that rises up from the pool, to create a view that will leave you contemplative and ready to book your next holiday.
We hope you have enjoyed this privileged tour inside Hotel Villa Honegg, and have perhaps even taken away some ideas for your own interior decorating venture.