TAK­ING STOCK

DestinAsian - - GOOD TO GO - —James Louie

Perched 450 me­ters above the glit­ter­ing wa­ters of Lake Lucerne, Switzer­land’s Bür­gen­stock Re­sort ( 41-41/612- 6000; buer­gen­stock.ch; dou­bles from US$211) has long been pop­u­lar for its jaw- drop­ping panoramic views. The first ho­tel on the 60-hectare prop­erty opened in 1873, with sub­se­quent ad­di­tions draw­ing celebri­ties like Au­drey Hep­burn (who was mar­ried here) and Sophia Loren, though the re­sort be­gan to lose its lus­ter from the 1970s on­ward. To­day’s Bür­gen­stock has been granted a new lease on life, thanks to an al­most US$600-mil­lion- dol­lar re­vamp that has added two ho­tels, ser­viced res­i­dences, a hill­side golf course, and a whop­ping 10,000- square-me­ter spa com­plete with a rooftop in­fin­ity pool. Another high­light is Sharq res­tau­rant (pic­tured above), which of­fers Le­banese cui­sine with prime lake vis­tas to boot. And this be­ing Switzer­land, vis­i­tors can walk off their meals on the 70 kilo­me­ters of hik­ing trails in the idyl­lic sur­round­ings.

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