We stayed in one of the Apara suites at the Park Hotel Weggis, and it was very comfortable, with lovely views of the lake. The design is very modern and elegant. You require a room tour to grasp all the various controls -- it's all quiet sophisticated with the latest technology. The bed is very comfortable, and you can operate the controls for the entire suite right from the bed (including putting an electronic "do not disturb" sign on the front door. While the hotel was by no means noisy, the road it is on is slightly busier than we had expected, so we slept with the windows closed. It is by no means a busy road, however, just busier than we expected.
A special mention should be made of the "magic toilet," which has its very own ventilation system (as well as other technology, like a built-in bidet) within the bowl. The ultimate in discretion when traveling with a companion! The suite also has a powder room, but the toilet in the secondary loo doesn't have all the bells and whistles.
It rained the entire time we were at the hotel, meaning snow in the high mountains (and thus no hiking for us). So we decided to visit the spa. We had read about their spa "cottages," and booked a package that included three hours in the cottage as well as a couple's massage. Our understanding of the world "cottage" conjured up images of a charming free-standing little shack down by the lake shore. We got a pleasant surprise, however -- the cottages are actually incredibly modern, and are all attached to one another (and are not by the water). It's really more of a relaxation "complex" than it is a collection of cottages in the anglophone understanding of the word, but it's quite delightful. When we checked in to our cottage, we were allowed to choose as many relaxing CDs as we liked, and we selected tea flavors for our individual tea pots. Each cottage is identified with a particular mineral, which is supposed to impart healing powers to the individual rooms.
There is no view to the exterior from within the cottages, except through the sunroof, as the exterior windows are frosted and also covered with blinds. At first this confused us, but then we realized that the cottages are part of the 'wellness' concept of the hotel. The cottage is meant to be an entirely private space for relaxing, which is only appropriate, since you may be in various states of undress as you move from sauna to hot tub to massage table. It's your very own personal day spa. There is a discreet and effective system for communicating with the staff, so you always know when they are going to be arriving -- they will never surprise you as you are stepping out of the shower! It's all managed very well so that everyone, you as well as the staff, have a relaxed and dignified experience.
The spa cottages are gigantic, spacious, tasteful, and comfortable, with tones of teak and grey. Ours had a hot bath right at the middle of it, under the skylight, with rose petals scattered into the water. There is a water bed by a television, a dry sauna (at least, there was in ours, I think different rooms may have a steam shower instead). Also included are necessaries such as a loo/shower, plus a really lovely granite foot bath that came with crushed ice, we think to run on one's arms if the foot bath was getting a bit hot. We had tea and delicious healthy snacks. Throughout, our woefully inadequate German was charmingly bolstered with helpful English from the staff (who, at our request, allowed us to muddle on in German until we truly couldn't find the word we needed, at which point they would step in and help).
Having our massage in the cottage after an hour spent relaxing in the bath and the sauna with our tea and cookies was just lovely. You know how you never want to get up off the table after a great massage? When you rent your own cottage, you can lay there on the table as long as you like, afterwards! If you rent the cottage for longer periods of time, you can order any kind of snacks and drinks you like. Apparently some people spend the whole day there. I can see why!
We did not end up eating breakfast at the hotel either morning we were there because we were too busy sleeping in the cozy bed. We did eat at one of the sister hotel's restaurants one night, the traditional stuva. Although we have lived in Switzerland, travel there widely, and have frequented many a traditional restaurant, we felt uncomfortable here. The service was not especially welcoming and our polite enquiry about whether a particular dish came with its traditional accompaniments was rudely rebuffed. The second dinner, we at at the Park Hotel Weggis' California style restaurant and had a lovely meal. Living in California as we currently do, we found their take on that cuisine to be innovative and delicious --- a lovely blend of Swiss-ness and the Napa Valley. A much different, better experience than the previous night's.
Overall we were very pleased with our stay at the PHW. We tend to stay in smaller boutique hotels, but were quite happy to be pampered and enjoy all the comforts the larger resort had to offer.
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