LUCERNE, Switzerland

The Palace Hotel, one of four hotels at the Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne, opened for meetings and special events. When the entire resort is completed, the meetings facility will offer 23,680 square feet of space in 31 venues accommodating 800 attendees. The Palace Hotel will open for other guests in August.

Opening this summer, the 102-room Bürgenstock Hotel, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, will boast a restaurant, lobby lounge and bar, wine cellar, and a cigar lounge. The five-star superior hotel offers 5,382 square feet of meeting space divided among its Lakeview Ballroom and its foyer, an Executive Lounge, private cinema and private dining room.

Situated behind the Bürgenstock Hotel overlooking farms and pastures, the 16,145-square-foot Piazza provides a very spacious outdoor area for events.

By the end of the year, the Waldhotel Healthy Living will open with 160 rooms and a restaurant serving healthful cuisine. This five-star holistic property will feature spa services and facilities for medical check-ups, physical therapy, weight management, post-operative convalescence and wellness programs. Meeting facilities will include a 1,700-square-foot conference room, two private dining rooms and a boardroom.

In addition, the resort's 12-room Taverne 1879 opened after a comprehensive renovation and serves authentic Swiss specialties.

By 2018, two indoor tennis courts and one outdoor court will provide additional event space.

When participants are not attending conferences, they can sample one of the resort's restaurants, lounges and bars that serve classic French cuisine à la Escoffier and César Ritz, Asian, Middle Eastern, Swiss and regional Alpine cuisines. The Bürgenstock Alpine Spa, one of Europe's largest spas, will offer a full menu of massages and treatments for busy executives. Attendees can also opt for golf, tennis, swimming and hiking on the resort's 43 miles of trails.

Incentive organizers and meeting planners will find charming historic buildings scattered throughout the resort's 148 acres that are ideal for special events such as the Spycher Club, an ornately-carved 18th century building and the 1928 Golf Restaurant with its terrace overlooking the course.

“We welcomed our first conference in March,” announced Bruno Schöpfer, the resort’s managing director. “More than 1,600 American companies have offices in and around Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne, Montreux, Vevey and Zug, we are confident that our strategy is on target,” he continued. "And of course, with the spectacular views we have overlooking Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps, we know meeting planners will recognize the Bürgenstock Resort is a very unique venue," concluded Schöpfer.

Sitting 2,800 feet above Lake Lucerne, the car-free resort includes four hotels with 383 guest rooms and suites in total, a healthy living center, 12 restaurants, lounges and bars, 67 residence suites, an Alpine spa, a 9-hole golf course and three tennis courts.