25 Oct 2017 - 17:34
Bürgenstock Resort : The project of the century
Amna Pervaiz Rao | The Peninsula
Bürgenstock, Switzerland: Katara Hospitality has invested QR2.11bn to renovates Bürgenstock Resort for people to enjoy the facilities in the heart of Central Switzerland, on top of 2,800ft mountain ridge that offers stunning views of Lake Lucerne.
The facilities being offered at the resort make it easier for Arab visitors to enjoy halal food and Arabian culture in the heart of Central Switzerland.
Bruno H. Schöpfer, the Managing Director of the Bürgenstock Selection, overseeing the development of the Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne.
Talking to The Peninsula , Schöpfer said: “The rebirth of Bürgenstock Resort wouldn’t have been possible if Katara Hospitality didn’t show it’s generous support. We appreciate their patience, it took us 9-years to re-build this resort keeping the cultural roots alive.”
According to the Swiss standards, Schöpfer said it is normal to re-build a place in few years but normally in Qatar you make a decision and after six months the building is ready. “We respect and appreciate supporting this project and making it successful.”
Locals and Arab visitors enjoy the facilities which give blend of Arabian culture.
Expressing the reactions of local Swiss people he said: “Particularly the visitors from the Middle East demand for local (Swiss) experience and on the other hand they don’t want to disconnect from their own cultural roots. Keeping all in mind we built up this resort to give them a warm welcome in central Switzerland. We have put up few features in our rooms to keep their culture alive as well.”
“Staying away from your home-country makes you feel disconnected with your culture we don’t make our Middle Eastern visitors feel this way. We respect the aspects of Arabic culture in which we have shown high respect for their privacy too,” Schöpfer added.
The resort has opened the doors for Arab visitors to enjoy the facilities which include, Alpine Spa which is connected via museum corridor separate for ladies and men, swimming area separate for ladies and men. Enjoyable cuisines which include Persian, Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Thai cuisines serving Halal food for all Arab visitors.
“The oriental cuisine and shisha experience is highly appreciated by the Swiss locals, we have attracted more of local guests at Sharq Oriental Restaurant and Spices Kitchen & Terrace. These cuisines have been highly appreciated by the Arab visitors, we take care of the halal specifications. We have also hired Arabic speaking and understanding staff to cater all the Middle Eastern guests,” Schöpfer further noted.
The Bürgenstock Hotel & Alpine Spa offers a live cooking experience in its Spices Kitchen & Terrace. The restaurant features authentic Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Thai cuisines cooked in original tandoors, woks, naan oven, duck oven and dim sum steamer.
Some of the dishes featured on the menu include Indian Adraki Lamb Chops, Thai inspired ThodMunPla (red curry flavoured king fish cake with cucumber relish) and Chinese Siu Mai.
The open kitchen has four stations and a range of specialist chefs dedicated to each cuisine. The design reflects the concept of an Asian-fusion restaurant with sleek lines and warm tones, seating 130 guests inside and 66 outside on the panoramic terrace, which has views across to the peak of Pilatus, Rigi and the lake.
Bürgenstock Resort brings Sharq Oriental Restaurant, which offers traditional Arabic culinary experience with various mezze, grill dishes and aromatic shisha. With its Middle Eastern style decor both inside and on the terrace of the former Villa Daniel.
Sharq serves Persian dishes by Iranian and Lebanese chefs in a sleek relaxing environment. Seating up to 129 across two floors and the terrace, guests will experience a culinary trip through the Orient.
The Water Pipe Lounge and Terrace has spectacular views to the lake and private dining is available for groups of up to twelve. Dishes include typical mezze and grilled meats for an authentic taste of the region.
Delights of the menu include Roukak (filled puff pastry roll with Arabic cheese, parsley and black cumin), Hummus, Falafel, and Kabab Kubideh (ground lamb kebab with onions, saffron and black crushed pepper).