The dynamic duo of Nick and Simon Buchs is poised for yet another success story with their reinvention of the Solsana Hotel in Saanen.
The oft overlooked locality with some of the best views in Saanenland – ironically a space dedicated to the blind in the past – has changed ownership and will undergo a dramatic transformation in the coming two years.
One big playground
Meanwhile Nick and Simon are running the show and have created an atypical Gstaad destination. Sun and Soul Pop-Up Hotel is the antithesis of a quintessential five star hotel. “We are a no star venue”, says Simon. Guests are the stars creating the type of bespoke adventure they design based on their distinctive choices in a funky, unstuffy atmosphere. Nick likens the current vibe to converting a castle into a playground.
The pre-opening party on 10 November proved to be a splendid representation of the off-beat, no-rules vibe featuring “Fiji Band” with Simon and Simonne. A synthesis of electronic dance music had the crowd enthralled and amused with a truly out-of-the-box performance, one hardly expects to encounter du ring off season Gstaad, or any other time of year for that matter.
The genuine no-water pool is an unconventional feature that has been transformed into a party arena ideal for creating the wackiest of celebrations. Ample space for as many as 300 guests and a nearly indestructible design are perks of this site. No life guards on duty so proceed with caution! Golfjunkies will relish the indoor putting green and driving range du ring the months Golfclub Gstaad Saanenland is a ski piste. Instructors will be available through the club as well.
Art in its many forms is an integral part of the Sun and Soul experience. Currently walls of the common areas and guest rooms are adorned with pieces that had been created for the Live Art Gstaad, which was co-founded by Nick and Simon’s father in 1996. A key objective of Sun and Soul is to offer a venue for artists, writers, musicians and sculptors to work and display the fruits of their efforts, including lectures, dance and music performances, demonstrations, workshops, etc. The imagination has free reign and all ideas and suggestions are welcome.
The Buchs brothers envision an adaptation of an artist’s retreat during off-season as well, allowing artists of all varieties to utilize the facilities and be inspired by the serenity of the environs of Saanenland. April, May and November are likely months to allocate accommodations for in house artists to hone their craft and interact with likeminded imaginative souls.
Sun and Soul will be open year-round, a bonus for travelers and locals alike. Fifty spacious rooms are available in various categories including family suites. All with sun- filled balconies, assorted creature comforts and of paramount importance; at affordable rates!