Guarda Golf Crans Montana, a fairy tale turned into business success
When they met in the Les Roches hotel school over a decade ago, few would have anticipated their love story would lead to such an exceptional success. Today, they own and manage not only the Guarda Golf Resort Hotel, one of the finest luxury boutique hotels in the Swiss Apls, but also two exceptional projects, an international school and a residential complex, which will further consolidate Crans Montana as a leading luxury resort destination in Europe. Brazilian native Nati and Swiss born Giancarlo Felli opened Guarda Golf Hotel in 2009.
The result of three years of careful planning, Guarda Golf’s unique offering consists of individually decorated luxury rooms and suites, most of them with balconies and stunning panoramic views of the mountains and the Jack Nicklaus-designed nine-hole golf course right off of the hotel’s terrace; a 6,500-square-foot luxury spa with beauty treatments by Clinica Ivo Pitangui, an indoor pool and hammam; a fine dining Italian Ristorante Giardino; the ultimate personalized service with the utmost attention to details.
And it is not just golf (Omega European Masters in September) and ski (10,000 feet) which indulge travelers in Crans Montana. Top international luxury brands have been operating luxury boutiques in Crans Montana: Louis Vuitton (first in Switzerland to feature the new global retail concept), Montblanc, Chopard, Bally, Moncler or Prada (recently opened). A wealth of exceptional restaurants including 2 stylish night clubs and several art galleries complete the Crans Montana scene.
The wealth of opportunities have motivated the Felli family to operate Guarda Golf Hotel on an all-year-round basis, a factor which has been playing an exceptional role in Crans Montana attracting the most diverse mix of travellers, including investment and education purposes. The future of Guarda Golf has been laid out by the expansion of a luxury residential component, the first phase of which was already delivered in 2013. The international school will further enforce the attractivity of Crans Montana and, as with all their previous work, the Felli family are likely to draw success based on all their energy and passion they will invest in the two projects.
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Oliver Petcu in Crans Montana