The easiest way to get to Melchsee-Frutt by public transport is from Lucerne. From the main station you first take the Zentralbahn to Sarnen – a journey of about 25 minutes – and connect there to Postauto 343 (a bus service operated by the Swiss postal services) to Stöckalp.
The journey from Sarnen to Stöckalp will take you roughly 35 minutes. The bus will drop you off right in front of the cable car station that takes you up to Melchsee-Frutt. The cable car takes 15 minutes to make the journey to the summit.
In Melchsee-Frutt I’m staying at the Frutt Lodge & Spa, which is the leading hotel in the village (which only counts 100 permanent residents).
The hotel has only been open a few years and is a perfect place to relax or use as a hub for some excellent skiing opportunities.
The public spaces and rooms are nicely appointed and offer some spectacular vistas of the area and the mountains.The décor of the hotel is an interesting and elegant mix of contemporary design and traditional Swiss châlet. The centrepiece of the lobby is the fire place by the bar, which is where hotel guests tend to congregate for their après-ski and drinkies by the crackling fire.
I stayed at the Lodge for the week-end of 15th/16th December, which was in fact the official opening of the season. The weather and scenery did not disappoint. The hotel was not full I would say, but there certainly were a few guests enjoying the early snow.
Perhaps because it was the first week-end of the season, the service was rather slow and uncoordinated: it took ages for the staff to take orders, orders were forgotten, mixed up, etc. Although I should also say that all the staff were trying very hard and were all very friendly. I assume that, given a week or two to settle in, the place will be running smoothly.
One way or another, I greatly enjoyed my stay at the Frutt Lodge & Spa. With nothing much to do other than ski or spa, relaxation is guaranteed!
This will be my last post for 2018. For my dear mum, more than anything else, Christmas was always about the family and the celebration of the bond between us. I like to keep it that way.
And with that, I wish everyone a very happy holiday and a merry Christmas, filled with joy, love and happiness.