Mandarin Oriental has announced plans to open its second Swiss property, located on the banks of Lake Lucerne.

The group will take over the management of the historic Hotel Palace Lucern, which is due to reopen at the end of next year following “extensive renovation”.

The 146-room property will be rebranded as the Mandarin Oriental Palace, Lucern.

All of the hotel’s rooms, suites, public areas, restaurants and bars are being renovated, and the property’s outdoor grounds are being landscaped.

The hotel’s current website has been posting regular updated and images of the works.

Mandarin Oriental says that when the property reopens it will offer “a restaurant and a bar together with a variety of social and meeting facilities and a spa and fitness room”.

The Belle Epoque-era hotel originally opened in 1906, and is situated on Haldenstrasse on the northern shores of Lake Lucerne.

It will join Mandarin Oriental Geneva (located on the shore of the Rhone River), as the group’s second property in Switzerland.

Commenting on the news James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, said:

“We look forward to opening a new hotel in Switzerland, which will complement our growing portfolio in Europe, including our other Swiss hotel in Geneva.

“Lake Lucerne has long been a popular destination for luxury travellers and it will now be home to one of Switzerland’s most exclusive properties, providing guests with Mandarin Oriental’s exemplary service for which the brand is renowned.”