The Jetsetter rate includes breakfast, spa access, and use of mountain bikes (during summer months)
Charn Alpina restaurant serves an impressive selection of artisan meats and produce from the lower Engadin valley
Nifty small-scale spa with a bare essentials gym, Clarins products and a rooftop chill-out area
Ease of access to the great outdoors — slip on your boots and head into the wild
What To Know
This is a quiet, isolated part of Switzerland; people come here to rest, recharge and escape
Hotel service may seem a little reserved compared with that of the U.S.
Renting a car is a good idea, given the hotel's location and the distances between towns
A tourism tax of $3 per person, per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
Parking on site
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Intimate Swiss hideaway with a rooftop spa terrace, a top-notch restaurant and sweeping mountain views
Originally the house of artist Hans Walter Bayer, the building dates from 1911 and was converted into this bijou hotel (only 23 rooms) in 1967. A mix of the old and new, the Paradies artfully showcases period details (such as the wonderful 1859 cembra pine paneling in the Stüva Paradies dining room) while the individually decorated rooms have Loewe flat-screen TVs. The walls are dotted with more than 100 works of original and local art from the owners' collection, with the rest of the decor a medley of old-fashioned rugs, velvet sofas, scented wood and eye-catching modern furnishings. The fumoir and library is like a cozy gentlemen's club, with antique books, Chesterfield sofas and Ralph Lauren styling.
Bed and Bath
Double rooms (194 to 237 square feet) and Junior Suites (344 square feet) all have south-facing balconies with stunning views of Piz Lischana (10,187 feet) and the 1,000-year-old Schloss Tarasp (Tarasp Castle). Each room comes with a pair of binoculars with which to enjoy the views. Rooms are individually decorated in a modern-rustic style that blends neutral colors with flashes of warmth. They make wonderful use of local cembra pine, rich in essential oils with a heady restorative scent; walk-in wardrobes and select pieces of furniture are made from it. Bathrooms are a tad nondescript but are a decent size and spotlessly clean, and they feature all the usual amenities.
Chef Daniel Stütz's Charn Alpina restaurant serves dishes made with produce from the lower Engadin valley and an impressive selection of artisan meats (sourced from master butcher, Ludwig Hatecke). With only a few tables, sweeping views of the play of light on the Sesvenna Mountain Range, super-attentive service and stunning presentation, you'll feel as though you've been transported to a gastronomic dreamscape. Breakfast is available all day at La Cugagna and features cheeses from nearby villages, artisanal dried meats and even water-buffalo milk from neighboring pastures. The yellow and blue–tiled Garden of Eden spa is a calm and fragrant spot, albeit one without a pool or larger-scale trappings. Try one of the soothing treatments, unwind on one of the outdoor chaises longues or treat your feet to the rooftop reflexology bath. At night, book a Dutch tub ($70, up to four people) and marvel at the immense star-filled night sky.
In the Area
Big scenery is the draw here. Charming villages with pastel graffitied houses, such as Ftan, Susch and especially Müstair, deserve a wander through. In winter, cross-country ski straight from the hotel on 3.5 miles of trails or cruise the easy–intermediate slopes at Motta Naluns (9,186 feet), which you can access from the nearest village, Ftan. In summer, head to the nearby Swiss National Park for 50 miles of hiking trails and breathtaking scenery. Anytime of year is great for soaking up the traditional spa culture here, especially at Engadin Bad, in Scuol, with its Roman-Irish baths.
How to Get There
Flights are available to Zurich Airport (ZRH) and Innsbruck Airport (INN) via connecting flights from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from Zurich Airport (ZRH), about 121 miles away, are approximately $313 per car, each way, and transfers to/from Innsbruck Airport (INN), about 83 miles away, are also approximately $313 per car, each way. Both can be arranged through the property. Alternatively, trains from Zurich to the nearest station, Scoul Tarasp, take around three hours. If you're hiring a car for the transfer, free parking is offered on-site.