You’ll arrive in Arosa by way of a little red train and with each bend of the mountain giving way to new snow-dusted landscapes, the anticipation builds. The Tschuggen Grand Hotel is worth the wait; every last detail is taken care of to make your stay as relaxing as possible. Just outside the entrance is the hotel’s private Tschuggen Express railway. Its sleek cabins smoothly shoot up 150m in two minutes, making it a true ski-in, ski-out hotel. The area has been known as one of Switzerland’s smaller resorts but a new ski lift gives access to 225km of piste. After a day in the elements, unwind in the 5,000sq m spa that’s clad in alpine granite and designed by leading architect Mario Botta. Swim in the indoor-outdoor pool and watch steam rise off the water as snow falls. There are five restaurants to choose from, including Michelin-starred La Vetta and a more casual grill menu in The Basement. The standout option is the Igloo Village which opens during winter. Built from compressed snow and ice, the igloos glow blue and tables are decorated with warming furs and flickering candles. Wrap up warm and eat your weight in truffle and champagne fondue. Be sure to opt for a south-facing room for fantastic views. Waking up and tearing open the curtains to reveal mountains covered in a fresh layer of snow makes it feel like Christmas morning.
This article was published on 30th November 2016 so certain details may not be up to date.