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Don’t Be Neutral: Pick This Swiss Property for a Funky Mountain Getaway

by Kelly Magyarics

May 31, 2019

Giardino Hotels

Age Specific / Adult Children

The snow on those peaks might be melting quickly, but that doesn’t mean you need to put off that Swiss vacation until next winter.

Giardino Hotels is Switzerland’s only true lifestyle hotel group, with properties in Zürich, Ascono, Lake Maggiore and Champfèr. Each offers a unique setting and experience, but what they all have in common is a sense of casual ambiance, upscale service and stylish design, along with the legendary Swiss hospitality and service.

Photo: Giardino Hotels

Photo: Giardino Hotels

Giardino Mountain is known as “The Power Retreat,” and is located in the cute village of Champfèr near St. Moritz. The hotel dates back to 1913, and the property itself was a boarding school for girls in the 18th century. Though it’s decidedly a playground during the winter months, there is no shortage of things for families to do when the flowers are blooming on the mountain under a sunny summer sky, including hiking and biking.

Younger guests will enjoy the kids’ club, a walk on a stroller-friendly path, paddling and splashing in the bathing lakes, sliding and climbing at the playground and enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride or boat tour. Children aged 2 and above can be dropped off at the supervised Kids’ Club, where they can play, frolic in the ball pit, do arts and crafts and have lunch.

Kid club. Photo: Giardino Hotels

Kid club. Photo: Giardino Hotels

School-aged kids and teenagers can partake in sailing or family surfing, minigolf, horseback riding, jumping in the inflatables, scaling the heights at the high-rope park and hiking on the Barefoot Trail or Smugglers-and-Robbers Trails.

Freestyle. Photo: Giardino Hotels

Freestyle. Photo: Giardino Hotels

During the summer season, the resort provides a free extra room for any family with children aged 6 and above staying for a minimum of five nights. Depending on availability, that may be a double room with a direct connecting door — perfect for parents traveling with children or grandparents vacationing with their grandchildren.

Mountain suite. Photo: Giardino Hotels

Mountain suite. Photo: Giardino Hotels

Switzerland’s Engadine region is actually like a big adventure playground, and Kids’ Guides at Giardino knows where kids can find fun. Part expedition leader, jester and storyteller, the Kids Guides make sure kids are never bored and they are making memories every day during their stay.

Mountain pool. Photo: Giardino Hotels

Families looking for a wellness sojourn will be happy to know the resort has an Ayurveda program that melds its Asian roots with Western standards, with easy-to-digest foods, relaxing and therapeutic massages and exercise designed to remove toxins, rejuvenate and stimulate the body’s ability to heal. In addition to Compact, Restart, Detox and Anti-Aging regimens, Giardino features the option to purchase an Ayurveda program for the family. In addition to medical history, pulse diagnosis, yoga, pranayama, meditation, consultations and access to the sauna, pool and fitness center, adults will undergo a 60-minute abhyanga massage, a full-body warm oil massage that’s a staple in Ayurveda practice. Each family member will get a 50-minute sound massage and 60-minute tailored facial treatment, while children will also get a medical analysis and a 45-minute oil massage. If traditional spa-ing is more your thing, dipiù SPA offers a menu of massages, facials and body treatments using Aveda products.

Mountain Spa. Photo: Giardino Hotels

Mountain Spa. Photo: Giardino Hotels

And cuisine is not an afterthought here, from the two Michelin-starred Ecco Ascona to regional cuisine at Hide & Seek or a memorable meal at the property’s private mountain lodge, El Paradiso.


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