Switzerland’s Contemporary Mountain Sanctuary

A new attraction will open this winter on Switzerland’s spectacular slopes.

Called Nira Alpina, it is a glass-and-timber-built mountain sanctuary and the only one in the Engadin Valley to offer guests a true ski in, ski out experience.

With spectacular views over Lake Silvaplana, just five kilometers from St. Moritz in the small hamlet of Surlej, the hotel’s enviable position is certain to make it a year-round destination for young couples, families, ski fanatics and outdoor adventurers.

Nestled into the mountainside, with a private, glassed-in covered walkway leading straight to the adjacent Corvatsch cable car, guests have quick and easy access to the mountain peaks, allowing them to reach virgin powder snow before the crowds. Inside, panoramic views illuminate a variety of intimate and cozy spaces that welcome guests to relax and unwind after a day exploring the pistes.

Two restaurants treat diners to local Swiss favourites as well as international cuisine using fresh, local ingredients. Puri’s food and beverage expertise is evident throughout the hotel’s offerings at the two restaurants, from classic Engadin-style dishes at Stalla Veglia restaurant, to bread and pastries, baked fresh daily at the in-house Bakery. Several chill-out areas and a stylish bar, with cigar lounge, outdoor terrace for starlit dining and central open fireplace, offer stunning views of the surrounding valley.

Boasting 70 rooms, all with a balcony, terrace or garden space, guests can make the most of the surrounding nature and fresh mountain air. Throughout the layered wooden building, modern minimalism sits comfortably alongside traditional local materials such as wood and granite. All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and offer an eclectic interior design with the latest technology such as iPod docks and HD TVs. Under the wood-panelled headboards, cotton sheets and pillows made from organically grown cotton, invite guests to snuggle up and relax.

During winter the hotel’s Bakery will serve gourmet sandwiches for skiers eager to spend the day on the slopes, while children on the nursery slopes enjoy homemade cupcakes. A well-stocked library can be found on a mezzanine level. Decorated with cowhide rugs and decked out with deep leather armchairs this space is the perfect place to unwind.

The Nira Spa promotes well-being through a range of innovative and authentic treatments such as a Swiss chocolate body wrap. The relaxation room, striking mosaic-lined whirlpool with underwater beds and large sauna guarantee a luxury spa haven. Treatment rooms are available for clay wraps, sports and hot stone massages, exfoliation treatments, pedicures and manicures year round. A gym fitted out with the latest technogym equipment is also available.

To ensure guests fully explore the area a shuttle service is on hand to run guests to Surlej, Silvaplana and nearby St. Moritz where the designer shops provide high end retail therapy. Underground parking is available for guests who can check in separately and benefit from direct access to the mountain.

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