Settled away from the glitzy snobby St Moritz, this seemed to be where the Swiss vacation. We came upon it by accident, intending to stay near Guarda, which is at least an hour away.
The rooms and service are top class. The running stream was a favorite for our 5 yr old son. The family events were fun, we were lucky to invited to particpate in the woodcarving, the downhill goKart and the Kids parade and Swiss day fest.
It is pricey, but the views and experience were worth it, IMO. The cattle coming thru at 6.30 and then being able to go under a farmers home to see the cows being milked was a treat, my son even tried his hand at milking a cow.
Many of the workers at the hotel were not from Switzerland, even the on site "nanny" was from Austria- but spoke perfect English and was very good with our son.
Food very expensive ( 25 Euros for one long bratwurst and french fries) but the include breakfast was unbelievable. hot and cold items, cheeses and omlettes and cereals- all of the highest quality.
Dinner options : two restaurants the informal swiss restaurant with the brats, sladas, fondues etc and then also a 135Euros plus per person gormet restaurant with spectcular views- you get those same views for breakfast and as we had a strict vegetarian in our group we opted to skip the fancy dining.
Sauna- and massage avaialble, for those wanting modesty in the sauna- you may wanto skip this option; sauna free, massage about double what you would pay in the USA.
Overall- I would return to this resort for skiing and perhaps a week when my son could learn to sail or windsurf. But we also had a terrific 3 days in the summer months//
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Guarda Val is a unique Maiensäss hotel allocated in 11 huts and barns that are up to 300 years old. Located 1600 metres above sea level in the hamlet of Sporz, directly above Lenzerheide, the Guarda Val combines the fascination of deep-rooted Graubunden alp tradition with a contemporary concept of Alpine design and lifestyle. The hotel skilfully combines luxury, pleasure and personal service with authenticity, simplicity and a genuine mountain experience. A cosy retreat as a balance to our hectic everyday life, where all the most highly prized assets of our Western world are to be found: nature, time, tranquillity and self-reflection. A warm welcome Your host Ralph Treuthardt and the entire Guarda Val team ... more less
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