The Tschuggen Grand Hotel in Arosa is the perfect blend of Swiss elegance, mountain life, and quirk. With sweeping views of the Alps, a spa one might consider selling her soul for, along with a highly attentive staff, what’s not to like? And by virtue of its location, life at the Tschuggen subtly integrates luxury with some good ‘ole country charm – cowbells ringing the distance, crisp alpine air, and sky-high trees.
Recently, my other half and I spent a long weekend here being treated to the ultimate pampering experience. And did I need it! After journeying 11-hours from the south of France to get to the Tschuggen and having traveled extensively for the previous two months, this normally frugal traveler wanted nothing more than to be coddled.
Between being chauffered about in a 500-series Mercedes, feasting upon anything and everything our stomachs craved, having spa treatments, and relaxing in the many serene pools, we wished we had booked for longer. After all, the palatial 5,000 square meter spa and wellness center, known as the Bergoase, spreads out over four floors and boasts everything state of the art from heated indoor and outdoor relaxation pools, multiple sundecks, an expansive gym, a salon, a dozen treatment rooms for massages and facials as well as separate male and female spa suites with bio saunas, showers, lounge areas, and steam rooms.
We started each day with either room service or the hotel’s healthy yet delectable breakfast buffet, complete with freshly pressed juices, a selections fine teas and coffee, eggs, waffles, some lean meats, fruit salad, cereals, and of course, the requisite assortment of Swiss muesli and yogurts. But what’s breakfast for if you can’t burn it off, right? So our mid-days were spent taking the Tschuggen Express to various trails and hiking for hours. Hiking was always followed by lunch, then a leisurely afternoon in the spa, and dinner out.
Aside from the spa and the hikes, our stay was made even more restful and seamless by the Tschuggen staff’s attention to detail. Whether it was tending to our room each time we stepped out, booking our massages or making restaurant recommendations in town, they never dropped the ball. So much so that I wish we could have stayed well into the next season. Lounging at one of the world’s leading hotel and spas may not offer the sort of adventure I tend to hanker after, but I enjoyed my slice of Alpine lavishness and look forward to the next time. And yes, there will be a next time.
*The Tschuggen Grand Hotel is located at Sonnenbergstrasse, CH-7050 Arosa. For reservations call +41 (0)81 378 99 99. All Tschuggen photographs are courtesy of the Tschuggen Grand Hotel Marketing Dept. Last photograph taken by the author.