Photo courtesy of Giardino Atlantis
Atlantis by GiardinoThe original incarnation of the Atlantis by Giardino, which opened in 1970 at the foot of Zurich’s Üetliberg mountain, hosted everyone from Freddie Mercury to Muhammad Ali. The Giardino group has brought its glamorous past and superior location back to life, hiring South African–born Inge Moore to inject the property with playful, stylish, and referential new touches like the vault-style wall in the bar (a reference to Zurich’s banking heritage) and 1970s-style marble floor in the lobby. The rooms and suites are equally eye-catching, thanks to the lashings of luxurious woods and stone, custom-made fabrics from manufacturers like Pierre Frey and Molteni, and custom furnishings. All rooms come with king-size beds and conveniences like flat-screen TVs. Bathrooms get a tub and shower, and most of the rooms have not one balcony but two. An ultra-modern spa (with two pools), a large and peaceful garden, and a couple of excellent restaurants seal the deal.