Via Maistra Champfèr 3, 7512 Silvaplana, Switzerland
Photo courtesy of Giardino Group
Giardino MountainThis boutique retreat initially opened in 1913, but it was refurbished into its current incarnation in 2011. A short drive from St. Moritz, the retreat mixes the past and the present in a sophisticated way: think historic foundations and antique wood ceilings merged with eye-popping designer lamps, wallpapers, and furnishings, not to mention some impressive sgraffitos. The hotel’s 78 Zen-like rooms and suites differ in size. Most come with terraces or balconies overlooking the surrounding Upper Engadine mountain landscape and feature modern luxuries such as flat-screen TVs, minibars, and Wi-Fi. Inside the sizeable bathrooms you’ll find comfy bathrobes and slippers, as well as products by Dipiù Spa by Giardino. The on-site spa is a comprehensive affair that, along with the in-house restaurants and bar, completes the feeling of being in a luxurious, self-contained, alpine universe.