In the end of January we spent a weekend in the Engiadina region in the southeast of Switzerland. It follows the route of the Inn river from the Maloya pass to the border of Tyrol, protected by high mountains and blessed with stunning landscapes. The name – which is in Romansh, the indigenous language of the region and Switzerland’s fourth official language – translates to “Inn Garden”. Some of you might know St. Moritz, one of the world’s most famous, chic, elegant and exclusive holiday resorts in the world, which is also located in the Engiadina region.
We however decided to spend our weekend in Sils Maria, which is situated two villages (about ten kilometers) away from St. Moritz and lays at Lake Sils at an altitude of 1797 meters above sea level, overlooked by several mountains over 3000 meters, notably Piz Corvatsch, Piz Grevasalvas and Piz da la Margna.
We stayed at the Waldhaus hotel, a family owned grand hotel with character and warmth. The fairy tale castle is an architectural landmark sitting above peaceful Sils Maria with splendid views of gleaming lakes and impressive mountains.
The hotel looks back at a proud, more than 100 years history and has been owned and operated by the same family ever since it’s opening in 1908. It is vibrantly alive and comfortably old-fashioned. The house has been frequented by many national and international personalities from politics, culture, science and show business – including Albert Einstein, Friedrich Dürrenmatt and Richard Strauss to just name a few.
When arriving you are welcomed by a member of the owner’s family and shown to your room. In this old and complex hotel, no two rooms are exactly alike.
After settling in and exploring the hotel, we enjoyed sitting in the great lobby in the afternoon, where classical live music was played. We savoured some coffee and snacks before exploring the spa.
In the evening we had dinner in the elegant, high-ceilinged restaurant where an imaginative, sophisticated menu was served. You can also go for the à la carte option but you have so many choices within the menu we definitely recommend choosing the menu. You get a chance to try something you otherwise would not order.
The region offers so much to do – both in summer and winter. Lovely walking and hiking trails, excellent downhill and cross-country skiing slopes all embedded in a unique and stunning Alpine setting.
As the lake was frozen and the sun was out, we decided to go for a walk on it. Even though the thermometer showed -17 degrees Celsius – thanks to the dry, sparkling “champagne climate” with an average of 322 sunny days a year, which is legendary for the region, it still felt comfortable.
We had an excellent time, the weather was just perfect and the only regret we had: we wanted more time in this paradise as we were eager to explore more and didn’t feel like leaving! But we are excited for our upcoming babymoon in France – so stay tuned!
Whilst the hotel and region as such are not low priced, we found that the value for money was really good – especially compared to St. Moritz where you sometimes end up paying a lot extra “just” for being in St. Moritz.