Set amidst the highest mountains in the Alps with snow virtually lying around even in summers, predictions for this new establishment could not have been better. Valley carves deep into the glacier territory and a fairy-tale setting starts where the road ends. Literally. You will find no cars in this heritage village, just electric shuttles propelling you in between massive wooden residences. For some, it is the end of the world, for others, this is where the living starts. As of just, a fine boutique hotel completely redefines the magnetism for Saas Fee. We peek into the house alongside general manager Raphael Herzog and present you The Capra Hotel.
The new, 5-Star all-suite hotel offers 14- suites that greet the guest with discreet luxury and modern comfort in traditional, Swiss chalet style. Most suites feature a separate living room and bedroom; other suites meet today’s trend towards open-plan layouts with individualised furnishings. Each of the 14 suites has a private balcony of its own, offering a stunning view of the tremendous alpine setting of Saas-Fee, a village known not only by international ski stars as the place to go for the perfect Switzerland experience, coupled with the most breath-taking mountain panorama. After all, nowhere else has a view of more 4,000-metre peaks than Saas-Fee, an auto-free hamlet where snow is guaranteed.
The extensive remodeling of ‘The Capra’ has brought the hotel’s entire technology up to the latest environmental standards. The remodelling has also brought forth a harmonious and unique marriage of locally sourced materials with modern design elements. The hotel’s staff of around 25 see to it that each and every guest in this new Boutique Hotel feels at home. Small and fine is the motto of this hotel, which features a gourmet restaurant, an exclusive spa with whirlpool, steam room and sauna, and a gym equipped with the very latest in fitness technology. A treatment room rounds out the wellness offerings, providing a space in which each guest’s individual wishes for massages, manicures, pedicures as well as Shiatsu and cosmetic treatments can be met. The new facility housing a large spa is scheduled to open end of the year.
Every Guest’s Home Away From Home
The declared aim, as the new host at the ‘Capra’, in the words of Raphael Herzog, is for the hotel to feel like every guest’s home away from home throughout their stay. A Switzerland native born in 1984, from May 2012 Raphael Herzog was Deputy Director at the Arosa Kulm Hotel & Alpin Spa before taking up his new position as General Manager of the ‘Capra’. The luxurious, feel-good character of the ‘Capra’ is the accomplishment not only of the tastefully appointed suites, with their views of the gorgeous mountain scenery of Saas-Fee, but also, quite specifically, of restaurant Chef Oliver Glowig and his team. Glowig worked with the ‘Acquarello’ restaurant in Munich, the ‘Grand Hotel Capri’ and the ‘Capri Palace Hotel’ before opening a restaurant of his own in Rome in 2011. During the winter season, the German-born, 2-star chef will provide culinary delights to guests of ‘The Capra’ in the hotel’s own restaurant, ‘La Locanda,’ with products from the region. ‘The Capra’ has a brasserie that is opened all day as well as a gourmet restaurant that opens its doors for dinner only.
The private chauffeur drives guests from ‘The Capra’ directly to the ski slopes and ski lifts of the car-free village of Saas-Fee in 5 to 10 minutes, aboard the hotel’s electric taxi. There, ‘The Capra’ has set up a ski room for all its guests, equipped with heated lockers, a coffee machine and toilet. Those seeking a bit of winter fun in Saas-Fee in addition to the luxurious tranquillity of ‘The Capra’ are welcome to participate in a variety of scheduled events, including the Ice Climbing World Cup; the Chefs Event with top Michelin chefs from Europe in ‘The Capra’ hotel itself; the traditional carnival parade; and the various races including the Horn Sledge Race, the traditional Valley Race between the municipalities, or the high-adrenaline Allalin Race.
For decades Saas Fee remained one of the better kept secrets of Swiss Alps, especially due to exceptional ski conditions. Now finally it pledges to those seeking hedonism in their holiday shelter.
- Rooms: From €300
- Website: www.capra.ch
- Address: Lomattenstrasse 6, 3906 Saas-Fee, Switzerland
- Phone: +41 27 958 13 58