Families at Alpine Hut, Switzerland
This summer, Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina is offering families the chance to experience something new that is truly unique: the opportunity to spend quality time together in the hotel’s very Swiss Alpine hut far from the madding crowds, with just a private chef whipping up a traditional feast in front of their eyes.
The Engadine Valley, is positively bursting with outdoor activities that suit families with children of all ages. There are mountains to be climbed, mountain bike trails to be discovered, lakes in which to swim or on which to sail, excursions by train, horse-drawn carriage, boat or helicopter, and child-friendly centres such as a petting zoo and rope park.
To help families make the most of their day on the mountain, Grand Hotel Kronenhof has put together a package that includes transfers to and from the Alpine hut, as well as a rustic three-course menu prepared by Bernd Schützelhofer, Executive Chef at Grand Hotel Kronenhof. The Alpine hut package is valid for a minimum of two people and costs from CHF220 per person.
Grand Hotel Kronenhof has a rich and interesting history, having first opened its doors in the first half of the 19th century as a guesthouse. However, the main part of the current building, which is a registered historical landmark, was built at the very end of the 19th century in Neo-Baroque style. The latest addition, completed in November 2007 and costing CHF 35 million (approximately £24 million), consists of 28 new guest rooms and a stunning spa complex covering more than 2000 square metres.
The spa is certainly one of the hotel’s highlights and has been named ‘the best Alpine spa’. Facilities include a 20m indoor infinity pool with counter-current system, a flotation pool with underwater music, a wide range of saunas and steam rooms, a luxurious private suite for couples to enjoy wraps and massages together, and – for the perfect final touch – a crackling log fire in the relaxation room.
Finally, Grand Hotel Kronenhof is renowned for its extensive children’s activities and facilities (a kids’ playroom and Rondelle, a restaurant just for younger members of the family).