The “Moving Mountains” at the Valsana Hotel for relaxation

The “Moving Mountains” at the Valsana Hotel for relaxation

A particularly environmentally friendly energy concept and a carefully curated program for regional activities, relaxation and wholesome enjoyment are at the heart of the 4-star superior hotel.

Once again the weather throws the bill: instead of sunshine, cloudy rainy weather prevails with temperatures below ten degrees. On the room balcony, we decide to forego the morning mountain hike and spend the last hours in Arosa in our accommodation, the Valsana Hotel. The same expereince we had in one of the luxious hotels in Duluth, MN, Fitgers. A gentle yoga class would be on the program at eight o'clock - but we had already attended flow yoga the day before. So today we want to approach the day a little more individually.

Strengthened by a coffee, we go a few floors down in swimming trunks and a bathrobe, where we awaken our limbs and senses in the relaxation pool. While the other hotel guests are still in bed or having breakfast, we have the pool equipped with massage jets with a view of mountain peaks all to ourselves. So the first cold, wet Sunday in the second half of the year is a good start!

The relaxation pool in the 800 square meter spa area of ​​the Valsana Hotel Arosa.  (Image: PD)

The relaxation pool in the 800 square meter spa area of ​​the Valsana Hotel Arosa.

In a central location

The honeycomb-like wooden lattice of the «Valsana» facade can be seen from afar. The central location (6 minutes' walk from Arosa train station) comes at the expense of the view: the ice rink directly opposite is not very attractive, but the surrounding peaks give rise to Alpine feelings. The modern, discreet hotel complex towers over a facility on the ground floor with a supermarket, sports shop and underground car park.

The three-part building complex of the Valsana Hotel Arosa with the honeycomb-like wooden paneling.  (Image: PD)

The three-part building complex of the Valsana Hotel Arosa with the honeycomb-like wooden paneling. 

Cosiness in retro chic

Above it is the hotel restaurant Twist with a large sun terrace, an inviting living room with cozy, retro-chic seating areas and some ethnic influences. It's nice that for once in a mountain hotel the usual modern interpretation of alpine chic has been dispensed with.

Restaurant Twist in the Valsana Hotel Arosa.  (Image: PD)

Restaurant Twist in the Valsana Hotel Arosa.

The atmosphere in the house is a tad less formal than in other four-star hotels: pleasantly lively and almost familiar. This also has something to do with Claudio Laager from Graubünden (former Vice Director of the Grand Hotel Tschuggen), who has been running the “Valsana” since August 2021. Every encounter with the director, who appears in shirt, jeans and sneakers - even during an activity such as game viewing or a mushroom tour through the forest - is friendly and uncomplicated.

Environmental protection and closeness to nature

A closeness to nature is a top priority in the “Valsana”, as it is also one of the (still) few CO 2 -neutral Swiss hotels and was named “ World 's Best Green Ski Hotel ” in 2019 and 2020 . It was built with sustainable materials from Switzerland, and the progressive energy concept is also important: thanks to the in-house ice storage system and a heat recovery system (waste heat from wastewater and the neighboring supermarket), heating is carried out without fossil fuels - a pioneering project on sustainability in the Swiss hotel industry.

The ice store in the basement of the Valsana Hotel Arosa.  (Image: PD)

The ice store in the basement of the Valsana Hotel Arosa.

More than just biking and skiing

The former climatic health resort of Arosa, with the sun and two mountain peaks in its coat of arms, is a destination for active people as well as those seeking relaxation. In summer, bikers cavort on peaks, paths and railways, in the winter season there are skiers in the huge Arosa Lenzerheide area . We also recommend a visit to Bärenland - an impressive project with rescued bears from poor housing conditions - or, of course, various hikes, for example up to the Schwelli and Älplisee lakes or then, further down, through the Welschtobel.

Japanese forest bathing or functional fitness

The Moving Mountains activity program is now being promoted. An extensive program of activities related to functional fitness at 1,800 meters above sea level, Japanese forest bathing, mushroom picking, selected climate protection projects, everything related to a good sleep experience and a suitable nutritional concept.



Published by Frank Adams

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