Zermatt – we did it again. An institution in Zermatt is Elsie’s bar. Best oysters and champagne in charming atmosphere.
Chiavenna – We spent a weekend in the mountains in Italy near the Swiss border. We learned from these stunning hay lofts from a friend. He had bought the land from the local farmers who historically used them as shelter for their goats when they brought the herds up from the valley to a higher altitude in summer. The new owner of the hay lofts rebuilt the tables into to these spectacular lofts.
You should not be afraid of heights and narrow winding streets as the journey to reach the haylofts is quite an adventure. From Switzerland you take the route over Splugen pass….in itself a wonderful and breathtaking area.
You can choose from three different hay lofts, some with a romantic view into the forest or and others overseeing the valley. All of the lofts feature panoramic windows which is unique for this type of rustico buildings which usually come with very small windows.
There is even a spa house, which again comes with panorama window and phenomenal view. Jacuzzi and sauna are heated with wood which means that you need to let the staff know a few hours in advance if you’re planning to take a hot bath….but the unique architecture of the calidarium built all from local natural material makes this a absolutely unforgettable experience.
Each hay loft features its own kitchen so that you can cook your own meals or you can ask for catering service. There is obviously no central heating but the fire places do an awesome job in making you feel cosy and warm. If you are looking for some peace, pure nature and relaxation this place could not be more perfect.
Chiavenna – We went a weekend in the Haylofts, about 15 minutes from Chiavenna, on top of a quite spectacular one way road.
The restaurant is very cosy and welcoming. You get what you expect: Typically Northern Italian food from various pasta dishes to great meat and desserts. The wine was great as well. They have their own winery where you can buy the wines you just had for dinner.
Les Diablerets – on the 1st of January we managed to get on our skis and found this restaurant with its spectacular view and a massive rock that looked from far as a needle in the snow.
Beer was out – but we enjoyed the Swiss white wine, the soups and sausages just as well….