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It was the perfect luxury backdrop to welcome us to this elegant resort town. Recently renovated in 2011, we were truly mesmerized how the design welcomed both modern aesthetics and Alpine design.   The 78 guest rooms and suites were all unique, all while keeping a seamless flow — wood elements swathed the walls creating a warm, inviting atmosphere. Neutral palates with pops of color in the furniture brought visual interest to the clean décor, while modern bathrooms made us inspired for our very own renovations. This hotel thought of everything—guests never even have to leave the premises.

Relax at the Dipiù Spa by Giardino where you can experience Dipiù, an organic beauty line of exquisite oil scents, hand creams come from selected first class product from Ticino.

While relaxing at the spa the kids play at the Kids Club or the pool. There’s even a getaway for the teenagers known as Freestyle Academy where teens can play video games, pinball or enjoy a non-alcoholic drink.

While we stayed a glorious two nights at the Giardino Mountain Hotel, the food was spectacular. Each morning we would indulge in a breakfast buffet with so much variety— fresh breads, cheeses, salmon, eggs, and meats (definitely not your typical continental breakfast). We took breakfast out on the terrace and enjoyed majestic views of the mountain.

For dinner, indulge in the three restaurants at The Giardino Mountain Hotel. The award winning Ecco on Snow is a seasonal restaurant helmed by Master Chef Rolf Fliegauf. The German-born chef is the youngest in Europe with 2 Michelin stars under his belt. Stüva has a rustic alpine décor mixed with traditional Swiss dining, and Guardalej restaurant, a modern experience of international cuisine is where we enjoyed dinner nightly. The scrumptious dinner goes a little like this: For a cold starter, we began with tuna with guacamole and mango, and  a cold tomato consommé with basil ratatouille soup, followed by a warm starter of mushroom ravioli with green asparagus and sautéed sweetbread.  For our main course, we picked the sautéed breast of duck on red polenta and pak choi and finished the night with the best cheeses from Switzerland, Italy and France, and a relaxing cup of coffee.

In town, you must stop at Hauser Confectionery (hotelhauser.ch), where you can enjoy chocolate made with the best cacao from around the world or enjoy the best pine nut pies, a specialty of the region.

Giardino Mountain Hotel
Via Maistra 3, CH-7512,
Champfer, St. Moritz
www.giardino-­mountain.ch/en

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Melissa Maynard

Melissa Maynard fell in love with travel as a young girl while taking a road trip adventure to Mark Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, MO, after a tour of a sprawling Gilded-Age mansion. With a lifted taste of all things luxury (and a cabin adventure, here and there), Melissa loves checking out opulent hotels in exotic destinations and far off places. Favorite thing about travel…the wanderlust of it all. She has written for the Chicago Tribune and is the editor-in-chief of Factio Magazine —luxury publishers for Glam.com, and Bliss.com.