It’s rare to uncover a somewhat hidden gem in the European ski scene, but here we have it. Davos is the highest town in Switzerland, sitting at a dizzying height of 1560m. Due to its small number of luxury chalets, ski lovers tend to head to the resorts of St Anton or Val d’Isere, leaving the powdered slopes around Davos dreamily untouched for days. Yes, some of the apartment blocks look a little clunky, but Davos boasts some great little restaurants, easy access to Zurich, plenty of things to do for non-skiers and fabulous off piste terrain. We have uncovered some of the finer chalets in town well suited for the high-class traveler…
Alpine luxury doesn’t get any finer than the benchmark set by the tantalizing Tivoli Lodge. With room for 12 adults and 6 children, this is the setting for the ski adventure in Davos you have been waiting for. Only 2 minutes from the village you will find a traditional style exterior discreetly hiding away beneath the powdered slopes. Regal interiors offer multiple living spaces, a sublime dining room overlooking the deep valley, and a full-scale spa complete with swimming pool, massage waterfall, sauna and stone steam room. For children there is a full sensory soft play area, and for adults – an extensive wine cellar, roaring fireplaces, and ski room complete with boot warmers from your day on the slopes.
Only 700m from the mighty Rinerhorn, this lavish five-star home is one of the few free-standing properties for rent in Davos. A double height living room with lavish picture windows and a 360-degree fireplace sets the scene for snowy days to become soft and cozy beneath the mountain. With space for 6 people, everyone can enjoy bright king size bedrooms, sun soaked terraces with gondola views, charming loft spaces for curling up with a book, and a fully equipped ski room. The home manages to capture that glorious middle ground between being both comfortable and beautiful – the design is in the details; 19th century paintings and engravings, tasteful furnishings, and the morning delivery of freshly baked croissants.
In a homage to Thomas Mann, the Berghof was created to capture the special retreat envisioned in The Magic Mountain. The family chalet is nothing short of mesmerizing. Inside the rustic inspired chalet with room for 8 adults and 3 children, the traditional feel has been blended with modern harmony. Plenty of exposed wood and stone call on the alpine elements, but the slick kitchen, private chef, and plethora of mod cons lifts this home into the light of the 21st century. Rooms are pine clad, generous and pretty, the fireplace is the piece de resistance, and the views out across the Sertig Valley are ever inspiring.
Striking views and a super peaceful location mark this romantic chalet out as being a must for anyone visiting Davos. Four beautiful bedrooms boast enough space for 6-8 people, and the exposed beams and fragrant woods ensure a warm alpine feel throughout. A full Gaggenau equipped kitchen invites apres ski suppers and the covered outdoor bubbling jacuzzi is a god send for those furiously cold flurry days. Everything about this five-star chalet is utterly romantic, from the stone fireplace to the soft lighting, the lakeside views, and the wood trim marble bathrooms. If you adore a dollop of kitsch in your luxury, then this chalet is nothing but joy.
Chalet Eugenia is technically in Klosters, a 15-minute drive from Davos, but its so sublimely fascinating we couldn’t help but include it. The chalet boasts a regal stately home vibe, with warm red tones, stripped floors and a grand piano for evening entertainment. Built by a Baroness in the 1940’s – the home oozes coziness without losing its chic appeal. One kitchen seems to be plucked from Dickensian times while the other is razor sharp in modernity. The master bathroom also is as grandiose in size and style as a Tudor entertaining hall. Ten bedrooms, French doors, and a darling wraparound terrace pull the whole place together, Chalet Eugenia will make you dizzy – but my what stories you can tell.