When we set up a special award for places our imagination and wonder cannot keep up with, our candlelit dinner at Stazione della Posta in Poschiavo will spring to our minds. A large room looking on the garden, and a long wooden table at which all the inn’s guests seat. The candles and the fireplace are the only sources of light. The smells of burning wood, of the soup of the day, of the flan, and of the apple pie, all cooked on the old wood-burning stove..
by Luca De Santis
Luca loves traveling to discover wonders. He loves to give space to diversity. Luca loves to stay. He loves everything that becomes ritual and is handed down from father to son. (Luca, Meraviglia Paper Creative Director is also art director, photographer and video maker).
by Paola Corini
Paola loves the sun when it’s not too strong, the smell of herbs, the colour combination of Botswana’s Lilac-breasted Roller, freshly baked bread, mountain air, people who smile, words and summer fruit. Up to one year ago writing and traveling were the extraordinary, yet in 2013 she founded Meraviglia Paper together with Laura and became a self-assured Travel Editor. She keeps thinking that traveling in this world is extraordinary, magical, and essential.
Val Fex, Switzerland
The owners will tell you: “It’s the last house”, meaning the hotel is located far up, deep into this glorious valley. At night, you are immersed in a magical silence, where the only noise you can hear is the wood floor creaking under the feet of someone who retire to their room last, never too late. At breakfast, the homemade strawberry and rhubarb jam with butter and mountain bread brings back memories of a happy childhood…
Lavin wouldn’t be such a special place if it weren’t for the bright yet delicate pink of Piz Linard’s façade standing out from the few houses of the village…
From Zuoz the road to Bergun becomes immediately steep. You drive through the Albula Pass, look at the unique landscape around you and think this is how Iceland must look like, powerfully luscious, mysterious and unfamiliar, with magnetic green vegetation, stones, grazing animals and moody skies. You go past a small emerald lake; the air is cold at high altitude. Then you start descending and get back to a village of only a few picturesque houses and farmhouses. Kurhaus is a big mountain hotel. You walk up the staircase, open a burgundy door and find yourself like Alice in a time of wonders…
by Marek Wildenhain
Chef Marek took us on a culinary journey around the world while seated at the table of his Stars restaurant. We were facing a big window with panoramic views of the lakes and mountains at sunset. From the open kitchen he joined us with a sweet and kind smile and invited us to eat together so that we could talk about food and share the experience. It was a meal made of pure and elegant dishes and intense and varied aromas infused with the love of the chef and his team. Amazing spices and ingredients kept parading under our mesmerised eyes and our impatient palates. If you’ve never believed in fusion cuisine or have lost faith in it, this is the kind of food that will leave you speechless.
Lej da Staz, Switzerland
Sankt Moritz lies behind a curtain of trees, undetected. The lake is magnetic, its perfectly oval shape a mirror to the sky. Four cabins sit on a small sandy patch, and a long thin pier stretches into the water. Wooden platforms, like plaids on the grass, become alive in the early sun, for a picnic or a dive in the fresh water. Everything here belongs to the nature…
Val Fex, Switzerland
This lush green valley, immersed in almost uninterrupted sunlight, will seduce you. On one side, a path running alongside a stream rises up to a tiny church with frescos, a gem from the 1500. All around is grassy hillsides, edelweiss flowers, maso buildings, barns and farmhouses. Chesa Pool lies right here. “Chesa” means house and in Romanic it is a typical name for a venerable, old Engadine house. These houses were mostly built as farmhouses with living quarters. Today this converted Engadine house constitutes the main building of the Chesa Pool. Its kitchen is an exquisite light expression of the Engadine tradition. Ask for the “Mosques” room for the real mountain fairytale.
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Bever is an unspoilt valley. A fairy-tale path takes you to Spinas by foot, by carriage or by a magic red train. The inn is like Santa’s house, surrounded only by Swiss pines and immersed in complete silence. If it’s true that every inn in the mountain has its own playroom, here there’s a 100 year old bowling track that is in perfect conditions and still uses nostalgic shiny wooden balls.
Candy pink, ivory white and green sage: what from a distance looks like a giant cake, is instead a very special hotel. The classic dining room with rustic pine boiserie and antique chairs hints to its 140 years of history while the rooms have undergone a modern refurbishment. The restaurant serves delicious local specialities (game is one of the favorites) and is highly reputed. You sleep in linen bed sheets.
According to the owner not many people ventures here. Sometimes, they go past St. Moritz up to Samedan, Bever, perhaps to La Punt-Chameus-ch, or to Zuoz at the most. Yet, S-chanf is an enchanting village with a tiny road surrounded by traditional houses from the 17th century. What makes Villa Flor so special is that it’s untypical of the region: a traditional patrician house with neoclassic style and Art Nouveau decor. On the façade, a plaque reads: “If I had not been this house, I would have been a lake.”…
Chesa Wazzau is a traditional Engadine house from the 17th century. The small windows are typical of these buildings: the smaller they are, the less heat can escape from the house. Even so, they are shaped so that they can bring as much light as possible in the rooms. With a total of ten rooms distributed over 3 floors, it can host up to twelve people. The dining table is big enough for an extended family meal or for a rendez-vouz among close friends.