The next stop of our road trip to Switzerland brings us to Vals in Graubünden, where we are staying in a very unusual hotel concept that combines well-being with world class architecture in a spectacular nature.
The 2017 renovated Five Star 7132 Hotel is annex to the famous Therme in Vals. It was inspired try Peter Zumthor design of the Therme.
The House of Architects, which lies next to the main building of the 7132 Hotel invited four famous architects Peter Zumthor, Kengo Kuma, Tadao Ando and Thom Mayne to create their visions.
In 2016, the American Architect Thom Mayne (Pritzker Architecture Prize) redesigned the hotels entrance. Kengo Kuma designed the top-floor suites and Tadao Ando (Pritzker Architecture Prize) also worked on the project. It feels like going on an architectural journey in a small village in Switzerland
With two Micheline Stars Restaurant and 18 Gault & Millau points the “7132 Silver” at the 7132 Hotel sets a new standard.
But also their main restaurant RED, where cooking in a very special way of using mainly local produce and reinterpretation of traditional dishes from Graubünden adds up to a comfortable and healthy stay at Vals.
BEAUTY & SPIRIT
The entire concept of wellbeing, inner beauty and relaxation focuses on the roots of where it all comes from. Whether it is the local produced ingredients in all the restaurants at 7132, the spa concept of ESPA products or the wellbeing architecture and light that constantly embraces all senses.
Famous Swiss architect Peter Zumthor (Pritzker Architecture Prize) was selected as the architect for the spa. The concept of the building is based on an architectural interpretation of a stone quarry. Very characteristic for the movement in the building is constant change between the very small intimate spaces and the large meandering bath. Built using locally quarried Valser quartzite slabs. It looks like an ancient temple and feels like a art museum. Floating in the hot thermal spring water relaxes your mind and is the best way to completely rewind and charge your energy.
The mountains, the river and the forest generate an incredible energy that is stimulating and calming at the same time. Take the cable car up to Gadastatt and walk to Zerfreila. And there are many more impressive walks in summer and winter. Just walking through the old village feels like time does no longer matter and looking at the beautiful details of ancient farmhouses resets your mind.