A cosy, luxury chalet nestled deep in the Swiss Alps offering a foodie experience to take you to even greater heights – could a winter weekend sound more perfect that that? Whether you’re a skier or not, if you’re looking for a weekend jam packed with some of the most incredible scenery in Europe and want to spoil yourself with luxurious lodgings (because who doesn’t, right?), the newly opened Capra in Saas Fee is the place to go. I was lucky enough to celebrate the opening of the lodge so here’s the full review of what you can expect in a stay here!
The Swiss Alps certainly aren’t easy to reach – I took a plane, train and then a bus – but that’s all part of the adventure isn’t it? A short flight from Berlin delivered me to Zurich in Switzerland. From there I hopped on a train, which took a little over two hours and delivered me to the base of the Alps. I then transferred to a bus to take me up into the mountains and in less than an hour later I was in Saas Fee.
Since Saas Fee is a car-free village, The Capra sends a cute electric buggy to meet its guests and in a speedy five minutes I was delivered directly to the lodge.
Stepping through the doors into the lodge, my coat and bags were immediately whisked away and instead of being directed to reception to check-in, I was shown to the lounge for a welcome glass of champagne instead. This was a check-in process I could definitely get used to! From the comfort of the lounge, I filled in the guest registration form and handed over my passport, while I relaxed and sipped my glass of bubbly. When I was ready, I was guided upstairs to my room.
With only 14 suites in the lodge, The Capra feels cosy yet at the same time intimate. I stayed in one of the Signature Junior Suites and if it weren’t for the gleaming Swiss Alps that beckoned to me from my floor-to-ceiling windows, I could have happily whiled away the whole weekend indoors with a good book and mug of hot cocoa! Aside from the downy bed that I almost disappeared into (it was that luxuriously fluffy), my room also had a sitting area, underfloor heating, work desk, huge TV and a big bright bathroom with a rain shower. I also couldn’t keep away from my private verandah and those amazing views of the mountains!
One of the highlights of a stay at The Capra is the dining experience – it’s a foodie destination in it’s own right! A meal at La Locanda, the lodge’s on-site restaurant is one that won’t soon be forgotten. Headed by a two Michelin-starred chef, La Locanda expertly fuses local ingredients with global influences with a spotlight on quality produce and imaginative precision. The tasting menu will take you straight to foodie heaven. Trust me.
A wholesome breakfast is served in the dining room to set you up for a big day on the slopes – don’t go past the pancakes – and the bar and lounge is the very definition of ‘cosy’ and perfect for après ski. Warm up by the fire with a mulled wine, espresso martini or a negroni.
The Capra also knows how to throw a fun party. My visit coincided not only with the opening of the lodge but also with the opening of the ski season itself– definitely an excuse to invite all the Saas Fee ski instructors around for a big celebration!
Around the lodge: Saas Fee village
I could easily have spent the entire weekend curled up by the fire with a blanket and a boardgame, but the delights of Saas Fee did succeed in luring me out to go exploring. Take a walk around the charming Saas Fee village and admire all the traditional, cute chalets that line the narrow streets.
Nicknamed the ‘Pearl of the Alps’, Saas Fee offers a spectacular setting to ski or snowboard. There are fourteen peaks over 4,000 metres that surround the ski runs – it really doesn’t get more impressive than that! Thanks to its high altitude, Saas Fee has great year-round snow and over 150km of slopes for all levels. Non-skiers don’t fear, there are also a whopping 350km of hiking trails and 70km of mountain bike trails to explore.
Eat at the world’s highest revolving restaurant
You simply can’t come to Saas Fee without having a meal at the world’s highest revolving restaurant, ‘threes!xty’. At 3500m, this really is an incredible setting for lunch as the restaurant slowly spins over the course of an hour, giving you panoramic views of the Alps. You really do feel like you’re on the roof of the world! Be sure to order a hearty alpine meal like a pasta with cheese sauce and a warming drink – it’s a lot colder up here than in the village.
Take the world’s highest funicular
Yet another superlative proudly owned by Saas Fee is that it is also home to the world’s highest funicular, the Metro Alpin (3456m). Take a ride up to the ‘threes!xty’ revolving restaurant and feel your ears pop on the (very) steep journey up!
Explore the world’s biggest ice grotto
Yes, indeed, another world best! This region is home to some of the most impressive gorges, caves and grottos in the Alps. At the top of the funicular you can descend into a 5,000 square metre ice cave that has been burrowed deep into the Fee Glacier. Filled with impressive ice sculptures and passageways, it’s such a thrilling feeling to be 70 m underneath a glacier that is thousands of years old!
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