The Swiss Alps has a new Design Hotels™ jewel in its crown: the Hide Hotel in Flims, Graubünden. Opening late last year, the Hide is a 47-room urban chic hideaway with vibrant colours, inviting designer furnishings, artwork throughout and a remarkable view of UNESCO World Heritage mountains. Set in the much-anticipated central complex in Flims (Stenna Flims), the Hide has direct access to the ski lifts from the same building as well as to a cinema, a range of modern shops and restaurants (offering meat and vegan cuisine) and a new level opening in July which will house the Hide’s wellness facility.
One of the key advantages of the Hide is its connectivity to the linked ski region of Flims, Laax and Falera – a wonderland of 224 kilometres of pistes. This ski area is a regular host to competitions such as the FIS World Championship and the Burton European Open. With the opening of Stenna and the Hide, Flims is destined to become one of Switzerland’s most youthful and state-of-the-art adventure resorts.
GUEST EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:
§ Contemporary designer-style hotel with modern comforts and exceptional proximity to the mountains via the same building, which means ski-in, ski-out in winter and lift access to the mountains for hikes and mountain biking in summer.
§ Accommodation: Every room has been designed stylishly (by Swedish design studio Stylt Trampoli) with deep pinks and greens and modern lighting popping vibrancy into the spaces and a large, comfortable bed. Each room also has a terrace with views overlooking the mountain ranges. Several other highlights include a “Suite pad” electronic system, an HDTV flat screen, Nespresso machine, expansive bathroom with a rain shower head and Naturals amenities (offering organic botanicals) and various thoughtful inclusions, such as a backpack for all the mountain adventures.
§ Gastronomy: The Hide has two restaurants. The Deli offers classic snacks, regional cuisine and oriental plates and The Restaurant, run by celebrity chef Adrian Tschanz (who produced the program “Tschanz mit allem” from 2013 to 2015), boasts fine meat dishes (on display in a maturing cabinet) as well as oriental vegetarian cuisine. As expressed by the staff, the tenets are “seasonal, regional and international”. Our dining experience at the Restaurant was exceptional and we were particularly impressed with the quality of the meat cuts, the taste combinations and the wine pairing experience (the cellar is impressive, with wines ranging from Penfolds Grange 1997 to a Masseto from Tuscany, 2006, to a Pomerol from Château Pétrus, 2006). Among the highlights of our dining experience were:
∼ A Molte Negre Cava Brut Rose and a table presentation of dark bread with salted butter, sprouts and basil.
∼ A starter of veal tartare, with smoked caper mayonnaise, parmesan muffins and red onion paired with a Spanish El Gordo del Circo (Verdejo variety).
∼ For the mains, a very tender Swiss entrecôte with Pinot Noir from AOC Graubünden in Switzerland (von Salis, Maienfelder, 2017).
∼ Dessert buffet with a range of options, including Swiss chocolate, petit four, waffles and other delicacies.
§ Activities: Outdoor offerings abound at the Hide. Ski-in-ski-out in winter provides access to the sprawling mountains of Flims (with four snowparks it is a favourite in Switzerland and widely considered the leading freestyle resort in Europe) and in summer there are more than 330km of marked bike trails and endless hiking options.
§ Wellness: This new addition will be opening in July, so we cannot comment at this stage. However, guests can look forward to a 1000m2 fitness area, a Finnish sauna overlooking the mountains, a steam bath and a private spa area – all included in the hotel price.
§ Visit from July 2019 to be the first to experience the highly anticipated spa.
§ Plan a stay in winter for an extraordinary ski holiday experience that boasts excellent skiing without the pretentious nature of some other Swiss ski resorts.
§ Visit the Caumasee (lake) to enjoy a romantic outlook over the pristine lake.
§ For any enquiries ask to speak to Hannes Ingold who is the hotel manager.