The Maya Caprice in Wengen is a recently developed chalet-style lodge, and one of the newest members of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, with perhaps the best view of the renowned Lauterbrunnen Valley and an uninterrupted vista of the surrounding mountains, including the Jungfrau. With only very few hotels in Wengen and only 21 rooms available in the hotel, guests can enjoy a tranquil piece of paradise, while perched on the top of deep ravines and UNESCO World Heritage backdrops. Skiing is also a popular pastime in Wengen, which proudly claims the oldest ski club in Switzerland and continues to host the International Ski World Cup. Moments away from the ski room at the Maya Caprice, guests can gain access to 206km of groomed runs in an iconic ski region and ski back to the hotel at the end of the day. Although the hotel is less than a year old, it is already rising to new heights, having received an inclusion in the Michelin Guide 2019 and promising guests new features, including a whirlpool on the terrace, which is much anticipated.
GUEST EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS:
§ Peaceful and private alpine retreat in pedestrian-only Wengen in a boutique hotel with only 21 rooms and suites.
§ Alpine enthusiasts can enjoy unrivalled access to one of the most sought after ski destinations in the world in winter and one of the most sought after hiking areas in summer.
§ Chic interior design touches, perhaps partly inspired by the sister hotel (Maya Beach Club in Ibiza). Vibrant greens and pinks combine with alpine woods to present a modern look and feel befitting a design hotel.
§ Suites are spacious and the private balconies offer what has been called “the best view in Wengen”. Inside, guests will enjoy luxury comforts from inviting beds and designer couches to modern showers with Bogna amenities.
§ The bar is affiliated with Veuve Clicquot and leads into a terrace with an extraordinary view. Guests can enjoy a delightful cocktail in a spacious après ski area while listening to a live DJ.
§ Spa: The Maya Caprice spa is equipped with a Kneipp pool, a sauna, a relaxation area and solarium. Massages are available upon request and there is also a fitness area.
§ Gastronomy: The dining experience is one of the key highlights at Maya Caprice. The Michelin Guide team have rightly included the hotel’s restaurant in the 2019 edition. Despite the relatively remote location, the culinary offer is objectively exceptional, offering Italian style dishes with a modern, artistic and experimental touch. Guests will enjoy a comfortably casual ambience with dishes bound to surprise and inspire – not least of all because the kitchen team change their menu on a daily basis. The creative cuisine, classical music on Sonos speakers and extraordinary mountain backdrop is a recipe for a romantic and memorable dining occasion. Our personal highlights were:
∼ Piña colada topped with additional strawberries
∼ Deep fried home-made potato and polenta crisps
∼ Melted parmigiana served in an espresso cup with asparagus, chocolate and saffron as a base. This was a true delight for the taste buds.
∼ A prawn burger with kale and balsamic, presented artfully.
∼ Risotto with beef tartar and a surprising twist of coffee ice cream.
∼ Ravioli with périgord black truffle and strawberry
∼ Exquisitely prepared tiramisu, topped off with a limoncello
∼ Breakfast was also a highlight in itself with fresh breads and croissants along with hot cuisine, fresh exotic fruits (such as kiwis and grapefruits in winter) and of course being in Switzerland, delightful cheeses and dairy products as well as a thoughtfully prepared Bircher muesli.
§ We recommend staying in the Mönch Junior Suite (Suite 45). It boasts two rooms with two balconies that offer sweeping views of the Jungfrau and the Lauterbrunnen Valley on one side and a view of the village on the other.
§ Stay in winter to experience some of the best skiing in Switzerland. Just remember that the World Cup is held in January so if you wish to stay during this time, you will need to book well in advance to secure a suite.
§ Take a ride up to the Jungfraujoch (dubbed the “Top of Europe”), which sits at 3,466m and overlooks the Swiss Alps. It is an exceptional experience that tourists come specifically to Switzerland to witness.