This property is a rare creature among five-star ( five-star superior, to give it its full due) Swiss hotels. neither in hock to the country’s chintzier traditions, nor playing it safe with the homogenized high-end tropes that so often strip palaces of luxury of any local relevance, this quirky, ravishingly presented building drips in unique character. It sits in a singular location – on the very edge of the city, where densely wooded Uetliberg mountain begins its 900m ascent. This, the handsome 25m outdoor pool, framed with rough-hewn slabs of lucerne rock that seem to float on the water, and the affable demeanour of the dapper staff create a relaxed resort atmosphere that’s almost Mediterranean.
Our room was generous and subtly updated the 70s luxury aesthetic that once drew stars such as Sophia Loren and Grace Jones, with hi-tech ambient control panels and canny extras like a complimentary non-alcoholic minibar. Finished in vast panels of polished, striated dove-grey marble, the large bathrooms almost render a spa redundant.
That said, the opulent 1,500m2 wellness facility should not be missed. Treatments here use the Giardino group’s own product range, dipiù, developed with a vintner in its Italian-speaking native canton Ticino. Ayurveda is a key influence on both the spa and the hotel’s lifestyle and dining philosophies. guests can sign up for holistic Ayurvedic treatment packages lasting between three and 21 days, take half-day cookery courses to learn the discipline’s nutrition principles, or let the kitchen team take the strain in the airy, art- filled casual dining space hide & Seek.
For a special occasion, there’s Ecco Zürich, Atlantis’s innovative fine dining destination, which won two Michelin stars within months of opening.