First, the food at dinner here has become spectacularly good since I last stayed (admittedly 4 years ago now). It's more interesting in terms of flavours and textures than quite a few Michelin starre...
First, the food at dinner here has become spectacularly good since I last stayed (admittedly 4 years ago now). It's more interesting in terms of flavours and textures than quite a few Michelin starred places I could mention. Quite an achievement when catering to so many; I ate from the no-choice specials menu most nights (varies every night); the absence of choice is a small compromise to allow the kitchen to work at this level when cooking for so many. The service is warm and personable.
Secondly, the spa area is rather serene. It's got that ambient music, candles, dark stone vibe, with the infinity pool facing a huge glass window that overlooks the adjacent snow fields and pine forest. An enormous shallow bath (inside) and outdoor hot tub too. The place was always pretty much empty when I went, so serioulsy relaxing. Children under 15 can use a 3pm to 6pm window (and a morning window too, but I can't recall the exact times) and I imagine its pretty riotous then (especially since I was there at half-term). But it was always calm whenever I went, despite the hotel being full.
Skiiing is made about as easy as it can be, with a well stocked Skistar shop on the ground floor, and you walk straight out on to a slope that takes you down to the Bjornen ski area, with a button lift dropping you right back at the end of the day. Large ski room with heated boot holders too. Someone mistakenly took my skiis from outside one of the restaurants on the pistes and the Skistar staff were really good, sorting it all out with no fuss. Piste conditions were not good this year, but that's when having a great spa really comes into its own.
The hotel is built around a large 5 storey internal atrium with a massive copper wall; two wings extend from the atrium. The atrium has live music most nights and so you get a bit more noise from the rooms leading off the atrium than those leading off the wings, so I personally prefer a room leading off a wing. And 5th or 6th floor, with a view looking over the lake and mountains, is worth it too.