The Swiss Alps have a reputation. They’re the best skiing in the world; they’re also frequently overrun, at least in high season, by stuffy old-money Brits and daredevilish Australians — anything but local colour.
The five-star Tschuggen Grand Hotel in Arosa, one peak over from celebrated Davos, is where the Swiss go. And for good reason: the hotel boasts a private funicular from the lobby to the top of the mountain (some years the hotel will even let you rent the entire mountain for private skiing), six restaurants, and a jaw-dropping 5,000-square-metre spa designed by the architect Mario Botta, set deep into the mountain save for its signature glass sails piercing the side. Reputation, well-deserved.