High in the towering Swiss mountainsabove Geneva, is a quaint Swiss town which appears in so many ways, ordinary. With a closer look, a natural stone cave-like structure is visible. The stone used by Peter Zumthor, the Swiss architect, is mined from the mountains and used inside and outside the thermal baths. The spectacular mountain view is an integral part of the architecture , whenever possible. The elegant minimalist room decor is comfortable and inviting. There are five hotels available. Our French friend said that it is expected that guests eat at least one meal in the dining room, so we did. It was a delicious dinner meal and probably one of the most expensive we have ever eaten with special wine for each course and impeccable service. I can only say that our second night we walked down to the town and ate in a local cafe for dinner! There are connecting spaces inside and outside for relaxing in the thermal waters. The sun lights up the spaces through the massive glass and is replaced with electricity at night with a delicate hand. As hotel guests , we had unlimited use of the various pools, with a range of water temperatures, and spas. There is even a spa for unclothed bathers which was not for us modest American visitors. There is a train from Geneva which takes you to Vals, though we drove the spectacular, windy roads. This site is well-known to the Swiss and Europeans . Remember Karloy Varay in the Czech Republic? Europe has a long history “taking the waters.” I have no idea what will happen if the businessman buys the baths, but my hope is that it won’t change drastically. It is expensive , there is no denying that, but it is a place where memories are made, lasting forever! I thought this jazz was perfect for the elegant spaces. There is a silent mid-night bath time which was ethereal.
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