Luxury hotel holiday Arabella Hotel Waldhuus Davos

The four star Arabella Hotel Waldhuus in Davos has a beautiful exterior befitting its secluded Alpine location, as well as the benefits of a modern spa and rustic restaurant and guestrooms. Its location places you within easy reach of all the hiking and walking trails around Davos, the pretty village centre, and the sublime Davos Lake. We would highly recommend staying at this little-known summer destination as part of a longer rail touring holiday in Switzerland.
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Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Arabella Hotel Waldhuus, Davos

The Arabella Hotel Waldhuus is a 4-star, boutique hotel in a beautiful Alpine location. Welcoming guests year-round, it offers excellent golf and mountain biking facilities, a spa and delicious local cuisine, for a true taste of Swiss hospitality.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location The hotel is located just outside the centre of Davos.

Closest airport Zurich Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is about 2-hours' drive from Zurich Airport

Closest railway station Davos Dorf Station

Distance from railway station The hotel is aout 5-minutes' drive from Davos Dorf Station

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, Spa, and Kids' Club.

Out and about nearby

Davos is known best for being a winter and summer sports destination, offering over 700km of hiking, walking, and cycling trails for sportsmen of all abilities. Cable cars take visitors up to the Jakobshorn, Parsenn, Weissflujoch, and Rinerhorn, which prove excellent starting points. Horse-drawn carriages are available to take you through the romantic side valleys of Sertig, Dischma, and Fluela. The most famous cultural site is the Conference Centre, where the World Economic Forum is held every year, followed closely by the headquarters of the Davos Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research. For swimming and water sports, head to Lake Davos and the Lake Davos Sailing and Surfing Centre. Thrill-seekers will enjoy the paragliding and hang-gliding opportunities. Other unique opportunities include the mining museum in the stunning Zugenschlucht gorge, the Monstein Brewery, which is the highest in Europe, and, of course, the very chic village centre, populated as it is by boutique shops, cafes, and restaurants.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1957

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Arabella Hotel Waldhuus, Davos

On the outskirts of Davos, the four star Arabella Hotel Waldhuus is just a stone's throw away from Davos Lake and its surrounding plains, forests, and walkways. Tucked away behind clusters of evergreen trees, and with the forested mountain slopes rising immediately behind it, the Arabella Hotel Waldhuus is an attractive, secluded chalet. A cobbled terrace of wooden tables and chairs is overlooked by the part-white-washed walls and exposed beams of the main hotel building. The treated wood has a very warm hue, which is particularly charming in the frames of the large windows on the ground floor. The bedrooms, on the first to fourth floors, have balconies with carved bannisters that afford guests magnificent views across the trees, mountains, and Davos itself. Inside, the hotel possesses all the warmth and character expected of its chalet exterior, with wooden panelled walls and ceilings, and quirky, rustic furniture. The hotel restaurant serves traditional Alpine dishes with a gourmet twist, in a dining room lit by small iron lanterns, with thick, light curtains around the windows, and unique artworks on the walls. This is the perfect place to taste some of the renowned Alpine cheeses, cured meats, and eggs, particularly at the incredibly varied breakfast service. Tradition merges with striking modernism in the Arabella Hotel Waldhuus Spa. The swimming pool seems to bleed into the fluid shape of the room, lit by an intriguing, blue-glass ceiling, and the treatment rooms have plush loungers and atmospheric lighting. The guestrooms return to chic authenticity with rich, soft carpets, cushions, and armchairs that offset the neutral colour palette. Wide windows let in plenty of light and reveal more stunning views to compliment the abundance of wood in the rooms. Higher room categories have vaulted ceilings that seem to enhance the already-copious space. The Arabella Hotel Waldhuus is a charming chalet hotel, with all the character and privacy of a boutique property, conveniently located in the village of Davos.

Room descriptions

Arabella Hotel Waldhuus has 93 rooms with balcony or terrace, wifi, minibar, television, Nespresso Coffee Machine, and safe.

Classic Room
Superior Room with living area
Executive Room with large living area
Junior Suite with separate living room
Senior Suite with separate living room with sofa bed

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1957

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Arabella Hotel Waldhuus, Davos

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Arabella Hotel Waldhuus in Davos, our clients usually fly to Zurich airport and then take a train from the airport to Davos. The journey time is about 2 hours and 40 minutes with a change at Zurich Hauptbahnhof and Landquart. The hotel can arrange to collect you and your luggage if advised in advance. If you are travelling all the way by train to Davos from London, we would recommend an overnight in Zurich before continuing. Or, if you are visiting this hotel as part of a tailor-made touring holiday by train of Switzerland, you may arrive in Davos from the direction of Zermatt.

Additional information

Children: Extra beds are available in some room types. The Globi Kids Club has a playroom, nannies, a large garden, and an 18-hole mini golf course.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1957

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Arabella Hotel Waldhuus, Davos

About Grisons and the Engadine

Dotted with National Parks, Grisons and the Engadine are best known for the dramatic Alpine scenery and the major winter sports resorts; yet, in the spring, summer, and autumn months, the region has far more to offer. Historic towns, scenic lakes and glaciers, and chic villages packed with gourmet restaurants and boutique shops come into their own in the sunshine. The Ela Park, through which the world-famous Glacier Express and Bernina Express run, stretches between Chur and St Moritz. Passing through here by car or rail will introduce you to miles-upon-miles of quintessentially Swiss landscape: lush, natural fields are interspersed with evergreen forests, clusters of rustic wooden houses, and jagged mountain peaks such as the Lenzerhorn, Piz Vadret, Piz Platta, as well as Piz Bernina in the distance. Visitors to this region in the summer have these sublime panoramas as their object. The Engadine is known for its sporting possibilities. Hiking and walking trails take you up to the most sought-after and secluded vantage points, and the extensive network of cycling paths offer endless destinations; one route even leads to Budapest.

Highlights of Grisons and the Engadine

Between the peaks, valleys, and lakes of Grisons and the Engadine, towns and villages with hidden cultural treasures abound. Some of the oldest settlements in Switzerland are located here, still with the same medieval atmosphere. One of the most iconic images associated with Grisons is Tarasp Castle, built in the 11th century, perched on its hundred-metre-high rock in the centre of its surrounding valley. To see more of traditional Engadine style, visit the ancient villages of Guarda, Ftan, and Sent. The village of Zernez is known as the ‘Gateway to the Swiss National Park,' which also extends south into Italy. The Inn Valley is the perfect place to admire your surroundings. 60km of hiking trails wind their way across the landscape between Maloja and Scuol, believed to be the most rewarding trails in Switzerland because of the high-altitude views. Between the months of May and September, the Inn Valley gorges are ideal for rafting, as their calm turquoise waters bustle white. The Bains Engadine in Scuol were the first Roman-Irish baths in Switzerland, now providing saunas and pools with a very impressive backdrop.

Cultural highlights of Grisons and the Engadine

The three main towns of interest are Chur, Davos, and St Moritz. Chur is the oldest city in Switzerland, affectionately named the ‘Alpine City.’ Twisting streets and historic buildings, restaurants, bars, museums, galleries, boutiques, and a pedestrianised Old Town mean the city is abounding in charming character. A farmer's market is held in the main square of the Old Town every Saturday morning between the months of May and October. High above the town stands the Bishop's Palace. Fortified walls surround the central courtyard, which holds the Cathedral of the Assumption, dating back over 800 years. Chur is also home to the region's three largest museums. Explore its history in the Rhaetian Museum, the works of prestigious local artists at the Museum of Fine Art, and the flora, wildlife, and geological history at the Graubunden Natural History Museum. The two most popular mountain peaks in the area around Chur are the Branbruesch and the Dreibundenstein, both accessible by cable car and hiking routes. Chur has the highest concentration of restaurants and bars in Switzerland, making it an excellent destination for gastronomists and those who enjoy sampling a range of delicacies in a new restaurant each night. The highest ‘town’ in the Alps, at 1560m above sea level, is Davos, another popular destination with winter sports enthusiasts. In the summer, however, the snow melts to reveal over 700km of hiking paths. These can be accessed via cable cars up to the Jakobshorn (2590m), the Weissflujoch (2844m), and the Rinerhorn (2490m). Horse-drawn carriages take you along the narrower valleys of Sertig, Dischma, and Fluela. At Davos Lake, visitors can take a refreshing swim or enjoy the sports available at the sailing and surfing area. Alternatively, visit the Zugenschlucht gorge to follow the geology trail, the rocky path of the river, or to visit the mining museum. For something even more unusual, spend an hour at the Monstein Brewery, the highest brewery in Europe, and the first in Switzerland to be opened for tastings and tours. St Moritz is perhaps the best-loved Alpine winter destination in Switzerland, and possibly Europe. At 1822m above sea level, visitors are welcomed first by views across the Upper Engadine Valley. The local peaks, including the Piz Corvatsch, Chantarella, and Corviglia can be reached via mountainside railway, and from Corviglia, you can take a cable car up to Suvretta's most famous viewing point. Though St Moritz is not a waterside village, the nearby Lake Sils and Lake Silvaplana are perfect for water sports, particularly the latter, which is known for being windy. The village of St Moritz itself is smattered with quaint cafes and stunning buildings with peaked roofs, and the central churches provide beautiful destinations after a morning of exploration on foot. Just outside St Moritz is Celerina, home to the Cresta Run, one of the area's most famous attributes. Celerina is also the first stop on the Glacier Express route from St Moritz to Zermatt: a journey of viaducts, steep inclines, spiralling declines, and some of Switzerland's most famous mountains.

Festivals in Grisons and the Engadine

In Switzerland there is only one nationally celebrated day, the Anniversary of the Founding of the Swiss Confederation on the 1st August, aside from Christmas, advent and New Year. Apart from these, festivals and holidays are determined by the canton and the town. The residents of Grisons see in the first day of March with Chalanda Marz, in which bells are rung to chase out the winter. In Disentis on July 11th, a religious procession takes place to honour Saint Placidus. In Pontresina, St Moritz, and across the canton, the BSI Engadine Festival brings the region to life with performances of classical music in August. The most unusual of the major festivals in Grisons and the Engadine may well be in Chur, at the Chur City Festival and Alpine Beard Festival in August. In the autumn, Chur Theatre performs a diverse international theatre and dance programme, and in August every two years open-air opera is performed at the Haldenstein Castle.

Gastronomy in Grisons and the Engadine

As Grisons is still comprised of three language areas (Italian, German, and Romansh), the cuisine remains eclectic and varied. Many ingredients, prominent in the Alpine terrain are recombined in new ways to create different, flavoursome dishes. Three popular dishes in particular are maluns, capuns, and pizokels. Maluns are made from boiled potatoes, which are then grated, rolled in flour, and then roasted in butter. Often eaten by farmers for breakfast, maluns are also popular snacks to accompany a cup of coffee or served with Alpine cheese at dinner. Capuns come in a range of varieties, but are always wrapped in savoy cabbage leaves, spinach leaves, or Swiss chard. Inside, they have some combination of dough, meat, fish, and vegetables. Pizokels are baked dishes of special dough and vegetables topped with cheese.

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