A Summer Stay at The Capra Saas Fee
The village of Saas-Fee has long been associated with Skiing and Winter holidays, but did you know that it’s also a perfect location for your Summer vacation too? We visited the luxurious five star The Capra hotel in July, and although the weather wasn’t all sunshine and blue skies, we had a wonderful and very relaxing time.
The hotel describes itself as offering a “contemporary twist on traditional Swiss chalet style” and after being picked up at the Saas Fee parking terminal by the hotel’s electric shuttle (the whole village is car free) we were met by the hotel manager, Cornelia Destouches who warmly welcomed us.
The Capra offers understated luxury and five star service but there is a relaxed and friendly vibe here.
Decorated with lots of wood, natural stone, leather and comfy cushions on the chairs, it’s easy to feel at home straight away.
After checking in, we enjoyed a welcome drink before going to our room where all our luggage was waiting for us.
Our room was a suite and was well sized and very comfortable. One thing I particularly liked its that there was a partition you could close between the lounge area and the bedroom (perfect if you have to make work calls and don’t want to disturb your other half).
The lounge area also had a desk, a sofa, a TV, a Nespresso coffee machine and a free minibar. The adjoining bathroom had both a separate shower and bath tub and was very spacious. Our balcony had a beautiful view of the village and across to the mountains.
Dining at the Brasserie at The Capra
The Capra’s Brasserie offers fresh, local produce with an emphasis on sustainability and seasonality.
Each night our dinners were beautifully cooked and tasted delicious and we received excellent service from our waiter Rui. There were lots of regional specialities and a good selection of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes on the menu.
Whilst we were there we were celebrating our wedding anniversary and the hotel created a beautiful anniversary cake for us with a very spectacular firework on top!
They also offer private dining facilities in their wine cellar which is stocked with an impressive selections of regional wines. Before or after dinner you can also enjoy a drink at the Capra Bar & Lounge where they serve a great selection of cocktails in a cosy and relaxed environment. As you sip your drink you can enjoy the panoramic views across the mountains from the comfort of the bar.
If you pop back to the bar in the afternoon they have that wonderful mountain hotel tradition of offering homemade cakes and coffee.
Breakfast in the morning is a combination of a serve yourself buffet of cold items like yogurts, juices, smoothies and cheeses etc as well as hot items which are made to order like Eggs Benedict. Everything was fresh and delicious and it was all you needed to really set you up for a day in the mountains.
Peak Health Spa and Wellness
I particularly liked the new Peak Health Spa and Wellness area. It’s beautifully laid out over a 700m2 area and comprises a stylish Spa with sauna, steam and salt cave therapy rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, treatment rooms, a relaxation room, a gym and an exercise studio. Designed with lots of wood and stone there are soft, comfortable loungers to relax on as you chill by the turquoise water.
The indoor pool is a good size and I really enjoyed swimming in it.
The outdoor pool is equipped with bubbles and jets and is a great place to chill.
Free Group Activities for Guests
One really nice touch is that almost every afternoon there is a group activity in the exercise room which is free of charge to guests. I took part in the stretching and yoga movement class which was led by Caroline Lecureur, the Spa Manager and it was really good! Caroline is super friendly and although the exercises seemed really easy at the time, I could really feel their effects later.
Spa Manager Caroline Lecureur
Massages at the Spa
I was also lucky enough to have a massage by Caroline and this is something I highly recommend! What I really like is that each treatment is a “custom massage”, designed to work on exactly the parts of your body that you feel would benefit most. I felt so much better after the massage and the effects really lasted. Caroline is also extremely knowledgeable and helpful about health and wellbeing and I learned so much from talking to her.
Activities For Children
Children aren’t forgotten at The Capra and there is a dedicated “Fun Lab” located close to the Spa area. It is equipped with a selection of games, table tennis, a library full of books and a projector for watching movies.
Saas-Fee Saastal Card
When you stay at the hotel you’re given a Saastal Guest Card which you can download to your phone and which allows you to use the public transport for free and enjoy many special offers. In addition, a big bonus is that all the mountains gondolas for included too. This was the perfect way to explore the stunning natural beauty of the region.
Nature and Activity In The Mountains
The hotel has so much to offer to make your stay as comfortable and the staff are so friendly and nothing is too much trouble. What’s more, The Capra really is located right in the heart of nature and there are mountain views wherever you look.
There are hiking trails galore as well as lots of alpine playgrounds and activities for children. Whilst we were there we visited a local dairy to see cheese being made on the Trifftalp (this is one of the activities organised by the Tourism Office) in conjunction with the hotel.
We even went fishing for rainbow trout in the Kreuzboden Lake (and astonishingly managed to catch five fish!!!). More details to follow!
The quaint little streets of the village are full of original wooden huts and there are mountain views from almost every angle. It’s full of Swiss charm and the perfect place to recharge your batteries surrounded by nature. The hotel is centrally located so it makes it a perfect place from which to explore.
As I mentioned in the introduction, Saas-Fee is a car free resort so if you arrive by car as we did you need to park your car in a large car park at the entrance to the village. Once you have deposited your luggage at the pick up point (in either Terminal A or B) and have parked your car you simply phone up the hotel and literally within 5 minutes they are there to pick you and your luggage up.
Since we didn’t use our car for the duration of our stay, another option that I think we would probably choose next time, would be to to go by train and get picked up from the station instead.
The Capra is a luxurious, modern alpine style hotel which is cosy, warm and inviting. There is something for everyone and its stunning views and wonderful cuisine and friendliness ensure that you are truly able to relax and enjoy your stay to the utmost.
Address: Lomattenstrasse 6, 3906 Saas-Fee
Tel: +41 27 958 13 58
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