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Mountain magic

AROSA, SWITZERLAND

PHOTOGRAPHS: NICOLE FRANZEN FOR DESIGN HOTELS™, CHRISTIAN KOBER/AWL IMAGES

The villages of the Alps feel like little worlds of their own at the best of times, surrounded as they are by peaks, dark forests and – in winter – banks of snow. Arosa more than proves the point: the only road into the village turns back on itself as it climbs higher into the valley, so that the drive up from the big town of Chur, which is only eight miles away as the crow flies, takes 45 minutes. Luckily, there’s enough on arrival to justify this scenic isolation, with 140 miles of downhill ski slopes at all difficulty levels, plus plenty of cross-country routes and winter walking trails. One new addition is Valsana – a hotel whose contemporary design echoes the branches of the forests that screen off the outside world.

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