Hamburg / Sils Maria, September 2020 – In its simplicity and elegance it reminds one of a Roman bath. Daylight falls through large shafts onto the thermal pools ten meters below ground. The spa at Waldhaus Sils was designed by the Basel architects Miller & Maranta. When it was completed four years ago, the renowned hotel already had the potential for expansion. And this will now be completed at the beginning of the winter season: a textile-free area with a further sauna, fresh air area, a cooling area and a larger relaxation room with a magnificent view. “The building has been so perfectly thought out by Miller & Maranta that it does not restrict the view from the rooms to the mountain world. During the implementation we were also able to take into account the wishes and suggestions of our guests”, says Patrick Dietrich, who runs the Waldhaus Sils together with his brother Claudio Dietrich in the fifth generation of the family. The spa is managed by his sister, Carla Lehner-Dietrich. She says: “The generous extension fits perfectly into this era and offers guests numerous opportunities for relaxation. Anyone who, after a visit to the sauna, has lain in the new relaxation room and looked out into the mountain world will never forget this moment”. The loungers in the relaxation room were made especially for the hotel – from the larches that gave way to the spa building at the time. The therapists use spa products from Susanne Kaufmann for their treatments.
The Waldhaus Sils is enthroned like a castle above the village Sils Maria. In its more than 100-year-old history, it has become probably the most famous artists’ hotel on the continent. Among its visitors are guests such as Richard Strauss, Kurt Tucholsky, Erich Kästner, Max Reinhardt, Marc Chagall, Otto Klemperer, Max Liebermann, Gerhard Richter, Christoph Marthaler and Luchino Visconti. The writer Martin Mosebach wrote about the Belle Époque House, which is situated 1800 meters above sea level: “The end of the world could take place, and one would not learn of it in the Waldhaus until a week later, through an unagitated information from the porter.
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