Bad Ragaz , Switzerland MEMORABLE MEALS
“Where good wine is grown there are usually culinary delights nearby,” observes Marco Zanolari, general manager of Grand Hotel Quellenhof. The wines produced in Switzerland’s Bündner Herrschaft region are certainly good, and the culinary delights on offer at the newly refurbished Quellenhof are unmissable. Star of the show is Sven Wassmer Memories, where the top Swiss chef showcases “new Alpine cooking” in tasting menus that celebrate local producers and seasonal ingredients, created in a restaurant with an open kitchen that adds an immersive air to dining. Wassmer’s wife Amanda Wassmer-Bulgin oversees the hotel’s state-of-the-art wine cellar, which is home to some 4,000 bottles—including biodynamic wines—and comes complete with a crystal chandelier that brightens or dims depending on volume levels. The hotel’s rooms and suites have been redecorated by Claudio Carbone who has introduced a sophisticated pared-down palette with bespoke furnishings, sumptuous textiles, and natural-stone baths. There are stunning mountain views at every turn and the hotel is part of a wellness retreat with a thermal spa complex at its heart. resortragaz.ch/en/
Alpine delights: A newly decorated room, part of a CHF 45 million ($45.2m) renovation ( above ); chef Sven Wasser ( below ); and the dining room at Sven Wassmer Memories ( below left ), with its open kitchen.
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