Nira Alpina, a luxury hotel situated in the Swiss ski resort of St. Moritz, is connected to the Corvatsch cable car station via a private walkway. This hotel, in the Swiss resort of Surlej is designed for independent, nomadic travelers. It offers an alternative, more authentic experience, putting pleasure before protocol and fun before formality. In winter, ski out / ski in. In summer, start your hiking or biking at 1870 metres.

A 70-room timber-and-glass low-rise set on the highest point of the tiny village of Surlej, three miles from St. Moritz. A glass-enclosed bridge connects the hotel to the Corvatsch cable car, which ascends to 10,800 feet. Modern and pared-down with traditional Swiss touches—antlers, a woodpile under the staircase, cowhide couches, sheepskin throws. Rooms have a balcony or a garden patio—and there might be a bedside copy of Nietzsche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra (in German) for long, dark, thoughtful nights. Within the hotel, winter or summer, you’ll find warm, heartfelt service and a cool, quirky style,  not a typical St. Moritz chalet.

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