Chesa Salis is one of the few rays of hope in the luxurious St. Moritz valley. This house dates back to 1590, a hidden beauty far away from the bling bling, but with new inn-keepers, who want you to show the beautiful region – now even on a horse.
Chesa Salis is situated in the center of Bever, a small, peaceful suburb of the famous St. Moritz, near the Samedan airport. Of course even Chesa Salis can’t free itself from the flair of this mecca for winter sports, which is immediately noticeable in the lobby, where the house is characterized with a few chic elements. But Chesa Salis is completely different to the big 5-star hotels in downtown St. Moritz. Those, who are familiar with the Engadine know, that this place is full of hidden beauty. Especially in the summer.
Some of the rooms are really stunning: The Rodolfo room for example, is a jungle made out of Swiss pine wood. Even though the new hosts, Sarah Wild and Uwe Schmidt have strewn a few modern accessories around the place, it is very cosy and authentic.
Chesa Salis is quite a historical place: This Engadiner patrician house dates back to the year 1590 and belonged to the estate of the Engadine nobility, the von Salis family. The outside facade was adorned with the typical Engadine sgraffiti by the architect Nicolaus Hartmann in the year 1880. The structure is basically just painted on. However, the stucco is real in the bright Salis-room, which manages without any wood at all.
The new hosts
Since the summer of 2020, Chesa Salis is run by two ladies: Catherine Lippuner and Helena Thomas. They met in the Engadiner valley in 2015 and from the very beginning they were big fans of the historic building in Bever. When the owners, Jürg & Sybilla Degiacomi, were looking for new operators for their hotel, the two ladies moved in and called it their first home.
Catherine – who is originally from Zurich – is a certified biologist, yoga teacher, shiatsu therapist – and she is crazy about horses ever since. She founded her own company called Horse Riding & Yoga seven years ago. Catherine, who also works as a coach, wants to help people to recognise the impact of adventure and relaxation.
Helena grew up in Frankfurt, she is also a biologist with a master’s degree and has been working as a riding guide at the Engadin River Ranch since 2015. She totally loves the Engadiner mountains and will take care of the guests, the house and the huge garden at Chesa Salis.
Riding & Yoga
In cooperation with the Engadin River Ranch, Chesa Salis offers horseback rides in the beautiful Upper Engadin. If you want to combine this with relaxation, you`ve found the right place: There are a few horse riding & yoga retreats organised over the year.
At the moment Chesa Salis only offers rooms on a B&B basis. Maybe this summer, they ladies will serve some small apéro dishes in the evening. Those who want to dine within the Chesa Salis family, can book an arrangement with half board and get their romantic dinner at the nearby Chesa Spinas. It is located in the beautiful Val Bever and you can either walk there or take a train or bike – or take the horse, which would be our favorite. The mountain hut also belongs to the Degiacomi family.
An it is only eight minutes with the ski-bus to get to the well-known Corviglia ski area. St. Moritz village is about 10 minutes by car.
Doubles from about 170 Swiss Francs (160 Euros) for two including breakfast.
Booking & Contact
Bever – St. Moritz