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Hotel Privata, Sils

Engadine – a winter wonderland
 
This characterful 3-star hotel offers high standards of comfort and hospitality, and sits in an exquisite village in a serene valley between two lakes. The area is a paradise for cross-country skiers of all levels and also for winter walkers, and lies close to fashionable St Moritz.
Hotel Privata. 7 nights
Hotel Privata. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter holiday in Sils,

for skiers and non-skiers
Sunny, broad and long, eastern Switzerland’s Engadine Valley is one of the most idyllic and traditional regions of Europe, with an enviable snow record from December through to April and a string of historic, stone-built villages running along the valley, from Scuol in the east to fashionable St Moritz and atmospheric Sils, one of the most charming of them all, in the west.
Sils sits serenely between two lakes, whose shores – and even the frozen lakes themselves – are a paradise for cross-country skiers and winter walkers alike. The backdrop of rugged mountains is softened by the cosy welcome to be found in the traditional painted stone buildings of Sils. Add to this a stylish 3-star hotel offering the highest standards of comfort and hospitality, and you have all the ingredients for a wonderful winter holiday.
 

Our expert says

“The hotel’s blend of tradition, design and friendly service puts a stay here in a league of its own. Sils and its lakes are close to St Moritz, but very few people know of them. That’s no bad thing, as it means that instead of glitz, there’s a real sense of history – you feel as though you’re stepping back in time every time you head out to the cross-country and winter walking trails.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 
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Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of the activities as the mood takes you. The cross-country skiing is excellent but, equally, Sils makes a good base for non-skiing holidays too.
  • Best for: beginners, improvers, intermediates & advanced
    Sils is a paradise for cross-country skiers, with access to 220 kilometres of trails catering for all levels direct from the village. Easier trails cross the frozen lakes, while more advanced options lead up into the surrounding valleys. You can even ski part of the excellent 42-kilometre Engadine marathon route which takes place every March and runs through the village of Sils. To extend your range, there is a good network of local buses and trains, both from Sils and nearby St Moritz, use of which is free during your stay in the valley.

    Trails: 220km to 2000m (both classic & skating)
    Cross-country skiing
  • Good choice of routes
    The winter walking opportunities from Sils are excellent, with a good choice of waymarked trails leading along the valley floor and across the lakes. (In total there are 150km of trails in the valley.) We provide suggestions as to the most rewarding walks, but do not provide detailed route notes – the designated winter walking routes are well signposted. One option is to take the lift into the Furtschellas ski domain above the village where there are also prepared walking trails offering some bird's-eye views up and down the valley.
    Winter walking
  • Best for: beginners, improvers, intermediates & advanced
    The Corvatsch-Furtschellas ski area is above the village and offers a good choice of pistes for all abilities. An even greater variety of slopes can be found at nearby St Moritz, 20 minutes away by bus.

    Pistes: 120km to 3303m (comprises 25 pistes: blue 3, red 19, black 3, served by 15 lifts)
  • The Bernina Express, glamorous St Moritz & more
    There are plenty of options for exploring this corner of Switzerland. 

    Across the lake and up the valley, just 20 minutes by bus, the glamorous resort of St Moritz, with its five-star hotels, boutique shopping and infamous Cresta Run, is a world away from serene Sils. 

    From the resort you can hop aboard the Bernina Express to enjoy a picturesque rail journey into Italy – this is one of the most spectacular ways to cross the Alps, taking in 55 tunnels and 196 bridges. 

    Another worthwhile rail journey is a ride on the spectacular, century-old railway up to Muottas Muragl – a fabulous, high-mountain plateau known to locals as ‘the seat of the gods’. Head up here for lunch and a walk; take in the unforgettable panorama of the Engadine’s peaks, valleys and lakes; and choose to swoosh back down by toboggan if you fancy some extra exhilaration!

    Also not to be missed is a horse-drawn sleigh ride in the quiet, traffic-free Val Roseg, where you may even spot deer or chamois, or head into the tranquil Fex valley above Sils itself.
  • Snowshoeing & more
    To ring the changes, you can also go snowshoeing, ice-skating, curling and tobogganing, or take a horse-drawn sleigh ride.
    Sleigh ride
  • Special events
    Christmas is celebrated with a festive meal on 24 December. New Year's Eve is a very relaxed affair, with a gala dinner followed by Glühwein at midnight.
 

Where you stay

Sils (altitude: 1809m) is wonderfully located between Lake Sils and Lake Silvaplauna at the foot of Piz Corvatsch and Piz da la Margna and below the Fex valley. Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who used to holiday here, described it as ‘the most charming corner on earth’, and this remote valley has long drawn writers and artists to its beautiful landscapes. The lakes freeze each winter, while cable cars take walkers and skiers high up into the mountains. Traffic is forbidden here, apart from that of locals, to ensure that the lake and surrounding landscape is preserved for future generations. 
Hotel Privata

Bedrooms

 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel
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  • 7 nights: 21 December - 29 March 2020

    Start varies according to travel method* | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    21 Dec - 29 Dec £1795
    04 Jan - 12 Jan £1345
    18 Jan - 19 Jan £1390
    25 Jan - 26 Jan £1445
    01 Feb - 02 Feb £1565
    08 Feb - 09 Feb £1595
    15 Feb - 23 Feb # £1695
    29 Feb - 01 Mar £1550
    07 Mar - 22 Mar £1345

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    *Start Saturday or Sunday
    # Supplement applies on 15 Feb; please contact us for details

    Included travel: British Airways or Swiss Heathrow-Zürich (1h45) (hold luggage included; timings vary, please call for details), connecting journey by rail & bus from Zürich Airport (4h15) & walk (0h03)

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

    7 nights: 21 December - 29 March 2020

    Start varies according to travel method* | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    21 Dec - 29 Dec £1820
    04 Jan - 12 Jan £1445
    18 Jan - 19 Jan £1495
    25 Jan - 26 Jan £1565
    01 Feb - 02 Feb £1675
    08 Feb - 09 Feb £1695
    15 Feb - 23 Feb £1795
    29 Feb - 01 Mar £1670
    07 Mar - 22 Mar £1445

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus Eurostar and onward rail services from London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford, plus any transfer to the hotel as described below.

    *Start Saturday

    Included travel: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Sils (TGV/Regional rail & bus). Approx duration out 11h30/home 14h15 including changes & walk (0h03).

    Prices are subject to availability and supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Hotel Privata
    Single room: 21 Dec - 29 Mar 2020 £30
    Superior: 21 Dec - 29 Mar 2020 £38
  • Cross-country all levels; adult High season Low season
    6 days’ classic ski hire & trail pass £110 £110
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Zürich (latest flight arrival time: 1530; earliest flight departure time: 1400)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Zürich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Zurich Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Zurich Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Zurich easyJet,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Zurich easyJet,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Zurich Swiss 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Zürich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • detailed documentation
  • rail travel or flights from Heathrow (regional flights available)
  • rail and bus from/to Zürich Airport (if flying)
 
Reviews

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FAQs

  • If you are travelling over Christmas or New Year, or during school holidays, you should definitely pre-book lessons. After you’ve booked your holiday with us, we’ll send you a link to a list of packages that we can arrange for you in advance.
    Sometimes we can’t make bookings on your behalf. In these cases you should phone or email the ski school well before your holiday to arrange a date and time; do not wait until you are on holiday to make arrangements. 
  • In the Alps, most hotels have a vegetarian menu. Please contact us for specific information about this particular hotel.
  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Switzerland, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official languages are German, spoken in the majority of the country; French, spoken in the south-west; Italian, spoken in the south-east; and Romansch, mostly limited to the Engadine valley. The currency is the Franc. Swiss time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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