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A cutting edge property from Nira Hotels & Resorts, Nira Alpina is situated at the upper end of the spectacular Engadin valley with panoramic views over the endless expanse of turquoise lakes that lie along the plateau. Tucked into the mountainside beneath the majestic Corvatsch Mountain, the hotel enjoys stunning views of the small Swiss village of Surlej and Lake Silvaplana beyond. Perched at the highest point of Surlej, the hotel is just five kilometres from St Moritz,yet offers a far more enviable location. Not only does it offer ski in, ski out access, the first hotel in the entire ski domain to do so, it also connects guests quickly and seamlessly to the finest skiing in the region. SLIDESHOW: Click on image for full screen view Architecturally Inspired and Blending in with Landscape Architecturally inspired, the property unobtrusively clings to the mountainside as each floor steps up to the…

The 2013 MICHELIN guide Switzerland lists 100 starred restaurants, a record number that reconfirms the country’s high level of gourmet cuisine. The new edition of the guide confirms the three stars awarded to Schauenstein in Fürstenau and Hôtel de Ville in Crissier. The latter establishment was cited by Michelin inspectors for the outstanding accomplishments of Benoît Violier. After serving as Philippe Rochat’s assistant for many years, Mr. Violier took over as head chef in April and maintained Hôtel de Ville’s standing as one of the world’s leading restaurants. A Rare Honor, Woman Chef Earns Stars Another highlight of the 2013 selection was the attribution of a second star to two restaurants offering modern, creative cuisine: Stucki in Basel, where Tanja Grandit, one of the very few “starred” woman chefs in Europe, serves a wide variety of highly aromatic dishes, and Ecco on Snow in St. Moritz. Already awarded a star…