It’s that time again! It’s the middle of the week, the proverbial “hump” day, and we need a little juice to keep going. It’s always good to have goals, something you are working towards, something you look forward too. For me travel is that thing. Even if it is out of my reach (financially or otherwise) at the moment, there’s nothing like a little travel porn to keep me motivated and dreaming the dream. Today I bring you Hotel 7132 in Switzerland’s small mountain village of Vals. In homage to the simple beauty of this small town, population 1000, the hotel is named for its postal code. I first learned of this hotel from Mañana travel website, an amazing site dedicated to conscious travel and highlighting eco-friendly hotels that use fair labor practices and give back to their communities. Check it out for some great travel ideas. Hotel 7132 is a perfect blending of sophisticated architectural luxury and nature. It is something you might see in a James Bond movie. Sleek, sexy, and streamlined, against the majestic and awesome natural beauty of the Alps.
The hotel brought in four of the world’s top architects to design the rooms, including Tadao Ando a japanese architect and Pritzker winner, Kengo Kuma from Japan, Thom Mayne an American architect and a Pritzker winner, and Peter Zumthor a Swiss architect and also a Pritzker winner.
The spa, which consists of beautiful Thermal Baths designed by Peter Zumthor, is built from 60,000 slabs of quartzite which is the local rock. They have various wellness programs including detox, anti-stress and beauty treatments.
There is a Michelin starred restaurant that uses locally sourced ingredients many of which are organic.
The best part is mother nature herself. With miles of hiking and skiing trails, crisp mountain air, and an incredible variety of wildlife, (including Marmots… who knew marmots were Swiss?) Hotel 7132 is a magical oasis that is healing for your mind, body and soul. So even if we can’t drop everything and go, we can drool over the pictures and hopefully feel inspired and energized enough to get through humpday.