There are many good reasons to take a trip to the Alps: to get away from everyday life, breathe the clean mountain air and enjoy the view of the majestic rocky crests and the clear alpine lake. Now, in Melchsee-Frutt there is a new reason: the Frutt Family Lodge & Melchsee Apartments. The hotel complex opened in December 2015 with quality taps and showers by Axor and Hansgrohe in the Spa and in the bathrooms.
In the Heart of the Swiss Alps
The newly built resort hotel is in the village of Melchsee-Frutt, a ski resort located at 1,920 metres above sea level in the canton Obwalden. ‘The Frutt’, situated on a high and sunny plateau, has been a Spa since 1865, and to this day, the idyllic spot remains free of cars.
Philip Loskant, the architect, and Architekturwerk, the company responsible for the project, used large panorama windows to showcase the retreat’s stunning natural surroundings. Guests can enjoy spectacular views of the mountains and lake from their rooms and suites, as well as from the Spa, which comprises a swimming pool, sauna, steam bath and relaxation room.
Entertainment is available in the lower lobby level, featuring a cinema, gym and bowling alley. Parents can enjoy all of this, even without their children: the hotel lives up to its name by offering special family packages that include professional childcare services.
Modern Aesthetics in a Warm Colour Palette
The architect and interior designer Matthias Buser opted for a classic lodge style for the family rooms and suites. Natural materials, warm colours, abundant oak elements and modern furnishings give the interior design an understated elegance with a cosy chalet-like feel.
A sustainable energy design was conceived for the entire complex, and 90 percent of the electricity used is generated from renewable sources. The washbasins in the Hansgrohe’s en-suite bathrooms are equipped with single-lever taps from the Hansgrohe Metris line that use up to 60 percent less water than comparable products thanks to the Ecostat Comfort technology.
Golden Days at the Spa
Situated in the basement, the Spa is the high point of the building’s expressionist design style. A succession of chambers simulates the experience of bathing in a cave system. The way the rooms are connected and the overhead lighting are reminiscent of an oriental hammam. The combination of overhead shower and ceiling lamp not only delivers a warm, extra wide rain spray, but it also bathes the user in a pleasant, warm light. There’s no better way to cap off a day of skiing, hiking or pampering!
Presented by Rangsimun Kitchaijaroen
Special Thanks to Hansgrohe Singapore