Chalet Ariasana

  • Location: Mountains
    Therme Vals by Peter Zumthor: In walking distance (<10 mins)
    Village square and restaurants: In walking distance (<5 mins)
    Zevrailasee: 10km (20 mins by car)
  • Zurich Airport (ZRH): 180km (2hs 15 mins by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Good public transport
    Free parking

Please be aware that the house can only be reached via stairs.

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An introduction to Chalet Ariasana

How would you describe Chalet Ariasana in a nutshell?

Chalet Ariasana is ideal for people who appreciate art, architecture and design in a cosy alpine setting. It is the perfect place to have a break from everyday life. 

What is the story behind Chalet Ariasana, what was your inspiration to create it?

Manuela’s parents built the chalet in the 1950s. Together with our project architect, Reidun Dolva Grand, we extensively renovated the house. Our goal was to optimise the livable floor area and add more generous outdoor spaces to capitalise on the views of the village and the surrounding Alps.

How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Chalet Ariasana?

The woodwork has been painted a French Grey colour and, together with the classic design pieces, modern artworks and handmade furniture, it gives the house a calm, harmonious and cosy atmosphere.

To you personally, what is so special about Chalet Ariasana?

Over several generations, the chalet has been a gathering place where our family and friends escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. It’s a place to enjoy the magic of the mountains while overlooking a calm village with ringing church bells. At night, there’s a sky full of stars and moonlight to show you the way.

Chalet Ariasana is a place to have a break from city life, to breathe the fresh, crisp mountain air and go for hikes. It’s somewhere you can enjoy the good and simple things in life. 

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Living room
Living room
Dining room
Dining room
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 1
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Bedroom 2
Bedroom 3

Chalet Ariasana rooms & rates

You enter the black charred wooden chalet on the ground floor via a spacious stone deck with views of the village. The ground floor features a small bedroom (we call it the “Monk’s Cell) with an adjoining toilet. To the left of the entrance hall is an extra room that can be used as a workspace or bedroom if needed.

The upper floor contains the library and two adjoining bedrooms. The master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with a bathtub, plus there’s a separate bathroom with a shower. The library’s sliding doors can either be closed or opened to create a suite with a second bedroom.

The library leads into the dining room, which is adjacent to a living room with a fireplace. A small corridor connects the dining room to the kitchen. All of the rooms have floor-to-ceiling, glazed patio doors that access the large wraparound terrace.

The chalet overlooks the village and mountains. No buildings next to the property to obstruct the surrounding view.

Please note that the chalet can only be reached via a flight of stairs.

  • Chalet Ariasana for 6-7 people / 120 m²
    500 / night
    • 3 Double bedrooms
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Bathroom
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Other rooms
    • 1 Sofabed (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Balcony
    • Fireplace
Included in the rates
Rates include linen and towels.
Children & Extra beds
Children of all ages are welcome.
Minimum stay
2 nights
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 10:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • Terrace
  • Washing machine
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • Courtyard
  • BBQ area
  • Iron & Board
  • Hair dryer

The kitchen is fully equipped with a steamer, an oven and a dishwasher, plus a kettle and both Nespresso and Mokka coffee machines. In the bathroom are liquid soaps and a hairdryer, plus a washing machine and a tumbler for guests to use (a laundry service is also available on request).

In the chalet, we have Wi-Fi, a TV, an iron and ironing board, as well as an electric grill. Outside, there is a parking space for one car.

Things to do in Graubünden & Vals

  • Art / Culture
  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Fishing

We have yoga mats so guests can do their sun salutations and stretching in privacy on the large stone deck. Nearby is the Therme Vals Spa or more hardy nature lovers might prefer to go cold water swimming in the natural lakes that dot the neighboring hills.

A natural health trail at the head of the village, the Vita Parcours, follows a section of the River Rhine. Alternatively, there’s a free ski shuttle and gondola that takes you up to Gadastatt, which offers ski slopes in the winter and hiking/biking trails in the summer.

Vals is still a very down-to-earth village, enjoy the authentic rural life and the beauty of nature, the stars at night and the sun rise over the mountains in the morning or get pampered in the spa and baths with the local warm source of water.

I would recommend visiting Peter Zumthor’s thermal bath/spa and the 140-metre-deep reservoir of Zervreila. It’s located at an elevation of almost 1,900 metres, with a 150-metre-long bridge connecting the two sides. From here, there are impressive views of the dam. A trail leads from the dam to Leis where you can enjoy a coffee or meal at the Ganni restaurant.

The location of Chalet Ariasana

Chalet Ariasana is located in the alpine village of Vals, which is around half an hour’s drive down a long, winding mountain road from the nearest town, Ilanz. Vals is the only German-speaking hamlet in this neck of the woods. The other alpine settlements speak Rumantsch, one of Switzerland’s four official languages.

Thanks to the now world-renowned Thermal baths, designed by the Pritzker prize-winning architect, Peter Zumthor, the alpine village of Vals has developed a reputation as a location that caters for both wellness and culture in equal measures. Although the chalet is located at the heart of the village, it enjoys a fantastic overview of the valley due to its location atop a small slope.

Within walking distance of the property are several restaurants. Vals is a small village!

When is the best time to visit Graubünden?

Vals is a year-round destination with hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter. The thermal bath is open throughout the year.