Alpine Transcendentalism

The Cambrian, Adelboden, Switzerland

Up here on the mountaintop, it’s as if you can see across worlds, over epochs. As soon as the Alps enter your field of vision, the to-do list in your mind slides away into nothing. Through the windows you see a winter phantasmagoria: great peaks topped with alabaster snow, a white powdery flurry that dips and swirls in the wind’s currents. Pine forests slice zigzags of the darkest green across the frosted landscape. Clarity of mind falls over you. This was the feeling—the experience—you hadn’t realized you needed.

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” John Muir

THE HOTEL — Set deep in a valley in the Swiss Alpine village of Adelboden, The Cambrian looks out onto one of the world's most spectacular landscapes. Soaring mountains and verdant hills of untouched wilderness make Adelboden one of Switzerland’s best-kept secrets. From its outdoor thermal pool to its nationally ranked spa, multiple sprawling sundecks, and a heated winter garden—not to mention some of the country’s best ski slopes and hiking trails—the Cambrian is ideal for both summer and winter stays.

"I wanted my children to be able to experience this extraordinary destination like I did, to share the memories I still cherish from my earliest family holidays here." Grant Maunder – Owner of the Cambrian

Fond memories of childhood vacations spent year after year in one perfect, dreamy destination seldom lead to life-changing decisions. But in the case of Grant Maunder, it led him from a career in finance to a profession he was wholly untrained for: hospitality. With the Cambrian, he bucked the trend of the cozy Swiss chalet in favor of a contemporary, character-filled retreat brimming with subtle, personal references to Cambrian culture, such as portraits by Welsh painters. His success stands testimony to the fact that if one is passionate enough about something, instinct rather than training can often be your best guide.

The Cambrian, Adelboden, Switzerland

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