Six of the best new hotels in the Swiss Alps
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Nira Alpina, Surlej
Courtesy of Nira Alpina
For peace lovers, Montagne Alternative (montagne-alternative.com) is a charming, environmentally sensitive conversion of a former pastoral village in the remote hamlet of Commiere. Four barns have been renovated using traditional techniques and materials (such as reclaimed larchwood) but for 21st-century tastes, featuring open-plan living rooms, iPod docks and bespoke service similar to that offered in the most upmarket chalets. Also tucked away is the modern Nira Alpina (niraalpina.com), just opened in Surlej near St Moritz. Seventy cosy rooms are decorated with animal-hide rugs and leather armchairs; many of them also have balconies overlooking the prime walking and mountain biking countryside.