Who wouldn’t be intrigued by a hotel that claims to let guests live inside art? The rooms in-question are, of course, the six split-level, glass cube lofts at the Backstage Hotel, which for reasons of both novelty and flawless execution do indeed live up to the hype. Especially when you take the sleek walnut accents, velvet-upholstered sumptuousness and private balconies into account. For those choosing not to inhabit art during their stay, the Backstage Hotel also offers other deluxe Heinz Julen-designed rooms, which come with free-standing bathtubs, views of the Matterhorn, rich dark-wood floors and sleek stainless steel detailing.
Elsewhere in the sprawling complex that contains the Backstage Hotel, there’s a cinema, an art gallery, and the renowned fine dining After Seven restaurant, which is now the proud recipient of a Michelin star for its seasonal, surprising cuisine. But it’s the wellness area that has everyone talking. Offering a seven-stage treatment that mirrors the creation of the world from “Day 1: The Light” (a dark, steaming room pulsating with lights and projections for ambience) through “Day 5: Animal World” (simulated weightlessness in a floating basin accompanied by whale and dolphin calls and birdsong). Until finally, as in Genesis, on the seventh day – rest (and in our case, candles, classical music and meditation).