Klosters has long been a favoured retreat for the aristocracy, movers and shakers and major movie stars and the uber luxurious Chalet Eugenia is one of the reasons why. When Swiss entrepreneur and philanthropist, Rolf Theiler first laid eyes on Chalet Eugenia it was love at first sight, he pursued his interest in the property with the same determination that led him to achieve success as a show jumper in his earlier years. Becoming the owner was an easier task than he at first imagined, he simply knocked on the door and asked if he could buy and the answer was yes, as easy as that, another fence cleared with ease. And so it came to pass that Rolf and his wife Gloria became the owners of one of the most luxurious and stately ski chalets in the world, a chalet with a proud heritage and a guestbook with some pretty illustrious entries.
Chalet Eugenia was commissioned by the late Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, construction began shortly after the World War II, it took another decade to complete, quite what took so long is unclear but no one can argue that the finished article is palatial and fit for a king. Eugenia subsequently passed into ownership of the Bentinck family who are related to the British Royal Family. These illustrious predecessors have now passed the baton to the Thieler family, who have exciting plans to improve and sympathetically build on the impressive history that Chalet Eugenia boasts.
Rolf and Gloria Theiler are an ideal team to take up the baton and raise the accommodation to another level. Works are already underway to provide Eugenia with a superb luxury spa facility, carved out of the hillside, adjacent to the property, with further plans to build a sister chalet in the extensive grounds. They plan to have the spa and Chalet Eugenie open for the 2014/15 winter season. Eugenia and Eugenie are set to become not only amongst the most luxurious and opulent ski properties in the Alps, but combined, one of the largest.
Chalet Eugenia is set in its own private grounds with several acres of open space between it and the nearest chalets. Located in a prime position in the village, with only a three minute chauffeured driven or, more fittingly, a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride, to and from the affluent resort of Klosters. Eugenia also has direct ski-in ski-out access with a children’s Heid Ski Lift, this unique feature is ideal for families who wish to watch their children as they learn to ski from the comfort of Eugenie’s many terraces and balconies, just as Diana, Princess of Wales and Charles, Prince of Wales and heir to the throne used to do when Prince William and Prince Harry both took to the snow.
The service you can expect to receive here is second to none, whether you are member of the royal family or not, nothing is too much trouble for the highly professional, discreet and unobtrusive staff. The meals prepared by the talented chef are exquisite and fine dining par excellence befitting of any Michelin starred restaurant. Guests have the services of a chauffeur at their beck and call to ferry them back and forth, or indeed, a horse drawn carriage, and a host/hostess to keep things ship shape. The property may no longer be in ownership of Baron’s and Earl’s but Ralph and Gloria Thieler have no plans to let standards drop any time soon.
Rebecca Taylor is Director at SkiBoutique.