The allure that drew me to Sonnenalp Vail was that it brought me back to the days I traveled around Switzerland, and I loved that. They made sure to incorporate all of the elements of luxury and sophistication while also keeping that cozy charm that attracts so many of their guests. I loved the bar area that included a double-sided fireplace that I could sit and do work, but I also loved their indoor/outdoor restaurant that gave way to experience nature at it’s best along the river.
The rooms are so eclectic, and I was really amazed by the two-floors and balcony with a mountain view. The indoor fireplace was such a nice touch when winding down in the evening with a glass of wine. This place would be perfect for families, couples or even those traveling solo, like myself! The spa was large and so welcoming when it came to serenity and amenities. The eucalyptus steam shower was to potent which made it that much more relaxing, especially when trying calm oneself after a hard day of altitude training, or training in their gym!
The staff were wonderful, and the attention to detail throughout the hotel was so eclectic. If you have a chance, wine and dine at their very own Swiss Chalet, where you won’t be able to resist the smell of cheese fondue around you enough to order a pot just for yourself! And lastly, a walk around town afterwards is so well worth it.
The overall rating that I gave Sonnenalp was a 10/10.
What I loved: The perfect location with an abundance of amenities you find at the Sonnenalp is unmatchable. I also loved that as opposed to other hotels in the area, they’ve worked hard towards their sustainability initiatives. For more info, please visit their dedication “eco” link here.
What Set It Back: Nothing :).
Overall: Highly recommended for a quick trip where you main priority is visiting Angkor Wat!
What makes a sustainable or regenerative hotel? A reverse osmosis water system, farm to table produce, supporting local dairy and meat farmers, engaging with local non-profit or community organization endeavors to address an issue within the country or community, energy efficient lighting, low pressure water systems, recycling, employing locals and offering fair and equal pay, replanting what was lost during the construction, use of biofuel (for boats), engaging guests in local cultural experiences and making them aware of environmental and cultural needs, LEED Certification, educating staff on importance of sustainability (turning off lights, observing for wasteful practices, etc.), reducing bathroom amenities waste (using bamboo toothbrushes instead, locally made/organic soap, shampoo and conditioner that help the environment), the list goes on.