Swiss Sunday - an Igloo Hotel!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

 
You might have seen on the Twitter that a few days ago I was heading to spend the night in an igloo? Here it is! It was the by far one of the coolest things I've ever done (no pun intended). The igloo hotel (Iglu-Dorf) is located in Engelberg, a popular ski resort area for central Switzerland. It also serves as an ice bar during the day for skiiers.  The igloo is rebuilt every year and each year they bring in a new artist to decorate the inside - which you can see in the dining area and bedrooms - it was seriously impressive! (our bedroom was the elephant one). Our overnight stay included drinks, a snack tray, a fondue dinner (incredible), a snowshoe hike and use of the 2 person hot tub and then a breakfast at the lodge in the morning.  And yes, it was SO COLD. But amazingly warm sleeping bags were provided so sleeping was no issue. And they woke us up by bringing in hot tea to our room, which I could get used to. OH and I saw a naked man coming from the hot tub...geez Europe.


 
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107 comments:

Vanilla said...

This place is amazing! my guy lived in switzerland for a while and we really want to come visit and stay in an igloo! :)

Love, Vanilla

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SwissMiss said...

WHAT! No central heating? oh I am so funni.. :) that is certainly a "must do". Note to oneself..... Been to Engelberg, loved the little town, just for the time I was there, went up the titlis - was nice. But this 'otel looks interesting.

urbandon (Don Pezzano) said...

How wonderful. Looks like a cool place to stay (pun intended)...and fairly reasonable prices too.

Gawgus things... said...

How amazing is that?! Look at the design on the walls. Would love to do something like that :) xx

Kristina said...

oh wow sooooo pretty!! love the elephant and the buddha, did not expect them to do real decoration in the snow... and haha about the naked man: welcome to switzerland :)
have a nice sunny weekend, kristina

Nanne said...

Lovely pictures, I'm sure it was a great experience! There are a couple of ice hotels here in Norway too, one of them is situated in the city of Alta in Finnmark, Norway's northernmost county. I haven't been there, though.

Wendy said...

This looks like such an awesome and unique adventure!!!

Claire Kiefer said...

Oh my gosh, I'm so envious! This looks like an unforgettable experience! I'm kind of a polar bear (I love the cold) so I don't think I would have minded the whole "freezing" thing . . . especially with warm sleeping blankets. This has me wanting to save my pennies so I can make a trip to the igloo hotel!

Sophia (my visual illusions) said...

Waaaaaaaauw this is great!!!

Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] said...

hehe...I still can't do "team showers" after practice with my basketball team!! This is SO COOL! I love it!

Anabel Fournier said...

wow!!! what an amazing experience. The place looks wonderful, and I love those elephants on the ice walls. Still cannot imagine how sleeping was with all that cold :-) ha ha. Thank you for sharing :-) have a lovely Sunday.

SwissTwist said...

so awesome!!! I'm so jealous!
Happy belated birthday to M :-)

naoma* said...

I can't believe you went... was it uncomfortable!? IT looks sooo beautiful! I am quite jealous! Cheers to new experiences!

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SAMI. said...

WOWWWWWWWWWWW!!
thats so amazing. what an experience!
did you see chilly willy the penguin there?

xo
sami

Kelly said...

Wow, that an awesome place!

Signe said...

That sure looks like a night to remember! Think we have something similar up north in Norway (maybe in Tromsø) if I am not mistaken. I should really go check it out once :)

Hugs,
Signe

Leia said...

Wow! What a cool idea! I don't think I'd be brave enough to attempt a night in that, though. I'm a total chicken when it comes to cold temperatures! And... wasn't the naked guy FREEZING? Although I've heard that in Sweden in the winter, people get naked and go from sauna to sea, sauna to sea, etc. because the hot & cold temperatures revive the body or something!

Also, the rabbit in your header is SUCH a cutie pie. Fave header so far.

Leia

Jazzy E (hivennn) said...

beautiful. x hivennn

Diana Mieczan said...

I so need to do this next year!!! I love those photos and I bet it was fantastic! Happy Sunday, darling
Ps: We are having a spring-like weather today. Im so going biking :)

Ann said...

The designs are really cool and I wouldn't really mind the cold with those cosy blankets!!

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

That looks SO fun but I'm not sure I like the cold enough to ever want to go, hehe.

NARDIVILE said...

hehehehe look at me giggling about the naked man....i don't think i will ever graow up lol

It look completely magical!
We have a frozen bar in Sydney but it doesn't even come close to this.

Rx

Andreea said...

Wow! Amazing, i think this experience was very interesting!<3

♥ kisses ♥

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Kathleen said...

It looks amazing! Something you will remember forever. I want to go now!

kathleen xx

Tee, Passports and Postcards said...

That must have been a really cool experience!

Collette Osuna said...

Seriously? the coolest ever!!

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Brandi said...

that is the one i saw on the travel channel!

..R May A.. said...

wow! amazing images!! x

Marian said...

You know, when you mentioned this, I thought you were joking...but this looks like an amazing time...and not many people can say they slept in an igloo. I must add it to my things to do before I die list:)

Charlotte said...

so. jealous. hubs and I have looked up these type of things and have been interesting in checking one out! I'm glad you got a chance to stay and that it was just as amazing as you thought it would be. :)

Naked guys are sooo European. *rolls eyes*

ellie said...

Oh, wow..so fun. Must have been such an adventure.

BlackLOG said...

I'm guessing you don’t want to do a late checkout in spring….

Leah Rife said...

That looks so awesome! What a great memory...that is not just any hotel. :)

sherri said...

I've heard of that place - how awesome you got to stay there!

Lady Grey said...

Oh my gosh, this is AMAZING!!!

Jessica said...

Oh my gosh! I'm so jealous of your overnight. I've always wanted to do this - even though I'd be afraid of freezing to death! How incredible!

(I'm sorry I've been so bad at commenting on your blog lately! I'm still reading! Promise!)

Yvonne - Frl.Klein said...

What a wonderful hotel!!!!
Have a nice day,
Yvonne

Kate said...

What an incredible place! I read a little while ago about someone getting married in an igloo hotel in Iceland - not something on my ''to-do'' list it has to be said!

Stacey said...

Nakedness in Europe knows no bounds:-). You lucky girl you-i'd so love to stay in that igloo hotel! XX

Amélia Delessi said...

I saw something like that during the Holidays but it was a restaurant. A hotel is way more cool!

christa said...

That looks amazing! So much fun!

lucy and sarah said...

hahahaaa..about that last line.

I envy you so. Great post.

ivy's closet said...

I'm sure you guys cuddled lots.

this is me. said...

my friend and i were just talking about ice hotels. i'd love to go on one. love the new header, and having it just say posted on the "V" looks so mysterious! i love it!!

Ashley said...

this awesome!!! I LOVE the artwork inside the igloo. I gotta try this someday :)

Marisa Midori said...

What a neat experience! Looks like you had a great time!

{Selma} Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

I've heard about this!!! A friend of mine went a few years ago and loved it too. :) Now i'm sooooooo jealous you guys had such a fun time.

Hope you had a good Sunday.

Kellie Collis said...

Oh my! That sure is going to be a lovely holiday! Loving that elephant in the room! Have a beautiful week ahead, Kellie xx

Eva @ Four Leaf Clover said...

Hahaha... that last sentence. : P This place is awesome!! I need to get Twitter to keep up with your amazing adventure; I was going to say "why didn't you tell me you were going to spend the night at an amazing igloo hotel?!" Haha! Love the bunny in your name, btw. : )

J.J. said...

HAHA. this is amazing.

Melanie's Randomness said...

I would love to go there!! That is soo cool!!! =)

Melanie's Randomness

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

haha you had me laughing outloud (man leaving hot tub) I could just see your expression.

Wow that is amazing. What an experience. Saving this one for a future visit. - even tho I hate being cold.

katie said...

wow that is awesome! looks like quite a memorable trip!

Bog-Bog said...

Oh, it's amazing! I would like to visit a hotel like this once in my life!

Joanne Faith said...

I remember seeing this on a doco! Is this the one they used in the James Bond film?

Joanne Faith xo

Stephany said...

That is seriously the coolest thing ever! I mean, who ELSE can really say they spent the night in an Igloo? I know of nobody! ;) (Well, besides you!)

sara said...

amazing! i don't know that i would be able to bear the cold for that long, but it definitely seems like something worthwhile to add to to things you've experienced!

design traveller said...

There is one in Oslo as well, but not so nice. Cute elephant :)

the chirpy bird said...

Unbelievable! Just loving this! This is totally right up my alley, would love to go!

xxx

Katie said...

Oh my gosh, that sounds so fun!

Rhiannon Nicole said...

AMAZING! There's a place like this in Canada too, I believe in Montreal or Quebec. Looks like you guys had a total blast and I love the pics. I hate the cold but man, I'd rough it for an experience like this :) xo Love the new header too girl! xo

Catita said...

hahaha! to naked man! Well yeah this is Europe and going to a spa in the NL is no different! It seems weird at first but after you just feel so free to be naked...although I would not go naked to a spa back home!
And the igloo! i've always wanted to stay at the ice hotel in either Quebec or the place in Sweden. I had no clue they had it in the Swiss country too! cool, do you mind me asking how expensive it was?

Amy R. said...

Wow! I looked at the website and it looks really cool (no pun intended). It looks like a great adventure, thanks for sharing!

xo
Amy R.

Cherisse @ [Framing Spaces] said...

This is amazing! Looks like you had an adventure experience!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

All these photos are GORGEOUS!
Have a happy new week, Krystal xxxx

Catita said...

Oh cool! and I bet Marky Mark deserve it, not bad considering you got the dinner, champagne, spa and all! But yeah w-e is for sure really expensive! Thanks for letting me know and sorry for my curiosity, just always wanted to experience something like that!

Croatian_Latina said...

I'm seriously trying not to be jealous.(minus seeing the naked guy)

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

how exciting! would love to go stay there :)

Meghan Bailey said...

Um... Probably the coolest thing I've seen in a long time. When I visit someday, I'm going there.

Kavery said...

Yes please . Since its summer here, one night in an igloo sounds like heaven

Claire said...

oh my goodness you are so lucky!

Angelica Ng said...

Oh WOW! No, I haven't heard about your going to an igloo. That's fantastic, and it looks like so so much fun! I'd love to do something like this one day. Funny story about the naked man...ah Europe. ;)

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Julie-Inspired said...

I've totally seen this before..very, very cool. I love that you two got to experience this!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

wow!! This is soooo amazing!! i can't even understand how you could sleep there. it is sooo beautiful though!

liz said...

OMG how fantastic! I think I'd freeze though, wasn't sleeping on ice hard??

E said...

That looks amazing!!! What a fun weekend.

Gracie said...

That place looks wonderful! I think I've seen it before on a travel show I like to watch here. I would definitely love to go visit it one day. x

its simple love said...

Are you kiddin me? You are too freaking amazing. I am incredibly jealous. I have heard of this place and I have alway wanted to go. And elephants are my favorite animal! Oh so so jealous!

Rachael

Brunch at Saks said...

What an amazing experience! This place looks gorgeous!

The Girl Next Door said...

what an amazing experience!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

OMG that is the most awesome thing ever!!! I would love to go there. Lucky lady :) xoxo

Martini said...

Oh, wow! I'll definitely add that to my list. I'd love to try out an igloo hotel.

Amelia Winnie said...

the igloo hotel looks so chill and cold. But this could be included in one of the list "things to do before I die".
But I'd miss the sunshine though :D
X

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

That is such a great idea!!
It looks just amazing. I'm pretty glad you didnt put up a pictue of the naked man :p

Rosemary Brennan said...

Awesome and brr! I've always wanted to stay at an ice hotel but I'm such a chilly willie wuss--seriously I start complaining when it's in the 60s. :( That fondue looks yummy!

LyddieGal said...

that sounds so fun! I'm not sure i could stand to be in the cold all night... maybe if i just stayed in the hot tub the whole time...
but an amazing experience and something you'll enjoy telling people about for years to come.

Chic on the Cheap

Ans said...

LOVE THIS PLACE, IF A EVER GO OVER THERE, I WILL MOST DEFINETELY STAY ONE NIGHT THERE!!!!
XXX

Josie said...

This is SO cool! I want to go! I did go to a party in an igloo last weekend, which was ridiculously fun.
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Alyssa said...

That is so amazingly cool *heh*

Was it comfortable sleeping on ice?

Mat said...

it would be such a good experience to do something like this

M said...

This is SO COOL! I want to stay there! Went to an Ice BAR once, but wow the hotel is BEAUTIFUL! Come by my GIVEAWAY today! xo

xx.M

www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

jennifer / mylittleadventures said...

i love the new header :)
and the igloo hotel has got to be the coolest thing. it's definitely going on my list of things to do / see before i die!

andrea despot said...

that is so awesome!!! i've heard of these places and it's so neat that you actually got to go to one!!!

Clare B said...

This place looks amazing! Your photos are great and it sounds romantic and a little bit different and defintely very, very cool (no pun intended).

Caroline Hancox said...

wow! Amazing

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Marissa said...

Ahh- so cool! I've always been amazed by ice hotels but figured they would be miserable to actually sleep in. Glad to know I'm wrong. Sounds like an you had an incredible, romantic stay!

ag. said...

I'm in awe...I so want to go! Looks like such a cool experience!

Diana said...

I've always wanted to stay in a place like that. But wouldn't the bathroom be freezing after you get out of the shower? I don't get how that works. It looks so pretty though. And the ELEPHANT room! I love elephants.

When we stay at my boyfriend's parents place in Scotland they always bring us hot tea in the morning. I love lounging in bed.

Molly said...

What a magical place and what an adventure.

Thanks for sharing your experience. :)

Leaving the House in THIS?!?!

kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

hahahaha "c'mon europe! put some pants on!"

looks amazing though. but seriously, i'm cold just looking at your photos!

Noodles and Waffles said...

Unbelievable. This is so cool.

Chuzai Living said...

This place looks amazing! How cool!! I've seen one in Sweden, but didn't know that one existed in Switzerland. I would love to go there some day! It looks romantic.

Amy said...

Such an amazing place! I love the carved Buddha and elephant.

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Haylee said...

No freaking way!! This is the coolest thing EVER. I can't believe they rebuild it every single year!
How on earth did you not freeze to death though? I think I would have just stayed in the hot tub the whole time.. haha.
I'm definitely adding this place place to my list of things to do before I die.

maría martínez said...

impressive! I am looking forward to visiting also a hotel like this!

Julia P. Valentine said...

I am so happy you left this link with your comment on BlackEiffel! I can't wait to poke around your blog more and you pretty much sealed the deal that I HAVE to go do the ice hotel thing in January. (Canada) Even if I can't make it to that cool place in Lapland right away. One of the you tube videos of the place made me less enthralled with it than the photos ... Thank you!

 

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