The Beginning

Art has long had a home here, dating back to 1910, when the painter Hans Walter Beyer was inspired by this captivating environment. He built a small hideaway in one of the most exquisite locations in the Lower Engadine region, which he appropriately named Il Paradis. He and his wife entertained their first guests in their living room, which is now the library.
After several ownership changes, in 1966/67 the house was eventually converted into a hotel. The ship-owning and hotelier family Rahe, from Hamburg, bought the premises in 1995. After extensive and highly detailed renovations, Hotel Paradies emerged as one of the shining stars within the Swiss hotel industry. In 1986 it became a member of the exclusive hotel association, Relais & Château.

 

The Host

From a very young age, her life was characterised by wanderlust and joie de vivre. After graduating from Cornell University in New York, she worked throughout the world in various hotels in Beverly Hills, Hong Kong, Australia and England. In 2008, hotel director Meike Bambach (48) moved from Hamburg’s Louis C. Jacob to Paradies Hotel in Ftan. She describes managing this little jewel in the Swiss Mountains as her most appealing challenge to date. She and her team aim to preserve the hotel and its history and to establish it as a hideaway for pleasure-seekers, climbers and gourmets alike. As the mother of two children, she loves the great outdoors and has sought and found contact to the area and its people. Consequently, the hotel echoes much personal charm and attention to detail everywhere you look.