We were recently given an amazing engagement gift… a night in an igloo! On Friday afternoon, we drove to Kemmeriboden (website here), Switzerland, north of Interlaken. It was about a three hour drive from Leysin and this place couldn’t have been more in the middle of nowhere! But what a wonderful experience! A few details of the night are below:
The bridge leading into the Inn…
Isn’t it quaint!? The house and farm were built over 200 years ago along with the tradition of making meringues! NOMNOMNOM.
After checking in, they brought us a couple hot drinks (with some German name I can’t pronounce) but it was a great way to start the weekend!
The igloo was located directly outside of the inn. Inside of the igloo, there was a restaurant and 6 private rooms.
Each private room had a bench and a big snuggly bed which they placed heated water bottles in before bedtime. The igloo also stays at a constant cool -1C or 30F. The only ‘door’ to the room was a curtain to close! It felt a bit odd not being able to lock anything… but I suppose when you’re in a SWISS igloo in the middle of nowhere with only a closed curtain, you’re probably still safer than if you were in a high-rise hotel in Atlanta with a locked door! Another thing to consider: When you’re staying in an igloo for the night, you probably don’t want to arrive at 2pm like we did… it’s not like you’re going to be lounging around in the room watching reruns of CSI! The room is COLD and there’s definitely no TV or outlets! Thankfully, we found an outlet to charge my phone conveniently behind the bar so we camped there before dinnertime.
Dinner in the igloo was pretty chilly as well! They bring you hot tea and blankets to begin with. These are our “it’s really cold faces”…
They brought us enough fondue for a party of 5 but we put quite the dent in it! Potatoes, bread, meats, salads and veggies too! And don’t forget the white wine! Whatever you do… don’t drink beer with your fondue! According to the Swiss, it will cause the melted cheese to coagulate and form a giant ball in your stomach, leaving you with an obese food baby. It doesn’t sound pleasant. For full etiquette on eating Fondue the “Swiss” way, click here. Quite entertaining.
Following dinner, we enjoyed our private hour in the “hot pot” (or hot tub) and the sauna. It was a nice way to relax following the 5 pounds of cheese we consumed. Kelley making his Usain Bolt pose…
And one final note on staying in an igloo: If you absolutely must have a bathroom attached to your room, then this probably isn’t for you! The bathrooms were located inside of the Inn which required bundling up in the middle of the night and a couple minutes walk. I’m sure there are fancier resorts with igloos WITH bathrooms attached but I think the eskimos would agree that’s not a TRUE igloo! 🙂
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