Atlantis by Giardino Hotel Review: Urban Luxury Retreat in Zurich, Switzerland

Switzerland, what a beauty you are! An incredible city offering some of the best luxury goods in the world. Food to satisfy every craving. Mouth-watering wines with crisp acidity and some of the finest hotels in the world. And we were staying at one of them. Atlantis by Giardino is located on the outskirts of Zurich and is just a short 20 minute drive from the airport. Pull up at the door and a glass copper wall adorns the exterior and an impressive copper lion sits in the entrance of the stunning lobby area.

The hotel advertises itself as an ‘urban retreat’ and you can really feel that from the moment you arrive. Located in the mountain countryside, yet the city centre is still so close. Spacious and relaxed throughout and spa facilitates to ignite the senses. I really did fall in love with the lobby and it’s somewhere you could spend alot of time in, whether for an afternoon working or enjoying a good cup of herbal tea.

Amongst all of the plush soft furnishings, you’ll also find little hints of the luxury watch brand Hublot which the hotel showcases. There is even an entire suite which pays homage to the brand. It’s rather incredible from the photos I’ve seen and a must book if you have the opportunity.

Arriving at the hotel a little early we took advantage of the complimentary Land Rover service into the centre of town. It’s such a convenient and stress-free way of getting into the centre of Zurich and available almost at your request. The city is full of more super cars than I’ve ever seen, bright blue rivers and quaint brasseries serving up fondue galore.

After a rather lovely (if not boozy) lunch in the town we came back to the hotel and checked straight into our room. Climbing the impressive spiral staircase, though of course lifts are available.

We were staying in one of the hotels ‘luxe’ rooms which offered everything we could have wanted for an overnight stay. Large hallway, separate sitting room, large plush bed and a writing area. The pillow menu is also one of the most impressive selections I’ve ever come across.

The bathroom was fantastic and extremely large for a room which wasn’t even a suite. Bright and modern floor to marble effect stone, with accents of copper and excellent toiletries from the Giardino brands very own spa products, dipiù.

The room has not one, but two private balconies which look out over the heated outdoor pool area.

Once settled in we took ourselves down to the spa. After an early flight and morning of exploring Zurich, it was a much welcomed haven. The spa here is absolutely stunning. Grab your towels, sign in and relax. The entrance area is very calm and decorated with neutral stone and more shades of gold and copper. Fresh fruits and herbal teas are also available complimentary.

The dipiù spa is open to day-guests and not just those staying at the hotel, yet it never felt too busy. Expect an indoor pool and sauna area, steam bath, Jacuzzi and a fantastic selection of treatments from the spa menu. I loved the trickling waterfall in the backdrop which was quite mesmerising to watching while relaxing in the warm Jacuzzi.

Outside you can find the jaw-droppingly beautiful swimming pool which spans 25 meters and heated to a warm 30 degrees. Admittedly this area feels a little disjointed from the spa and access between both could be a little easier, but that’s only a minor issue. Don’t forget to grab a cocktail from the poolside bar.

With a focus on wellness, there is an abundance of outdoor seating to take in the fresh countryside air and to enjoy those views out across the city.

When it comes to dining, Atlantis by Giardino is most famed for its two Michelin starred restaurant Ecco which is looked after Stefan Heilemann and under the guidance of Rolf Fliegauf. We however were dining in the fabulous Hide & Seek Restaurant which was a culinary explosion. Read my full review of this beautifull restaurant. 

Breakfast the following morning was utter heaven and I only wish I hadn’t filled up on so much from the night before to enjoy it fully. A large buffet selection offering everything from cheeses, hams, breads, fruits and fish selections.

My omelette from the a la carte menu was truly excellent and the fluffy pancakes with berry compote were faultless.

Breakfast is a real highlight here and the buffet area even offers Prosecco to help yourself too!

We certainly didn’t want to leave this incredible hotel but before we did a quick site inspection to explore some of the hotels top suites and my favourite was the ‘Metropol’ pictured above. A gigantic and stunning suite which spans 250 square meters and a bathroom of dreams. Better still was the Royal Residence which I explored separately. Read all about it HERE!

Atlantis by Giardino is such an impressive hotel and really is like no other Switzerland has to offer. It’s luxurious but relaxing, there is absolutely no pretentious and the food across all elements was outstanding. I can’t wait to return next time I’m in Switzerland and in the future explore Giardino’s other two hotels also located in Switzerland. They look out of this world.


  1. October 8, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    Beautiful interior and the breakfast looks fab!

    • October 9, 2017 / 2:16 pm

      Tt was gorgeous!! I really can’t wait to return 🙂