Discovering the Essence of Vallée de Joux: A Journey to Hotel des Horlogers

In the heart of the enchanting Vallée de Joux lies Hotel des Horlogers, a haven where the timeless art of Swiss watchmaking converges with the breathtaking beauty of nature. Our sojourn to this picturesque valley promised an immersive experience, where every moment unfolded like the intricate mechanisms of a finely crafted timepiece.

Embracing Alpine Serenity in Risoud Forest

Risoud forest

fondue at refuge Apollo in Risoud forest, Vallée de jouxOur adventure commenced amidst the towering pines of Risoud forest, where the air was imbued with the scent of pine needles and the promise of discovery. Following a leisurely stroll through nature’s tapestry, we found ourselves in the warmth of an Alpine chalet – Refuge Apollo. We indulged in the Swiss delicacy of fondue, and a delicious picnic prepared by the hotel. The crackling fire and the rustic charm of the surroundings offered a glimpse into the timeless allure of Swiss mountain culture. As the afternoon shadowed hues upon the forest floor, we savored moments of quiet reflection over steaming cups of tea, enveloped by the serene embrace of nature.

Encountering Nature’s Majesty at Jura Park

Bisons at JuraPark in Value de JouxAs we ventured deeper into the valley, our senses were awakened by the sights and sounds of Jura Park. Here, amidst the pristine wilderness, we were privileged to witness nature’s wonders in their purest form. From the majestic bisons grazing in verdant meadows to the elusive wolves darting through the underbrush. Each encounter offered a glimpse into the intricate ecosystem of the valley. The weather was rainy and the surrounding forests where crowned by a layer of fog. We stood in awe at the untamed beauty that embraced us.

Chamoix in Vallée de JouxOn the way to the park, we witnessed how the Chamoix were herding together flocking through the forests. We also stopped at a couple of view points to observe the lakes of the valley.

Exploring the Rich Heritage of Watchmaking at Espace Horlogers

Espace Horlogers, Vallée de JouxNo visit to Vallée de Joux would be complete without a journey into the heart of its watchmaking legacy. At Espace Horlogers we embarked on a captivating journey through time, tracing the evolution of watchmaking. Starting from its humble beginnings to its status as a pinnacle of precision engineering. From intricate wristwatches to grandiose clocks, each exhibit told a story of innovation and craftsmanship. With hands-on experiences and interactive displays, we found ourselves immersed in the artistry and ingenuity that define Swiss watchmaking.

Immersing in Design and Nature at Hotel des Horlogers

Hotel des HorlogersOur stay at Hotel des Horlogers heralded a retreat into serenity. A retreat where the rhythm of nature intertwined seamlessly with the pulse of time. Nestled amidst the verdant landscape, the hotel architecture echoed the organic contours of the valley, blending effortlessly with its surroundings. The hotel takes the shape of a big zigzag featuring layers of long ramps, connecting the hotel rooms on 5 floors.

Hotel des HorlogersThe hotel was designed by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and built by CCHE.  The two partners who collaborated on the famous Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet located a few meters from the hotel.

Inspiration space at Hotel des HorlogersFrom the moment we stepped inside, we were enveloped in a sense of calm and rejuvenation. The influence of watchmaking (“horlogers” means “watchmakers” in French) is very obvious. The stunning aesthetics, the high attention to details, the excellence and precision, and a library full of books and catalogues about watches and watch making. The lobby is a masterpiece of design with its long wooden benches and the ceiling sculptures emerging like the roots of trees. The roots are representatives of the forest covering the valley’s mountains. While the benches reflect the shape of Fossil ammonite exisitng in the region from its old formation. Nature and sustainability were not only an act of design but also a daily practice. Hotel des Horlogers is the only hotel in Switzerland to be Minergie Eco certified, and is considered as one of the most sustainable hotels in the world.

Merging Tranquility, Relaxation & luxury at Hotel des Horlogers

Suite at Hotel des Horlogers

Suite at Hotel des HorlogersThe spacious suite, with its soaring ceilings and panoramic views, offered a sanctuary of luxury and comfort. The suite had an entrance with a dining table, a living room separated by a book library and a bedroom connected to large bathroom; Both with vast windows overlooking the forest. The luxurious bathroom had an amazing bathtub and also very high ceilings.

Spa at Hotel des HorlogersThe hotel has a cosy SPA, “Le Spa by Alpeor”,  with a sauna & hammam. We had very pampering massages at the SPA. We dissolved in relaxation, as we let ourselves to the expert hands to release out all the stress and fatigue of the journey.

Next to the SPA, there is a unique inspiration space with wooden stairs and a wall library where you can sit and enjoy reading in a calm atmosphere.

Indulging in Culinary Delights at Brasserie Le Gogant

Dinner at Brasserie le Gogant

Dinner at Brasserie le GogantAs evening descended, we found ourselves drawn to the culinary delights of Brasserie Le Gogant. Here, amidst the elegant ambiance and warm hospitality, we embarked on a gastronomic journey. From the delicate flavors of the perfect egg with wild mushrooms to the indulgent richness of the entrecôte. Each dish was a masterpiece of culinary craftsmanship. We lingered over decadent desserts and fine wines, savoring every moment of this unforgettable dining experience.

The restaurant was also the location for our morning breakfasts. The buffet is rich and serves cold cuts, cheese, croissants and bakeries.

Unwinding at the Bar des Horlogers

Bar des HorlogersAs the night unfolded, we sought solace in the intimate ambiance of the hotel’s distinctive bar. With its inviting atmosphere and expertly crafted cocktails, it was the perfect setting to unwind and reflect on the day’s adventures. From spirited conversations to quiet moments of contemplation, the bar offered a sanctuary where time seemed to stand still. What’s particular about the hotel’s bar is that most of its drinks are locally sourced.

Hotels des HorlogersOur journey in Vallée de Joux was a distinctive experience of natural delights and Swiss craftsmenship. In the core of the valley, Hotel des Horlogers beckoned us to immerse in a world of timeless beauty and unparalleled luxury. Here, amidst the rolling hills and whispering pines, every moment is a testament to the enduring legacy of Swiss watchmaking and the timeless allure of nature’s embrace.

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