We are happy that you are thinking of the Waldhaus for a family vacation. So many of our regular guests have been coming to the magical world of Sils Maria since they were children. Families have often been coming for generations.
Quite simply, we want to make you and your children feel at home. Young people, too, want their needs to be understood and taken seriously. The Engadine offers them exciting opportunities right outside our door.
A special program and sports activities for children and young people are a regular part of our events calendar.
With a wide variety of rooms which can be combined and connected, the Waldhaus can create your own family world in line with your needs. If you have small children, we will be happy to furnish the necessary equipment so that you do not have to pack so much. For a fee, we can organize a babysitter for you.
We are happy to answer any questions before your visit:
+41 81 838 51 00
Gian & Gianna Children’s Club
Free play, excursions, creative activities, playful exploration of the Waldhaus – in short, a wonderful program. Anita Bryner and Giulia Presti provide expert and loving care to Waldhaus children.
The well-equipped children’s club is located close to the great lounge.
Free daycare at the Gian & Gianna Children’s Club for children aged 3 to 12, every day from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (on request also over lunch).
Small children are also welcome in our dining rooms. If our normal dining hours, which start at 6.45 p.m., do not fit your schedule, we will be happy to serve you in the dining room starting at 6.30 p.m. or with room service from 6 p.m. Special children’s menu.
We appreciate some advance notice.
Fun for young chefs
Your children will enjoy the pastaparty on Monday, joining the children’s party on Tuesday and becoming pizza chefs in the big Waldhaus kitchen on Thursday. Please reserve early!
For water babies
Our indoor pool is 20 x 8 meters. The water temperature is a pleasant 28°.
- Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Outdoor pool: 10.30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
And, there are those who boldly take a dip in Lake Sils or Silvaplana (12° to 18°).
For those who want to learn how to swim, a swimming instructor offers lessons at the Waldhaus pool. Please reserve with Maja Klopfstein.
The paddling pool (34°) is located on the indoor pool level.
Our spa area, properly speaking, is unsupervised. You must be 14 or older to access the spa level and gym.
The Waldhaus has two well-maintained outdoor sand courts and its own carpeted indoor court. The outdoor courts are free for Waldhaus guests.
Charges for indoor court: winter CHF 30, summer CHF 20. Please reserve at the concierge.
Tennis instruction: Tennis pro Franz Maschler has a good way with young people. Many a young Waldhaus guest has discovered a passion for the game during their stay at the Waldhaus. A free introductory course is offered once a week in summer!
Lessons, including use of the indoor court: CHF 90 for 55 min. in winter and CHF 65 in summer.
Table tennis/pool (billiards)
Young Waldhaus guests can play table tennis, pool/billiards or Nintendo Wii in our annex. Paddles, cue sticks and balls are available from the concierge.
A film is shown daily at our “children’s cinema” on the lower level. See the weekly children’s program for details.
Our playground is located on the Waldhaus grounds near the terrace in the larch forest (only in the summer).
How about a round of miniature golf on our 18-hole course? Clubs are available on the lunch terrace in the larch forest, or at the Spa reception when the terrace is closed. Free for Waldhaus guests. (only in the summer)
Skiing and snowboarding
Four ski areas, with snow you can count on, offer winter sports enthusiasts 350km of excellent runs. Just around the corner is the Furtschellas/Corvatsch ski area with Switzerland’s longest floodlit downhill run. St. Moritz (Corviglia) and Diavolezza/Lagalb are also nearby. Popular with families, if a little more distant: Zuoz.
Our courtesy van will drop you off at the Furtschellas cable car or the bus stop. Public buses run between Sils/Maloja and St. Moritz, Pontresina and all other mountain cable cars every 30 minutes.
The Waldhaus scores with its special offer: Hotel Ski Pass.
Hotel Ski Pass Oberengadin
Free for children up to age 12! Our special offer for young skiers and snowboarders. Order your ski pass (minimum two night stay) for free access to 350km of downhill runs in advance, so that your children can start skiing the minute they arrive.
Ski instructors on the spot
You can talk to knowledgeable Corvatsch Ski School staff and ski instructors at the Waldhaus Reception Desk, Th-Mo, 6.45 to 7.45 p.m. Skischule Corvatsch
You can supplement or rent ski equipment or ice skates at one of the fine sports shops in Sils.
Sports on ice
Free outdoor ice-skating in the village from December to mid-March. One rink is reserved for skaters and curling players, while a second rink is available for hockey players. You can rent ice skates at the rink.
Skating lessons can be booked with Diana Pedretti. Contact the concierge for information.
Just above the Waldhaus, you will find a sledding run leading down to Lake Sils. Or, if speed is what you need: have the funicular take you up to Muottas Muragl and then zoom down 4.2 km and around 20 hair-raising curves, a 705m drop. A further possibility: take the Rhaetian Railway to Preda in the neighboring Albula Valley and follow a 6km run to the next town of Bergün. Sleds are available free of charge. Just ask our concierge.
Walk across the frozen Engadine lakes and enjoy the region’s vast expanse and clarity of light. The level walking trails from Maloja to Silvaplana and on to St. Moritz are well-suited even for baby carriages when snow conditions are right. The trails from Sils to the romantic Fex valley or from Maloja through the snow-covered forest to Lake Cavloc are perfect for a picturesque hike.
Sail across frozen Lake Silvaplana on skis or a board. Snow kiting, like kite surfing in summer, brings new challenges. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, the Kite Sailing School has a variety of courses for you.
The Olympia Bob Run St. Moritz–Celerina is the oldest bobsleigh run in the world and the only natural ice track that still hosts international races. In the course of its 125-year existence, it has staged events for two Olympic Winter Games and 24 World Championships. A guest ride – on the St. Moritz–Celerina Bob Run offers 75 seconds of pure adrenaline.
The Engadine offers 400km of bike paths for all levels. Our guests can rent mountain bikes and BikeTech electro bikes from the Waldhaus. Ask the concierge for information about bike paths and tours.
Stand-up paddling has become quite the thing for young people. The Beach Club and the Kite Surfing and Wind Surfing School on Lake Silvaplana offer classes and equipment.
Sailing/wind surfing/kite surfing
The legendary Maloja wind makes it possible: Lake Silvaplana is internationally renowned and appreciated by sailors, wind surfers and kite surfers. With winds of 3 to 6 Beaufort starting at around noon, the lake which is practically at our doorstep offers optimum conditions. Sailing and wind surfing regattas are held regularly during the summer.
Your children will find expert advice at the Sailing and Surf Center.