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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Engelberg, Canton of Obwalden

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CarolDupu...
Winnipeg, Canada
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“Paridise Found!”
Reviewed 30 October 2011 for a stay in October 2011
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My husband and I just returned from a month in Europe which included staying 5 days in Engelberg at Alphaven. It was absolutely fantastic in EVERY way. Staying here was the highlight of our trip. It was a dream come true! The pictures on the website just don't do it justice. It is SO much better! The location is superb! There was a hiking trail right outside our door which led up to Ristis and Brunni. The hiking was beautiful with so many options! 320km of hiking trails all around! The cowbells were tinkling, and you could hear them all around! The restaurants on the mountain tops were a great place to lunch halfway through our hikes!

The apartment has everything you could possibly need. It was spotless, well maintained, and just perfect! Every morning we would have our tea and coffee on the deck enjoying the beautiful panoramic views! Every afternoon after hiking we would go back on the deck to watch the paragliders and then the sunset! We had a bonus with a full moon, which shone through the skylight and the windows, reflecting off the snow on top of the mountains, which made for a beautiful sight!

I would highly recommend Alphaven! Even if you don't hike, the scenery is breathtaking, the town is lovely.

We have travelled extensively in Canada and the US, and this really is without a doubt the best place we've ever stayed!!

Date of stay: October 2011
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Liked best: The view
Liked least: nothing - everything was fabulous
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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Darin_39
St. Albert, Canada
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“Expectations were high - didn't disapoint!”
Reviewed 13 October 2011 for a stay in September 2011
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My wife and I are from Canada we decided to travel Europe for 3 weeks with our friends from Japan (2 couples) and our daughter from Germany. After alot of research I came upon Alphahaven. We rented apartment C and apartment D from September 10 -12, 2011. . It looked so beautiful how could a person go wrong in staying there. My expectations before we left were high and alphahaven didn't disappoint! It was one of the highlights of our stay in Europe. Since we rented the two apartments we basically had the whole floor to ourselves to relax and take in the unforgetable views from all sides. The apartments were very comfortable. If one isn't able to relax in that environment, you should just go home!

During our stay we experienced nature at its grandest. We were musically entertained buy the pasture next door with 3 cows and some sheep, all of which had bells around there necks. The constant ringing of the bells were at first a little distracting, but eventually the cows and sheep moved on to another part of the pasture and solitude came over the Chalet.

We had great memories at Alphahaven and hope whoever stays there in the future can have as great of a experience as we did.

D.Ogata

Date of stay: September 2011
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Liked best: Views and the building it self
Liked least: Kitchen - next a few more tools to cook with.
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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GeekWithA...
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“What a view!!”
Reviewed 30 August 2011 for a stay in August 2011
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Arriving at Alphaven blessed with cloudless skies during what we later found out was the hottest spell of weather in the area since 2003 (30+ degrees on the mountain!)

Apartment C was our home for the week and being on the top floor has arguably the best view in the house, a view that left us stunned and speechless for at least 30 seconds on stepping onto the balcony for the first time.

The apartment has all that you could possibly need for a week in the Alps, extremely clean and tidy, and well maintained.

Engelberg, Titlis and the other surrounding mountains have plenty to offer in terms of walking (and mountain beer refreshments!) The short trip to Lucerne is also worth making if you have a car or by train if you don't.

The walk/climb up to Alphaven from Engelberg is quite testing on the legs but it can be made easier by using the lift at Terrace hotel for the first half of the climb and then following the footpath or road for the remainder.

I would recommend a stay at Alphaven to friends or family without hesitation, it really is a special place and Engelberg is quite possibly the most beautiful place that I have ever stayed.

Finally special thanks to John and Candy for moving the BBQ upstairs for us.

Date of stay: August 2011
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Liked best: The views!!
Liked least: The walk up but it did make the beer more enjoyable
Travelling group: With Friends
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bhairavim
mumbai
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“Wasn't sure heaven existed till we stayed at Alphaven!”
Reviewed 17 August 2011 for a stay in May 2011

All I can say its beautiful! We just didn't want to leave!

We stayed in Apartment C and D+ as we were 2 families with small children. The apartment was the same as shown in the photographs. The booking process was very simple! John was fabulous from the start.. he held my reservation for a week till we got confirmation from one of the schools approving the leave!

The apartment is very simple, european with all the facilities and the view is Out of this World. The day we got in a storm rolled in and the temperature fell to 0C in end May! The vision from the apartment was ZERO! It felt like we were living in the clouds! The kids kept going out on the balcony just to touch the fog! It is something to experience... After that we knew we had made the right choice to stay in Alphaven!

Every evening we would drink coffee in the balcony and admire Titlis and the kids would be playing in the living room! I can remember how it felt but am unable to describe it in words. I am speechless... it was magical!

We liked it so much that we seriously considered buying a plot near Alphaven!

The only drawback to this place is that you would need a car! We didn't rent one and found ourselves pushing 3 strollers up the hill or just taking a taxi. Another point is that next time we would travel light! The 3 stories is too much to lug up the luggage! I hope they put in an elevator just for the luggage!

I would recommend this apartment to those who can climb up stairs and hike up the mountain if you don't have a car!

My family and I definitely want to visit again one day and this time stay in Apartment A which is fabulous... It is the best apartment to stay in Alphaven!

Date of stay: May 2011
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Liked best: Value for price and The View!
Liked least: Lugging up the luggage to the 3rd floor!!!!!
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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TOAO66
London
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5 reviews
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“Alphaven is simply out of this world!”
Reviewed 15 August 2011 for a stay in August 2011

We booked Alphaven because we wanted to be located somewhere in the centre of Switzerland to be well placed to explore the country from there. Located literally hanging over the beautiful town of Engelberg, Alphaven is a jewel of a place with views that are hard to describe and imagine without experiencing first hand. The apartment we stayed in was very clean, modern and well equipped with balconies and windows all round to capture the superb views from every corner. The owners are very hospitable and professional and make you feel welcome without intruding on you unnecessarily. I would highly recommend Alphaven for families with children, honeymooners, groups of friends, etc. Alphaven and Engelberg are so nice that we hardly went anywhere outside the area apart from Lucerne which is very close.

Date of stay: August 2011
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Liked best: The view and the apartment
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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MarleeRay
Goldsboro, North Carolina
1 review
“Alphaven- Truly Close to Heaven”
Reviewed 28 July 2011 for a stay in July 2011

Shortly after arriving at Alphaven a storm rolled over the mountains resulting in the most glorious full double RAINBOW arching from one end of the valley to the other. And that was just the beginning of the spectacular views in store for us. Alphaven is truly close to heaven.
Alphaven is a wonderful base for summer exploring. We had a car and it was easy to visit Lucerne and all the lovely villages around the lake- then return home to our mountain retreat at night. And of course Engelberg was a delight as well. A perfect summer vacation.

Date of stay: July 2011
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Liked best: Great base location for summer travel.
Travelling group: Extended Family
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thralldad
Pleasant Hill CA
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20 reviews
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“World Class Views! Stunning beauty!”
Reviewed 10 July 2011 for a stay in June 2011

Alphaven is a work of art. John, the owner is a master photographer with a genuis for beauty. He told me"I knew within 5 minutes of standing on the vacant lot" his vision for 'Alp heaven' "It was years in the making"
We rented C and D apts for 2 weeks in early June 2011. All 4 of us were awe struck by the 220 degree vistas which changed constantly depending on light. Wild flowers growing everywhere...cows with bells....snow covered mountains on all sides...hiking trails galore...the Engelberg Valley and town below
Food in Switzerland is expensive so we recommend the Co-op grocery store/restaurant. Carrying food up the hill to the Apt is a daily issue if you don't have a car. There are many steps.
The town's people were friendly and honest in returning things we left in our delighted absentmindedness. I doubt if we will every be able to top Alphaven's beauty.....Anywhere. All four of us agreed it was our best vacation spot ever.

Ask John about the book dedicated to Alphaven.

Date of stay: June 2011
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Travelling group: With Friends
Your age range 50-64
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