How it all began…
Karl-Heinz Kipp (1924 – 2017) acquired the Tschuggen Grand Hotel, an establishment dating back to 1929. This first jewel, now renowned throughout the world for the impressive Tschuggen Bergoase designed by Mario Botta, lent its name to the hotel group which is today a fixed institution in the Swiss hotel industry.
The 1933 opened Carlton Hotel in St. Moritz was offered the group. It was love at first sight for this beautiful, old-established hotel with its incomparable location. At last, the hotel had owners – the Kipp-Bechtolsheimer family – with both the courage and the tenacity to restore it to the ranks of the resort’s top hotels.
It was followed by the Eden Roc on the Lake Maggiore shoreline in Ascona. The combination of the Mediterranean climate of Ticino and the mild temperatures even in winter made it the perfect complement to the winter-sports hotels.
The capacity of Hotel Eden Roc was doubled by acquiring the neighbouring, former four-star 'Europe au Lac' hotel.
The resort expanded once again when the Kipp-Bechtolsheimer family took over the adjoining former Hotel Ascolago with its 16 rooms and spacious restaurant and incorporated it into the main building, renaming it 'Eden Roc Marina'.
The group acquired another hotel with the purchase of the Hotel Carcani on Ascona’s main piazza; after a five-month phase of complete renovations the hotel re-opened in spring 2012 as the Albergo Carcani.
The demolition of the Valsana began in spring with the reopening scheduled for winter 2017 in renewed splendour and with a brand new design.
Reopening of the Valsana Hotel & Appartements - the hotel features 40 rooms and 9 family apartments, a restaurant with a huge sun-soaked terrace vis-a-vis the mountains and an 800 sqm spa nestling on the edge of the Arosa forest.