The Maya Guesthouse is the first hotel built entirely with straw bales. It is situated in Nax, in the Swiss Valais.
A modern Construction with Straw Bales
The construction method we have chosen is a straw bale dwelling. The exterior walls are 90 cm thick, and made of loam and lime coated straw bales.
The advantages of this construction are a more comfortable and healthier living environment. Straw bale buildings have the capacity to contain their heat very efficiently and need barely any heating.
We constructed the Maya Guesthouse in such a way, that we will be energetically self-sufficient. For instance, we will produce fresh hot water for the showers, the washing machines, the dishwashers etc. by absorbing the excess heat in the Maya Guesthouse (wood fired oven and stoves) and with the use of a solar thermal system, which will be in charge of this task from April till October.
A photovoltaic system will produce the electricity we need. With over 3000 hours of sun each year, our region has a very mild micro-climate, thus guaranteeing energy independence.
The Maya Guesthouse has so much to offer!
You will find the Maya Guesthouse on the east side of Nax, the locality of Plan Pras, on a 2600 m² plot.
It is right on the access road, 100 meters away of the popular activities and tourist attraction “Espace Mont Noble”.
The eight modern rooms are individually decorated using hand-made furniture and beds. All eight rooms have private bathrooms and private terrace or balcony.
Every morning we will put up a rich breakfast buffet, while we use our own products (fresh bread, yoghurt, jams, ect.) and local Valais specialities.
Once a week we bake fresh pizza in our wood burning stove.
Picnic and packed lunches can be ordered daily, to be taken with you as you explore.
We research old recipes from the Valais and other Alp regions and transport them into the cuisine of today.
Rental of equipment
Customers can rent sports equipment (mountain bikes, snowshoes, cross-country skis, climbing belts etc.).
Health and Wellness
We offer massages, reflexology and other therapies by an approved therapist.
Courses / Seminars
Especially between the main seasons we will offer the opportunity for artists or seminar leaders, to hold courses with us.
Our own Products
Our own vegetable garden and fruit trees will cover much of the demand for fruit and vegetables in the Maya Guesthouse. Various products that we plant ourselves will be offered as take away (dried tomatoes, dried herbs, oils, herbs, ect.)