Luxury Ski Holidays Zermatt - A Love Affair
Ok….So I am officially obsessed with Val d’Isere but nestled at the foot of the Matterhorn glacier is a hidden gem, Zermatt.
The resort is glamorous but unpretentious and is a must try for serious skiers. There must be something in all that car-free unpolluted air that makes you want to yodel from the rooftops, “I love Zermatt”.
Zermatt surprises with its stunning cobbled streets and quirky bars with interesting Heinz Julen design interiors comprised of re-claimed cutlery, pop art and vintage leather. The Snowboat is a kitsch nautical themed venue in town, ideal for a spot of apres ski. Or try the on-piste Hennustall with its ski shot and minimum spend of CHF 50 by credit card.
If you are a foodie you are going to be in heaven, as Zermatt has a vast array of mountain and in-town restaurants. Make sure you hire a ski guide to locate the best lunch spots, as many of the restaurants could be mistaken for simple mountain huts. Hidden in a rustic farming hamlet is the 13 Gault Millau point Zum See – a ‘must try’ for its delicious local meat and fish dishes. The 1 Michelin star, Restaurant Heimberg, offers the novel concept of ‘Surprise Alpine Dining’, which allows you to make the choice of how many starters, mains and desserts you will be served.
After a tough day on the slopes, top off your night in one of Zermatt’s many night spots. The Schneewittchen (dancing on the stage optional) is high on my list or head to the arty Vernissage to watch the latest blockbuster movie followed by a cocktail, or three.
Don’t forget to take some comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking around in Zermatt. If you can’t (or won’t) carry your skis then this is definitely not the resort for you and you may be better off trying somewhere that offers greater ski convenience.
I am not going to lie, Zermatt is pretty expensive, so please make sure you have your credit card handy. The lift pass alone for the 2013/14 winter season is approximately £310 – about fifty pounds more than in any other top resort. However, this truly will be money well spent on a week of indulgent luxury.
That is your day and night plans covered so…
Where is the best place to stay in Zermatt?
Luxury Zermatt Chalets White Pearl is the only property in Zermatt with a private swimming pool and also has a ski-in/ski-out location (very rare in Zermatt). It will set you back a mere 39,000CHF in low season weeks (peak season weeks: 110,000 CHF) and is still available for Christmas and New Year. This really is the height of luxury and is comparable to a 5 star hotel. It boasts sumptuous furnishings, cinema, games room, indoor pool and wellness area. Dedicated concierge, massage and yoga service, you name it. Nothing is too much trouble when you stay here.
My favourite hotel in Zermatt is the 5 star Mont Cervin Palace with its cosy, traditional decor and brilliant spa treatments. Why not try the Swiss alpine herbal stamp
massage to unwind at the end of the day – you will not be disappointed. If you are lucky we can ask the hotel to arrange for a horse-drawn sleigh to pick you
up when you arrive at the train station to take you the short distance to the hotel’s main entrance – tres chic!
So that’s all folks. What’s not to love about this glamorous glittering romantic destination?
Space is limited and early booing is recommended. So it is time to pick up the phone and book your ultimate ski holiday in Zermatt. Then all that’s left for you to do is decide which of the 56 mountain restaurants to visit each day.
See you on the Klein Matterhorn Glacier…
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