Breath-taking Views at Zermatt’s Luxury Ski Resort
The word vacation seldom sparks visions of powdery snow, high-altitude skylines or rolling alpine forests. Still, they make the perfect getaway for a couple’s retreat or small group of friends. If you have not guessed it yet, we are talking about ski resorts. While there are numerous destinations, including St. Anton, Méribel and Cortina d'Ampezzo, that meet the criteria of adventure, culture, and luxury lifestyle, we decided to hone in on one.
Located in southern Switzerland, Zermatt is the gentry of global skiing destinations. The chocolate-box village is home to 65 ski lifts and 350 kilometres of well-groomed trails and off-piste borders, which span the regions of Sunnegga, Gornergrat, Schwarzsee and Klein Matterhorn. The latter, Matterhorn, is dubbed the most-photographed mountain in the world and has glacial peaks of 12,739 feet. In addition to this, the famous landmark is but a stones-throw away from northern Italy, meaning that you could enjoy a bowl of pasta or a slice of pizza for lunch and still make it back in time for evening fondue. The perfect cross-country adventure!
Once you are ready to put down the ski poles, head into one of Zermatt’s 120 world-class ski hotels and resorts, which are all catered to individual experiences. For those who are after a rustic getaway, Cervo Mountain Resort epitomizes
the cultural heritage of a village that is over half a century old. Think mounted antlers, homemade schnitzel, and charming chandeliers. For the nomad, there is the option to stay in an igloo on the ski slopes at Zermatt’s Iglu Dorf. Chilly! If this is not your cup of tea, then there are contemporary options, such as The Zermatt Lodge or The Suitenhotel Zurbriggen Zermatt, which pride themselves in a nuanced balance between sleek minimalism and heritage design. If you are after the scenic alpine cliché, then enjoy picturesque views from the comfort of your hot tub at the Backstage Loft. While this may be some walking distance from the slopes, a magical horse-drawn carriage is available from the lobby to the chairlifts.
In the heart of the village, the enchanting scene is instantly heightened by the absence of automobiles. Locals travel via train, electric shuttle, or bus; however, since the main attractions are within walking distance, we recommend a leisurely stroll to take in the historical site. Upon arrival, you will find various Swiss-watch boutiques, mouth-watering chocolatiers and restaurants twinkling with Michelin stars; all at your disposal. These include gourmet locales, such as La Muña and After Seven. The former is an exotic fusion of South American and Asian cuisine while the latter sources top-quality produce from regional farmers to create a contemporary twist on traditional dishes.
Zermatt is a hidden gem in Switzerland’s glittering crown. If you are interested in an alpine getaway to the rural village, simply let us know. Luxury vacations and one-of-a-kind experiences is our expertise.