Switzerland Ski Resorts For When Hitting The Slopes
Switzerland has ski country written all over it. Scenic snowscapes dotted with pretty alpine villages, colour-popping glacier-view gondolas, and Wes Anderson-style chalets welcoming mountaineers in from the cold with hot chocolate and fondue. And, with a long ski season, terrific snow conditions, and large, well-developed resort areas make Switzerland a bucket-list destination for skiers from around the world. At the end of a long day in the slopes there’s nothing better than resting up in cosy alpine hotel with a winter wonderland and we’ve rounded some of the top Switzerland ski resorts…
Bergwelt Grindelwald – Alpine Design Resort, Grindelwald
For those with an adventurous spirit, and an eye for modern design, Bergwelt Grindelwald – Alpine Design Resort is luxury at its zenith. With the Swiss Alps as its backdrop and the Fire & Ice spa taking wellness to another level, every element stirs the senses. Whether you stay in or ski out, expect attention-grabbing views and a touch of mysticism at every turn. Beautifully crafted rooms and suites echo the awe-inspiring landscape outside. Using Swiss wood and tactile fabrics, they manage to be both airy and cosy – with many offering mountain views (choose a Luxury Room for a front-row seat to the north face of the Eiger). You’ll even have bottled water drawn from the glacier to drink.
Cordée des Alpes Hotel, Verbier
Set on the first and second floors of an impressive wooden ski lodge, Cordée des Alpes Hotel has been thoughtfully designed to integrate with the surrounding alpine architecture. A delightful boutique property with a 15-metre pool, a superb spa, a fitness room and close to the buzzy nightlife and slopes, this is a wonderfully good-looking place, both inside and out with the most amazing mountain views.
The attention to detail in the design of Cordée des Alpes Hotel makes quite an impact. The floors of the property are in beautiful aged wood while each room and suite has a timber balcony with wonderful views of the mountains. Attractive stone fireplaces with wood mantelpieces, and comfy chairs and sofas mean this is a wonderful place to unwind and relax.
Crans Ambassador, Crans Montana
Escape to the great outdoors in style at Crans Ambassador, a luxury hotel in the Swiss Alps. With sublime mountain views at every turn, this contemporary chalet offers the chance to immerse yourself in your surroundings. Whether that means getting out and enjoying the fresh air – or staying in and soaking up the peaceful atmosphere.
Once you’ve torn your gaze away from the scenery, you’ll find there’s just as much to delight indoors. From comfortable, understated rooms with private terraces, to a heated pool and luxury spa treatments. With a focus on fitness, there’s also a gym and Performance Lab, where you can pick up tips on improving your form. With a gourmet restaurant, and traditional wine cellar serving up rustic Alpine dishes, there’s plenty of opportunity to indulge, too.
Hotel Firefly, Zermatt
Hotel Firefly offers a 21st-century take on the traditional Alpine lodge. A classic chalet look meets modern touches such as contemporary interiors and a sleek, glass-and-steel-roofed spa. All surrounded by stunning views of the soaring peaks of the Valais Alps.
This family-owned, all-suite hotel fuses stylish looks with personal service and an exclusive atmosphere. A truly boutique retreat, Hotel Firefly is home to just 16 spacious suites – all individually decorated to reflect the elements of fire, earth, water and air. Many take this elemental inspiration further, with open fires encased in glass, and balconies for taking in the mountain air. There’s plenty to enjoy before you even step outside. Swim in the sleek, stainless steel swimming pool, experience the Schnapps Distiller sauna – or keep things more traditional with a relaxing massage.