Luxury Ski Holidays Switzerland
Renowned for indulgent chocolates and Rolex watches, Switzerland exudes luxury. From the traditional chocolate box villages dotted through the Swiss Alps to the glitzy resorts of St. Moritz, Zermatt and Verbier, Switzerland is home to some of the Alps’ most iconic mountains. Take one of the beautiful mountain railways between ski resorts – the Glacier Express runs between Zermatt and St. Moritz and is one of the most scenic rail journeys in Europe.
Spend the day skiing perfectly groomed pistes or veering off-piste for fresh powder with a local guide. Come evening, you are spoilt for choice with dining in Michelin-star restaurants, enjoying a cocktail at après ski or relaxing in one of the hotel’s plush spas.
Whether you’re after a traditional stay, whimsical elegance or modern luxury, Switzerland offers a variety of both stylish hotels and traditional chalets. The Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski in St. Moritz and Gstaad Palace are remarkable, resembling a royal palace or an old-fashioned castle.
The Chedi in Andermatt and W hotel in Verbier retain the local style and the exteriors have typical wooden chalet features. When you enter you will see the stylish and sleek interiors with sumptuous suites and fantastic spa facilities. The Chedi really go the extra mile, you can even have your boots pre-heated before you head out for a day’s skiing.
Swiss wine & cuisine
Gorge on the traditional Swiss dish of melted raclette cheese and paired with Petite Arvine wine - the finest grape in the Valais region. A shot of the local digestif Williamine – Swiss pear schnapps – will help you digest the cheese.
Dine on Chez Vrony’s terrace in Zermatt, looking up at the Matterhorn while you indulge in gourmet cuisine. Then, glide up the Matterhorn Express VIP gondola with a bottle of champagne. In Andermatt, The Chedi has a cheese room with wheels of 40 local cheese varieties.
Sitting at the foot of the famous Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt offers plenty of mileage thanks to its connection with Cervinia. Scenic blue runs accommodate intermediates, while more advanced skiers can try the challenging blacks or the extensive off-piste that is accessible by heli-skiing.
Verbier is part of the Four Valleys and has high-altitude terrain, colouirs and excellent off-piste, making it popular with powder hunters. Little-known areas are best explored with a local guide who can show you the best and safest routes down the mountain.
Dubbed the capital of winter glitz, St. Moritz has numerous glamorous activities to partake in, these include watching polo, the White Turf horserace or cricket on the frozen lake, testing your nerves on the Cresta Run skeleton toboggan track or perusing the various designer shops.
Hop onboard the après ski train that runs between Andermatt and Sedrun. The carriage has a stand-up bar, seating and a DJ playing music on the weekends. In Verbier, have an afternoon drink on the sunny terrace of the glamorous Le Mouton Noir before après.