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Ivo Scholz

6 Valais hotels for an unforgettable holiday

Make sure your hotel is as special as the rest of your trip with these six stunners

Written by Time Out. Paid for in partnership with Switzerland Tourism and Valais/Wallis Promotion.
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There’s a lot to see and do in Valais, but whatever your itinerary, you’ll need some great accommodation to really make the trip. That’s why we’ve selected six showstopping hotels to suit every taste. From historical treasures to lavish Alpine palaces to family-friendly choices, there’s a hotel in Valais to lift your holiday to even greater heights. Here are our top picks from around the region that are perfect for making the most of Valais in the autumn.

The terrace of Chandolin Boutique Hotel, looking out to the Swiss Alps.
The terrace of Chandolin Boutique Hotel, looking out to the Swiss Alps.
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Cosy Alpine boutique stay: Chandolin Boutique Hotel

This four-star venue is stylish, warming and full of Alpine charm in its traditional-yet-modern aesthetic, and boasting a restaurant with 14 GaultMilau points. But the real star of the show is the view of the Rhône Valley and the Matterhorn via the hotel’s location 2,000 metres-above-sea-level. Don’t miss the chance to splash around and relax in the alfresco whirlpools.

A historic hotel in the Swiss Alps.
A historic hotel in the Swiss Alps.
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Historic charmer: Hotel Ofenhorn Binn, Binntal

Enjoy your own little slice of la Belle Époque at Ofenhorn, which oozes historic class thanks to its furniture and décor dating back to the hotel’s opening in 1883. Marvel at the originally preserved features in Art Noveau and Biedermeier styles, and then enjoy a taste of traditional Valais cuisine in the restaurant. The Binntal Landscape Park nearby offers the chance to see the area’s flora and fauna in a magnificent countryside setting.

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Spa and vitality: The Capra Saas-Fee

Be good to yourself by booking a stay in this five-star wellness hotel, located in a pretty, traffic-free village. Relaxation is key here and it’s made ultimately easy at the extensive Peak Health Spa, featuring everything you need to fully unwind: sauna, steam room, salt therapy room, foot hydrotherapy, outdoor hydrotherapy pool, treatment rooms – you get the idea. Afterwards, soak up the mountain views with a glass of Valais’ finest from the hotel’s locally-focused wine cellar.

Bikers’ haven: Park Hotel Beau Site, Zermatt

This classically-styled venue is a paradise for cyclists, who love the location amidst some of Valais’ most scenic biking routes. But don’t think for a moment that Beau Site is simply a pit-stop: this is a seriously stylish choice with high-end features, including a sauna and relaxation area – great for rejuvenating those calf muscles after a long day on the saddle. But let’s also remember that this hotel’s qualities aren’t just for those on two wheels, as we’re fairly sure that all guests will swoon at the incredible Matterhorn view.

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Family fun: Reka-Feriendorf Zinal, Zinal

Families will love this venue situated in an Alpine holiday village, which combines the chance to explore the surrounding countryside with pure comfort and convenience. Children will be kept thoroughly entertained with the family programme, which features a craft workshop and trips out into the wilderness, while the whole family will appreciate the indoor pool and mountainside views.

An outdoor pool at LeCrans Hotel, Switzerland.
An outdoor pool at LeCrans Hotel, Switzerland.
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Luxurious retreat: LeCrans Hotel & Spa, Crans-Montana

Sometimes all you need is all-out indulgence, and when that time arrives, head straight for LeCrans. This five-star gem is nestled in a truly spectacular setting at the top of a ski resort, offering views of the Alps that you can gaze at from the terrace of any of the 14 suites. There’s also a fabulously equipped spa and wellness area, a Michelin-starred restaurant, indoor and outdoor pools, and luxurious flourishes everywhere you turn.

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A bed in a hotel room with wooden beams on the ceiling.
A bed in a hotel room with wooden beams on the ceiling.
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Special offer: Hotel Ambassador, Zermatt

If you’re still not sure which hotel to choose, how about starting with one where you can enjoy a big discount? Hotel Ambassador in Zermatt is offering an overnight stay in a double room with breakfast (plus a free upgrade to a junior suite with a stunning Matterhorn view) for just 100 CHF instead of the usual price of 175 CHF. It’s something of a bargain considering the hotel’s excellent location in central Zermatt, its indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna, the stylish bar and all manner of other great features. You just need to book a stay between September 9 to October 31 2020 by clicking here.

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