The finest winter hideaway hotels
Is there anything more Swiss than fondue? Probably not. So why not give your winter hideaway a dose of delightfully gooey indulgence by staying at one of these fantastic foodie hotels that are famed for their fondue.
The ‘lifestyle chalets’ at this classy destination hotel are cosy enough to make leaving the room difficult – but you’ll manage to drag yourself away to sample the fondue at on-site restaurant Ferdinand, known for both its fondue and raclette. You can even deluxe-up your fondue by adding champagne and black truffles to it. And should you need non-cheese-based entertainment, each chalet has a spa equipped with sauna and outdoor whirlpool.
This hotel is immensely proud of its famed Fondue Spycher restaurant, which offers a premium selection of fondues designed by its very own ‘master of cheeses’. Pair your choice with wine from the neighbouring canton of Valais for maximum local culinary points. Aside from the premium fondue offerings, Ermitage boats some serious wellness and spa credentials, in the form of a 3,500m² wellness complex, where you’ll find indoor and outdoor salt water pools, a sauna park and tons of fitness facilities for working off all that cheese.
Ever tried snowshoe trekking? If not, then you really should. Crunching your way across incredible winter landscapes is a unique experience, and it can be as energetic or relaxed as you like. So, head to one of these hotels next to great hiking trials and strap on those snowshoes.
Take your pick from a range of hiking trails that allow you to explore the beautiful village of Brigels and the surrounding mountains. You can borrow snowshowes from the hotel for free or choose from other activities, including skiing in winter, and golf, climbing and tennis in summer. La Val also features a range of restaurants and bars, decorated in the venue’s rustic style, for when you’re done with the active stuff.
Whether you’re a complete beginner to snowshoe trekking or have tried it before, the trails surrounding Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa will have something to offer. Or for something a little different, the village of Villars-sur-Ollon has an ice rink, if you fancy swapping snowshoes for skates. And as this is a five-star hotel, you’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to, well, being spoilt, whether you’re looking to get pampered in the spa or indulge at one of the three top-class restaurants or the venue’s wine cellar.
We all need a little luxury in our lives. But sometimes you need more than just a little – which is where these hotels come in. Treat yourself – you deserve it!
It’s not easy to get named Hotel of the Year by GaultMillau, but that’s exactly what this subtly Asian-influenced hotel scooped in 2017. There’s a formidable spa and wellness centre, featuring a heated outdoor pool with mountainside views, deluxe treatment cabins, bathing ceremonies, personal trainers and much more. And don’t forget about the range of jaw-dropping rooms (including some suites that you won’t want to ever leave) and the high-end drinking and dining options, including a wine and cigar library, no less.
Opened in 1896, this St Moritz hotspot is renowned as a place of luxury and out-and-out elegance. Butler service is available to all rooms, there are eight classy restaurants, a healthy choice of wellness and fitness facilities including an infinity pool, and special in-store events and openings for Badrutt guests in some of St Moritz’s most exclusive shops and boutiques. So, it’s no real surprise that the hotel has welcomed all manner of famous faces over the years – you might even spot one during your stay.
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that you can’t soak up some sunshine. Just plant yourself on the sublime sun terrace of one of these hotels and get relaxing.
This beautifully traditional Alpine hotel features a sun terrace that you won’t want to leave in a hurry. Sit back and enjoy a drink and something to eat while you gaze at the stunning glacial and mountain scenery, including the Eiger. With its ski-in/ski-out location, Alpin Hotel Bort is also great for those wanting to hit the slopes, before making your way back to that terrace.
You’ll be a lot closer to the sun than you expected at this unique hotel. See that ‘3100’ in the hotel name? That’s how many metres above sea level you’ll be, meaning that you’re in a prime position for winter sun-worshipping. If you’re more into stars than sunshine, you’re also in luck. The hotel’s remote and sky-high location means that you can do a spot of stargazing – you might even see the Milky Way. Magical stuff.
If you want your winter hideaway to be a tranquil and serene one, find your way to one of these ultimately relaxing hotels, where you’ll be able to escape from all the trials and tribulations of daily life and marvel in the wonder of what’s around you – and what’s not.
Setting yourself up in the tucked-away, charming hamlet of Commeire is a great way to find some peace and quiet – especially when you’re staying in one of the cosy chalets at Montagne Alternative. You’ll be surrounded by striking Alpine forests that are perfect for exploring. And if you want to take it a step further, the hotel offers a range of guided walks to help you make the most of the incredible nature around you. There are also workshops on baking bread, wine tasting and healthy cooking.
You want remote? How about a location that you can only get to via the hotel’s own snowmobiles in winter? This is tranquility squared. Settle in to one of the spacious rooms, enjoy the local cuisine served in the venue’s three restaurants, lounge on the sun terrace in the daytimes, take-in the stunning mountain scenery – but most of all, just revel in the height of relaxation. That’s the only goal you need to achieve here.