Find your perfect winter hideaway in Switzerland

From spa-lovers to foodies, here are the hotels to make anyone fall in love with the Swiss winter

Montagne Alternative, Orsières, for Switzerland Tourism winter campaign
Sébastien Albert
By Time Out in association with Switzerland Tourism |
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It’s time to start thinking about how to give yourself the perfect Swiss winter. It’s always been a season to celebrate in Switzerland, thanks to all the stunning mountainside accommodation that really comes into its own at this time of year.

Winter hideaways are perfect spots to get away from it all and hunker down in. They’re hotels that are ideal for soaking up the magnificent Swiss countryside, maybe on a peaceful hike through the mountains or by admiring the landscape from a heated, open-air pool with cocktail in hand. You won’t want to come out of hiding from these venues, 

But with so many incredible hotels to choose from, how do you find your ideal winter hideaway? By reading on, because Time Out has handpicked some of the finest winter hideaways from across the country. Selected in association with Switzerland Tourism, these venues offer everything from fine-dining to luxury spas to winter sports. And needless to say, they’re all super-cosy. 

Take your pick from our choices below or uncover more great winter hideaways over at Switzerland Tourism’s website. And if you’re looking for a ski-focused hotel instead, take a look at the best ski-in and ski-out hotels in Switzerland.

The finest winter hideaway hotels

For fondue fanatics

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.

Zermatt, Cervo
Andre Meier

Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort, Zermatt

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.

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Ermitage Wellness and Spa-Hotel, Gstaad-Schönried, for Swiss Tourism Winter Staycation advertorial
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Ermitage Wellness and Spa Hotel, Gstaad-Schönried

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.

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For snowshoe trekkers

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.

Brigels, Bergspa Hotel La Val
Michelle Chaplow

Bergspa Hotel La Val, Brigels

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.

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Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa, Villars-sur-Ollon

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.

For luxury-lovers and spa-indulgers

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!

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The Chedi Andermatt

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.

St. Moritz, Badrutts Palace
Gian Andri Giovanoli

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, St Moritz

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.

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For winter sun-seekers

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.

Grindelwald, Berghaus Bort
Stephan Schacher

Alpin Hotel Bort, Grindelwald

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.

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3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat, Zermatt

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.

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For those seeking peace and quiet

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.

Montagne Alternative, Orsières, for Swiss Tourism Winter Staycation advertorial
Sébastien Albert

Montagne Alternative, Orsières

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.

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Kiental, Griesalp
Andre Meier

Griesalp Hotel, Kiental

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.

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