Switzerland’s grand hotels may hog the limelight, but dotted between them are some amazing ski apartments offering a different type of stay. Here you’ll find more space to spread out in – sleeping and living areas rather than just one room – and the facilities to knock up some nibbles if need be.
You have the same staggering views over sky high peaks, and same handy locations on the piste-side or centre of town. Sometimes you get shared facilities with luxury hotels too, putting like likes of saunas, hot tubs, gyms, spas, yoga and pilates classes at your disposal all week long.
Private hot tubs, saunas and jacuzzi baths are often part of Switzerland’s most luxurious apartments, while others have access to shared swimming pools and wellness centres. Often, apartments are connected to hotels where guests can use the facilities freely and book extras like massages and beauty treatments. More fabulous features include roaring open fires and roomy balconies to watch the sun set from.
Having the space and time to cook up your own delights can be a luxury in itself – especially when there’s Swiss cheese, charcuterie and chocolate to work with – but if you’d rather eat out this nation has oodles of options. In Zermatt, the best apartments are a stone’s throw from Michelin starred and Gault-Millau awarded restaurants, and wherever you stay there are usually fondue restaurants and pizzerias within easy reach.
To take the luxe to the next level, ship in hampers from Fortnums or hire in a private chef to look after meal prep – while a mobile masseuse tends to any aches or pains...