Switzerland isn’t hailed as a cheap place to ski, but self-catering can be a top way to experience its legendary resorts without forking out too many francs. Alternatively, apartments make a brilliant base for food fans who want to pick and mix restaurants throughout the week, rather than having meals served in the same hotel or chalet throughout the stay.
If there’s one thing the Swiss do well, it’s all-out luxury. Pick a ski apartment in a high-end resort and the deluxe additions that can make your stay more comfortable just keep on coming. Massage and beauty therapists can be summoned to your pad in Verbier, while Zermatt has more than enough gourmet restaurants to fill a week with. Look out for apartments with their own wellness facilities like saunas and steam rooms too.
A good way to avoid the spikes in blood pressure that can come with the restaurant bills here, self-catering in Switzerland needn’t be difficult. Coop and Migros are two of the main supermarket chains – and you’ll find bigger stores in the airport cities of Zurich, Geneva and Bern. If you’re driving to your resort, these are worth a trip as products are almost always a few price points cheaper than the shops in resort.
If your interpretations of local dishes leave something to be desired, look out for local shops that hire out fondue kits – a fool-proof way to enjoy Swiss food at home. Delicatessens also sometimes prepare meals, which can be heated up and eaten tucked up warm in your apartment.
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