Switzerland's where royals and rock stars holiday, and there are some real chalet spectacles at the top of the scale. Champers on tap is the norm, and chalets come with huge spas, Michelin-trained chefs and floor-to-ceiling windows showing off the best views of the peaks.
And besides the wildly luxurious wonders of the chalet world, Switzerland’s ski resorts have dozens of superior chalets with wellness facilities, spacious living areas, foodie-focussed menus and staff who’ll move mountains to make you comfortable.
Locally sourced ingredients of the utmost quality are chosen by chefs in the most luxurious chalets, and to make up for the landlocked nature of the country, fish is often flown in fresh from Billingsgate. These chefs have experience cooking in Michelin starred establishments, with high-profile former clients including royals. And while they’ll expertly concoct a ten course feast like no other, they’re also on hand to whip up your favourite comfort food for a relaxed TV dinner. When it comes to tipples, the best chalets have private bars, wine cellars and unlimited champagne to slake any thirst.
In smaller but still superior lodgings, talented chefs greet you in the morning with a hot breakfast, have tea and cake waiting when you return from the slopes then host an evening with bubbly and canapes followed by fine three or four course suppers paired with wine.
The finest chalets come with all the trimmings - indoor heated pools, outdoor hot tubs, rain showers, saunas, hammams, massage rooms, yoga space, ambient lighting - to form your own home spa and create a truly relaxing time away. Elsewhere, you’ll find a couple of the above to help you ease muscles and unwind at the end of your ski day – nothing beats a bubbling hot tub out on the terrace or soothing steam room moments from your bedroom…
|Makini||Verbier||Sleeps 11, exclusive ski-out location, private spa with pool, gorgeously furnished|
|Norte||Verbier||Sleeps 14, private spa, secret wine cellar, indoor pool, chauffeur service|
|Chalet Shalimar||Zermatt||Sleeps 20, ski in/out, private pool and spa, brilliant Matterhorn views|
|Chalet Sirocco||Verbier||Sleeps 8, winner of ‘World's Best Ski Chalet', spa & entertainment zone (feat. pool with waterfall)|
|Chalet Grace||Zermatt||Sleeps 12, awesome Matterhorn views, wellness facilities, outdoor hot tub, gourmet catering|
|Chalet Chouqui||Verbier||Sleeps 20, one of Verbier's biggest indoor pools, spa facilities, cinema|
|Dent Blanche||Verbier||Sleeps 14, private spa, cinema room, personal gym|
|Bella Coola||Verbier||Sleeps 10, indoor swimming pool, pool bar, hammam|
|Chalet Maurice||Zermatt||Sleeps 12, Matterhorn views, outdoor hot tub & wellness facilities|
|The Alpine Estate||Verbier||Sleeps 22, 2 interconnecting chalets, 2 swimming pools, hot tubs & spa, wine caves, cinema rooms|
We update this list often but facilities can change, so if any specific feature is essential to your trip, make sure you ask us to confirm the details before you book your holiday.