When the first settlers built their wood and stone houses on the Swiss mountainsides all those years ago, little did they know they’d be setting a trend for centuries to come. Switzerland’s the birthplace of the typical wooden, shuttered ski chalet, and while you won’t find as many catered properties as you would in France these days, the chalets you do find are well worth experiencing.
You haven’t seen luxury chalets till you’ve been to Switzerland, where the best contain fully fledged spas, pools, cinemas, antique and designer furnishings (and that’s just the ground floor…). A roster of staff at your beck and call and some of the best chefs in the Alps are frequent fixtures for a truly first class week in the Alps.
The resorts here raise luxury skiing to another level; just take Zermatt’s Michelin starred restaurants and Verbier’s swish champagne bars. But you don’t have to be made of money to enjoy a little luxury in this neck of the woods. While they mightn’t have their own wine cellars, more affordable options come with outdoor hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms to make your stay wonderfully comfortable.
Switzerland doesn’t really do purpose built, ski-out resorts – instead you get delightfully old mountain towns on the valley floor, with sensational peaks above them. The good news is that public transport here is fantastically efficient, and when they’re not within walking distance, chalets often have their own shuttle service to take you to the ski lifts. There’s always an exception to the rule, and a chalet with doorstep skiing in Switzerland can be priceless if you manage to snap it up in time.
Switzerland has some stunning independent chalets, some run as a single property by the owner and others part of a collection set up by ski-mad friends or families. You’ll find everything from the highest heights of luxury to simpler, homely lodgings, all with a team of chalet staff to take care of the housework. As you find with chalets in package holidays, breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner come included on 6 days, leaving you free to try a local restaurant on one night. The most superior chalets offer all the trimmings: aperitifs, hor d’oevres, limitless bubbly… While others provide a simple but hearty menu. There also tends to be more flexibility when it comes to meal upgrades and short breaks with this kind of chalet holiday.
These chalets are mainly sold as accommodation-only, leaving you to pick the airports, train stations and departure times that work best for you. We’ll show you the easiest route to resort, and can book transfers for you if need be – or we can arrange all of the travel if you’d prefer.
Hosts do the cooking (breakfast, afternoon tea and an evening meal with wine) and cleaning. On 1 or 2 days, hosts are ‘off’, so breakfast is self-serve and there’s no tea or evening meal provided (the perfect excuse to head up the road for fondue!). You might share the chalet with others, or you can opt for sole occupancy which means the whole chalet to yourselves.
There are three main parts to the process:
Hosts daily prepare your breakfast, afternoon tea and evening meal (with wine included). Once or twice a week, hosts have a day off. Breakfast is self-serve and instead of your evening meal in the chalet, you’ll get the chance to eat out somewhere local - our chalets are never too far from a fine Swiss fondue!
This is for you to decide based on your holiday experience. Lots of our guests leave their hosts a small token of appreciation for their hard work (something like £10-20 per guest, in the local currency) but it’s by no means a necessity!
Yes, there are often 3 or 4 night holidays available. You can find these by filtering the holidays on this page to show packages ‘under 7 nights’, or get in touch over the phone and we will chat through your options.
In the swish ski resort of Verbier, these properties often come up the priciest for their fabulous locations, gourmet cuisine and better-than-5-star-hotel facilities. New Year’s week tends to be the costliest because of Verbier’s legendary champagne-fuelled celebrations.
Verbier has Switzerland’s most luxurious chalets and is a true spectacle. This is not one awesome chalet, but two (Norte which sleeps 14 and Sirocco which sleeps 8 can be hired individually or as a whole estate). Its heavenly décor, Michelin-standard cuisine and next level facilities (including two designer swimming pools and a wine cave) are tricky to rival.
Yes, lots of Swiss chalet packages already include flights and transfers. If they don’t, we should be able to add them on, choosing from a range of departure airports. Some packages include Eurotunnel or ferry crossings instead, for those who prefer to self-drive.
Most of our self-catered Swiss chalets and top-end luxury Swiss chalets allow dogs. Select ‘Allows Dog/Pet’ in the search filter at the top of this page see which ones. We also have a handy page devoted to ski chalets which allow dogs where you can find advice on bringing your dog on a ski holiday.
The biggest ski chalet in Switzerland is the glorious Chalet Shalimar in Zermatt, which can sleep up to 20 guests in 10 bedrooms and has some incredible facilities for everyone to share. Zermatt’s village, ski area and après ski are brilliantly suited to groups of all ages.