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.