Top 10 most luxurious ski resorts in Switzerland
Summer may only just be beginning, but it’s never too early to start planning your winter getaway – and if you’re planning to hit the slopes this year, then it pays to get in there early to secure the best accommodation.
When it comes to luxury ski resorts, Switzerland has got a wealth to choose from, and with new and opulent chalets popping up every day, it can be difficult to know where to start when searching for your perfect mountain bolt-hole.
The experts at The Luxury Chalet Company have put together their top ten picks for luxury chalet rentals in Switzerland
The Narnia Chalet, Verbier
There’s a reason that skiing enthusiasts flock to the beautiful Alpine village of Verbier, in Switzerland’s Valais Canton. With a combination of stunning chalets, magnificent mountain views and fabulous ski terrain, it has become a glamorous winter playground for the rich and famous – and the apres-ski scene is second to none.
The Narnia Chalet is truly the stuff fairytales are made of, perched high above the village with incredible views down over the mountains. Set in a quiet area of the exclusive Sonalon area of Verbier, it even boasts its own luxury spa – finished in Italian marble – and with dramatic high ceilings, stylish alpine detailing and African artwork throughout, it’s bursting with as much character as it is opulence. From the indoor swimming pool and outdoor hot tub to the home cinema room, there are plenty of ways to luxuriate at this dreamy chalet rental.
The Timothy Chalet, Verbier
One of the most luxurious penthouse apartments available to rent in Verbier, Timothy is just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the village, and offers a bright space with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a large south facing balcony overlooking the valley.
Highlights include an outdoor hot tub, a state-of-the-art Sonos music system linked to every room, and an upstairs mezzanine level which comes complete with an Apple TV, DVD player and Nintendo Wii.
With five double bedrooms, Timothy can comfortably sleep up 10-12 people.
Built in traditional timber style that exudes a combination of alpine design and rustic charm, the Saraum chalet is one of the best loved in Verbier – and not without good reason. Designed by a renowned local architect to the highest of standards, it boasts an impressive open-plan living and dining area, with huge French windows opening out onto the spacious south-facing balcony – and with a private hot tub in which to soak away the aches and pains of the day whilst enjoying the mountain views, there’s no better place to unwind.
The Saraum chalet offers five stylish bedrooms, comfortably sleeping up to 12 guests, and is located just a few minutes’ walk away from the centre of Verbier.
Chalet Carve, Verbier
Need a spacious base to navigate the slopes from each day? Chalet Carve comprises two inter-connecting chalets with over 900m2 of internal floorspace – a rare find in Verbier, and one that is unrivalled in size, position and style.
Boasting incredible views over the sprawling Mont Blanc Massif, a large outdoor terrace offers al fresco dining for up to 20 people, with a hot tub, fire bit, barbecue and sun loungers to while away a lazy afternoon. 9 en suite bedrooms – each with their own terrace or balcony – ensure comfort and relaxation at every turn, and a 15 metre private swimming pool – one of the largest in Verbier – is the icing on the cake.
Chalet Carve oozes style throughout, designed and furnished by a leading London interiors specialist and adorned with herringbone tweeds, faux fur throws and custom-made English furniture. Everything about this place says cosy alpine chic.
Kriss Res, Zermatt
The brand new Kriss Residence is a stunning new development located close to the centre of town, and just 500m from the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, allowing direct access to the main ski area.
Comprising eight luxurious apartments and sleeping up to a maximum of 48 people, the Kriss Residence is the ultimate accommodation choice for those travelling in large groups, and can be rented on a catered basis for an entirely carefree break.
All bedrooms offer the utmost in comfort, equipped with desks, TVs, safes – and of course, sumptuous, super king-size beds. All have privileged views over the mountains, with access to private or shared terraces – and there’s a central ski room for conveniently storing equipment when not in use.
Guests can unwind in the private cinema room, chill out at the spa, or get their blood pumping in the gym – when it comes to down time, there is something for everyone.
Chalet Meri, Zermatt
With breathtaking views over iconic Matterhorn, Chalet Meri is a true masterpiece of style – and, located in a world-famous resort that is renowned for its epic skiing, there are few better places for a winter getaway.
Chalet Meri offers up a serving of sheer luxury to guests, from its impressive entrance hall to its state-of-the-art gym and opulent private spa. There’s a large indoor hot tub, sauna and hammam, as well as a plunge pool – the perfect place to relax, unwind, and sip a glass of champagne or two after a busy day on the slopes.
Sleeping up to 10 people over 4 spacious floors, the chalet’s simple design fuses perfectly with cosy, alpine-inspired features. Conveniently located at the heart of the village, it is in immediate proximity to a range of shopping, eating and nightlife options – but if you’re looking for a tranquil mountain sanctuary, Chalet Meri offers the perfect balance.
Based in the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps, just outside Gstaad, the Havan chalet is a beautiful 3,200 square foot residence blending timeless alpine charm with stylish contemporary touches. Breathe in the fresh mountain air from the spacious outdoor area or cosy up inside in one of the five comfortable bedrooms.
With charming wood facades and a sprawling salon, complete with expansive picture window, Havan is light, bright and surrounded by picturesque mountain views.
With convenient access to the slopes, trails, dining, and vintage charm of Gstaad, the chalet is well-locates for those looking for a balance of on-slope action and apres-ski serenity.
Spread across four levels, the luxury, designer Gstaad chalet is located just off the Isneau village run – meaning you can literally ski in and out of the chalet during the winter season.
Sleeping up to 16 people, Vinee is just 5 minutes from the shops and restaurants of Diablerets, and boasts magnificent views over the village. Warm up after a day on the slopes in front of a roaring fire, or relax in the sauna and swimming pool – it’s the perfect base for unwinding after an action-packed day.
A sprawling new construction project in the heart of the Swiss mountains, the Rosie chalet is a dreamy accommodation choice that is the epitome of all-out luxury. Offering a spacious and stylishly decorated interior, the attention to detail here is second to none – and besides offering three expansive floors of lavish living space, direct access to the opulent spa at Hôtel de Rougemont, just next door, is the star of the show. Boasting treatment cabins, an indoor pool, a sauna and even a hammam, the therapies on offer here are of impeccable quality – guaranteeing a relaxing and restful stay when you’re off the slopes.
Located at a prestigious address and with room for up to ten people, the Rosie chalet is a top choice for accommodation in Gstaad.
Timmy Lodge, Davos Dorf
Located in Davos Dorf, the Timmy Lodge seamlessly fuses a tasteful and traditional exterior with a classic yet contemporary interior, all within a tranquil rural setting. With spectacular south-facing views over the Engadine valley, this is a place or sheer calm – and guests can enjoy some down time watching a film on the Apple TV or unwinding in the steam room, sauna and jacuzzi. Why not let the tivoli team serve you champagne from the comfort of the wellness area, or even arrange you an in-house massage?
Priding itself on impeccable 7* service, the lodge comes complete with a carefully selected team of professionals who are on hand at all times to deliver the very best service. You’ll even get a Michelin star trained chef to serve you up gastronomic delights each night – making it a foodie’s dream as much as a skier’s.
The perfect family mountain bolthole, the Lodge was designed with children in mind, offering a range of attractions including a two-storey ice castle and a designated soft play area on the lower ground floor.