Verbier: The luxury Swiss ski resort fit for a king
If you’re dreaming of crisp white pistes, majestic mountain views and world-class service, there are few European ski resorts that can rival the luxury of Verbier.
Nestled in the beautiful Swiss Alps, Verbier is regarded as one of the most affluent ski resorts in the world. The winter playground is celebrated for its pristine slopes and an indulgent après-ski scene.
Situated in the heart of the delightful Valais region, the charming alpine village combines a blend of modern innovation with traditional values and has such an outstanding reputation, it has become a fixture on the calendar of the rich and famous.
Without name-dropping too much (ahem, Richard Branson), this charming Swiss ski resort is primed for royalty (Princes Charles, William and Harry, Andrew and Fergie) and A-list celebrities and sports stars (Jodie Kidd, Jamie Oliver, Ronan Keating, and the Beckhams).
With 410km of runs, luxury-chalets, Michelin-star restaurants and super high-end fashion oulets to visit, if Verbier is not already on your to-go list this winter, put it in at the top. And it’s not too late to book a last-minute catered chalet with Ski-Armadillo.
There are no shortage of five-star hotels and exclusive chalets with concierge services in Verbier. Skiers looking for a premium-level of comfort, fine-dining and privacy are much better suited to the high-end luxury chalets that are equipped to provide a more personal and tailored experience than the usually busier hotels.
The luxury chalets in Verbier provide exceptional service and offer added benefits such as private skiing lessons, massage, spa treatments and childcare. They even have personal cooks, so for nights when you want to eat in, take advantage of a professional chef and dine on sumptuous gourmet cuisine in the comfort of your own chalet.
Of course, if you fall in love with the splendour of Verbier, you could also look to purchase your very own luxury Swiss ski residence to return to whenever you please, and use it as an investment opportunity, too. Lavish apartments and charming chalets await at the likes of AlpLifestyle, and can come equipped with full concierge services, Wi-Fi and professional rental management.
Fine Dining in Verbier
On the evenings you do want to eat out, you have a choice to either sample traditional cuisines in the charming village or enjoy local specialties in the number of restaurants that are located on the slopes where you can lose yourself in the breathtaking views of mountain valleys.
As you would expect for a resort that attracts premier clientele, Verbier boasts an array of fine dining options. The gastronomic terrain includes exclusive eateries such as La Grange Restaurant, renowned for its world-class fillet steak, whilst the Le Belvedere eatery has a truly modern and innovative menu to enjoy.
Sample Local Alpine Wines
Verbier is not only a magical wonderland for skiers in the winter. Once the valleys have thawed out in the summer months, the vineyards of Valais come to life and harvest a wealth of captivating wines to enjoy during the winter period.
To sample the best Valais wines, head for Macbirch, the oldest wine cellar in the village, and sample the complimentary recommendations. There are also a handful of wineries including Verbier’s oldest wine bar, Cav&Art, which is also host to Verbier’s classical music festival in the summer.
Whilst the mesmerising mountain views of Verbier are something to behold, there are other hidden gems you wouldn’t want to miss out on. Take a sightseeing tour on a horse-pulled sled to discover lakes, waterfalls and the ruins of a 12th Century castle.
When you’re ready to relax and unwind, the hot springs at Lavey Les Bains provide a sophisticated service in an idyllic setting. Here you can book a range of massage treatments, together with a sauna, baths with underwater music and a hammam.
And when you’re ready to party, Verbier’s vibrant nightlife is rated as one of the most lavish in the world. Ski season is a hive for best-in-class DJ’s, whilst the elegant surroundings of the Coco Club invites VIP members and A-listers.
Verbier offers an elite skiing experience, exceptional landscapes, incredible food and a prime opportunity to indulge in the very best accommodation on the planet. And of course, you never know who you might just meet when you are there.
Image at the very top of the article credit: No 14 Chalet-Hotel