Though Switzerland is a lovely destination to visit at any time of year, during the colder months it transforms into something out of this world – its pristine landscape sparkling with snow like something out of a fairytale. So if this winter wonderland is on your bucket list, here are six of the best hotels to ensure a magical escape.
Survetta House, St. Moritz
Suvretta House is a grand hotel dating back to 1912. Still owned by the same founding family, the tradition of warm hospitality is very much alive, and you can expect to be pampered in ultimate five-star comfort.
It’s also a fantastic destination for winter sports enthusiasts. The hotel’s private ski lift offers a direct connection to the Corviglia/Marguns ski area (with 350km of pistes) – and in the evening, you can ski all the way back down to the hotel. Then to ease your muscles after a long day on the snow, you can head to the outdoor whirlpool (heated to 36°C), or the solarium or sauna. There’s also a spa for modern beauty treatments, soothing massages and therapies. suvrettahouse.ch
The Riffelalp Resort 2222M, Zermatt
To escape the hustle and bustle, there is nowhere like the Riffelalp Resort 2222m. Blending friendly hospitality and the serenity of nature, almost all the rooms and suites have a balcony and boast enchanting views of the Matterhorn. Accessible via the Gornergrat railway, the slopes at Riffelalp Resort go right past the hotel – so you can ski in and ski out for a day of high-energy fun. But if you’re more interested in taking it easy, the Riffelalp is also home to Europe’s highest outdoor pool (heated to 35°C), and it’s a top spot to soak up stunning views of the mountain scenery. riffelalp.com
Aspen Alpin Lifestyle Hotel, Grindelwald
The Aspen Alpin Lifestyle Hotel is a hidden gem well worth discovering. Built in a rustic chalet style, this hotel lovingly combines the traditional and the contemporary for a welcoming and quintessentially Swiss atmosphere.
A haven for winter sports fans, the legendary Kleine Scheidegg downhill run passes directly by the hotel. It’s also home to a wellness centre with a sauna, brine steam bath and herbal bath – but the real star of the show is the outdoor whirlpool, which has magnificent views over the imposing mountains, and can be accessed straight from the ski slopes. hotel-aspen.ch
W Verbier, Verbier
Escape to the extraordinary at the W Verbier. Perched at 1,531m, the hotel is just steps away from the main Verbier ski lifts – opening up a range of world-class mountain sport possibilities. You can hit the slopes of Les 4 Vallées with ease – thanks to ski-in, ski-out hotel access – or even give heli-skiing a try.
And once you’re done, you can go back to the hotel to recharge. There’s an indoor-outdoor heated pool, plus a sauna, whirlpool, and hammam – or you can rejuvenate with a treatment at the state-of-the-art Away Spa. wverbier.com
Riffelhaus 1853, Zermatt
Set amidst a pristine landscape at an altitude of 2,500m and dating back to 1853, Riffelhaus 1853 has been restored over the years, and now has all the modern luxuries you could dream of.
The Riffelhaus also embodies the ‘ski-in, ski-out’ concept. You can head straight to the region’s 360km of pistes after breakfast; and in the evening, you can go directly from the slopes to the spa. The sauna and steam bath will soothe your tired legs – or you can hop into the hotel’s outdoor whirlpool and enjoy its view out to the Matterhorn. riffelhaus.ch
Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa
Surrounded by mountain scenery, the Tschuggen Grand Hotel boasts designer rooms that make every stay an unforgettable experience, along with highly renowned restaurants.
More than 200km of skiing slopes and hiking trails can be reached by the hotel’s funicular in under four minutes. Then, after an eventful day in the mountains, you can relax at the Tschuggen Bergoase – a wellness oasis set across four levels with a whirlpool, steam bath and sauna; a fitness centre and beauty treatments. tschuggen.ch
• For more Swiss winter holiday ideas, visit myswitzerland.com/winter