The most stylish mountain hotels in Switzerland right now

Whether you’re there to hit the slopes in search of untouched terrain or simply looking to relax and indulge while taking in sprawling alpine views, there is no winter pastime quite like a stay in a luxury mountain hotel.

Most of the major resorts have been in full swing since December, while some unexpected destinations with new hotels and designer lodgings, are promising to make this season an exciting one. From a glamorous Belle Epoque property in central Switzerland to ultra-cool hotels in Verbier, its time to layer up and grab your favourite ski jacket, because we’ve found the most stylish mountain hotels in Switzerland right now.

Restaurant area © Experimental Chalet

Experimental Chalet, Verbier

Nestled in the centre of Verbier’s snow-capped terrain, the Experimental Chalet is the first alpine address of the Paris-based Experimental Group: the cocktail loving hoteliers behind some of London, Paris and New York’s trendiest bars and restaurants. As its name suggests, the hotel— compromising of the 39 room and suites—reimagines the classical chalet style, offering light-filled spaces with a mix of mid-century and retro-chic interiors, all tastefully brought to life by Milanese designer Fabrizio Casiraghi. The hotel’s farm-to-table restaurant is lead by none other than celebrity Chef Gregory Marchand, who revisits Swiss and French favourites using locally-sourced ingredients, while a Biologique Recherche spa offers guests the choice between a hamman, jaccuzi or solarium for some much needed self-pampering. And if you’re still going strong after the après-ski, the hotel’s lobby bar leads downstairs to the legendary Farm Club, one of Verbier’s trendiest nightlife venues.


Spa area © Kempinski Group

Kempinski Palace, Engelberg

In the heart of Switzerland, at the foot of the iconic Titlis Mountain, the Kempinski Palace Engelberg brings Belle Epoque elegance to the largest winter and summer skiing destination in the country. The 129-room Kempinski group hotel, which opened its doors in 2021, stands out from the crowd for its interplay with historic and modern details, combining a grand 1900s property with contemporary interiors, high-quality furnishings and state-of-the-art facilities. Speaking of which the elegantly designed Cattani restaurant, lead by talented Chef Michele Muller, offers guests upscale European cuisine with local influences and rich ingredients from the surrounding nature. And if self-care plays a seminal role in one’s ski trip, the hotel’s sprawling 880 sqm wellness area; complete with a Finnish and bio sauna, a steam room, a relaxation room with a Himalayan salt stone fireplace and a rooftop infinity pool offering views of the nearby peaks, then this place has you covered.


Schweizerhof Kitchen © Hotel Schweizerhof

Hotel Schweizerhof, Zermatt 

Located in the legendary ski town of Zermatt, only seconds away from the Bahnhofstrasse main street,Hotel Schweizerhof is the latest project of notable hotelier Michel Reybier—the Frenchman behind the ultra-luxe La Réserve properties in Geneva, Paris, Ramatuelle and St Estèphe. The entire property exudes luxury, thanks to French-based design firm Kristian Gavoille & Valérie Garcia, who expertly fine-tuned a modern mid-century style with alpine-chalet details, to create a contemporary yet cozy feel. Pristine marble bathrooms and oak flooring in the 95 rooms and suites, are complemented by Swiss ornaments like cow bells and vintage ski photography. While the spacious, curated-to-perfection restaurant area offers guests the choice between Le Schweizerhof Kitchen,  offering refined and inventive European classics, the Peruvian-Japanese fusion La Muña restaurant, raising the bar with crowd-pleasing ceviches; and no ski trip is complete without a visit to the Swiss-inspired Cheese Factory, for a mandatory cheese fondue. The wellness area is armed with Nescens anti-aging products and treatments, while the indoor pool, Turkish bath and three saunas are the perfect post-ski remedy.


Luxury bedroom © Bergwelt Grindelwald

Bergwelt Gindelwald, Gindelwald

A seriously stylish gem has landed in the famed village of Gindelwald, bringing a fresh dose of design to one of Switzerland’s most beautiful valleys. Compromised of 90 rooms, suites and residences, the newly opened Bergwelt Grindelwald hotel blends traditional Swiss architecture with a colourful and contemporary style, creating an artful retreat for a design-savvy crowd. The cool interiors were put together by Swiss Design Hotels and Zurich-based Kalfopoulos Architects, whose clever combination of natural materials with velvet-clad furniture and playful tartan patterns, creates a modern yet cozy feel. Here there’s everything one could expect from a new luxury hotel: generously sized rooms with spectacular Eiger views, an alpine-inspired restaurant BG’s Grill, offering refined Swiss cuisine from Marcus.G Lindner — an internationally renowned chef—and the highlight 800m2 Fire and Ice spa, featuring a gym, a salt stone sauna, a steam room, an indoor pool and outdoor solarium — and the added bonus of an outdoor whirlpool with panoramic mountain views, makes it easy to spend the whole day here.


Spa area © The Ultima Collection

ULTIMA Gstaad, Gstaad

On the edge of picture-perfect Gstaad, only a short stroll from the chalet-lined designer promenade, Ultima is a standalone venue featuring three exquisitely styled chalets, with 11 suites and 6 residences, that absolutely ooze glamor and sophistication. Designed by the Ultima design team alongside local architect, G. Hauswirth, the property showcases the perfect mix of Swiss tradition meets modern opulence, with glass and marble panelling, sumptuous velvets, leather and silk furnishings and a palatial, Baccarat crystal chandelier that gracefully presides above the lobby. The hotel’s main restaurant is a glamorous affair, where traditional Swiss classics along with refined Mediterranean and Nikkei flavours are to be enjoyed in a chic velvet layout, next to a grand fireplace. The showpiece? Ultima’s 8,600-square-foot, yacht-inspired spa including an indoor pool, 2 jacuzzis inside and out, a Finnish sauna, a steam room and gym — and an on-site Aesthetics Clinic for some much deserved self-care.


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