Luxury Holidays to Switzerland: an Overview

Despite what Harry Lime had to say, somewhat dismissively, in The Third Man, we at Original Travel think there's a good deal more to Switzerland than cuckoo clocks. The Confederation Helvetique (the CH of car stickers - one for the pub quiz) is no less than a mountain playground in both winter and summer.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Switzerland has some of Europe's most challenging Ski terrain
  • The country also promises some of the best hot chocolate and cheese fondue...well in the world...

Luxury Tailor Made Holidays in Switzerland: the Detail

There's some of the best skiing in the Alps, and in the swish resort of St Moritz the chance to hurtle down the Cresta Run or bobsleigh run, which makes an original - if hair-raising - change from the slopes.

Original Travel knows the Swiss Alps extremely well, having travelled, worked and lived there over the years, and can recommend the best hotels, restaurants and activities for your luxury holiday. We also highly recommend a visit in summer, when the mountains become a haven for walkers and mountain bikers.

Did you know

  • Switzerland has four official languages: Swiss German, French, Italian and Romansh
  • Switzerland is home to more than 1,500 lakes
  • The St. Peters Church in Zürich is the largest church clockface in Europe
  • Zürich has 1224 fountains, many with crystal clear drinking water

Top picks for Switzerland

Saas-Fee

Saas-Fee

Switzerland

Possibly the most underrated resort in the Alps, Saas-Fee is a high altitude gem.

Where to go

Cresta Run

Cresta Run

St Moritz

St Moritz is famous for the thrilling Cresta Run. Descending the ¾ mile long run at speeds in excess of 60 mph (the best riders approach 80 mph), your face just inches above the surface of the ice, is the ultimate in adrenaline fixes.

What to do

Hotel Monte Rosa

Hotel Monte Rosa

Zermatt

The charming 4* Hotel Monte Rosa has remained in the same family for some six generations, and in the intervening years the Seilers have refined hospitality to a fine art.

Where to stay

The Capra

The Capra

Saas-Fee

The Capra opened in 2014, in the process instantly becoming the number one hotel in the charming high altitude resort of Saas-Fee.

Where to stay

Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

St Moritz

Set at the eastern entrance to St. Moritz, the hotel has fine views of the Engadine valley.

Where to stay

Verbier

Verbier

Switzerland

Verbier might just be the best all-round resort in the Alps. Here's why....

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The Chedi Andermatt

The Chedi Andermatt

Andermatt

Asia meets Alps in the Chedi Andermatt, the first of a slew of new luxury hotels aimed at turning Andermatt from a sleepy (albeit brilliant) resort in to a genuine rival to St Moritz.

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The Lodge Verbier

Verbier

Perched high in the Swiss Alps, The Lodge (Sir Richard Branson’s Verbier retreat) is in prime position in one of Europe’s hottest and most exclusive ski spots. Perfectly placed for the slopes and Verbier’s legendary après ski scene, The Lodge is set back from the road, just in front of returning pistes for easy ski in ski out, and comes complete with heated indoor pool, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, a gym with every conceivable piece of equipment and steam room. There are also three private chefs, serving up a mixture of Swiss and international dishes, and a spa therapist for soothing any aching muscles post-piste.

Where to stay

Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

Zermatt

Dating back to 1879, the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof is one of the grandest of the grand dame hotels in Zermatt, offering 19th century elegance combined with 21st century amenities and polished service.

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Engadin Ski Marathon

Engadin Ski Marathon

St Moritz

The Engadin Ski Marathon has become a major international sporting event, attracting participants from more than 35 nations every year. While the idea of 26 miles of cross country skiing might not appeal to all, one of the Original Travel gang did it a few years ago and he has been virtually the first to apply every year since. Once you get over the fact that it’s strange to be in the mountains and not be going downhill it’s the most wonderful sport, a great challenge and a brilliant event in stunning surrounds.

What to do

Andermatt

Andermatt

Switzerland

Small but perfectly formed, Andermatt marries challenging skiing with excellent accessibility in one neat package.

Where to go

Nira Alpina

Nira Alpina

St Moritz

Just three miles from the glitz and glamour of St Moritz, the Nira Alpina is a more understated hotel in the pretty Engadin Valley village of Surlej, by Silvaplana. The genius of the hotel is that, unlike other St Moritz and Silvaplana hotels, the Nira Alpina is effectively a ski in, ski out property thanks to a private walkway to the Corvatsch cable car, which in turn whisks guests to the highest point of the entire ski area.

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