Imagine sipping a glass of champagne, watching steam rise out of the Jacuzzi, under the imposing face of the Matterhorn. A haven of calm where old Swiss mountain charm meets modern spa amenities and roomy king size beds.
This isn’t just my imagination dreaming this up. This is the wonderful reality of a long-weekend Spa break at the Zurbriggen Hotel in Zermatt.
If you are seeking a weekend filled with fresh mountain air, endless scenic hikes and a warm pool to soak your tired legs in after scaling down the peaks then this is a perfect retreat for you. Living in Switzerland for a year now, we have been lucky enough to try a few local spas and hotels in the area. However nothing compares to the weekend we had when we went to Zermatt for an outdoor and stress=free fix.
Never before have I centred a travel guide on a specific accommodation before, usually I focus on the wider area and experiences, but I think this is a special exception.
However, you’re not going to visit Zermatt just for the hotel, so here’s more details on what you can do during your long weekend, between Jacuzzi and afternoon tea breaks.
Zermatt itself is an outdoor wonderland. Skiing, hiking, mountain biking, the excursions are endless. Two of our favourite hikes to do in the area, which include incredible views of the Matterhorn (the famous 4,000 metre Toblerone mountain) at different angles along the way, are easily reached from the town centre.
The first hike begins at the Sunnegga cable car station, and is well sign posted for a hike via the lakes and across the hills, then back again. It’s also accessible in the winter and makes for a winter wonderland walk in the snow if you fancy a break from skiing. If you love a longer winter hike, then take the Rifflealp walk from the cable car station down through the forest and back into Zermatt town centre. It takes around two hours and the snowy forest scenery is well-worth the wander.
The second hike takes in the five lakes around the mountain, starting at the Blauherd cable car station and ending back at Sunnegga. It has a couple of picnic spots on route and different views of the Matterhorn along the way. Depending on the time you take for views, snacks and breaks, this walk usually takes around three hours.
The town centre itself is car free and full of traditional Swiss chalets housing everything from restaurants and bars to shops and museums. If you want to eat or drink with a good view, I would recommend Chez Vrony, Snowboat, The Omnia or The Swiss Chalet.
To stay, there’s no other than the Zurbriggen for spa luxury meets mountain retreat. On arrival you get a welcome drink of champagne, shown to your rustic room, and then you can put on your robe and head straight to the spa for an afternoon of pure bliss. There’s a pool, Jacuzzi and outdoor terrace as well as saunas and foot spas. Plus, there’s even an on call babysitter for those parents seeking a dinner out after a family day of adventures in the hills.
If you get peckish whilst relaxing, they serve complimentary cakes, snacks and fresh tea during the afternoon in the spa.
Then, in the morning you get breakfast delivered directly to your room, to fill you up ready for the active day of hiking, or shopping, ahead.
Overall, if you are needing some rest, a weekend away or just want to experience a luxury winter wonderland for a weekend, book yourself a trip to Zermatt. You won’t regret it.