Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LUXURY & SKIS IN THE ALPS

Cosy Alpine luxury. Tommy EbbestÄhl (who grew up on skis in the Swedish north) has just returned from a brief ski trip to Zermatt. Here he gives his impressions of two small luxury hotels...


Mont Cervin Palace

I was surprised when I stepped through the doors of Mont Cervin Palace. I think the palace in the name fooled me a bit - it was not palatial in any way but very cosy, personal and laid back. The suites were really nice, all food we had within the hotel was very good and all the service was warm and genuine.


The ski shop and the ski room were amazing, very clever to have a locker for each hotel room to store your stuff in, very smart. We did a inspection of the hotels winecellar which was really appreciated by the whole group.

The pool and SPA area was also very nice. Parts of the pool are outdoors, which was a nice touch.
This hotel and Petit Cervin and Monte Rosa are all along the main street of Zermatt so very close to each other. More about the Select Collection ski programme HERE.



Riffelalp

My personal favorite was Riffelalp; we stopped for lunch whilst skiing and I really loved the place. Right in the middle of the slopes, ski in and out, very classical ski feeling to it and a magnificent view of the Matterhorn from the outdoor pool, it does not get much better then this. Rooms were very nice, more chalet feeling, which really suits the location and the atmosphere.


How to get there



Swiss

We flew economy outbound and business back and I was very positively surprised by both. Economy was ok, a snack during the flight and free alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. In business the food was really good, same chairs but middle seat taken out.
Very nice flight I would say.

Trains

It is a little intimidating imagining landing there and not having any arrival service or anything. The trains are very close, and the signs are pretty good, but still it is a little confusing considering you do not have an exact train number or similar; you just take the first best train. Imagine being here with three kids, lots of ski equipment and so on? Then I would really recommend a car transfer.

Onboard the train is really nice, we had first class and it was really comfortable.

Tommy EbbestĂ„hl is a senior sales consultant at Select Collection. More about our ski programme HERE.

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