Verbier - What's all the fuss about?
Verbier - What's all the fuss about?
Verbier - What's all the fuss about?
Verbier - What's all the fuss about?
Verbier - What's all the fuss about?
Verbier - What's all the fuss about?

Verbier - What's all the fuss about?

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Verbier is one of those resorts that has plenty of bragging rights and rightly so!

 

Having just returned from Verbier, where our small team spent a few days brushing up on our local knowledge and getting to know some of the outstanding chalets on our portfolio a little better, we take a look at what makes this exclusive ski resort one of the world’s most loved.

 

For starters, Verbier is a delightfully pretty looking village, you won’t find many ugly apartment blocks here, just pretty chocolate box chalets and snow covered trees, lining winding paths around the resort.

 

Don’t be fooled by its appearance though, Verbier has a big personality and what you could call a slightly healthy passion for après ski, though this only adds to its vibrant atmosphere during the height of season. Boutique shopping, a host of fine dining restaurants and chic bars bring a sense of style and glamour to the resort. Over the years the ski resort of Verbier has attracted a well heeled clientele from the royals to the international jet set, including the likes of Richard Branson and the Beckhams.

 

With a resort altitude of 1,500 metres and skiing up to 3,300 metres, Verbier normally boasts reliable snow cover throughout the season. And the snow conditions for the 2017/18 season are looking promising already with some good pre-season snowfall and cold tempertures. When travelling to Verbier in mid-November 2017 our team were lucky enough to catch the first few lifts of the season and the conditions were fantastic – blue skies and plenty of snow all around.

 

Of course we couldn’t talk about Verbier and not mention the views. Its what takes this resort up a notch. The region is characterised by hundreds of jagged peaks as far as the eye can see and a pretty tree lined valley. Verbier itself sits high on a gently sloping sunny plateau, unlike most resorts located at the bottom of a valley.

 

With nearly all buildings pointing south towards the Mont Blanc and Combins Massif, not only is it one of the sunniest resorts in the Alps, but no matter which way you look or where you stay, you are almost guaranteed a spectacular view in Verbier.

 

Head to the top of Mont Fort standing tall at 3,300m and you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. Enjoy a vista of over 110 peaks and on a clear day you may even spot the iconic Matterhorn and Mont Blanc in the distance. It’s safe to say it’s worth stopping to admire!

 

The skiing

 

For those in the know Verbier has a reputation for being one of the best off-piste skiing paradises in the world and hosts many iconic ski events throughout the season. Not only is this due to its many dramatic world-class off-piste routes, but much of the off-piste terrain is easily accessible from the main lifts. One of the most popular is the Tortin route. Starting at 3,023 metres it features a terrifying 800-metre drop and one of the most challenging mogul fields in the Alps.

 

Though it’s second to none for free riders, you don’t have to be an advanced skier to get your kicks in Verbier. With over 400km of pistes, there is plenty to keep all level of skier happily occupied for a week or more.

 

For intermediates, there are some lovely quiet tree-lined gentle blue slopes on the Savolyres side, whilst Bruson on the facing side of the valley is also fantastic. Often overlooked, it has a northeast facing aspect, meaning it retains its powder for longer and the pistes tend to be quieter too.

 

For complete beginners and children Les Esserts in the village is the place to start. A gentle short slope and the longest magic carpet in Switzerland are perfect for those finding their feet on skis and it is conveniently located next to a sunny restaurant and terrace for parents who wish to watch their little ones learn.

 

Top 5 restaurants – Where to eat in Verbier

 

Vie Montagne

 

Brand new for 2017, Vie Montagne is the hot new establishment in town.

 

With a fine dining restaurant, a microbrewery and a more relaxed bar and brasserie under one roof, Vie Montagne has been drumming a lot of attention ahead of its opening in December. The concept is from Tom Etridge; a London restaurant entrepreneur and the emphasis is on quality local ingredients and unique flavours, whilst the wine list is a showcase of the best of Valais winemaking; highly regarded locally. With sweeping views across the valley and understated elegance it’s certainly worth a visit on your next ski holiday to Verbier.

 

La Table d’Adrien Restaurant

 

Holding a Michelin star and serving fine cuisine inspired by Italian, Swiss and French gastronomy you can’t go wrong at d’Adrien.

 

Serving international delicacies alongside local specialities, head chef Mirto Marchesi combines innovation with style in his dishes.

 

Chez Dany

 

Something of an institution in itself, Chez Dany is a stunning mountain restaurant set amongst the pine trees, just off the main path in the hamlet of Clambin. Its menu features traditional favourites with an imaginative twist and to those in the know it’s a hidden gem.

 

Of course no mountain restaurant in Verbier would be complete without a scenic view of the pistes and the valley below, so whether you are looking for a sunny terrace for a spot of lunch, a post ski aperitif or a cosy restaurant for dinner, Chez Dany ticks all the boxes.

 

W Hotel – Sushi and Tapas bar

 

You may be in the Alps but that doesn’t mean you have to stick to cheese fondue or tartiflette. If you aren’t prepared to take a nap afterwards, the W hotel is the place to go. The Carve Sushi bar where you can enjoy refined Japanese cuisine washed down with sake is sleek and cool in design, the sashimi is not to be missed either.

 

Alternatively, take a front seat to the action at Eat-Hola tapas bar and watch the chefs prepare gourmet Spanish specialities. Headed up by the two Michelin star Spanish chef; Sergi Arola it’s a spectacle in itself. Just ask the chef for his speciality of the day.

 

Au Vieux Verbier

 

Run by the same family for over 35 years, Au Vieux Verbier has long established itself on local market cuisine. Rich and sumptuous dishes are served in a warm and friendly atmosphere. ‘Potence’ (tender flame grilled meat) which it is famous for is a must try.

 

Being located slap bang in the centre of resort, it’s ideal if you don’t want to stray too far from the action.

 

Where to stay

 

It’s no secret that Verbier is home to some of the finest luxury ski chalets in the Alps and during our short time in resort we saw many outstanding properties. To give you a taste we have picked out a few of our favourites which we hope will whet your appetite for a trip to this spectacular resort.

 

Chalet Spa Verbier

 

Having being very well looked after at this luxury ski chalet by manager Nick over the weekend, we may be a little biased when talking about Chalet Spa Verbier. But, believe us when we say that it’s a true gem.

 

Delightful in every way, it’s homely, warm and welcoming, yet sleek and contemporary, and of course has plenty of high tech features to take it up another level. From mirrors that magically turn into TVs, surround sound, iPad controlled lighting and entertainment to games consoles, Netflix and the beautiful cinema room. Having tested the full size deep and comfy sofas ourselves, they get a tick from us!

 

As you may have guessed the clue is in the name at this luxury ski chalet, the extensive spa facilities are a definite highlight. The stunning pool area with sauna and hammam is like a haven of tranquillity, whilst your only tough decision may be which hot tub to choose. The outdoor cedar tub on the terrace or the Jacuzzi on the pool level – both with stunning views.

 

Set down a private road, Chalet Spa Verbier really feels like your own boutique hotel and is perfect for both winter and summer.

 

Mon Izba

 

Perched high on the mountainside in the private and exclusive Sonalon area of Verbier, this luxury ski chalet is certainly worth shouting about. As you can imagine the views are breathtaking but it’s also home to one of the most impressive pools in Verbier. Framed by a huge floor to ceiling picture window, which can be opened to let in the fresh mountain air, uninterrupted views of the pistes dominate. Upstairs, this luxury ski chalet is full of character and with features such as a glass chandeliers and grand fittings the level of luxury is sublime.

 

Sleeping up to 12 people, you won’t be lost to find your own corner of heaven here too. As well as the pool, there is a sauna, hammam, relaxation area, cinema room, gym, outdoor hot tub, massage room, bar and TV room.

 

Pierre Avoi

 

Step through the door of this luxury ski chalet and you’ll be in awe of its charming good looks and postcard perfect exterior. Set in the upper part of Verbier known as Plan Praz, its private and peaceful location is ideal for unwinding after a day on the slopes. The light and open-plan living area is just the spot for gathering around the fire in the early evenings to take in the imposing views of the mountains. Or if you prefer a little quiet time there is a second TV area downstairs, just make sure to get in there before the kids turn it into their own den!

 

Chalet Pierre Avoi does not disappoint outdoors either. Sit in the bubbling hot tub on the extensive south-facing terrace, as the kids whizz past on sledges on the gentle slope which sits beside the chalet. You’ll also find a large outdoor firepit, just ask for marshmallows and hot chocolate!

 

 

Rosalp 3

 

It’s all about location at Chalet Rosalp 3 (well, mostly). Set in a new development in the heart of the resort, you’ll have your own private slice of luxury here, yet are only ever a hop, skip and jump away from the Medran lift and buzzing town centre. Though you may find it hard to leave this luxury ski chalet, once you’ve settled down into its deep comfy sofas. Beautifully finished, Chalet Rosalp 3 is effortlessly cool – think warm woods complemented by plenty of modern fixtures.

 

Outdoors the sunny south-facing terrace looks out onto a lovely garden area, ideal for snowman building, whilst the adults enjoy a glass of Vin Chaud with mountain views in the background.

 

 

Chalet Dent Blanche

 

A stay at Chalet Dent Blanche is like having your own private sanctuary. The grand living area sits at its heart. Put together double height ceilings and windows, chunky wooden beams, huge squashy sofas with fur throws, the fluffiest of rugs, a roaring fireplace as well as a fine eye for detail and modern design features and you’ve got the epitome of alpine chic. It’s simply beautiful.

 

Sleeping up to 14 guests, there is so much space for everyone here. From the TV snug, the spacious cinema room, the gym and snow kissed terraces.

 

Of course a luxury ski chalet of this standard wouldn’t be complete without a beautiful spa too. With an indoor infinity pool, hammam, sauna and outdoor hot tub on offer, there’s certainly plenty of opportunity for pampering and relaxation.

 

And though you wouldn’t know it, you are just moments from the centre of Verbier at this luxury ski chalet. Discreetly tucked away amongst the trees your privacy is certainly not compromised.

 

>> View our collection of luxury ski chalets in Verbier

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