Beguiling atmosphere, sensational scenery, skiing for all levels – a world-class mountain resort that’s as busy in summer as winter.
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Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland|www.riffelalp.com|
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There are five-star ski hotels aplenty – but there’s only one Riffelalp.
Set in a small hamlet 2,200m up the mountain, above the town of Zermatt, it’s an isolated spot, but one that’s worth the (exciting) ride up (by train, then snowmobile), and one you won’t want to leave.
As you would expect from a five star, it comes with the usual complement of beautifully appointed, cosy bedrooms, fine dining, and exceptional spa facilities, making any stay an extremely comfortable one.
What really sets it apart is the jaw-dropping view over the magnificent Matterhorn – best appreciated from the steamingly warm inside/out pool.
It’s great for families, with plenty for the kids. There are other thrilling activities on offer, if you tire of skiing (or come in summer).
And given the location, it is of course ski in ski out that makes slope access so wonderfully quick and easy. Everything you need can be rented on site too.
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