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Last updated: 23 September, 2022
Expert travel writer: Nicola Iseard

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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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering

Ski facilities

Ski in ski out
Shuttle to slopes
Ski rentals onsite
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Glacier Express

Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland[2.6 miles]

Europe’s most popular tourist train passes through an astonishing variety of landscapes: snow-covered peaks, desolate moors, limestone cliffs of the Rhine gorge, spiral tunnels and horseshoe curves.

Best for ages: 6+ | £140 | 7.5 hours

The Matterhorn

Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland[7.7 miles]

One of Europe’s highest, most recognisable and  most beautiful mountains with an iconic jagged-tooth form, soaring to 4,478m.

Best for ages: 6+ | Free | 1 night

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