With a choice of luxury rooms or private apartments showcasing contemporary alpine styling, Maisons Matthiol in Zermatt is the ideal jumping-off point for skiers, hikers and climbers wishing to immerse themselves in the snowy panorama overlooked by the Matterhorn
The mountain resort of Zermatt has long been regarded as the pearl of European skiing destinations, with its snow-capped panoramas, spectacular runs and endless slopes overlooked by the magnificent white peak of the Matterhorn. In summer, wildflowers blossom on pristine, cow-grazed meadows, with the highest range of mountains in the Alps becoming a haven for fair-weather trekkers and climbers, traversing stony paths, with chamois and ibex goats grazing all around.
As a special treat for cheese lovers, during the winter months, the Fondue Igloo sets up tents in the garden of Maisons Matthiol — a trio of transparent-walled ‘igloos’ offering exquisite cheese fondues, but also spectacular views of the starry night sky spanning from peak to peak. All of this is topped off with attentive staff whose professionalism is second to none.
The Hotel Matthiol is situated in Zermatt’s Winkelmatten region — the perfect place for a relaxing vacation and a great base for a range of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and skiing. Based directly on the slopes, it even offers a ski-in/ski-out option.
All 33 of the boutique hotel’s rooms are furnished in a contemporary alpine style and radiate the warmth of a traditional yet modern mountain chalet. Some offer facilities including en suite wellness areas or magnificent views of the Matterhorn in the Alps.
On the other side of Zermatt, just a short walk from the central village and only a stone’s throw away from Sunegga ski lift, the hotel’s partner site, Matthiol Apartments, offers the perfect home from home. Nine serviced apartments host up to eight people each and come with cosy fireplaces, a fully equipped kitchen and generous wellness facilities. The spacious balconies offer partial views of the spectacular Matterhorn.
The house features a sauna, hammam and whirlpool bath as well as grocery deliveries and ski storage. The endless fun and family atmosphere makes Matthiol Apartments a paradise for alpine vacations.
There’s nothing quite like an invigorating day on the slopes to work up an appetite. A crackling fire tempts guests to sit and discover modern regional tastes at Filet et Fils restaurant. Local meats and cosmopolitan flavours fuse on the open grill and dishes are complemented with specially curated spices and oils. After dinner, the day’s memories can be savoured over a drink at the Swiss-style bar or on the charming terrace. During the winter months, the Fondue Igloo sets up Perspex tents in the hotel’s gardens. Here, visitors indulge in cheese fondues, while taking in the twinkling night sky and snow-tipped peaks.
Located just beneath the legendary north face of the Matterhorn at 7,218ft, is Restaurant Stafelalp. While the views feed the soul, the kitchen delivers authentic Swiss dishes on the terrace or steaming hot chocolate to the cosy chalets. Many paths lead to Stafelalp: guests ski in from the slopes, take the lift, or hike or bike on the Matterhorn Trail coming up from Schwarzsee lake.
The generous wellness facilities of the Matthiol Apartments’ spa are not to be missed. They include a purifying Finnish sauna, stress-relieving hammam and relaxing whirlpool bath.
Professional massages help guests unwind after a long day in the mountains and get them ready for upcoming adventures. The hotel’s spa suite offers various saunas, a steam bath and an outdoor whirlpool bath surrounded by stunning mountain scenes. There’s also a fitness centre for active guests looking to work up a sweat and get in tip-top condition.
Zermatt is the highest skiing region in Switzerland. Matterhorn Ski Paradise is located at an altitude of 12,740ft and sits right between Zermatt and Breuil-Cervinia. A wide variety of lifts connects approximately 224 miles of prepared slopes covering all levels of difficulty; many of which are snow-covered throughout the year.
And, for off-slope adventurers, free riding on the glaciers is an especially exciting way to enjoy the snow. Additionally, Zermatt is renowned for the heli-skiing it offers, for those who aim even higher.
When the snow melts, the season for hiking enthusiasts begins in earnest. The Matterhorn Trail is the most demanding ascent
in the Alps, often requiring an experienced guide and full equipment to conquer rocks, ice and peaks. Zermatt offers more than 249 miles of trails suitable for all levels of hikers. Following the routes twisting through fir trees, meandering along mountain brooks and clear lakes, hikers can not only challenge themselves, but also come to discover the varied fauna and flora of the Alps.
Tucking into a romantic winter dinner in the Fondue Igloo under the starry, alpine skies
Need to know
• 33 suite rooms and 9 private apartments
• 2 restaurants and bars
• Spa, outdoor whirlpool bath
• Pet-friendly stays
• Ski room/bike room
• Bike rental
• Free transfers to Zermatt
• 10-minute walk to Klein Matterhorn mountain lift