The mountains are calling your name. One mountain in particular, the Matterhorn, calls that little bit louder, her pitch that bit sharper, carrying it across the surrounding hillsides, across countries and seas in fact, all the way to your desk on a grey Friday afternoon. One more sleep.
As you arrive in resort the following day and step off the train, you catch your first glimpse of her in the flesh, towering above Zermatt ever watching and standing guard. This first sighting is only improved as you now gaze upon her from the balcony of Chalet Aria, glass of champagne in hand; you made it.
Your home for the week is filled with creature comforts, and perfectly positioned to enjoy the spoils of Zermatt to the max. Just a 2-minute saunter from the front door and you will find yourself in the centre of the peaceful car-free town, gazing upon the iconic Kirchplatz. Pop in to Elsie’s bar for a cocktail or some oysters, it’s a Zermatt institution after all. Stroll down the Bahnhofstrasse and browse the fashion boutiques and pick up delicious hand made chocolates or a piece of sacher torte from Fuchs bakery.
Zermatt offers so much and you want to experience it all. Your helpful chalet concierge team is there to ensure that you do; they can arrange activities, sort bike hire and arrange restaurant bookings across the week so you only need arrive and immediately the vacation begins. Chalet Aria is the perfect space in which to pass a stylish and entertaining week – or two if you can spare them.
The interiors are the perfect balance of traditional Alpine charm, and sleek modern design. A log burner with towering stone chimneybreast takes centre stage in the vast open plan living and dining area. Double height ceilings and huge picture windows make this a light, bright and airy space to spend quality time in. Two chesterfield armchairs in rich mahogany-coloured leather give a classical opulence to the room and are the perfect spot for warming your toes by the fire with a glass of wine and a good book.
For further indulgence head to the ground floor, and take a soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi which can be booked privately when you’re ready for some ‘me time’. Better still, book a massage in the treatment room also located on the ground floor and treat your legs to some serious therapy ready to head back up the mountain. There’s a gym here too – but that can wait, can’t it?
Each bedroom, individually and tastefully styled, offers private space when you need it, with flat screen TV’s and huge luxurious bathrooms. Holidays are about spending quality time together though, and you will revel in this both on and off the mountain. You reach the lifts in two minutes by the handy electric bus which stops outside your door, and no time is wasted exploring the exciting slopes – and restaurants - on the Swiss and Italian side of resort. The verdict; the pasta at Chez Eoile in Cervinia is really unbeatable, but Chez Vrony on the Swiss side takes the points for the best Matterhorn view.
Bedroom 1 - Twin/double with en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 2 - Twin/double with en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 3 - Twin/double with en-suite shower room
Bedroom 4 - Twin/double with private shower room
Nearest Beach N/A
Sion (SIR): 1h 30m / 80km
Milan (MXP): 3h / 175km
Geneva (GVA): 3h 15m / 240km
Zurich (ZHR): 3h 40m / 260km
There is something wonderfully comforting and indulgent about having somebody else take control of the kitchen. When that person is a talented chef with hands-on experience in high-end restaurants, you know you’re in for a mouth-watering treat. We handpick our villa partners for their beautiful properties, stand out service and their dedication to gastronomy. Here’s a taste of what you can expect when staying in one of our catered villas:
When you awake from your dreamy sleep you can rest assured that breakfast has been taken care of and awaits you. Freshly squeezed oranges and healthy fruit juices along with a selection of delicious teas and coffee are just the start. Yoghurts, crispy cereals, fresh fruits and a tempting display of fresh breads & delicate pastries complete the table. Your chef will also prepare a daily cooked hot option for you - how do you like your eggs? If creamy porridge with honey or simply toast hits the spot, just ask, it’s on the menu. With breakfast taken care of all you have to do is decide how to spend the day. A trip to a stunning beach or perhaps time relaxing by your own private pool – decisions, decisions! Life can be tough …….
Whether you’d prefer to have your chef prepare a wonderful spread at lunchtime or alternatively you’d like to dine al-fresco under the stars, the choice is yours. With an emphasis on using specially selected fresh local and seasonal ingredients you will be served a melt-in-the-mouth meal befitting of a Michelin starred restaurant. From sun soaked BBQ’s on the terrace to delicious locally inspired menus, your chef will be in touch with you personally before your arrival to discuss your preferences.
The villa provides house wines, beers, a drinks tray of two bottles of house spirits and mixers. Champagne is served with canapés on 6 nights of your stay.
The chef is happy to cater to specific dietary requirements. Just let us know about any special requests regarding dietary requirements such as gluten free options. Maybe you’re celebrating a birthday? A cake bedecked with candles can be arranged or maybe just favourite dishes, nothing is too much trouble, just ask. Maybe you’d like an earlier high tea for the youngest children? We will do our very best to ensure that your wishes are granted.