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Carlton Hotel, St Moritz

1967: Bardot climbs down from a juddering chopper. Gunther Sachs greets her. Her cases disappear as fast as she arrived, while all around her, specks of colour move on the horizon, circling, sliding, ascending and descending. Ski lifts dance on … Read more →

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Why It’s Essential That You Visit Switzerland at Least Once

Demand for holidays abroad is soaring following the relaxation of Covid guidelines earlier this year – some reports even suggest that demand is tenfold higher than in 2019! There are bound to be myriad places on prospective travellers’ shortlists … Read more →

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Baur au Lac, Zurich

The Credentials:

Sitting on the edge of Lake Zurich’s busy northern shore, Baur au Lac’s history goes back much further than any of the chic bars or glitzy boutiques that surround it. The hotel was first established in 1844 by … Read more →

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Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina

The credentials:

Situated in Pontresina, St Moritz’s understated sister, the Grand Hotel Kronenhof was one of the first Swiss mountain hotels and has been welcoming guests since 1848.

The charming neo-baroque building looks like a grand wedding cake and appears … Read more →

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Riders Hotel, Laax

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A green-style concept-destination hotel for free-skiers and chill-bunnies smack dab next to the Laax base station.

I had forgotten how smug I can feel relaxing and sipping bubbly Franciacorta in an Eames chair looking out of a huge … Read more →

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W Verbier

The credentials:

W Hotels are all about the young, rich and fabulous, and W Verbier—with its designer flair, photogenic art and perfect slope-slide location at 1,531 metres—is no exception. Open all year round and featuring a never-ending mix of activities, … Read more →

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'Whoever managed to get hold of the plot of land on which the hotel is built deserves a medal'

Hotel Matterhorn Focus

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A relatively new addition to Zermatt’s long-flourishing hotel scene (having opened back in 2007), the Hotel Matterhorn Focus is distinguished from its rivals two times over. First, its design is traditionally Swiss yet thoroughly modern—roaring fires, wood panelling … Read more →

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the lodge at night

The Lodge, Verbier

The Credentials:

Owned and frequented by Sir Richard Branson, luxury is at the forefront of this chalet’s appeal. With its all-inclusive set-up, guests can feast on the chef’s exquisitely prepared dishes, sample fine wines from The Lodge’s cellar, and enjoy … Read more →

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