We all know that this summer is a bit different from other summers, especially when it comes to travels. With the boarders being reopened but many cancellations and quarantines popping out of the blues, lots of Swiss people have decided to indulge themselves in a staycation instead of risking themselves travelling abroad. And to be fair, scrolling down my feed on Instagram, and seeing all the beautiful landscapes my friends have seen and mesmerizing lakes they swum in to, it reminded me that my country, Switzerland, is a little gem itself. And it has so much to offer if you’re willing to take the road.
And that’s what’s Charles and I did last week, although we didn’t technically took the road for we don’t drive yet, but we jumped in a train with Seven and his nanny, and headed to Verbier – more precisely to the W Verbier hotel.
I don’t remember having ever been to Verbier before, so to me the whole little trip was a whole experience! We arrived by cable car which is a breathtaking way of reaching the village and it whisks you up to the very centre of Verbier. We immediately spotted the W Verbier – well to be fair it is hard to miss, the 5-star hotel is made of several luxurious chalets (typical Swiss Alps wooden houses) set around the village centre, a few meters only from the cable cars.
Some of you asked me on Instagram whether it truly makes sense to have a mountain trip during summertime – well you’d be surprised (because I’ve been surprised) by the number of activities you could do when staying at the W Verbier:
- Explore the iconic Alpine scenery : when we checked in we received Verbier Infinite Playground (VIP) Passes. Each pass included complimentary pedestrian access to Mont-Fort cable cars, as well as discounts on such summer activities as museums, miniature golf, and an adventure park.
- Go mountain biking! The entrance to Verbier Bike Park is located in front of the hotel.
- Do Yoga and Pilates while breathing fresh mountain air – the hotel’s Away SPA organises sessions regularly.
- Get tempted by activities like zip lining, summer ice climbing, paragliding, canyoning or rafting through glacial rivers.
While I’m certainly not a sport enthusiast, I for sure enjoyed the hotel’s food scene and SPA. While we were there we got to try the W Beach Lounge (that transforms into the famous W Off Piste Après-ski bar during wintertime) – a lovely spot with cool shaded lounges, deck chairs in the sand and a volleyball court. On evenings we got treated with modern cuisine at the W Kitchen restaurant, a bistronomy address that was a real coup de coeur for me as I love simple food with unexpected twists and fresh local ingredients. Oh and wine of course.
I know that being in Verbier for the first time I should have been explorent the surroundings and making the most of this alpine scenery, but the one thing I truly wanted during this stay was getting relaxed – and relax is something the W Verbier delivery without effort! Our room had a large and beautiful balcony where I could sat for hours with my coffee, enjoying that wood smell you only have in a real chalet and looking at the mesmerizing view on the mountains, the valley and the little cable cars gliding past. It was a perfect gateway!