Travelling during a pandemic is currently leaving a big question mark for many people. Travel is permitted within Switzerland, provided health and safety measures are met. However many are afraid or think it is not correct to be travelling right now.
I have given this topic a lot of thought. A comment made by a doctor friend really summed it all up. He said that COVID-19 is making the majority of the population sick. Not necessarily because of the virus itself, but most certainly because of the restrictions brought about as a result.
My personal view on travel right now is that provided there are appropriate measures in place and you are not together with a huge crowd of people, the occasional few days away can do wonders for helping to cope better with the current situation. Last week I spent a couple of fabulous days at the Mont Cervin Palace (part of the Michel Reybier Hospitality group) in Zermatt with my dear friend Izabela from @Bella_zofia.
We didn’t go skiing on Saturday with the crowds, but we had fun on the mountain in a unique and different way (you’ll have to keep reading to find out more – smile!). It was absolutely amazing to be able to eat in a restaurant again. Not to mention the devine experience of having a fitness room all to myself for half an hour. I literally came back to Zurich feeling like a new person.
Zermatt itself is being very cautious about COVID-19. Masks are compulsory in almost all outdoor spaces with plenty of police ensuring people adhere to the safety rules. There are strict restrictions regarding the number of people in the spa and gym areas of the Mont Cervin Palace. The restaurant too has big screens separating tables and every party has to register via the tracing app when they eat in a restaurant even though they are staying at the hotel. Despite all the precautions in place all the staff were amazingly friendly and helpful. We really felt spoilt during our whole stay. One could really feel the “hospitality by heart”.
Keep scrolling for a pictorial view of “Mont Cervin Palace, Zermatt – Travelling during a Pandemic”.
Mont Cervin Palace, Zermatt – Travelling during a Pandemic
Month Cervin Palace is a 10 minute walk from the train station but the hotel will pick you up in one of their electric cars and after the end of January their horse and carriage will also be available – this is the most awesome experience.
Our first stop after arrival was a spot of lunch in the bar area. More pictures of it further down.
Then it was time to check into our lovely suite…
You can choose between Chalet Style or elegant Alpine style rooms. All the rooms in the Mont Cervin Palace have been designed with huge attention to detail and have a fantastic view of the Matterhorn or the snow-capped four-thousanders.
This was our suite:
Complete with beautiful balcony and full Matterhorn view.
The creme de la creme of all rooms however is the Matterhorn suite with it’s opulent 2 storied window front looking directly onto the Matterhorn. We couldn’t resist a little photo shoot inside…
After settling into our room it was time to explore Zermatt a little. All the lovely shops are currently closed but it was still ever so pretty walking through town and seeing all the lovely traditional wooden houses. Note the super strict mask rules everywhere.
Super hungry after our long travels and exciting day…
Dinner on the first evening was in the Grill Le Cervin. A lovely rustically designed restaurant with open fireplace in which the chef really does prepare certain dishes – great fun to watch!
What we ate…each course paired with the most beautiful wine. The red pictured below is a favourite of mine and the vineyard also belongs to the Michel Reybier Hospitality group.
Dinner on the second evening was in the cosy Joseph’s Bar and Terrace. A classy, stylish bar with wonderful live music playing each evening.
Highlight of the evening being the wonderful crepes suzette prepared and served to us at our table…
There is also a special smokers lounge (entrance pictured above) and during normal times a real gourmet paradise of other restaurants to choose from – see here.
The first morning we ate in the official breakfast room… A fabulous buffet awaiting us leaving no wish unturned. Carefully wrapped portions for safety with great care ensuring the food still looked super delicious.
The second morning we chose to have breakfast in our room. Quite simply the most amazing experience sitting there eating Devine pastries and fresh fruit whilst soaking up a full sunny Matterhorn view…
Our second day was a real adventure, with the most awesome picnic box created especially for us by Mont Cervin Palace. We took the Gornergrat train up the mountain, getting off at Rotenboden to find our perfect picnic spot.
Creating a real stir with people watching us from afar. Funny enough when I held half a bottle of champagne up asking if anyone wanted it, it took literally 2 seconds before it was swept out of my hands by a thankful onlooker – haha!
Spa and Fitness
Our third day started with a little fitness followed by relaxing time by the pool and spa area.
Currently only 4 people are allowed in the fitness room at once and only for a 60 minute period at a time to give everyone a chance. Both Izabela and I were lucky enough to have the room totally to ourselves each time we went.
This concludes our wonderful 3 days in Zermatt during a pandemic…
My sincere advice would be to look after your mental health and treat yourself to a mini break. For those of you not yet there, there are also mental health benefits to simply planning a trip. Here is an interesting article found in the National Geographic.
For more tips about exciting things to do in Zermatt check out:
Dearest Mont Cervin Palace
Thank you so much for having us, we left feeling totally in awe and wanting to come back!
A special thanks again to the amazing staff who made sure we felt at home and catered to our every wish with a huge smile!
For Bookings contact:
Mont Cervin Palace
Tel. +41 27 966 88 88
Fax +41 27 966 88 99
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