Warning, before you continue reading I need to tell you Zermatt is addictive, once you have been you continue to have a yearning to go back. This is my second visit to Zermatt this year and I certainly plan on returning soon. (see article to previous visit here).
This visit I went with my daughter Cassia. Usually we go on a special Mother – Daughter trip each year but last year we never managed so it was extra special to finally be doing a trip together again. Not to forget that it was her 21st Birthday the Friday after we got back so it was also a bit of an early Birthday treat.
We stayed at the Riffelalp Resort 2222m is the highest spa resort in Europe. It also has the very best view of the Matterhorn that you could possibly dream of. Having fun in the 35° heated outdoor pool we almost felt as though we could reach out and touch the famous Matterhorn itself.
Keep reading for a pictorial view of “Riffelalp Resort 2222m – The Best Matterhorn View Experience Ever!”, plus a new helicopter experience as well as tips where to find the coolest mountain restaurants for lunch…
Riffelalp Spa Resort 2222m – The Best Matterhorn View Experience Ever!
Zermatt is totally car free so you may take the train from Visp or Täsch. Visp – Zermatt is a super pretty 1 hour train trip through the mountains so be prepared to have your breath taken away here.
Once in Zermatt you will be met by the Porter from the Riffelalp Resort 2222m who will take care of your bags and lead you to the Gonergrat train – just across the road. Note the late trains leave at 9:50 pm and 11:30 pm and there are no trains operating between 7:24 pm and 9:50 pm!
At the Riffelalp stop your bags will be placed on the hotel snow mobile and if you’re lucky you too can get a ride right to the hotel front door.
Otherwise it’s a 10 minute walk through what could be described as a touch of Narnia.
There are 65 rooms and 5 suites. Nearly all have a balcony with the breathtaking views of the Matterhorn.
We had a Matterhorn Superior room – approx 40 square meters with balcony and the best Matterhorn view ever. I loved the super comfy beds and pretty interiors with a rustic touch yet most up to date facilities. The bathrooms too are super nice with a lovely mix of grey marble and rustic wooden ceilings.
Currently you can choose between eating at the following three restaurants:
The elegant Restaurant with sun terrace.
«Italianità under the Matterhorn».
A cosy bar area with fireplace and sun terrace plus view of the Matterhorn.
Our favourite restaurant with it’s cosy atmosphere and pretty view of the Matterhorn. The menu consists of a combination of regional and mediterranean specialties.
See what we ate:
This is also where breakfast is served…
…unless you choose to have breakfast in your room.
This is seriously one of the most beautiful hotel spas ever. Apart from the fact that the outdoor pool has such a spectacular view, the indoor spa area also has lots to discover.
Be sure to try out the Schönbiel cave steam bath with a view of the Matterhorn…
Or venture into the secret world of the Chriitter -Grotta…
Ski In Ski Out
Of course being up at 2222m one of the coolest advantages is being able to simply start skiing right from the hotel front door. Not to worry if you haven’t brought your ski equipment with you as Bayard the onsite sports shop and rental will come to the rescue.
I was ever so lucky to try out the special Swiss Zai skis. Zai is a relatively young Swiss company and is the worldwide leader in the use of new and revolutionary materials during the ski manufacturing process. Find out more information here.
Fun with the sheep
Coming from New Zealand I of course had to have a little fun with the sheep…
Other indoor activities available:
- Table tennis and table football
- Playstation et Wii
- Billiard room
Outdoor activities from Riffelalp:
- Ski and snowbaording “Ski-in / ski-out”
- On tour with ski guide (included in the room rate), program on request
- Winter hiking
- Snowshoe walking
- Sledging at Rotenboden
Thank you so much for our wonderful stay, it will certainly remain with fond memories in our hearts – next visit we are going to have to try one of your special tours with the house guide!
Fastest Ski Lift in the World
Air Zermatt has a number of super cool helicopter trips available, but this time we took the most amazing flight from Zermatt up to the top of the ski slope. The best way ever to avoid the crowds and you can book it starting from CHF 70 per person – see here.
Cutest Photo Spot
You’ll find this wooden heart at Blauherd, 2571m
Trendiest mountain restaurants
You’ll find the trendiest mountain restaurants at the hamlet of Findeln. This was once a “Maiensäss”, where many Zermatt families lived and worked during the summer months, growing grain and grazing cattle.
These pictures were taken at Chez Vrony which is particularly famous for it’s hamburgers.
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