Securing a booking at this intimate, sky-high hotel is as difficult as staying upright on the Lauberhorn descent, and with very good reason: the architecturally striking 16-room property has set a new tone for Swiss ski stays. A former cable car station capping a vertiginous peak overlooking the dramatic Rhône Valley, Chetzeron has been transformed into sleek and sophisticated ski-in, ski-out accommodation. There are no cow bells here: it's all concrete porticos, original stone walls and natural oak panelling. The spa is the hotel's hub, pairing mountain vistas with state-of-the-art equipment. Soak in the heated outdoor pool, sweat out après-ski indulgences in the steam room and sauna, or loosen sore muscles with a massage provided by a MA-URI Healing Arts graduate. The relaxation room - like many of the suites - offers swoon-worthy views of both the Matterhorn's pyramidal peak and Mont Blanc's brooding silhouette. For those looking to refuel, the chic Chetzeron Restaurant offers pitch-perfect alpine cuisine and a superb wine list that favours Valais-based viticulturalists. To top it all off, the hotel's eco credentials are on point: the water is heated through solar panels and power is produced with the help of photovoltaics.
Chetzeron, 3963 Crans-Montana