The Resort: Zermatt (Switzerland). This world class summer and winter resort has so much tradition and heritage as well as a magnificent very near neighbour; the spectacular Matterhorn Mountain which overlooks the entire region. Everything is here with a combination of a great selection of restaurants, bars, coffee shops and other interesting diversions, plus shops and boutiques which offer high fashion alongside jewellery and endless brands of watches. In contrast, there are many ancient farm buildings tucked away where livestock still live during the winter months. The heliport provides both fabulous scenic trips as well as quick transfers as the main access is only by train: the upper part of Zermatt is car-free.
What is rare are ski-in, ski out chalets, the only area where they can be found is the Winkelmatten. This is known as the "Beverly Hills" of Zermatt and has some fantastic restaurants and bars, children's play areas and shops.
The chalet: The White Pearl, just to emphasise its superb position, you can ski through the snow covered meadow and down to the Klein Matterhorn Express, alternatively, you can ski back down to the Moosweg ski-run. An oblique but true point; it is the only stand-alone chalet that has an indoor swimming pool. In the modern but atmospheric interior, there is also a Hammam, sauna, massage room and an outdoor hot-tub. On the lower ground floor are a cinema room, games area, wellness area and bar.
The ground floor has a spacious entrance, a dining area that can seat 14 comfortably, a lounge with an open fire, TV, DVD and wireless internet and a library niche.
The lift will suit the less agile guests. There is a complimentary taxi service, until dinner, to access to the village centre, it takes four minutes in an ‘electro’ taxi. Alternatively, it is a pleasant 15 minute walk.
The chalet sleeps ten to twelve guests. The first floor comprises of two large en suite double bedrooms with balconies and Matterhorn views. The third bedroom can either be a king size double bedroom or a quad room for a group of up to four younger guests (there are two extra full size pull down bunk beds that can make this room a great den for children), this bedroom has an adjacent private bathroom.
The second floor has two suites with balconies and fantastic Matterhorn views and open fires. Each suite has a large double bedroom with a free-standing bath, en suite bathroom with shower/WC. The master suite has a separate lounge/dressing room with a fireplace and the second suite has an open-plan lounge and dressing room.