LaVue Zermatt

Zermatt, Swiss Alps, Switzerland Book from Book from £369 per night

Understated luxury in a historic Swiss mountain village: 6 modern apartments for 4-10, with hotel services
LaVue is a small, decidedly exclusive collection of pristine designer apartments, perched high on a rocky spur overlooking the Swiss resort of Zermatt. It attracts a style-conscious clientele of families and groups of friends who come year-round for the breathtaking outdoor scenery (the resort is overshadowed by the mighty, Toblerone-shaped Matterhorn), and the vast range of activities on offer.

Owned by Rudy Julen (from one of the 4 separate Julen families who seem to own most of the resort), what makes these apartments so special is their plum location, hotel-style services and cool interiors. Rudy is a hobby sheep farmer, keeping 300 Blacknose Valois sheep in his spare time, and this detail has been imaginatively picked up by the apartments' interior designer. There are sheep-themed features throughout, from balls of wool and giant black-and-white photos to cosy sheepskins artfully draped over chairs. Even the lift linking the floors is lined with a sheep print.

Highs

  • Combines the privacy and relaxed vibe of a chalet with the services of a first-class hotel, including breakfast delivered to your door, a wellness area and a concierge
  • A mere 2-minute stroll down to the main square in buzzy Zermatt, a resort where many chalets and hotels are out on a limb
  • Spacious, light-filled accommodation with lots of luxurious touches - bathrobes, Apple TVs with movies and a Nespresso
  • The flexibility of being able to self-cater some meals, order in others via room service, and stroll to great restaurants
  • All bedrooms can be set up as doubles or twins, and all have their own bathroom, so LaVue is perfect for couples, friends and families

Lows

  • No communal bar area or restaurant so it feels a little like the building lacks a heart
  • No pool, just a shared large whirlpool, wooden sauna and steam room
  • Expensive, but worth it

Best time to go

Winter is always busy, especially over Christmas and New Year. January is cold but the snow can be fantastic. February is busy and expensive so best avoided if possible. March is our favourite month; few crowds and generally sunny weather and great snow. The resort is very quiet in May, while June is a lovely month for spring flowers (springtime is later at this altitude). September and October are perfect hiking and biking months. Zermatt stages various festivals which pull in the crowds, including the groovy Zermatt Unplugged in April, and a classical music festival in late August.

Our top tips

Catch the ‘first tracks’ gondola up the Klein Matterhorn early in the morning to see the glittering sunrise and to ski virgin slopes. And don’t miss lunch at Chez Vrony, one of Zermatt’s celebrated mountain restaurants; a hang-out of the rich and beautiful (open both summer and winter).

Great for...

Family
Great Outdoors
Spa
  • Boutique Apartments
  • 6 apartments for 4-10
  • Breakfast, room-service meals, self catering, restaurants nearby
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Bicycles Available
  • Laundry Service
  • Wine cellar
  • Cinema room
Room:

Rooms

There are 6 self-contained apartments, ranging from 2-bedroom to 5-bedroom set-ups, with fully kitted-out kitchens, modern dining areas and relaxing sofa spaces where you can watch movies on an Apple TV. The overall style is crisp, pared back and contemporary; kitchens are all slinky dark slate while bedrooms feature light wood, pale stone and cream woollen curtains. Pops of colour come from scarlet cushions and sheep-themed arty installations, such as fluorescent balls of wool stuck on walls above the beds. The theme is taken even further with a sheep-shaped soap in each ensuite shower bathroom, along with lovely Bogner toiletries. Larger room(s) in each apartment also have deep roll-top baths - heaven after a day on the slopes.

All 6 apartments are decorated similarly, though the biggest, Panorama, is undoubtedly king of the castle. Set in the eaves with 5 bedrooms, it features a state-of-the art remote-controlled gas fireplace and stylish sheepskin chairs to snuggle into.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • CD player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Ipod dock
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

The apartments are booked on a B&B basis, and breakfast is served to you at the table in your apartment. LaVue has a professional kitchen so can prepare hot options such as pancakes and waffles on request, but the standard offering is yogurt, fresh fruit, bread and pastries, and cold cuts of local meats and cheeses.

Later, there are 3 options for dinner: guests can have a professional chef cook for them in their apartments; family-style dinners can be delivered, consisting of 3 ready-made courses of ‘casual dining’ such as fondue or various surf and turf options; or else regular hotel-style room service can be called upon (with options including lasagne, risotto and pizza). Downstairs there's a wine cellar, if you want to pick out something special to accompany your meal.

Otherwise, guests can self-cater in their sleek kitchens (grocery shops nearby) or dine out in one of Zermatt’s many excellent restaurants. LaVue’s sister hotel, The Europe, has an excellent restaurant. We feasted there on sweet pumpkin soup followed by a rich, almost chocolatey, osso bucco with courgette risotto. Pud was an extraordinary kirsch parfait with pineapple in verbena juice.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Chef on request
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Meal delivery service
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Shopping service
  • Toaster
  • Basic supplies
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Zermatt is a world-class, snow-sure ski resort, rising to a dizzily skiable 3880m. The skiing is extensive and, given that there is a glacier, year-round, too. The concierge can organise boot/equipment hire and ski passes
  • Try heli-skiing - expensive but utterly worth it for the jaw-dropping scenery and circuit of the Matterhorn itself
  • Spend a day snow-shoeing - there are numerous trails to follow
  • In summer, guests can hike or mountain climb (the lifts all run year-round). There are numerous peaks over 4000m and Zermatt has a rich mountaineering history ever since the Matterhorn was first scaled in 1865
  • You can hire mountain bikes if you'd prefer to explore on 2 wheels
  • Water-skiing is popular, on the lake just down the valley in Tasch
  • Back at LaVue, reward tired limbs with a soak in the whirlpool, a blast of heat in the sauna or a massage. There's a cinema room for further unwinding, with a big DVD library

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Hiking
    • Mountain biking
    • Museums / galleries
    • Nightlife
    • Shopping / markets
    • Skiing
    • Snow-shoeing
    • Water skiing

Kids

Zermatt as a resort is keen to attract families and LaVue, while seeming rather cool and adult-oriented, makes them very welcome. Dining-wise, things couldn't be easier: each apartment has a full kitchen, breakfast is delivered to your door, and there are flexible options for other meals. Entertainment-wise, you'll find board games and children’s DVDs in your apartment, as well as Apple TV ready-loaded with children’s viewing. There's a cinema room for big film screenings near reception.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

All the apartments work well for families given their spaciousness and privacy, allowing for noisy little ones to run around without disturbing other guests. All bedrooms can be set up as doubles or twins and most are spacious enough to accommodate a baby cot too.

Babysitting:

A nanny service is available both during the day and in the evening

Baby equipment:

Baby cots and high chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Each apartment comes with a full kitchen, breakfast is included in the rates. You can also order room service, ready made meals to heat up, or a private chef service. There are also masses of family-friendly restaurants within walking distance

Kids Activities on site:

  • Cinema room
  • Board games and DVDs in each apartment
  • Pre-loaded Apple TV
  • Bicycles (from 4yrs upwards) and electric mountain bikes (for 14yrs upwards) to borrow

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Skiing and snowboarding (including ski school)
  • Ice skating and ice hockey
  • Hiking and mountain biking on the wide network of trails around Zermatt
  • Swimming and boat trips in Alpine lakes

Distances:

  • Airport: Geneva (240km)
  • Shops, including a pharmacy: 5-10 minutes' walk
  • Medical centres: 10 minutes' walk. An air ambulance can fly to Zermatt Hospital in 10 mins
Kid Friendly: switch to 2nd pic when winter

Location

LaVue is spectacularly located on a rocky spur above Zermatt. The town sits in the south of Switzerland on its border with Italy. It is 240km east of Geneva, 230km south of Bern and 260km north of Turin. Note that it is a car-free town.

By Air:
You can fly into Geneva from all over Europe and from most countries across the world. You can also fly into Zurich, Bern and Milan. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.

From the Airport
Take the train or hire a car (see below).

By Train:
It’s easiest to come by train. International connections will take you to Brig or Visp, from where you change onto the
Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn railway, which goes right into the centre of Zermatt. The hotel will collect you from here.

By Car:
Zermatt is car-free, so you'll need to park in Täsch 8km up the valley and take a shuttle train in. If you want to hire a car, see our car rental recommendations. Speed cameras are everywhere in Switzerland, so beware!

Detailed directions will be sent when you confirm a booking through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Switzerland and getting around

Airports:

  • Geneva 240.0 km GVA
  • Bern 230.0 km BRN

Other:

  • Beach 200.0 km
  • Shops 1.0 km
  • Restaurant 1.0 km

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