Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Zermatt

Backstage Hotel
Heinz Julen's Backstage Hotel in Zermatt boldly offers guests the chance to live inside art and replicate the story of Genesis in the spa.
Gornegrat
Expect gorgeous views and gentle slopes at Gornegrat; that is, until they turn steep and test your carving technique.
Lusi Restaurant
Despite the five-star pretensions of its parent hotel, The Lusi Restaurant is all about laid-back Mediterranean style; celebrity guests add to its cachet.
Bayard Sport & Fashion
Bayard Sport & Fashion offers skis and snowboards aplenty; expect quality and service with a smile.
Glacier Sport
Stock up on all-important ski essentials at Glacier Sport; if you can't find something here, you won't find it anywhere.
Swiss Ski School
Hohtalli
Hohtalli offers world-famous skiing for advanced skiers and snowboarders; adrenaline guaranteed.
Schwarzee
Despite being somewhat overlooked, Schwarzee is one of our favourite places to slice across the snow. Here's why; steep slopes weaving between trees, beautiful white powder and routes that will test even the most skilled skier. Need we say more?
Sunnegga
As something of a ski resort in its own right, Sunnegga offers ski bunnies challenging slopes and lashings of superstar style.
Gornergrat Railway
The Gornergrat Railway is where you'll find the cogwheel train; as a functioning museum piece, it'll take you up the mountain in old school-style.
Chalet Zermatt Peak
A truly celeb-worthy stay; Chalet Zermatt Peak has all the makings of a Zermatt classic, where luxury comes as standard.
Slalom Sport
Ski up at Slalom Sport, with the most extensive range of skiwear, equipment and accessories in Zermatt. What's not to love? Go.
Summit Ski School
Those who come first win? Apparently so, as Summit was the first ski school to have opened in Zermatt and it's still flourishing.
Le Gitan
Meat is the thing at Le Gitan, where the mouthwatering menu would satisfy even the most bloodthirsty carnivore.
Kleine Matterhorn
Get high at Kleine Matterhorn, whose top reaches 3,320-metres; with thin air and super-steep slopes, even the most hardcore skier will be kept on their frostbitten toes.
Five Luxury Ski Chalets in Zermatt
A round up of five of the best luxury ski chalets in Zermatt, one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the Alps sitting under the gaze of the Matterhorn
Mountain Tracks Guides
Stay safe, improve your technique and explore further with well travelled guides.
Toboggan Runs
The toboggan runs in Zermatt can be fun, but they're also used by skiers and snowboarders so check beforehand.
Mont Cervin
Arguably the most lavish spa in Zermatt - if not Switzerland - Mont Cervin offers spa junkies 1,700-square-metes of awe-inspiring amenities.
Stoked
A little healthy competition is good, and that's certainly the case at Stoked; as the original challenger to the Swiss Ski School, this place shows amateurs how it's down with razor-sharp teaching techniques.
Chesa Valese
What Chesa Valese lacks in size it certainly makes up for in style, with a beautiful basement setting that offers a sauna, steam room, whirlpool and solarium.
Mirabeau Spa
Mirabeau Spa caters predominantly to the hotel of the same name, but is open to the public, too; the Finnish sauna is its crowning glory.
Brian Farqueson
Now one of the most highly respected ski guides in the area, Brian Farqueson will ensure you're more than ready to hit the powder.
Christoph Petrig
Ski skills need brushing up on? Contact Christoph Petrig, who'll have you up and on those slopes in no time.
Klaus Tscherig
Klaus Tscherig is more than ski-savvy; if he can't get you sliding down the slopes, nobody can.
Hotel Riffelberg
Stunning views and mouthwatering food. What more could you need? Check out the restaurant at Hotel Riffelberg for the cream of the slope-based crop.
Testa Grigia
Head for heights? Head, er, head to Testa Grigia; at 3,480-metres you'll need a stomach to appreciate its hearty Italian fare and comfortable accommodations.
Fluhalp
Chalet chic is all the rage, and it's no more evident than at Fluhalp; with one of the best terraces in Zermatt, there's no better place to enjoy a sundowner.
Gandegghutte
Italian-inspired mountain food is the name of the game at Gandegghutte; highly recommended is the spag-bol.
Chez Vrony
Looking for fine-dining on the mountain? Call off the search, Chez Vrony is here to cater for your every whim; expect mouthwatering mountain good and a wine list so extensive you're sure to stumble down the slope on the way home.
Findlerhof
Although Findlerhof may not be as renowned as Chez Vrony, it is certainly as good; a mouthwatering menu is backed up by razor-sharp service. What else do you want?
Vernissage
Style and sophistication abound at Vernissage, where discerning drinkers can indulge in a cocktail or three before taking a look around the in-house art gallery.
Zum See
If Zum See is good enough for Sir Richard Branson's New Year's Eve parties, then it's certainly good enough for us.
Schneewittchen
Found beneath Papperla, Schneewittchen is all about low ceilings and pumping dance music; the Swiss crowd can't get enough.
The T Bar
Found in the basement of The Hotel Pollux, The T Bar is where the apres-ski party's at with live music and a rowdy crowd of young revellers.
Hotel Post
Young skiers flock to The Hotel Post for strong drinks and good jazz; a simple formula that's cemented its position on Zermatt's apres-ski scene.
North Wall
As the ultimate insider's hangout, the North Wall is where resort workers flock to unwind after long shifts tending to demanding ski bunnies.
Papperla
Expect live music and a boisterous crowd that spills out on the street outside at Papperla.
Elsie’s
Indulge in a platter of oysters and a flute or three of Champagne at Elsie's, something of an institution around these parts.
The Whymper-Stube
Named after a team of extremely brave climbers, The Whymper-Stube offers hearty food in warm, intimate surroundings.

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