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.
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.
Le Gitan
Meat is the thing at Le Gitan, where the mouthwatering menu would satisfy even the most bloodthirsty carnivore.
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.
Mountain Tracks Guides
Stay safe, improve your technique and explore further with well travelled guides.
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.
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.
Schneewittchen
Found beneath Papperla, Schneewittchen is all about low ceilings and pumping dance music; the Swiss crowd can't get enough.
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.
The Whymper-Stube
Named after a team of extremely brave climbers, The Whymper-Stube offers hearty food in warm, intimate surroundings.
The Pipe
Fancy an informal eatery that doesn't take itself too seriously? Then the Pipe is the place, with a relaxed menu and an even more relaxed clientele.
Lanna Thai
Looking for tantalising Thai? Call off the search; Lanna Thai offers the best in the biz with awe-inspiring Asian, and then some.
Heimberg
Wine shop-cum-bar-cum-restaurant Heimberg has a focus on wine, and then some. Expect to get sozzled.
Romantik Hotel Julen
As is suggested by its name, Romantik Hotel Julen has romantic, rustic interiors that would melt the heart of even the most stone-hearted skier.
Hotel Sonne
The Hotel Sonne is worth the steep slog up to its entrance; inside are fabulous four-star interiors and a real family-run vibe.
Hotel Alex
The Hotel Alex has all the makings of an Hg2 favourite, with an in-house swimming pool and tennis courts; the rooms aren't half bad, either. In fact, they're rather lovely.

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