Experimental Chalet – Verbier, Switzerland
First New York, Paris, London, Venice and Ibiza, and now, the Experimental Group has brought its unique hospitality brand to the Swiss slopes of Verbier, where après ski is an art form. We’ve never seen a ski hotel quite like this, with its art deco interior design seamlessly blended with chalet authenticity. Bold pink and marine coloured walls and retro furniture are the handiwork of the Italian interior designer Fabrizio Casiraghi. Even the staff have super cool uniforms.
This is cosmopolitan living brought to the pistes, with the Farm Club downstairs for those who like to swap their ski boots for dancing shoes (there’s a VIP entrance at reception!) and the main entrance to the hotel is the cocktail bar. This is the place for après ski, pre dinner aperitifs or cocktails before dancing (that’s after the rum punch in the boot room…) Experimental Chalet is in the heart of the village – just a few minutes’ walk from the shops, bars and restaurants, and it has its own shuttle service to take you to the lifts.
At A Glance
Why We Love It:It's quirky & cool with a great spa.
Style:Retro-cool, art deco & mountain chic.
Location:In the heart of the village. It has a shuttle service to the ski lifts.
Rooms:39 rooms & suites.
Swimming:In their spa jacuzzi.
Children:Very family friendly with interconnecting room options, & babysitting can be arranged.
Ideal For:Those seeking a fresh take on the traditional Alps escape.
Open From:All year round.
Price:Weekly price from CHF 7,100 per room.
There are no exposed beams or marble floors here… The décor is retro chic, with oil paintings on the walls, velvet headboards, and navy blue and white tiled bathrooms. Most of the rooms have balconies, and all of them are spacious with supremely comfortable king size beds and mini bars stocked with home made cocktails and hip flasks to take skiing. We particularly love the Verbier Suite with its own jacuzzi on the terrace.
The chef here is “Frenchie” Greg Marchand, a Jamie Oliver prodigée, who has put his own contemporary stamp on such French and Swiss classics as rösti and our favourite – tartiflette. There’s a chef’s table and a fabulous selection of sharing plates. Breakfasts are robust and filling, with homemade granola, delicious freshly baked bread – the sourdough is fabulous – and there’s a snack hour every afternoon. All the produce is mostly sourced regionally and much of the wine comes from local valleys.
With treatments designed to restore your body and skin after a day on the slopes, you’ll want to visit the Spa here. There are three treatment rooms, a Jacuzzi, hammam and a solarium.
Verbier offers plenty of activities in summer and winter, for both skiers and non-skiers including; Skiing, Snowboarding, Heliskiing, Ski Touring, Cross-country skiing, Dog Sledding, Snow Shoeing, Snow Cat Driving, Snowmobile Driving, Sledging, Yoga, Pilates, Walking, Ice Climbing, Paragliding, Fat Biking, Horse Riding, Visit the sports centre or museum, Swimming or Spa.
Pure energy pulses through the magical mountains of Verbier in summer. Delicately perched at 1,500m on a sunny plateau, you can enjoy breath-taking views of the glorious Massif des Combins. Wander the classically alpine village of slate-roofed chalets, or venture into the magnificent surroundings. Explorers are spoilt for choice, with over five hundred kilometres of hiking trails and over eight hundred kilometres of biking trails, complete with everything from daring descents to relaxing picnic spots.
In this special region, there are tons of other remarkable activities on offer. The unique Alaïa Bay houses a surf wave basin for beginners to experts, whilst the Esserts Golf Course has one of the most impressive backdrops in the world. For true thrill-seekers, the Mont-Fort zipline has no substitute, travelling over one kilometre at over one hundred kilometre per hour! Look to explore the wonderful Verbier with Experimental Chalet today.
Deep in the heart of the village, with nearby shops, bars, & restaurants a short walking distance away. Experimental Chalet also offers its own shuttle service to the ski lifts.