Many people reach out to me looking for advice on visiting Switzerland, in-particular the Swiss Alps. I have created an easy itinerary of what I would recommend on your first visit to Switzerland. If you have more time, of course, I would recommend visiting so much more of Switzerland. But if it is just the … Read more Quick 3-day Itinerary for Switzerland (Swiss Alps)
1. Monte Generoso Mount Generoso offers breathtaking views of both Switzerland and Italy. There are many different hikes leading to the top, most of which you can find here. We have taken the shorter (4 hour) hike from the Bella Vista parking lot. You can take the train from Riva San Vitale, hike from Mendriso, … Read more 5 must-do hikes in Ticino, Switzerland
We have a view of Monte Generoso from our bedroom window and have wanted to hike it for years. Finally, this last weekend we made the climb. Mount Generoso offers breathtaking views of both Switzerland and Italy. We did a bit of research before climbing the mountain. There are a few options to get … Read more Climbing Monte Generoso in Switzerland
Positioned in a valley surrounded by magnificent Swiss Alps, lies the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz. I have heard so many excellent things about Bad Ragaz but, until now, I have not had a chance to visit. I was blown away by the experience and wish I’d visited sooner. It’s a perfect place for a vacation for relaxation and wellness. In fact, I think the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is like Disneyland for adults, as everything you could want is in one resort. It is not a resort just for mature adults, it caters to family and young couples. The diversity of choices for restaurants and activities offers something for everyone.
Bad Ragaz is famous for their healing waters, their 36.5 celsius thermal waters, the perfect bath temperature. They have an abundance of indoor and outdoor pools, spas and saunas. In total, there are over 7300 square meters of natural thermal pools in the resort. What an incredible feature to offer your hotel guests.
Nestled among Swiss mountain peaks, in Engadin valley, lies a paradise getaway, the Grand Hotel Kronenhof. The area boasts a number of luxury resorts but the impressive architecture of the Kronenhof in Pontresina will leave you feeling like you are in a fairy-tale. Magnificent views, gourmet dining and luxurious accommodations all contribute to your magical vacation.
We have visited the Engadin area during the summer, so of course the draw of winter sports had us wanting to return. Just a few kilometers drive (or train ride) from St. Moritz you arrive in the beautiful village of Pontresina. The Grand Hotel Kronenhof is the only 5-star hotel in town and delivers a true 5-star experience, sweeping you into a wonderful world of fun and relaxation.
This past week I had the opportunity to have a girls’ get-away to Zermatt and really enjoyed our stay at CERVO Moutain Boutique Hotel. Posh, yet charming, this hotel combines luxury and comfort. The Matterhorn is Switzerland’s most iconic mountain and the backdrop to the hotel.
Cervo offers chalets with a variety of rooms: from cozy, yet luxurious, to Rooftop Suites. They even have an Owners lodge available. In total there are 36 suites making this resort feel quaint, but yet it also includes all the comforts that are expected at a 5-star Resort.
When we arrived at the train station in Zermatt (almost immediately next to the train platform) was a phone for hotel pick-up, making it convenient to contact the hotel. The driver transported us only a few minutes up the road to the luxury CERVO Boutique Resort.
Upon arrival at the hotel a welcoming and attentive staff greeted us. Our bags were delivered to our room while we were accompanied to the hotel’s terrace for a champagne welcome drink. Cheers to that! The terrace overlooks the Matterhorn with jaw dropping views.
There was no formal check-in, which was quite refreshing. While sipping on our champagne, the staff provided us with a resort overview and a CERVO events calendar, a much appreciated touch. The calendar mapped out a variety of activities at the Resort, from outdoor movie night, yoga, raclette evenings and more.
After a refreshing glass of cold champagne we sat back and admired the views of the stunning Matterhorn in the distance. Simply breathtaking.
Calm, tasteful and beautifully designed the CERVO (meaning Deer in Italian) carries a rustic yet modern feel that felt very delightful.
The beauty of the hotel location is the proximity to the slopes. CERVO is the only ski-in / ski-out resort in Zermatt meaning you can ski right up to your room or terrace. Imagine that! The sprawling terrace with views of the Matterhorn creates an impression of excitement, especially with a drink in hand after a long day on the mountain.
The boutique resort boasts 2 Restaurants; CERVO Puro and Ferdinand, serving a delicious range of food.
Both the lunch and dinner menu provided us with a choice of dishes beautifully presented and appetizing. We enjoyed their CERVO board with fresh bread, butter infused with flavors, and a variety of cheeses and meats that complimented each other.
The rustic alpine touches throughout were enchanting and gave off a luxury cabin feeling. A place that must feel magical in the winter months with views of the snow covered mountains.
Our Chalet had a breathtaking view of the Matterhorn and all the touches you would expect from a 5 star hotel.
The room had the feel of a beautifully designed hunting lodge. We enjoyed the extra touches in the room from a “Welcome box” filled with goodies (including Swiss Chocolates), to a stocked fridge offered by the hotel.
Vaulted beamed ceilings and hardwood floors, designed with a chalet feel, made it both charming and delightful. A very comfortable king size bed provided us with a relaxing and a luxurious stay.
Views from our balcony were incredible. I mean, how can you ever tire of that view? Most of the suites feature a balcony with a view of the Matterhorn. The balcony was the perfect place for us to lounge and relax.
On the terrace the recliners, warm blankets, Hendricks Gin bottles with flowers all helped enhance the ambiance. All of this beauty at the foot of the Matterhorn was truly a majestic experience.
The scenery from the groud floor spa attached to our Chalet was fantastic. I imagine the snow falling while sitting in the hot tub must feel superb after a long day on the slopes. Each of the chalets (6 units) have their own spa and sauna.
Summertime heat proved to be too much for the spa time, but we look forward to returning in the winter months to experience a magical winter wonderland at CERVO.
You can’t get much closer to the mountain slopes than the base of Sunnegga. The elevator sits directly across the street from the hotel. We took the elevator and rode up in the early morning to hike around, the close proximity made it so we were able to beat the crowds.
A Champagne toast while admiring the Matterhorn was a memorable experience. Our little get away was truly a pleasurable experience, away from the hustle and bustle it felt like a haven of peace and relaxation. The hotel itself has the coziness and uniqueness of what truly makes an alpine hotel special. CERVO Boutique provided us with an air of grace and class.
Hopefully you enjoyed my review for CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort . A big thank you to the CERVO Mountain Boutique Resort for hosting us. Opinions in the post are my own and based on my own personal experience at the hotel.
Have you ever been somewhere where you feel like you could be in a fairy-tale? Well, Switzerland can definitely do this to you. Imagine a valley, where every direction you look there are waterfalls cascading off the sides of mountains, cows grazing, and Swiss Cottages dotting the rolling hills. Really, it is straight out of painting and difficult to explain until you see if for yourself. We’ve lived in Switzerland for more than a decade and it still takes my breath away.
When arriving to the Lauterbrunnen valley you are greeted with jaw-dropping views. Even from the train platform you can see gorgeous waterfalls. The town of Lauterbrunnen is a beautiful Swiss village, lined with flower boxes and chalets. There are many options for lodging in the valley but on this trip we decided to stay in a small village just outside of Lauterbrunnen, called Wengen.
Wengen is just a short train ride from Lauterbrunnen up the mountain. As you slowly creep along the edge of the mountain the views will leave you breathless. The little train that brings you up is reasonable priced at 6.80 chf for a one-way ticket. (Tickets can be purchased on the platform or on the SBB app).
On arrival to Wengen we were greeted by our hotel pick-up service. Cars are not allowed in Wengen, with exception only given to the service industry. We choose to say in the oldest family run hotel in Wengen, Hotel Alpenrose. This 4 generation family-run hotel has been offering their guests with rooms for over 130 years. Not only is this the oldest hotel in the area, it is also one of the hotels with the best views. Hotel Alpenrose is perched on the side of the mountain over-looking the Lauterbrunnen Valley, really an impeccable location.
The welcoming staff and family make you feel right at home in their hotel. We enjoyed an afternoon aperitvo on their meticulously groomed terrace. The views were enough to entice one to sit all afternoon, even without a beer in hand.
When we opened the door to our room on the 3rd floor, we were greeted with spectacular views of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. I loved little touches and crisp clean feeling of the room. Overall, the room was very clean and welcoming, we even had Swiss chocolates adorning our pillows.
Hotel Alpenrose offers Half-board to all their guests. This includes a very hearty Swiss Breakfast ( muesli, yogurts, cheeses, breads, fruits, etc). A multi-course dinner is served in the evening. Each room is assigned to a table in the Restaurant and waited on by friendly waiters/waitresses. Our evening dinner started with a delicious soup, followed by a salad, main course and dessert. (Half-board meal option is only 20 chf per person, it really seemed liked a great deal for the hearty meal we were served).
Even with all the lovely services included, the views alone were worth the stay in Hotel Alpenrose. I would highly recommend a stay at this beautiful family-run hotel. Our stay was very enjoyable and I would of course stay in Hotel Alpenrose on our next trip to Wengen, hopefully during ski-season!