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Great Escapes: Zermatt, Switzerland

  • Karen Cakebread

There are ski houses, and then there is Chalet Zermatt Peak. From its mountainside perch, the chalet affords striking views of the Matterhorn and the village. To access the property, which has more than 8,800 square feet of interior and exterior living space, guests walk through a secured private tunnel that terminates at the basement-level entrance. The entryway leads to a wine cellar, an elevator that connects to the dwelling’s five other levels, and a ski room complete with heated boot warmers and a selection of skis and hiking boots. Dressing areas and en suite bathrooms are features of the five bedrooms, as are private terraces or balconies with seating and bio-fire coffee tables. Occupying one level is an open area with floor-to-ceiling windows; it houses a living room, a library, a kitchen, and a dining area with a Murano crystal chandelier and seating for 12. The wellness level has a sauna with dry Finnish and wet Swedish options, a steam room clad in quartz, a gym, and a relaxation room with an indoor/outdoor Jacuzzi. The terrace off the wellness area has an outdoor kitchen for year-round alfresco dining. A full staff helps make staying put all the more enticing, but they also can make arrangements for guided skiing, snowboarding, heli-skiing, mountain climbing, or biking, among other outdoor pursuits. 

Rates: from $6,457 nightly (includes chef, food, and nonalcoholic beverages). Contact: Time & Place, 866.605.3542, www.timeandplace.com

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