Switzerland stands unique in Europe. Fiercely independent, surrounded by mountain peaks, it is known more for its financial institutions and business savvy than as a tourist destination. Yet this view sells the country entirely too short - it is a centre of culture and art, in addition to boasting some of the best skiing around. Switzerland has so much more to offer than the famed ‘cuckoo clocks and chocolate’ and we highly recommend a Swiss getaway! 

Where to go
Ski to your heart’s content at one of the many resorts across the country, such as Zermatt or Davos. Admire the majesty of the mighty Matterhorn. Explore the restored renaissance castles that perch atop high ridges. Enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Geneva, Basel or Zurich. Take in some of the finest medieval and renaissance art in the world at museums in Zurich and Basel. Hike around the gorgeous mountain lakes. Enjoy the refreshing mountain air at what feels like the top of the world.

Food & Drink
The intersection of Germany, Austria, Italy and France, Swiss cuisine draws influences from all three - you’re just as likely to come across a regional pasta dish as you are a schnitzel. The Swiss are also expert brewers, thanks to their proximity to Germany and Australia. If in Zunich, try the Kronenhalle (Rämistrasse 4, Hochschulen) for the artists and celebrities who regularly dine there, as much as for the stunning cooking. In Geneva, Cafe des Negoclants (Rue de la Filature 29) serves great French-influenced fare with the best Swiss produce. 

Nightlife 
They may work very, very hard, but the Swiss like to let their hair down, the same as anybody else, and have a sophisticated nightlife scene. Widder Bar (Rennweg 7 Lindenhof) in Zurich has one of the most impressive spirits selections you will ever come across, in additIon to excellent live jazz. In Geneva, L’Atelier Cocktail Club (Rue Henri-Blanvalet 11) is the place to unwind as expert mixologists practice their craft for you. 

Where to stay
The View in Lugano is a lakeside luxury hotel that gives the impression more of being on a private yacht than in a hotel, Stunning views, excellent service and a range of dining options, including ‘Innocenti Evasioni’, the acclaimed italian-influenced restaurant combine in this wonderful getaway. In the village of Zermatt, the family-owned Hotel Bellerive offers hearty breakfast and a soothing spa for skiiers hitting the slopes. Finally, the Art Hotel Riposo near Lake Maggiore offers stunning views, a rooftop pool and the charming Arlecchino restaurant - perfect for those visiting the Ascona Jazz Festival. 

How to get there 
Monarch, Easyjet, British Airways and Swiss Air fly to Geneva from London daily.

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ART HOTEL RIPOSO

switzerland

Art Hotel Riposo is a 30 room boutique hotel in the village of Ascona, Switzerland's lowest lying town, on the north-western shore of Lake Maggiore in Ticino. Each room in this lakeside Chic Retreat enjoys beautiful sea views, and the roof terrace has a heated poolIf guests are wanting to come and stay during the Ascona Jazz Festival advance booking is a must.

HOTEL BELLERIVE

zermatt, switzerland

Hotel Bellerive is situated in the alpine village of Zermatt, Switzerland. Car-free, this ski village is probably one of the most family-friendy ski resorts we know with something for every one including skating, sledding, skiing and hiking during the winter months as well as a host of summer activities.

HOTEL ERMITAGE

chateau d-oex, switzerland

Hotel Ermitage is a stylish luxury hotel in Chateau d'Oex. The 12 rooms have a cosy, country style where tactile fabrics & animal prints sit comfortably by elegant contemporary furnishings and guests can dine in the gourmet restaurant.

THE VIEW LUGANO

lugano - paradiso, switzerland

Not only has THE VIEW Lugano introduced a brand new boutique hotel concept to the city of Lugano, but also to Europe: to enjoy the feeling of being on a luxury yacht in the middle of a city.

CHALET CYGNET

valais / 4 valleys domain, switzerland

Chalet Cygnet is a small luxury chalet hotel in Nendaz in the Four Valleys region, Verbier. This 4-room mountain hideaway is perfectly situated for skiing & country walks and guests can enjoy great food & personalised service.

CHALET ETOILES DE MONTAGNE

switzerland

Chalet Etoiles de Montagne is a stunning new fully-catered chalet sleeping 12, less than 5 minutes walk from the village of Haute Nendaz in the Swiss Alps. Families of all ages and groups of friends will love the space and light throughout the chalet and babies and young children are well catered for.

HAMEAU LES CLEVES

switzerland

Hameau les Cleves is a small boutique hotel high up above the Rhone valley in Nendaz. With access to top-class ski resorts, spectacular mountain views and 8 warm & inviting rooms, this chic retreat is a cosy haven, complete with 2 restaurants.

HOTEL BELLEVUE WIESEN

davos wiesen, switzerland

Hotel Bellevue Wiesen is the best small boutique hotel in Davos Wiesen, Switzerland. Run by Philipp and Milena who are not only passionate about travel but are also trained in hotel management, your stay at this Chic Retreat is sure to be one of your most memorable.

HOTEL DELLAGO

melide, switzerland

Hotel Dellago is a hip hotel on lake Lugano with a contemporary design in a beautiful setting on the side of Lake Lugano. Hotel Dellago is the perfect place to come and relax and unwind and enjoy fantastic food and wine.

HOTEL PARADIES

switzerland

Hotel Paradies is a luxurious boutique hotel in the lower Engadine region, Switzerland. On a sunny plateau overlooking the gorgeous mountains, this chic retreat has Michelin-starred food, a spa, ski slopes and a charming & welcoming style.

MONTAGNE ALTERNATIVE

orsiere, switzerland

There are not many boutique hotels that can boast a sweeping view of Mont Blanc, but the Montagne Alternative in Commeire is such a place. Surrounded by fairytale forest and mist-shrouded mountains, it is an ideal escape for romancing couples, groups and families alike.

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