The Grand Hotel Riffelalp celebrated its grand opening way back in July 1884 and quickly became a playground for Europe's high society. Fast forward to today, the completely restored and utterly luxurious Riffelalp Resort 2,222m remains an elegant and seriously serene hideaway that takes you high above the everyday...
Escape to the Clouds
As its name suggests, this luxury ski resort is nestled at 2,222m above sea level, set amid fragrant forests and flaunting fabulous views of the iconic Matterhorn from the majority of the luxury rooms and suites. This exceptional height offers an otherworldly, fairytale-like atmosphere, with a peacefulness that seems to slow down time and take you away from the troubles of everyday. Arriving is an experience in itself. As the historic rack railway climbs the mountain and leaves the charming village of Zermatt behind, you can soak up sensational Matterhorn views and look forward to what awaits. From the station, in the summer, the highest tram in Europe will whisk you up to the Riffelalp Resort, while during winter, a friendly porter will be happy to pick you up on a sleek Ski-Doo snowmobile. Of course, if you'd prefer, you can also take the short stroll through the picturesque forest to listen to the spectacular silence of Riffelalp for the very first time.
Thanks to its fabulous ski-in/ski-out location right up in the mountains, you can forget shuttle buses and ski lift queues and simply step into your skis (or snowboard) and take straight to the slopes from the resort. Enjoy access to many kilometres of slopes and cross-border runs, with almost guaranteed fantastic snow and plenty of sunshine. The onsite Bayard-Sports shop invites you to rent skis, snowboards and other equipment during winter, and there is a shiny ski room to get ready for the day, while the hotel's expert guide Yann is on hand to take you on year-round adventures amid the slopes.
Introducing: Yann, Ski and Hiking Guide
Certified ski instructor and mountain guide Yann is part of the amazing Riffelalp team. Using his expertise, he will guide you on a range of complimentary activities during your stay. During the winter, options include snowshoeing, heliskiing, freeriding on glaciers or guided ski trips, while the summertime brings plenty of opportunity for scenic hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing, again all guided by Yann.
Spa at 2,222m
Combining sensational skiing with complete relaxation, Riffelalp is home to the highest spa in Europe - which is also one of the finest. Here, experience pure serenity after a day amid the mountains, choosing from a range of exceptional therapies using local alpine herbs and an exclusive massage oil made by the spa's manager. The highlight has to be the heated outdoor pool that offers breathtaking views across the Alps and Matterhorn, while you can also make the most of a large indoor pool, various saunas and steam baths, the relaxation room or the Chriiter-Grotta, a unique, cave-like space complete with saline baths and waterfalls.
Fantastic Facilities for All
If its location, vistas, activities and stunning spa weren't enough, there are yet more reasons to choose Riffelalp Resort 2,222m. When it comes to dining, you're in for a treat, as the hotel is home to three distinct restaurants headed up by highly regarded Swiss/Italian chef, Luigi Lafranco. Cuisine ranges from seasonal, five-course gourmet menus to rustic regional cuisine cooked on an open fire. When you're not hitting the slopes, you can make the most of the billiards room, two bowling alleys and games room, while children are warmly welcomed here too. There is a 'kindergarten' where little guests can paint, play, build and learn, as well as an alfresco playground for plenty of fun and fresh alpine air.