Posted: 17 December 2015
Guests can relax within this hotel’s fantastic facilities – couples, especially, will love the cool vibe, stylish décor and effortless service. From savouring tapas and sushi, to unwinding in the AWAY Spa and later hitting the dance floor – you certainly won’t be bored!
Following a short two-hour flight from Manchester, we arrived in Geneva and caught a train to Martigny. After a scenic two-hour train journey, we were whisked away in a private car transfer, and thirty minutes later, arrived in the Swiss Alpine heaven of Verbier.
Located in the village of Place Blanche, the extraordinary W Verbier hotel, is perfectly situated to allow for ski-in and ski-out, has a Ski Shop just opposite, and is only a five- minute walk from the centre of the village. The hotel itself is striking, with vast windows and a stylish interior design. I was particularly impressed with the main lobby and lounge area, called W Living Room – which had a funky, relaxed atmosphere and vibrant colour scheme. I immediately knew that I was in a ‘W’ branded hotel!
Comprising four chalet-style buildings, all linked together by brightly-coloured glass, the hotel had a very modern, urban and trendy feel. This was cleverly combined with the more traditional Alpine style of exposed timber and prominently placed Swiss flag of red-and-white. The vast windows — especially in the lounge and cocktail bar plus, the main atrium — created a very light and welcoming feel.
There is a good variety of guest room types (130 rooms, suites and residences in total), from comfortable ‘Cosy’ Rooms, through to ‘Spectacular’ and ‘Wow’ Suites (the names speak for themselves)! All rooms appeared to be very spacious, with large wooden balconies, imaginative lighting and see-through gas fires. Due to the open-plan design, you could also be seen from the bathroom (worth noting!) and some of the larger suites were based across two levels (the upstairs had a lounge area with plasma television).
With incredible facilities such as two restaurants, one cafe, two bars and a nightclub, this hotel offers plenty to entertain its guests (quite in addition to the outside snow sports)! The FIT Gym, WET Pool, hairdressing salon and Mountain Concierge are all wonderful additions, plus I definitely made use of the AWAY Spa area — with a fully functional gym, yoga room, spa treatment area, pool (inside-outside) steam room & sauna.
Dining at W Verbier is a real treat and after leisurely pre-dinner drinks, we indulged in a special gastronomic event that was taking place at the hotel that week. We savoured an exclusive five-course menu – each course was served with an exquisite wine pairing. I was intrigued to be offered a mini-iPod at my seat — just so that I could listen to a different song that reflected each course, which was connected with its chef and heritage! The Chefs, in turn, all came out to speak to us and it was a magical evening – I simply adored the Arola restaurant!
After a fabulous sleep in the luxurious ‘W’ bed, I awoke to a beautiful view over the snow-capped mountains, I enjoyed a delicious breakfast in Arola — there was a remarkable selection of cold meats, endless pastries and a cooked food, plus various juices (self service). We then headed for the Ski Room and were introduced to our ski instructors. The hotel’s helpful Ski Butlers assisted with fitting our boots, and then we ventured out to the crisp wonderland!
As a beginner, I had my very own ski instructor all morning and Stuart proved to be very patient and encouraging — along with being friendly and chatty. The main gondola was conveniently situated just metres from the W Verbier and after a few hours of tuition, (proudly falling over only once!), myself and Stuart enjoyed a coffee outside a restaurant called Le Dahu. It had spectacular views over the snowy mountains, along with tree-stump seats and comfy bean bags to relax upon!
On my return to the hotel, I had hearty lunch in the W Cafe, a relaxed welcoming cafe bar, which also serves non-residents guests, before taking a stroll into the nearby village, a mere five-minute walk away. Here, in the centre of Place Blanche, there were various restaurants and shops, most of which were selling ski equipment and clothing. After the obligatory après-ski at a bar outside the hotel, I went to make use of the gym (which was nice and quiet – only two other people in there), followed by the most amazing spa treatment I had ever experienced!
I felt compelled to indulge, by experiencing the bath in my room, with the fire on, before changing and heading for a local eatery called ‘Restaurant Le Sonalon’ which was just a ten-minute drive away from the hotel. We were greeted by a very friendly family dog and roaring fire — bliss! Having been presented with fresh bread, a selection of cold meats, salad and pickled onions, followed by the most amazing cheese fondue, and raclette made in the wood-burning fire, we savoured homemade ice-cream and sorbet! Returning to the hotel, we had a quick change and went downstairs to the seriously stylish Carve Sushi Bar & Nightclub, which is open to hotel guests and locals. The DJ played a medley of Electronic beats and we enjoyed Champagne and dancing until the early hours!