The Omnia, Switzerland

Perched on a granite rock 148ft above the roofs of Zermatt, The Omnia is overshadowed only by the iconic Matterhorn that towers majestically above it

Published 10 Nov 2016, 09:43 GMT

Perched on a granite rock 148ft above the roofs of Zermatt, The Omnia is overshadowed only by the iconic Matterhorn that towers majestically above it. Guests arrive from the village via an underground tunnel before entering an elevator that rises up through the rock to the hotel lobby — located a lofty 5,410ft above sea level.

A member of Design Hotels, the property is a cool and contemporary take on the traditional mountain lodge. Sunlight floods in through supersized glass windows, logs burn in the stone fireplace, and leather couches and custom-made wooden furniture echo the Alpine surroundings. For a better view of the Matterhorn’s jutting peaks, guests can head outdoors and linger over coffee on the south-facing sundeck.

All the hotel’s 30 rooms — including 12 elegant suites — open out onto balconies offering breath-taking views of the snow-dusted peaks. The two most luxurious suites come with a telescope, sauna, living room and fireplace.

The Michelin-starred Gourmet Restaurant is headed by executive chef Klemens Schraml, who creates contemporary meals using the freshest produce. After dinner, guests can lounge in front of the fire, sipping espresso and grappa.

The wellness centre is equipped with a modern indoor/outdoor pool, allowing swimmers to dive under a glass partition and float in the fresh air. Weary muscles can be blasted under the massage jets in the open-air heated pool, and then soothed in the whirlpool, Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, caldarium and flower-scented steam room.

After an intensive day hiking or biking, a tension-busting mix of massages will relieve sore limbs: everything from hot and cold stone, sports and foot reflexology to the Hawaiian lomi lomi, Thai and herbal compress are on the spa menu.

A wealth of bars, shops and stylish eateries are dotted around the valley, and the car-free village can be explored by foot, in an electric taxi or by horse-drawn carriage.

Despite being a world-class ski destination, there’s still plenty on offer come summer: guests can explore the Alpine scenery with a mix of activities, including biking, hiking and paragliding.

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After a day’s skiing or hiking, soothe aching muscles in the al fresco whirlpool bath overlooking the formidable Matterhorn

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Key Facilities

• Gourmet restaurant
• Sundeck
• 30 rooms with balconies
• Spa facilities with indoor and outdoor pool, whirlpool bath, sauna and steambaths
• Fitness room with Technogym equipment
• Massage rooms
• Fitness area
• Bar and boardroom
• Lobby with library and a selection of single malts
• Cavern Club carved into granite rock
• Ski room

Contact Information
T: +41 27 966 71 71

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