December 15th 2014
How lucky am I? (I often ask myself!) I recently got the opportunity to mix business with pleasure and visit the Wonderful W Verbier! A hop, skip and a jump later I arrived with my fellow Travel Professional Buddies to this gorgeous Swiss Town. Actually it was a BA flight from Heathrow Terminal 5 to Geneva Airport and a Viano journey of around 2 hours which included a delicious paper bag picnic. Alternatively you can take 2 trains to a nearby town or if you are really flash you can helicopter from Geneva Airport or perhaps even better, fly privately into Sion which is around 30 minutes drive from Verbier.
Cuisine: A culinary experience from Mediterranean to Swiss Alps, Tapas, Light Snacks and Great Coffee, Inventive Cocktails
Kids: Family rooms available and the fun is on the slopes
Dress Code: Snow Chic. Moncler is a must!
Limelight Love: ‘Off Piste’ Apres-Ski Bar
Limelight Low: Took about an hour to learn all the features of my room!
The hotel was newly built last year and is made up of 4 chalets and residences, some family rooms and a Presidential Suite with hot tub and Sauna, 123 rooms in all. Most of the rooms are of a similar size with the difference being the view.
On arrival, we visited the neighbouring Ski Shop which, (fun fact!) happens to have the only escalator in Verbier. It’s a quality ski shop with lots of designer ski and board clothes and an equipment hire store where W clients get a 10% discount.
Afterwards we had some time to get to grips with our rooms. I have to say, having stayed in loads of hotel rooms, that it was up there as one of my favourites! The Balcony and the view of the top of the clouds which flooded the valley below was AMAZING! The bed was tremendous and one of the most comfortable I have slept on.
The minibar was comprehensive and included not only great snacks and drinks but also W Lip Balm and sun screen. There was a Nespresso machine for coffee lovers and condoms for safety lovers. There was a base for charging your technology with a choice of charger size and the TV had all the latest Hollywood movies (10 swiss francs or around £7 per movie) as well as loads of free channels. You could also hook your phone up through bluetooth to the digital radio and the TV sound system reached the bathroom.
Moving to the bathroom there was a touch button gas fire which is open to the bathroom and living area. The mirror was well lit and perfect for making up or shaving. The tub was comfortable and the shower had a huge rain shower head with loads of great W products. Top tip: As well as the free bottles of water replaced every day they include bottles at 9 swiss francs but the water is so pure and mountain fresh you might as well drink from the tap!
The first night we ate a really casual Tapas Dinner in the Living Room looking out to great views and surrounded by cushions and furs. They also let us try some of their signature cocktails such as the ‘Easy Tiger Cocktail’ with Jalapeños and the ‘W Fever’ cocktail.
The next day we took to the slopes with our guide via the main lift which is a 3-4 minute walk from the hotel. There are 4 Valleys to ski but as the season hadn’t properly kicked in we were limited to one.
Unfortunately for me, disaster struck and after an hour’s skiing I had a fall coming off the chairlift and twisted my knee! Gutted….to say the least! After getting myself back down the mountain I joined some of the others for lunch in the casual W Cafe where we had hot sandwiches and mulled wine.
At 3pm we moved it to the Apres Ski bar, ‘Off Piste’ where the local ski boutiques where hosting a fashion show compered by their Whatever Whenever Girl, Monica. When there is enough snow you can ski right into this bar, dismount from your skis/board and hit the outdoor bar warmed by the outdoor heaters.
Afterwards we had some down-time in the spa with a pool which goes from indoors to outdoors. I loved the sauna, hammam spa and huge comforting jacuzzi. There are also loads of treatment rooms and I was treated to a sports massage which was the perfect way to relax.
That night we ate in Restaurant Arola where we had a 5 course tasting menu which was absolutely delicious served by our very knowledgable and extremely nice French Waiter. I have to say the staff at the hotel were all warm and friendly and couldn’t do enough for you.
Overall the hotel is cool but not cold and luxurious but not stuffy. It’s a Wicked hotel and I Wove it!
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