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Mountains, Valley and Chalets: Our Zermatt Visit

Last month, the Art de Vivre team were hosted by Elysian in their beautiful chalets in Zermatt (1,620m). From the stunning mountain range to the quiet valley town and to the immaculately presented chalets, the visit gave us the chance to explore the exclusive destination of Zermatt and discover more exciting opportunities for our clients.

Breath-taking views of the majestic Matterhorn

When one thinks of Zermatt, they imagine the Matterhorn first and it’s easy to understand why. The positioning of the valley makes the Matterhorn most impressive from Zermatt and during our stay, the mountain was always catching our eye. It was visible from the train station, the bedroom balcony, the bathroom, the dining room and the restaurants. It impresses at all times of day, whether it’s in the soft pinkish glow of the morning, shining brilliantly as the sun hits the snow or the star-studded sky when the way of the first ascenders is illuminated with lights.

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It is only natural that the mountains host the main attractions to Zermatt. The most obvious is the skiing and the numerous mountain lifts in Zermatt, which take one to Europe’s highest-altitude ski area at 3,883m. A paradise for hikers and skiers, here you can find stunning slopes for all levels of expertise and enough space to ski in larger groups. 

These heights also host the stunning Matterhorn Glacier Palace, a carved tunnel of ice decorated with lit ice-sculptures and slides that you can interact with; a particular favourite amongst children. The main heights are Gornergrat (3,089 m), the previously mentioned Matterhorn glacier paradise (3,883 m) and the Rothorn (3,103 m). All of these provide a breath-taking view of the majestic mountain world around the Matterhorn, with lifts operating 365 days a year.

The untouched nature of the valley

Lower down the valley, between the towering mountains and the town, beautiful natural sights can be found. Footpaths carve their way down into the valley; past glistening rivers and untouched nature. More traditional buildings are spread sporadically around the outskirts of Zermatt around which you can find the best restaurants the region has to offer. ‘Zum See’ is a popular restaurant that hosts the best traditional dishes with in-season game and local organic herbs and vegetables. The chef came out to meet us personally on our visit, and the whole meal tingled our tastebuds and left us keen for more local flavours.

These open areas are also perfect for hosting fantastic entertainment and Zermatt’s pioneering clay pigeon shooting was one that we were keen to try out with our guide Kirk Tinham. The guns are laser-based and feature no ammunition, making them lighter and more accessible for those new to the hobby. The laser sensors detect whether your shot would have hit and the scoreboard and gun gives appropriate feedback based on hits and misses. This approach is not only safer and easier for large groups but is used by professionals to increase accuracy, as the gunman doesn’t need to resist recoil. We played a few rounds, and are proud to say the winner was one of our directors.

There are plenty of other activities that can host groups of all sizes in the region, and another that we are keen to try another time is fly fishing (July-September). Kirk offers clients the opportunity to privately fly fish the most exclusive lake in the Swiss Alps, with the iconic Matterhorn as a backdrop. This is particularly popular amongst businessmen, who have been known to host meetings during the activity.

Unwinding in the designer alpine chalets

As we retreated further away from the glorious Matterhorn, we came to the chalets at the opposite end of the valley. Chalet Grace is full of personality and the personal touches to interior design are hard to miss. We were delighted to be hosted in this chalet and to have the opportunity to explore its almost “Alice in Wonderland” style interior design of substantial mirrors and a “coffee table” which had been a door from a ruined Tibetan monastery, collected by the owner and repurposed into a stunning table. 

The charming games room was decorated with signed movie posters from Martin Scorsese, David Finch and Ridley Scott, and hosted a pool table, roulette table and a stunning cinema room. The wellness facilities, as with the other chalets, featured a hand-crafted sauna, a range of showers, a hot Jacuzzi (which is perfect for spending time on the balcony during the colder nights) and fitness machines.

Les Anges is a larger chalet with a darker wood forming its aesthetic, and the interiors feel more muted but stylish. The Jacuzzi here is built into the stone balcony, and the larger wellness facilities make it ideal for larger groups and business trips. Finally, Chalet Maurice features a stunning funicular that tunnels its way up the mountainside to reach the chalets’ underground floor - the experience reminded us of a Bond film. This facility means private clients who wish to remain anonymous can reach the chalet without passing through the town.

All the chalets have exceptional staff that can cater for every need, and offer a friendly and genuine service. Our chef that also cooks for the guests of these chalets was extremely professional, providing a seven course gala dinner and a more casual five course dinner for our large group of 15. The food was exquisite and was one of the highlights of the whole trip which is often the same for our guests.

As we tasted our way through the delicious menus, it was clear our talented chef had crafted the dishes with great skill and thought. In Chalet Grace the kitchen was open-plan and viewable from the dining table, meaning we could see our meals prepared right in front of us, an experience that every guest should try.

Our stay in Zermatt will stay with us for a long time and we thank Angeline, Joanne and the Elysian chalet team for our wonderful stay. We look forward to future visits to experience first-hand the authentic chalet experience in our alpine chalet collection

If you are looking to stay in a designer chalet in Zermatt or in another resort in the Alps, do send us an enquiry and we'd be happy to offer you some suggestions for your stay.

Glamour in the Alps: Zermatt Designer Chalet

Glamour in the Alps: Zermatt Designer Chalet

Tunnelled into the rock and lit with torches, live out your own Bond film as you enter this one of a kind luxury chalet. 

St. Moritz Designer Alpine Chalet

St Moritz Chalet 155 | Switzerland
Architect Renato Maurizio
Stylish Mountain Design
Panoramic View

This summer saw the metamorphosis of Chesetta St Moritz – with two parts of the ski chalet being joined via a fantastic glass walkway created by the renowned architect Renato Maurizio.

The double height annexe living area is the ultimate place to relax in the Etro sofas on the two levels. Space, light and great views sum up this transformation.

Located minutes from St Moritz in Silvaplana, Chesetta is a 5000ft² modern property with accommodation for 12 adults in 6 super king-sized bedrooms and a children’s bunk room. Every comfort has been included with underfloor heating, a Sonos music system, home cinema/playroom, steam room, sauna and gym.

Great attention to detail is evident throughout with ETRO fabrics, local antiques mixed with a collection of contemporary art against a backdrop of rich old wood and granite.

A great retreat for an extended family or group of friends. Chesetta St Moritz is rented fully staffed with chalet manager, acclaimed chef, chalet host and housekeeper.

Featured Villa: Pure & Minimalist Ibiza 201, Cala Salada

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Featured in our Spring Summer 2014 Villa Rental Collection

Born from the imagination and talent of the famous Belgian Architect Bruno Erpicum and located on the west coast of Ibiza, this magnificent sunset facing villa for rental offers some of the best views of the city and the bay.

In the heart of a clearing in a 4 hectare pine forest surrounded by orange and 300 year old olive trees sits a long white building. It's like an open theatre where you are the owners’ guests who can share in their love for modern art and design.

The architecture of this villa leaves you in awe at its innovation and attention to detail. It really confirms the talent of Belgian architect Bruno Erpicum. The highlight of its design is the volume of glass built underneath the white structure to protect it from the wind and sun. The floor-to-ceiling windows throughout allow you to enjoy the views and landscape from each room.

White dominates the building with abundant use of Paloma Blanca stone from Spain used in the flooring as well as the dining table. From the west front, facing the sunset, the panoramic view is at the height of the project.

Layout

On each side, an entrance provides access to the upper floor of the villa, which houses the landings, bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. Further on, the roofing rises halfway to crown the living areas, while the floor follows the line of the slope downwards to a vertical wall, which frames a view of three scattered outer islands. To the left, the same roof extends out to the monolith where the kitchen adjoins the covered terrace. The slanting windows look out over the sunset, which casts shadows onto the different walls, including those of the patio.   

In the centre, the patio releases spaces to integrate an outdoor lounge. Protected from wind and sun, this space is used all year round. The central patio’s proportions play tricks on the eyes by opening out onto an orange orchard. A pond extends around the edge of the central patio, reflecting the sky, and an orange tree adorns the stone terrace. The light and breeze intermingle. The garden and vegetation are in direct contact with the living areas.

Light

In the summer, the rays of sunshine give way to shade; later, in the autumn, the wind is kept at bay so that you can make the most of the mild climate. The front façade is like a blank page sitting against the backdrop of the surrounding countryside. The scent of the orange trees perfumes the front path. The roofing soars upwards, while the covered terrace enjoys the evening sunlight. The living room floor flows with the contours; the stairs are a dry stone construction. The stone patio is surrounded by a pond that reflects the morning sunlight. The sea view provides the backdrop for the swimming pool; its perfect proportions complete the composition of the design. The lower garden hugs the original walls.

Rooms

There are seven bedrooms (4 are a mixture of wood and white offering a feeling of serenity). Each room has a terrace; on the first floor, these are finished with Parador flooring. These suites and rooms have complete privacy and private bathrooms. On the terraces tanning can be intense.

The atmosphere is pure and minimalist. The sunlight illuminates the stone staircase. The study offers views from a horizontal bay window above the lower lounge. The evening sun penetrates into the heart of the house. The double-height lower lounge has an open fire that has been carved out of dry stone.

The dining room enjoys both the morning and evening sunlight; the kitchen is discreetly tucked away behind a partition wall. The central island in the kitchen is made of “Paloma Blanca” stone.

The open plan design for the bedrooms and their respective bathrooms is highly effective. The furniture and decorative elements are there to dynamise volumes where white dominates. Artwork by French artist Francoise Nielly features strikingly in the living room.

Highlights

Famous Belgian Architect Bruno Erpicum

Pure & Minimalist

White Cube & Glass

Private Art Collection

Dedicated Office Area

Gym, Jacuzzi & Hammam

Built in 4 Hectare Orchard

Artwork by Françoise Nielly

Stunning views of sunsets, the city, mountain & sea

 

Perfect for…

Art & Design Lovers

Groups of Friends

Large Family Stays

Looking for the Best in Life

FACTS

Floor area : 800m2

20 minutes to the airport

15 minutes from Ibiza town

5 minutes from the nearest beaches (Cala Salada
and Punta Galera)

7 Bedrooms, 9 Bathrooms

Fitness room

FEATURES

Wine Cellar

Internet WIFI

Jacuzzi 6 persons

Hammam 8 persons

Solarium and chill out areas

Infinity Pool 17m x 5m
Non-chloride
Salt electrolysis

Fitness room with TechnoGym equipment and Power Plate

If you are interested in renting this villa or would like further information on the rest of our Spring Summer 2014 Designer Villa Collection, then do get in contact.

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