First Images: Zermatt’s Cervo Mountain Resort Reinvents Swiss Ski Chic
We fully admit that writing about hotels we’re not able to travel to write now can spark a particular sort of ambivalence. But if one thinks of it as being similar to looking at images of fashion shows, full of clothes that one cannot actually purchase yet, it makes perfect sense. And if there is one thing we need right now, it’s pretty things that we can aspire to.
Most definitely on our wish list is a weekend in the Alps, swooshing down the slopes with the sort of carefree panache that hasn’t been a part of our daily psychological makeup in almost a year. And we’re thinking Zermatt, specifically, as the Cervo Mountain Resort (a member of the exalted Design Hotels group) there just underwent a stunning renovation, and can now easily lay claim to being the most stylish hotel in the glamorous Swiss ski town – just 86 km from Milan’s Malpensa airport (and 160 km from Zurich.)
More importantly, the hotel is less than a mile from the Zermatt Matterhorn Ski Paradise – which is regularly hailed as having the Alps’ best skiing.
Still, it’s really all about the striking new design, by Augsburg, Germany based Dreimeta – or more specifically designers Armin Fischer and Andrea Kraft-Hammerschall. Thirty-six of the existing rooms and suites have been renovated, and 18 more have been added, with a contemporary vibe that still exudes Alpine warmth in there chic-but-cosseting color schemes. Earthy, indigenous materials like local timber, regional granite and braided linen abound, and some chambers have charming category names like Nomad, Alpinist and Huntsman.
Of course, in keeping with the current hospitality zeitgeist, and considering the stress levels cause by months of quasi-quarantine, the Mountain Ashram Spa offers massages, yoga, meditation and Pranayama breathing exercises, both outdoors and in the new ritual room. Guests can even undertake herbal expeditions, foraging in Cervo’s gardens for herbs to be used in their own treatments (now that is the definition of holistic).
Especially significant, since big city dining options are a ways away, there are three on-site culinary options: Madre Nostra, serving updates on classic Italian dishes, with ingredients sourced from local farms and fishermen; Ferdinand, which is focused on Valais (Swiss) inspired cuisine; and Bazaar, with a plant-based menu influences by the bounty of Eastern markets (you can even buy some of the furniture).
And you can also feel really good about your stay, with a heat recovery system that allows for 95% of the resort’s energy to be generated by solar panels.
It’s true, Americans will not be traveling to Switzerland before the end of the winter 2021 ski season. But a future stay at the new Cervo Mountain Resort, whenever that will be possible to happen, will most definitely be worth the wait.