Our stay of the week – W Verbier

Just when it seemed Verbier couldn’t get any more glamorous, a W landed. Shortly before Christmas ’13, Switzerland’s chicest alpine resort got an edge, tearing up the classic chalet rulebook with candied red bathroom doors, cool chrome lighting and Charles Eames furniture shapes.

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A room with a view

Daring you to ‘cross the line into an extraordinary world’, the five-star W Verbier sets its stall out early with an impressive façade making way for those all-important design credentials. The 130 Swiss-style rooms, suites and residences are given the distinctive W treatment with mirror surfaces, poster-paint scatter pillows and creative use of materials. A snug throw and soft rug underfoot inject just enough Toast cosiness into the Manhattan-rooted minimalism.

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Spectacular room

Michelin-starred chef Sergi Arola switches up Swiss classics with his signature Spanish flair at his namesake restaurant at the W Verbier. Look through floor-to-ceiling windows from contemporary banquette seating to remind you that you’re in the Swiss Alps, while the signature patatas bravas provide a welcome taste of Madrid. For lighter bites, the Eat-Hola Tapas Bar and W Café have you covered, while the cocktails come thick and fast at Off Piste and Carve.

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AROLA Restaurant

The spa is worth packing your cossie for too. Detox is made easy at the 800 metre-squared outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Tired muscles can enjoy some post-ski pampering with help ourhealthissues.com/product/cymbalta/” signature treatments, like the Mogul Leg Pump, and Phyto 5 and Gemology products. The hotel gym, FIT, can help you get skiers’ glutes if you’re not so keen to hit the slopes.

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Primed for the partying set, the W is an easy snow-shoe shuffle from the aprés action. With the main gondola picking you up from right outside the hotel, you can also be schussing around Les 4 Vallées in minutes and well connected to reach mountain altitudes as high as 3,330 metres. Checking in over the summer? Verbier’s runs are a dream for hikers and bikers – with the ‘Fire Road’ the go-to for dizzying views over the valley. Just keep an eye out for the (very sedate) cattle being herded down the mountain.

Book a stay at W Verbier from just £171 per room, per night, inclusive of breakfast.

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