After reading my last post, you probably won’t be surprised that I’m feeling quite confident about my newly acquired skill. I’m into skiing I’m not going to lie. There is something about trusting your mind and body to get you safely down the piste. Fear is the enemy. Just don’t think about it and let go.
These are some of the words that kept on going through my head as soon as I get off the lift. I have to admit that my new found confidence led me to Verbier. A place of red lanes, narrows slopes and experienced skiers and borders. Still, I was feeling the excitement and confidence.
We stayed at the Experimental Chalet, and if I could imagine a more perfect place to stay, I probably would struggle. Experimental Group is well known for their innovative hotels and the fact that they just recently opened its doors to Verbier’s creme de la creme, it really isn’t that surprising. As a first Alpine hotel, the hotel consists of spacious 39 rooms and suites with a view of the beautiful Swiss Alps. The suits have Jacuzzis too so if you are down for a little party action in the mountains, you should really look into staying here. Hotels interior designer Fabrizio Casiraghi which we were grateful to meet one evening over the dinner, his minimalist approach and design freshness through using the colours such as dusty pastel greens and rose, really invites you to relax and enjoy your post-ski well-deserved downtime. I couldn’t help myself but run a bath every evening before dinner.
On the first floor of the Experimental Chalet, you will find a well-equipped cocktail making dimmed lights bar. The fireplaces add to the romantic winter atmosphere making it a perfect place to enjoy a well-deserved apres-ski before you head down to the restaurant for some dinner.
The Experimental Chalet is well equipped with everything one may need to feel content and relaxed. The spa offers sauna and jacuzzi as well as personal treatments so if you are feeling up to a message after a long day on the slopes, the Experimental has you covered.
We enjoyed breakfast here every morning, and I absolutely love that their food is locally sourced. Nonetheless, it was very yummy. On one of the evenings, we had a chance to enjoy the chef’s table serving a mixture of traditional alpine food adapted to modern diners. We followed our dinner by night out at the Farm Club where champagne kept on flowing, and DJ wasn’t shy to spin some good old school tunes. We danced the night away. There is something about the fresh mountain air as the next day as soon as you come out your hotel, the tiredness and the traces of hangover just seem to go away.
Verbier indeed has a lot to offer if you are a social butterfly, You most certainly won’t be bored here. The small town feels packed with fantastic dining and drinking established frequented by a cheerful crowd really adds a modern twist to what seems like a sleepy Swiss village. On our last evening, we took a snow taxi to Chez Dany a traditional Swiss restaurant located up in the mountains. We had to sledge down for about 20 minutes to reach the hotel. Bear in mind we had a good few glasses of red with the dinner, so an idea of me sledging down the mountain I’ve never been to before seemed somewhat adventurous. Basically, I was scared. In the process, I fell out my sledge on a few occasions but have safely and proudly reached the destination. What a fun welcome to Verbier.
The next day we spent up in the mountains skiing. I skied for hours and managed to travel all the way from the top of the mountain to the location of our Apres Ski drinks at La Rouge. Reaching this spot made me reward myself with a couple of glasses of champagne as that was probably the most adventurous activity I’ve done in years. I deserve a pat on the back. Another spot to consider for your lunch and a break from skiing is the restaurant on the sloops Mouton Noir. They indeed had one of the best salmon tartare I’ve ever tried.
What a beautiful few days this was, I honestly had a fantastic opportunity to face my fears and feel extremely proud of myself. I would probably need another full week to confidentially run down the slopes on my own, but I have promised myself to make skiing a yearly tradition.
Verbier excited my expectations, and it’s at the top of my ski destination list for the upcoming season.
This post was delivered to you as a courtesy of Experimental Chalet Group who kindly hosted a group of bloggers over the weekend. All of the opinions are my own.
The Experimental Group has properties in New York, London, Paris, Verbier with Venice opening in June and Menorca later this summer.
A truly memorable trip.
Lots of love!