The Backstage chalet perfectly complements the Backstage Hotel. The chalet is just five minutes' walk from the hotel, situated in a quiet residential district in the centre of Zermatt, and at the same time centrally located in relation to the cable cars to the respective skiing areas. The chalet is based on an old Valais house dating from the 1940s, which Heinz has modernised and extended by two storeys in line with the chalet nature of the building. This extension has been constructed exclusively from local larch and designed to include large areas of glass, providing a spectacular 360 degree panoramic view over the village and the Matterhorn. The chalet has 5 double bedrooms, one of them containing a high sleeper, and thus an extra bed, making it ideal to make any child's dreams come true.
The roof structure has open gables, and provides an open living, dining and kitchen space, with the fireplace giving the place a cosy atmosphere. On the other end of the room, opposite the fireplace, Heinz has devised and built a spectacular pool - a fascinatingly small feat of engineering that is probably unique among its kind worldwide.
The pool accommodates up to 6 people. At the press of a button the roof opens, and the pool is hydraulically lifted above the roof. The view from there is simply breath-taking, making the experience unique and memorable. To complete this exclusive experience, the chalet's own spa facility even includes a sauna.
The bedrooms are spread over two storeys below. Right down in the cellar, the luxury chalet in addition has a small private home cinema and games room, and is equipped with Internet facilities and a workstation, and, also, a toilet and shower can be found there.
Right next door is the ski room, with heated ski boot racks. All these rooms have access to a private lift. The chalet has an overall surface of 320m².
Naturally all the furniture and furnishings have been developed and manufactured in the Heinz Julen studio in Zermatt. The chalet is moreover equipped with contemporary art from Zermatt's art rooms. Here Heinz focuses on cosiness and tradition, blended with a modern-day flair, in an impressive manner, making you instantly feel at home.
Moreover, there is also an exclusive team, led by the hotel's hostess, a cook and chalet maids, dedicated to making your stay as perfect as possible. On six evenings their exclusive chefs team headed by Ivo Adam will cook for you on site. Once a week you can sample the top quality "after seven" restaurant - one of only two Restaurants in Zermatt awarded a Michelin Star.
- Town centre location in the proximity of the lower cable car/ski lift terminals
- 5 double rooms, all complete with TV/Internet access
- Balcony overlooking the vista from all angles
- Matterhorn views
- Home cinema
- Children's playroom
- A whirlpool that can be extended over the roof
- Wood-burning fireplace
- Private elevator serving all floors
- Ski room with heated ski boot racks
- Snow shoe hike near the Matterhorn
- Moonlight descent
- Horu Trophy – winter sports competition
- Zermatt Unplugged – winter music festival
ACTIVITIES IN ZERMATT
- Winter walking trails
- Extensive Cross country skiing
- Glacier Hiking
- Ice Skating
- Ice Hockey
- Ice climbing
- Indoor climbing wall
- Helicopter Tours & Heli-Skiing
- Indoor Swimming pool
- Fitness Centre
- 6 Indoor Tennis courts
- Horse drawn sleigh rides
- Igloo Village
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French and German is spoken in Switzerland. French is the predominant language in Verbier.
CHF (Swiss Francs)
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in the country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
In restaurants a service charge is built into menu prices. However, it's customary to round up amounts when paying the waiter or waitress if you're happy with the service. This means that you might hand the server CHF 50 for a CHF 47 meal. If you're paying by credit card, hand the server a cash tip of up to 5%. For Taxis as in restaurants, round up or add 5% when you're happy with the service. Tips to your chalet staff are entirely at your discretion.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE FORMALITIES
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have: a signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points. Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application. EU nationals are only required to hold a valid national ID card.
The nearest airports to Zermatt are:
- Geneva (236km)
- Zurich (237km)
- Sion (82km)
- Milan (197km)
Switzerland's winter temperature range is -2 °C (28 °F) to 7 °C (45 °F), with the snow remaining in the Alps until around April. The alpine climate is cold and visitors should wear warm, waterproof clothing at all times when outdoors during the winter. Hats and gloves are also essential to prevent frostbite. Sunglasses or ski goggles are also necessary to reduce the glare of the sun on the snow.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and imperative to take out appropriate travel and medical insurance. Winter sports involve a high degree of risk and you should be in good health and carry adequate medical insurance in case of winter sports accident, including cover for air ambulance.
Electrical service in Switzerland is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz.
- Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way, except at roundabouts or if their road has a white line across it.
- You should always be carrying in the car your Passport or national ID, driver's licence, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
- National speed limit on motorways is 120 km/h, on open roads 80 km/h and in towns 50 km/h.
- In Switzerland you pay an annual motorway tax, even if you're only using the motorways for an hour or two. A vehicle sticker, or vignette, must be displayed on the windscreen by all vehicles. Of course, if you don't need to use a motorway you don't need to pay, although it's difficult to cross the country without doing so.You can for example buy them in Switzerland from customs offices at the frontier or service stations, garages and post offices.
- There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Anything over 0.08 per cent and you could face anything up to imprisonment.
- Snow chains are recommended to be carried everywhere in Switzerland during winter, and if you do not carry and fit them when conditions demand the police can prevent you continuing your journey.
LOCATION IN RESORT:
- Nearest Lift Station: 3 minute walk
- Resort Centre: Located in the Centre
LOCATION TO AIRPORTS:
- Sion Airport: 1 hour and 30 minutes / 80km
- Geneva Airport: 3 hours and 30 minutes by train or 2 hours and 40 minutes by taxi / 240km
- Zurich Airport: 3 hours and 30 minutes by train or 2 hours and 40 minutes by taxi/ 260km
Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village.
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- Chalets are normally rented on a Sunday to Sunday basis throughout the year. Christmas and New Year dates can vary, please see rates tab for further details. However, shorter breaks and/or alternative arrival days are available at some chalets during Low and Mid seasons.
- There may be some variations on the above dates at selected chalets, details of which can be provided by your Abercrombie & Kent Villa Consultant.
The above rates are on a per chalet, per week basis. For further information on Catered and Self-Catered Options please contact one of our A&K Chalet Travel Consultants who will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs - simply complete the quick ' Make an Enquiry' form or call us on 0845 618 2205
- Dedicated service from the chalet staff and welcome assistance
- Shuttle service to the train station upon arrival and departure
- Champagne reception
- Tea and coffee served every morning (bedroom service)
- Daily breakfast & Afternoon tea with cake
- Champagne and canapés every evening
- Dinner on six evenings
- Menu can be discussed upon arrival
- Children's drinks and menus upon prior request
- Spirits bar free of charge
- House wines free of charge (a la carte wine list available. Supplement cost)
- Fresh flowers
- Bath towels, dressing gowns and flannels
- Bath products
- Bed linen changed twice per week
- All rooms cleaned daily
- Free use of all public facilities, incl. the Backstage Hotel's spa - 5 minutes' walk away
- Wi Fi Internet
- Airport Transfers
- Insurance Premiums
- Cost of Ski Lift Passes and Ski Rental
- Cost of massage or beauty treatments
- Childcare arrangements
- Any other item not specifically mentioned above