The Swiss ski town of Zermatt draws travelers in all seasons, summoning skiers in the winter and hikers during the summer. Discerning guests find a home away from home at The Omnia, a serene hotel designed by late architect Ali Tayar that can be found perched on a hillside above the charming alpine town. The property, accessible through a slick elevator from Zermatt’s main (car-less) drag, is a modern take on a mountain lodge, embracing glass and light wood for a peaceful feel that echoes throughout all of the spaces.
The understated, contemporary hotel is packed with amenities, both in its public areas and within the guest rooms themselves. The lobby boasts sky-high windows and a well-appointed library, which primarily features art and design books, as well as the owner’s own whiskey collection During the warmer months, welcome drinks are served on the terrace, which overlooks Zermatt’s main square and the Matterhorn. There’s a small bar and plenty of cozy seating areas with fireplaces, although it’s the tasteful guest rooms that are the main draw.
To unwind after a hike or ski day, the pool and spa offer a peaceful respite. Swim from the indoor pool to its outdoor section, which, again, has a view of the Matterhorn. There’s also an indoor/outdoor hot tub, a Turkish bath, a sauna and a steam room, which is scented for extra relaxation. The adjacent high-end gym is small, but has everything you need for a good workout.
The service at the Omnia is unassuming but impeccable, with all of the employees taking great care for the guests’ needs. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed spa vacation or a homebase while exploring the Alps, the Omnia manages to wow well beyond its impressive views.
Location: Zermatt, Switzerland
The Vibe: Quiet and refined
Food + Drink: An extremely good breakfast, featuring both buffet and cooked dishes, is included in the room rate (guests can also order it to their room). The modern restaurant, helmed by Executive Chef Tony Rudolph, offers slightly fussy, foam-filled plates from a locally-inspired menu that may confuse some guests, but the room service and terrace options are more straight forward. For a full-on Swiss experience, order the wiener schnitzel, perfect for refueling after a day out.
Amenities: Steam room, sauna, hot tub, spa treatments, free Wi-Fi, included breakfast, welcome drink, in-room free bourbon, shuttle service.
5 Nearby Attractions: Matterhorn Museum, Matterhorn Express, Five Lake Trail, Gorner Gorge, and Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.
Any Personal Neighborhood Recs? The Brown Cow pub offers a hearty, satisfying lunch and a refreshing pint of beer, while Hexenbar is a funky, witches kitchen-themed bar that will amuse and delight with themed cocktails. Nearby, local butchers Metzgerei Bayard grills up sausages, ideal for a quick snack on the go. Chocolate lovers shouldn’t miss Läderach and Lindt, both of which will surprise you with free samples if you’re nice.
Rooms: The 30 spacious guest rooms are unique and none have traditional room numbers. Each has a signature layout and design, with the expansive suites featuring multiple bathrooms and several balconies. Enjoy Aesop toiletries, complimentary bourbon and bottled water, and a discreet turn-down service, which, of course, includes evening chocolates. The minimalist
interior aesthetic is particularly soothing, as are the scenic mountain sights outside the windows. For a splurge, book the Omnia Roof Suite.
Pricing: Rooms start at $467 for summer and fall, and at $570 for winter
Closest Airport: Zurich Airport
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