the recent opening of the w verbier marks the hotel brand's first ski retreat on the planet. w hotels are known for their bold modern design, and this property is no exception, adding a new york-style edge to the upscale swiss resort of verbier. the hotel is ideally located smack in the middle of town - right next to the main gondola that'll whisk you up to verbier's prime ski slopes - and features 123 guestrooms, including one extreme wow suite, and 15 spectacular residences. designed by amsterdam-based practice concrete, the property is set in four chalet-style buildings with traditional façades, but a modern glass atrium that connects them boldly signals its highly contemporary style and identity. although all guest rooms and suites meet all requirements of the pampered traveler, it's the design and atmosphere that makes the w verbier stand out from other lodgings miles around. each room features a modern interior with sleek furniture, but the use of natural materials and the presence of a cozy fireplace add a rustic edge.
a spacious balcony allows you to take in the spectacular mountain views even better. the same dynamic juxtaposition can be found throughout the premises, featuring seating areas of carved out wooden blocks set against synthetics and contemporary fabrics. climbing ropes will be used to hang lamps and local stone will clad walls and welcome desks. it shouldn't surprise you that the w verbier knows how to look after and entertain you in great style. the w living room or lobby obviously is the hotel's prime meeting place, and it's here where guests and visitors hang out and mingle in front of fireplaces, sipping signature cocktails. for those out and about, the w café is conveniently directly in front of the médran gondola. and a perfect pit-stop venue where to recharge with drinks and bites [either eat-in or take-away] before going up again. the hotel's luxury hospitality extends into the realm of gastronomy, and gourmets can work up an appetite at the arola, the first restaurant in switzerland of michelin-starred spanish chef sergi arola.
open for lunch and dinner, the cuisine here is spanish but with a string of swiss classics blended in, and is based on the concept of sharing plates. the restaurant setting is modern and sophisticated with floor-to-ceiling backlit cabinets filled with a playful array of cooking essentials, bottles of olive oil and vinegar. a less formal but more intimate section is eat-hola, a lively tapas bar - with an actual 25 metre-long bar and open kitchen - that offers tasty tapas and a wide range of tasty spanish bites. an exclusive after-dinner spot with maximum sex appeal is carve, a destination bar with resident deejays that bring out your best dance moves. and because the good life can sometimes takes its toll, w verbier anticipates with the away spa and fitness center. occupying an 800 sqm. [8,611 sq.ft] space, the spa features nine treatment rooms, and offers massages and facials using products based on the seasons and elements, tailored for different skin types. also included are a sauna, a hammam, a jacuzzi, and an indoor-outdoor wet pool deck. location: rue de médran 70 [verbier-village].