Cervo, Zermatt, Switzerland

Cocooned by Tradition

This snow-dusted beacon calls travellers to explore the many contrasting sides to mountain life

Intro

With ten years (and counting) already under their belt, world-famous and in-crowd hotspot CERVO Mountain Resort continues to lead apace with their chilled, contemporary and stylish design philosophy. Moving into a new decade, CERVO is on the move tapping further into the modern traveller’s desire to be at one with nature. CERVO draws from global inspiration to create a forward-thinking experience for nomads, adventurers, mountain-lovers and the fashion crowd in its collection of luxe, timber chalets – each offering a subtly nuanced view of Alpine life.

Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort, Zermatt, Switzerland

With the iconic landmark of the majestic Matterhorn visible from many different aspects at CERVO including all the bedrooms, this snow-dusted beacon calls travellers to explore the many contrasting sides to mountain life. Similarly, CERVO mirrors this trend for personalisation with each chalet presenting unique quirky features and style concepts from traditionally luxurious ‘Huntsman’ chalet with its outdoor tubs and star-gazing, to pared-back and minimalist ‘Alpinist’ chalet and modern basecamp ‘Nomad’, accessible by a climbing wall for those that like a challenge. Which will you choose?

Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort, Zermatt, Switzerland

Wellbeing priorities continue to run high at CERVO. Mountains and spas have always gone hand-in-hand and the Ashram Spa takes wellness up a notch with a flood of global influences merging the best of the Alps with international healing traditions such as Japanese onsen baths, meditation coaching and Bhutanese hot stone massage. And if you need to off-set the zen, rest assured that the legendary apres-ski bar, found on the terrace overlooked by the all-seeing Matterhorn, is a carefully curated celebration of a day out on the slopes. Proscht!

Rooms & Suites

Spread throughout seven traditional timber chalets cocooned by snow-clad landscapes and green fir trees, CERVO has 54 rooms and suites each presenting a microcosm of Alpine life with concepts that allow guests versality to choose a home that suits them. What doesn’t change is a high level of comfort throughout with a contemporary design that mixes traditional Alpine vernacular, a subtle palette taken from the surrounding mountains and use of natural materials. A recent worldly input of global trends and artwork remind you of the international appeal of CERVO.

Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort, Zermatt, Switzerland

Depending on your whim, choose a chalet that suits you, your family or beloved other half. Each chalet comes with a variety of room types, and at the heart is a spa replete with relaxation room, steam room, sauna, outdoor Jacuzzi and massage room. Spa-lovers should opt for a suite which contains your own private spa facilities in the living area. 

For traditionalists who appreciate genuine Alpine décor, Huntsman is a warm, welcoming and smart chalet with tartan accents, open fireplaces and hunting details. Offering a peaceful location away from the buzz of Zermatt, the chalet is surrounded by nature, ideal for those wanting to seclude away.

CERVO’s Alpinist chalet is the one to pick for the best of the mountain views. If staring at peaks is your thing, then choose Alpinist for its sigh-inducing vistas but also for its feel-good factor in its gorgeous chalet sanctuaries that come with elegant wood surfaces and natural materials. Each room also has its own bar – perfect for mixing a drink or two after a day out in nature.

For the explorers among you, Nomad chalet should answer the call of adventure. Mimicking the amenities of a basecamp, the rooms are pared-back and cool, flexible in their arrangement but not in the least lacking luxury. Those travelling in groups or en famille will find the rooftop suites and apartments to be roomy with show-stopping views.

Foodie

There’s nothing like the great outdoors to work up an appetite and happily, CERVO has a choice of three fab restaurants.

Aiming to cater for all tastes whilst keeping a strong ribbon of local through the menus, CERVO’s food offerings are dynamic and unique.

Madre Nostra at Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort, Zermatt, Switzerland Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort, Zermatt, Switzerland

At Madre Nostra, Italian food comes in tantalising modern creations fused with trattoria-style classics whereas Bazaar is inspired by the colourful markets of the orient with mostly veggie food, presented with beautiful aplomb.

Look out for the secret door that takes you into the wine and gin bar hidden within. At Ferdinand be treated to the best of Swiss food with indulgent fondues and raclette, cheese boards and charcuterie platters – a must-do at least once (or twice) on your trip to CERVO.

Spa

A mountain spa is a thing of joy to ease muscles strained on lofty peaks and to have the opportunity to stop and stare at panoramas whilst taking dedicated chillax time.

the new Onsen spa at Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort, Zermatt, Switzerland

The Mountain Ashram Spa however, dials up the relaxation with the input of international treatments. Imagine sitting in a steaming Japanese onsen while you gaze at the changing colours of the Matterhorn at sunset. Or succumbing to a Bhutanese hot stone massage with a mountain herb tea afterwards in the tea yurt. If the mountains aren’t enough to quell your inner monologue, seek help from a dedicated meditation coach or follow the pathway which leads to a peaceful forest bathing pool.

This is not just another Alpine spa, it’s a journey into wellness where you can’t help leaving with a smile on your face.

Kids & Co.

A family friendly hotel and ski crowd hotspot of a holiday, CERVO caters for younger guests with baby cots, children’s menus, babysitting and a little outdoors playground. Wolli Land at Sunegga – Zermatt’s sheep mascot - is also a fab place to take the kids when not enjoying the ski slopes.

Film

Nostalgic Modernists could perhaps best describe the creative minds behind the CERVO Mountain Resort and this is the duo that have captured the deliciously warming essence of rustic with the contemporary

Owners

Nostalgic Modernists could perhaps best describe the creative minds behind the CERVO Mountain Resort and this is the duo that have captured the deliciously warming essence of rustic with the contemporary; meet Daniel and Seraina Lauber. Evolving over the decade and more that they’ve been pleasing international guests with their winning style of modern charm mixed with traditional Alpine design, they’ve moved the hotel with the times, yet never turning their back on the strong vernacular of natural beauty that informs the trad chalets.

Daniel Lauber, owner of Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort, Zermatt, Switzerland Seraina Lauber, owner of Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort, Zermatt, Switzerland

With the ever-watchful eye of the Matterhorn casting its eye over them, they continue to work in synergy with the surrounds and the locals that inhabit it.

“When you can trace your family roots back through village life for more than a couple of centuries, you had better build something that the locals approve of, as you are bound to be related.”

With a plethora of international travel under their belts, they continue to be the lifeblood of the hotel – welcoming guests like old friends, which many of them are, and swiftly making newcomers feel at home.

Location

CERVO is found in Zermatt which lies at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn at an altitude of 1608 meters above sea level. In summer, the wildflower-strewn valleys and mountains make the ideal backdrop for hiking, biking and climbing. You can even ski in summer on the Theodul Glacier or take the Glacier Express for a train ride with one awesome view at the top from 3883 feet above sea level.

In winter, skiing is the name or the game with a huge ski area plus opportunities for free-riders. The Gornergrat Railway, the Matterhorn Museum and the Gorner Gorge are other places to pop in to and enjoy on your visit. Fly to Switzerland to Zurich or Geneva, then connect to Zermatt by train or bus. Don’t forget Zermatt is car-free and all vehicles must park 7kms from the centre.

 

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