Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort, Zermatt, Switzerland

Nomadic Outpost

Cervo, Zermatt, Switzerland

Nomadic Outpost

Cervo, Zermatt, Switzerland

Nomadic Outpost

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

Intro

Alpinists, nomads, wellness gurus and the aficionados of style are flocking to the reincarnation of ski and foodie legend, CERVO in Zermatt. Set within a canopy of mountain spruce, the CERVO Mountain Resort's timbered habitats are camouflaged into the jagged mountain nature-scape of Zermatt and creeps up the hillside location all pointing towards their neighbour: the Matterhorn.

Recently completely rethought, the next decade ushers in a more considered take on mountain life with a new design philosophy tapping further into the modern traveller's desire to be at one with nature. Local architects MLS led the reconstruction and continue their initial legacy of building a place that is firmly rooted in the DNA of the region whilst reinterpreting that iconic choc-box format.

Interiors are under the curated eye of Dreimeta, the award-winning design concept agency founded by Armin Fischer back in 2003. Together with partners Andrea Kraft-Hammerschall and Maren Mogalle in 2020, the distinctive new interior blueprint creates a soft urban sleight of hand loaded with Alpine intricacies that depict the destination.

CERVO draws from global and indigenous inspiration to create a forward-thinking experience for nomads, mountain-lovers and the fashion crowd in its collection of luxe, timber chalets – each offering a subtly nuanced view of Alpine life. Well-being 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

Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort, Zermatt, Switzerland

Nostalgic Modernists could perhaps best describe the creative minds behind the CERVO Mountain Resort and this is the duo that has 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.

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.

This is the place where everyone gets together: modern nomads, explorers and locals over plates of Frekkeh and a Curry Baingan Bharta

Foodie

Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort, Zermatt, Switzerland

Good food has always been a go-to hallmark at Cervo and the casual eateries are taste-bud feasts for both the carnivores and the vegetarian palates.  Spices from the far east share space with the classic fondues, burger and truffle fries with baked aubergines. Consistent is the sourcing of ingredients, a healthy balance of naughty to feel-good wellness. There’s nothing like the great outdoors to work up an appetite, and happily, CERVO has a choice of three restaurants plus the sun-trap terrace serving all-day gastro classics from all three menus.

The Madre Nostra celebrates Italy’s culinary tradition in all its deliciousness. Modern creations and refined classics with all the wonderful treasures Mother Earth has to offer. To make sure that they reach your table as fresh as possible, the ingredients come directly from local farms and fishermen. From homemade pasta to delicious interpretations of grilled meat and fish, the Madre Nostra carries Italian cuisine in its heart and on its plate; a pitstop for authentic Italian food that comes in tantalising modern creations fused with trattoria-style classics.

Bazaar is inspired by the colourful markets of the orient with mostly veggie food, presented with beautiful aplomb. Inspired by the lively markets of the East, the Bazaar is the heart of CERVO. This is the place where everyone gets together: modern nomads, explorers and locals over plates of Frekkeh and a Curry Baingan Bharta. The atmosphere is relaxed, people chat, drink, meet, dine. The delicious dishes are 100% vegetarian and are served throughout the day.

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 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.

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.

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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 of 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.

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

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

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 versatility 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 is taken from the surrounding mountains and the use of natural materials. A recent worldly input of global trends and artwork remind you of the international appeal of CERVO.

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

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