W Hotel, Verbier

The W Hotel is in the centre of Verbier and less than a minute’s walk to the main Médran ski lift and the bottom of the home run, allowing ski-in, ski-out access.

Much like Verbier itself, W manages to be thoroughly contemporary without forgetting its alpine surroundings. The hotel sprawls across four attractive wooden chalet-style buildings, connected with frosted glass atria. The interior pays homage to Swiss design (red, white and wood) but in a slick, contemporary and playful way – modern art pieces are dotted around the place, including a painted cow and a giant red plastic T-Rex.

There are plenty of dining options, from tapas in Eat Hola to sushi in Carve (both closed in summer) and contemporary seasonal Swiss in W Kitchen. The latter focuses on local ingredients such as perch filets, Hérens beef, Valais apricots and Gruyère cream.

Where: Rue de Médran 70, Verbier, 1936 Switzerland. Phone: (41)(27) 472 8888