Experimental Chalet – Verbier
First New York, Paris, London, Venice and Ibiza, and now, the Experimental Group has brought its unique hospitality brand to the Swiss slopes of Verbier, where après ski is an art form. We’ve never seen a ski hotel quite like this, with its art deco interior design seamlessly blended with chalet authenticity. Bold pink and marine coloured walls and retro furniture are the handiwork of the Italian interior designer Fabrizio Casiraghi. Even the staff have super cool uniforms. This is cosmopolitan living brought to the pistes, with the Farm Club downstairs for those who like to swap their ski boots for dancing shoes (there’s a VIP entrance at reception!) and the main entrance to the hotel is the cocktail bar. This is the place for après ski, pre dinner aperitifs or cocktails before dancing (that’s after the rum punch in the boot room…) Experimental Chalet is in the heart of the village – just a few minutes’ walk from the shops, bars and restaurants, and it has its own shuttle service to take you to the lifts.
There are no exposed beams or marble floors here… The décor is retro chic, with oil paintings on the walls, velvet headboards, and navy blue and white tiled bathrooms. Most of the rooms have balconies, and all of them have supremely comfortable king size beds and mini bars stocked with home made cocktails and hip flasks to take skiing. All the rooms and suites are spacious, starting with the Classic Room, with its homely feel and bathroom with shower. The slightly bigger Superior Rooms are on the upper floors and come with a bath. Some have a south-facing terrace with uninterrupted views of the Grand Combin peak. These rooms can also be connected for those in a larger group. The Deluxe Rooms Terrace, have an even larger balcony. The Junior Suites have a sofa bed, making them good for families, and some of them have a terrace. On the top floor, with clearly the best views, sits the Verbier Suite with its own Jacuzzi on the terrace. Soak in luxury in the bath, or lounge in front of the fireplace. However, the Panoramic Suite is like stepping back in time. We love the glamour of this suite; the light filled rooms and having to choose from three different terraces. The bathroom is enormous, and there’s a Jacuzzi on one of the terraces.
The chef here is “Frenchie” Greg Marchand, a Jamie Oliver prodigée, who has put his own contemporary stamp on such French and Swiss classics as rösti and our favourite – tartiflette. There’s a chef’s table and a fabulous selection of sharing plates. Breakfasts are robust and filling, with homemade granola, delicious freshly baked bread – the sourdough is fabulous – and there’s a snack hour every afternoon. All the produce is mostly sourced regionally and much of the wine comes from local valleys.
Experimental Chalet is very family friendly, with interconnecting room options, and babysitting can be arranged in advance, although there is no children’s menu.
With treatments designed to restore your body and skin after a day on the slopes, you’ll want to visit the Spa here. There are three treatment rooms, a Jacuzzi, hammam and a solarium.
- Retro cool and mountain chic hotel
- 39 rooms and suites with panoramic views
- Signature cocktail bar
- Farm club just downstairs
- Gregory Marchand restaurant ,serving modern French & Swiss classics
- A Biologique Recherche spa with hammam, Jacuzzi and solarium
- Open in the summer