Ski + Snowboard

The World's Sexiest Winter Lodges

by Jason H. Harper

The lodge: Riffelalp Resort, Zermatt, Switzerland

Perfect for you and: That European prince

Isolation index: 6 out of 10. You say you're tired of the go-go bustle of St. Barths and the same old air-kissing crowd in Mustique? How about a new high-flying crowd in the rarefied mountain air of the fabled village of Zermatt, reachable only by rail or helicopter, where locals get about by sleigh? From there, it's a 20-minute railway ride to the venerable Riffelalp lodge.

Cold comfort: Built in 1884, the Riffelalp has always attracted highfalutin Europeans. Its status faltered after a major fire in the 1960s, but recent renovations have restored the gloss, with 72 rooms and suites outfitted with beautiful blond wood, expansive sofas, and balconies with stupendous vistas. From this perch 7,300 feet high in the Gorner Grat ski area, thrill seekers can schuss across the Italian border to Cervinia or heli-ski the high passes. Those less snow-inclined can take a steam bath, spa treatment, or hit the on-site bowling alley. Either way, you and your handsome (and well-born) companion will be living the high life.

The aphrodisiac: Europe's highest outdoor pool, with lots of massage jets and views to the majesty of the Matterhorn. And yes, it's heated to 95°F year-round.

Riffelalp Resort
Tel: 41 27 966 05 55
Doubles from $615

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