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scenery and a glass of white with a slight

sparkle. The fact that no two Swiss resorts

are the same (or even similar) adds to the

fascination of a multi-resort holiday, using

the Glacier Express rail link between Zermatt

and St Moritz via Andermatt. Or how about

the Ultimate Ski Safari o„ ered by Bespoke

Switzerland (bespokeswitzerland.com): two

weeks of helicopters and ­ ve-star gracious

living for £22,750 per person.

ZERMATT: Matterhorn views + big skiing +

highest lifts + best mountain restaurants +

car-free village + fascinating history = the

world's best ski resort, QED (if you can a„ ord

it). The ski link with Italy is a chance to escape

for an a„ ordable bowl of pasta, but Zermatt

is no place for penny-pinching.

A � ve-day trip to Zermatt staying in a

four-star hotel with Matterhorn view and

including   ights, rail travel, breakfast, four

culinary dinners, Gornergrat excursion and 25%

discount on � rst spa treatment, from £895pp

with Bespoke Switzerland.

LAAX: A good place to break the Glacier

Express train journey, this outpost in the

Romansch-speaking corner of Switzerland

has emerged from obscurity thanks to its

thrilling snow parks - including an indoor

hall for after-hours aerobatics - and bold

new design hotel and hostel at the foot

of the slopes. A place of pilgrimage for

snowboarders and freestyle skiers, it shares

a big sunny ski area with its more sedate

neighbour, Flims, and is a good choice for

mid-season - mid-Jan to mid-March.

A one-week stay in a four-star hotel, including

breakfast, return   ights and rail transfers, from

£1,029pp with Bespoke Switzerland. Half-board

available for an extra £30 per night.

ITALY

Italy used to be our favourite ski country, for

cheap pasta and plonk on the sunny side of

the Alps and sleeping o„ the hangover in a

deckchair. In the euro era, Italy has gone up in

price and down in popularity, although most

resorts have improved their lifts and invested

in so much snow-making equipment that

skiing is all but guaranteed, even if the pistes

are white stripes down bare hillsides. Many

resorts have an international dimension:

La Thuile and Courmayeur connect with

France, Cervinia with Switzerland. On the

Venetian side of the country, South Tyrol is a

culturally confusing region of many dialects,

where the roseate cli„ s and spires of the

Dolomites tower above neat villages in the

best Tyrolean tradition. The combination of

Austrian standards of hospitality and Italian

gastronomy is a dream ticket.

COURMAYEUR: A cheerful village of cosy

bars, tempting shops and lashings of laidback

Italian charm at the foot of Mont Blanc,

easily reached from Geneva. The small ski

area is packed with welcoming rifugi to stay

in, and there are plenty of adventures to be

arranged for ambitious skiers, with mountain

guides and helicopters.

SWITZERLAND PHOTOS: SWITZERLAND TOURISM

Bespoke Switzerland specialises in luxury

travel and exceptional, tailored experiences

for both business and pleasure.

From luxury hotels and Alpine chalets in

exclusive ski resorts and activity holidays,

to luxury spa visits and unique experiences,

including Matterhorn hiking and helicopter

� ights, Bespoke Switzerland creates

personalised travel itineraries with clients

always in mind.

Whether in its exemplary event

management for corporate entertaining

and conferences or ready-to-book luxury

chalets for family holidays, Bespoke

Switzerland puts an enviable network

of contacts, garnered over 35 years of

experience in the Swiss travel industry, to

good use for an e� cient, personal service.

bespokeswitzerland.com; 020 7917 6282

PROMOTION

SWISS BLISS

Alta Badia, Italy

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