Canapés and gourmet dining with Matterhorn views during a self catered ski holiday in Zermatt

When considering a luxury ski holiday in Zermatt, what is your service preference? Do you look for catered or self catered accommodation? One thing that is standard, is a huge aspect of any holiday is the food. Of course, you could choose to experience the incredible luxury catered chalets in Zermatt. Or set your sights on trying as much of the local cuisine as possible, amongst unique settings and local culture. To best experience the culinary delights, our collection of luxury self catered chalets in Zermatt is the place to start. 

Knowing where to stay and where to eat are key parts to planning a self catered ski holiday in Zermatt. Therefore, we have created a guide that answers all your questions. Read on to discover all you need to prepare for an unforgettable self catered luxury ski holiday to Zermatt.

Restaurants in Zermatt

Zermatt has an impressive variety of restaurants. From fine dining and traditional dishes to local buffet bars, this ski resort in the Swiss Alps offers the perfect balance. With so many restaurants available, you might need a two-week ski holiday to do it justice! Before we dive into a selection of our self catered chalets in Zermatt, let us introduce you to a few of the best places to eat in Zermatt.

# 1 Adler Hitta

The outdoor terrace at Adler Hitta restaurant in Zermatt with a Matterhorn view, perfect to experience whilst on a luxury self catered ski holiday in Zermatt

Perched at 2200m looking across the magnificent Matterhorn, Adler Hitta is a fantastic lunch stop. It should always be considered in your route, whilst exploring the extensive ski area. Situated on the Sunnegga-Findeln ski slope during the winter, and hiking trail in the summer, the restaurant is a great place to eat out in Zermatt, snow or shine. And with panoramic windows inside, guests can admire the breathtaking views from any spot. The vibe at Adler Hitta is very relaxed, yet lively with a DJ and live music playing daily. Guests can enjoy a wide range of food, including authentic dishes with natural ingredients and fresh alpine treats. Their rotisserie chicken roasted on a wood fire is famous around the world. Alder Hitta has to be on your list whilst on your ski holiday in Zermatt!

#2 Schweizerhof Kitchen

Chef at Le Schweizerhof Kitchen preparing a gourmet meal for the ultimate lunch in Zermatt

Schweizerhof Kitchen is a great restaurant to indulge in when on a self catered holiday in Zermatt. As part of the newly renovated Hotel Schweizerhof located in central Zermatt, the staff are out to impress. They showcase their skills in the ‘show Kitchen’ and provide a selection of traditional Swiss gourmet dishes. Guests can embrace the lively, modern setting for the ultimate experience. Expect to tuck into a selection of classic dishes including succulent meats, BBQ style grills, homemade pizzas, and classic dishes with a twist. Each ingredient is carefully selected, always with a preference for local and Valais origins. Alternatively, take a seat in the statement bar, amongst n extensive cocktail list and a live DJ. It’s the perfect spot for après ski in Zermatt, or for your evening entertainment!

# 3 Buffet Bar Sunnegga

Buffet Bar Sunnega in Zermatt proposing Matterhorn views from the outdoor terrace. One of the best restaurants in Zermatt fo lunch

For those looking for a more informal lunch in Zermatt, Buffet Bar Sunnegga is a great choice. Thanks to its prime location next to the Sunnegga Express lift, the restaurant is easily accessible by foot too. For all group members, skiers and non-skiers, it’s the perfect meeting point. The word Sunnegga refers to ‘sunny corner’ and Buffet Bar Sunnegga is certainly no exception. Guests are spoilt with sunshine from the morning until sunset, so no need to worry about missing the afternoon sun. You can simply swing by when tummies are rumbling! Buffet Bar Sunnegga is a self-service restaurant and offers a range of local specialities. Tuck into traditional Valais style meals, meats and popular pasta dishes; there is something for everyone. Not to mention the variety of local wines too!

# 4 CasaMia

Italian restaurant Zermatt, CasaMia, offers an idyllic, central spot for a lunch in Zermatt to refuel after a morning skiing in Zermatt

CasaMia is a small family run restaurant in the heart of Zermatt. Owners Nicole and Mario, with the help of their team, have made it their mission to bring Italian style and pleasure to Zermatt. It offers unforgettable experiences through their attention to detail and passion for their business. Their menu displays authentic Italian dishes including pizza, pasta, fish, a selection of meat dishes and also vegetarian options. Centrally located by the train station, CasaMia is a restaurant that can offer lovely lunches as well as evening meals for those on a self catered ski holiday in Zermatt. With great food and fine wine, what more could you ask for?

During the warmer months, the restaurant’s outside terrace is a great place for alfresco dining. Explore more self catered chalets in Zermatt for the summer to have an all-year-round experience. 

#5 Paradise

Paradise in Zermatt, offering stunning views of the Matterhorn from the terrace, whilst you indulge in their extensive menu.

Magnificent Matterhorn views, high quality food and fine wine…everyone’s idea of paradise. Situated at 2,320m altitude, this mountain restaurant in Zermatt takes full advantage of the views of the Matterhorn and surrounding mountains. It provides a range of outdoor furniture for up to 100 guests to get the full experience. It’s worth stopping at Paradise to enjoy the beautiful sun terrace, friendly service and a great selection of Swiss dishes. The homemade pasta specials are enough of an excuse to pass by!

Paradise is not just accessible for skiers, keen walkers may like to hike from Zermatt via Winkelmatten. It takes approx. 50 minutes, and it is a great pit stop to refuel. Alternatively, you can take the Sunnegga Express to Sunnegga and take the signposted hiking trail for 10 minutes towards Findeln. Skiers can access via the piste from Sunnegga-Findeln, and reunite with the group’s non-skiers at one of the best restaurants in Zermatt.

Self Catered Chalets in Zermatt

Zermatt offers some of the best self catered accommodation in Switzerland. For those looking for complete flexibility on their luxury ski holiday in Zermatt, here are just a few of our self catered chalets in Zermatt…

# 1 Heinz Julen Loft

Heinz Julen Loft exterior featuring as one of the best luxury self catered ski chalets in Zermatt

Heinz Julen Loft is a Manhattan style property surrounded by magnificent mountain views of Zermatt and beyond. Established by local designer Heinz Julen, this eccentric apartment combines glass, wood, and steel to create a stylish home from home. Accessed via the Omnia Hotel lift, which is located on the main high street in Zermatt, Heinz Julen Loft is perfect for exploring the local restaurants in Zermatt. As well as a range of amenities on the doorstep, the property itself has a selection of facilities for private. Take advantage after a day skiing in Zermatt to indulge in the indoor hot tub and sauna. Alternatively, relax on the large balcony and terrace, or test your musical abilities on the Steinway Piano. For guests looking for a catered ski chalet in Zermatt, Heinz Julen Loft can also be taken with a chef.

# 2 Chalet d’Amore

Living room with fireplace at Chalet d'Amore for the perfect cosy setting on a luxury self catered ski holiday in Zermatt

Located in the heart of the exclusive Winkelmatten area of Zermatt, Chalet d’Amore is within easy reach of the Klein Matterhorn lift station. Perfectly positioned for access to the wider ski area. Although slightly further away from the hustle and bustle of the resort centre, access to some of the best restaurants in Zermatt are just 15 minutes by foot. Accommodating 8–9 guests across 4 bedrooms and a spacious living dining area, this is a great chalet for families looking for a self catered holiday in Zermatt. For added relaxation, guests have access to a shared Jacuzzi, sauna and relaxation area on the lower ground floor of the building.

# 3 Chalet Elena

Chalet Elena exterior with blue skies and sunshine. With a Matterhorn view to complete the image, it is easy to see why this is a top self catered chalet in Zermatt

Nestled in the Winklematten region, Chalet Elena ticks every box as one of the best self catered chalets in Zermatt. Depending on the conditions, it may be possible for advanced skiers to ski back to the chalet, whilst the less confident may prefer to walk 10 minutes from the Matterhorn Express gondola.

Chalet Elena can accommodate up to 8 guests across 4 bedrooms and a homely living area. The chalet shares spa facilities with neighbouring Chalet Alex, and include a swimming pool, steam room, sauna, and treatment room. Elena has a great kitchen for your designated chef to cook up a scrumptious meal if you have a night off exploring the delights in town. You can also request to take the chalet on a fully catered basis. For larger groups of up to 20 or corporate ski trips, Chalet Elena and Chalet Alex combine as Chalet Shalimar.

# 4 Backstage Loft

Dining room at Backstage Loft offering an idyllic and stylish setting for your designated chef to offer up their culinary masterpieces.

It is not hard to understand why the Backstage Loft features in our Ultimate Luxury Chalets Collection. We didn’t question featuring it in this list for your self catered ski holiday in Zermatt. With a combination of 600m² living space and a selection of private features including an indoor/outdoor hot tub, sauna, gym, cinema room and the use of the Backstage Hotel Spa and Wellness area, the chalet is one of a kind.

Similarly, to Heinz Julen Loft, Backstage Loft is designed by Heinz Julen himself. It incorporates his unique style and valuable designs to create one of the most luxurious self catered chalets in Zermatt. Although located in a quiet residential district, the resort centre is around a 5-minute walk away. What’s more, access to the pistes take a matter of minutes, offering the perfect balance of peace and proximity. As well as being available on a self catered basis, Backstage Loft offers full catering, or with breakfast.

I hope that the above gives you a better understanding of some of the best self catered chalets in Zermatt, as well as some of the top places to eat on a self catered holiday in Zermatt. If you would like further guidance on where you should stay, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by sending an email or giving us a call on +44 (0)1202 203650. Our Ski Specialists will love to help you explore Zermatt for your next luxury chalet holiday in the Alps.