Marriott Signs First Ritz-Carlton Ski Resort in Europe

(22 Jan 2021)
Marriott has signed an agreement with Mario Julen to
bring The Ritz-Carlton brand to Zermatt.

Scheduled to open in 2026, the
69-room property will be the first Ritz-Carlton ski resort in
Europe and the second Ritz-Carlton
hotel in Switzerland, joining The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix,
Geneva.

“We are thrilled to announce this milestone
signing with Mario Julen who has a fantastic vision for the
project,” said Satya Anand, President, Marriott International
Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Zermatt is synonymous with
outstanding skiing, mountaineering and jaw-dropping scenery. As
the epitome of modern luxury, this landmark development and
stunning destination will enhance our portfolio of iconic
Ritz-Carlton properties across the globe, offering guests an
exciting opportunity to experience Zermatt’s year-round snowy
peaks, world-class ski slopes, and the iconic Matterhorn mountain.”


The Ritz-Carlton, Zermatt will be designed by
Paris-based firm AW² led by partner architects Reda
Amalou and Stéphanie Ledoux, with the architectural and interior
design expected to offer a refined take on the classic mountain
chalet.

The property will offer unobstructed views of Matterhorn
from both guestrooms and dining establishments.

Design plans are
slated to feature two restaurants and two bars, an outdoor terrace
for alfresco dining, and a private dining room for intimate
gatherings.

An array of recreational activities such as ‘ski-in
ski-out’ access to the slopes, a spa, gym, and both
indoor and outdoor swimming pools are part of the vision for
guests to enjoy. The resort is also expected to offer meeting and
event facilities.

“This is an emotional project for me as I have
worked passionately for many years to bring it to life. It is not
only a declaration of love to my hometown of Zermatt, but also to
the luxury hotel business and its ability to inspire travel. As
the first major, international brand in Zermatt, my wish is that
this project will bring a new level of hospitality to the Swiss
Alps,” said Mario Julen.

Zermatt affords unrivalled skiing for all levels,
climbing across the Matterhorn peak as well as easy access to
Cervinia in Italy for off-piste, heli-skiing and glacier skiing in
the summer months.

Visitors can travel to Zermatt from Geneva and Zurich
international airports in under four hours by train through
enchanting Alpine scenery, or via private helicopter.

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