Sir Richard Branson’s mountain retreat in Verbier, perched high in the Swiss Alps, is the perfect year-round escape. Complete with nine stunning bedrooms and suites, an indoor pool, indoor and outdoor jacuzzis and a friendly team of experienced staff including a spa therapist and Michelin-star trained chefs, The Lodge is a true alpine paradise, ideal for not just a luxury ski holiday, but also for an active summer break.
The Lodge is the perfect place for holidaying with friends and family. This picture-perfect chalet features a variety of rooms to choose from. For the full experience, choose one of the master suites, located on the top floor, with magnificent views of the mountains and valley opposite. The suites are very spacious and they feature centrepiece fireplaces, a sitting area and a mini-bar. For families who would like interconnecting rooms, there’s a secret door in the bookcase which connect the two Master Suites together.
What’s on the menu?
The food served at The Lodge is one of the highlights of your stay. Dining can be as formal or informal as you wish, from full four-course gourmet feasts to healthy meals with the children.
In summer, meals are served communally, giving you a chance to share what you’ve been up to during the day with other guests. You can dine al fresco whilst enjoying the fresh mountain air on the terrace where there is a BBQ and bar area.
Everyone knows that Verbier is a fantastic resort in winter, but did you know about all the great things to do in summer?
From paragliding to canyoning, wine tasting, yoga, rock climbing, extreme mountain biking, golf, tennis or hiking, there is for all ages. Burn some energy with a swim in The Lodge’s 9 metre pool, play on the fames console, shoot some pool in the games room, relax in one of two Jacuzzis or be pampered by the in-house spa therapist.
Verbier is home to the legendary Raid BCVS, stages of the Tour de Suisse and the Swiss downhill championships. With hundreds of kilometres of biking trails, ranging in terrain and gradient, there is something for every level of mountain biker. If it is the downhill adrenaline rush you are after, without the effort of the uphill climb, take advantage of the lift service which operates from the beginning of July to mid-September.
It doesn’t get more Swiss that a hike in the mountains, on a stream that runs across the middle of the mountain, called “the Bisse”. Originally used to take fresh water from the glacier at Mont Fort to the village of Levron, it is now maintained for walkers and is totally flat for the majority of the walk.
Don a wet suit and take to the water! Brave the icy cold snow-melt water and climb and jump your way down a waterfall and river bed. With an experienced mountain guide with you, you’ll use a variety of climbing and scrambling techniques to negotiate a course down and through gorges and waterfalls, including jumping into pools along the way.
Why not take to the sky and see the spectacular sights Verbier has to offer from the air? Take a tandem flight where you can sit back and enjoy the experience, or take a course and go solo.