Our treat: The OMNIA

The OMNIA was our treat on the final night in Zermatt: the rather luxurious hotel that I was to write a review of. It sits on a ledge perched above Zermatt, and has the most extravagant view of the village and the Matterhorn. It's peaceful and quiet, but in minutes you can be in the hustle and bustle below... thanks to a rather nifty elevator in the cliff that leaves from a candlelit cavern and takes you directly to the reception. The rooms have complimetray Kiehl's toiletries, a free third decanter of Bourbon, and memory foam mattresses by Tempur. Everything feels solid and well made, with solid wood panels.

In our room was a wooden free standing bathtub with a skylight above it. The whole interior was designed by Ali Tayar, a New York based architect and designer, and is designed to resemble the traditional American mountain lodge. The hotel had very turbulent beginnings, involving Heinz Julen, who I mentioned in my previous post - he initially designed the interior, but after 7 weeks of opening, the owner gutted the entire building to remove traces of Julen. All very scandalous. Upon arriving, you get a complimentary welcome drink on the sun terrace, and classical music is playing as you enter your room.

The wellness area is beautiful, all in black and low lit, with a pool that goes from indoor to outdoor, and a black marble whirlpool with view of the Matterhorn. Dinner was divine, and we had a cosy little alcove to ourselves. Downstairs is a cosy lobby and library, full of arty hardbacks and with an open fire. Oh, I forgot to mention the staff are all dressed in designer uniforms, very elegant and look nothing like your average hotel staff, Service is top-notch but informal, and whilst the place breathes unassuming elegance, it is very laid back and welcoming. Very very expensive, but I'd say worth it. At breakfast they serve home made croissants.. true pampering...
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