FROM ONE SHORE TO ANOTHER
By Sarah Jollien-fardel
Two sites on either side of the Rhone valley, not newly born but part of those beautiful timeless places where people like to come back. So, which do you prefer the right or the left shore?
On the right, Crans-Montana. This urban resort no longer needs to be presented – with its cobbled streets, boutiques, golf courses etc have created its international aura. The geographical location of this town in the heart of scenery which we never tire of seeing remains a gem for eternity. More climbing, 2112 altitude precisely, is required to reach the Chetzeron hotel and restaurant.
The existing building, a restaurant and the old cable car mountain station, legendary to the locals, has been transformed with precision and rigour by the Actes Collectifs office. An eco-friendly building with a majestic panoramic view on the Alps, 16 rooms and suites, a relaxation area including a rooftop heated pool and a gourmet restaurant. To access this peaceful haven, forget your car. By foot (or ski in winter) or a shuttle system (snowcat in the winter, 4-wheel drive in the summer). Uncommon luxuries such as tranquility and authenticity in a packaging as vernacular as it is contemporary.
Chetzeron 2112m – www.chetzeron.ch
The left shore, Cerniers, in the Valais Chablais, above the plain, a cluster of bubbles all in whiteness and transparency are spread out happily in a meadow. Welcome to Whitepod, a hotel like no other. It is an experience in itself, a moment of magical grace to sleep in this site where everything is designed to disconnect and reconnect to nature. This concept – it is one – was imagined in 2004, and does not age. Basically, the individual geodesic formed pods are scattered around a field, each with a wooden deck and are dispersed so as to preserve the privacy of each. Each dome is wood pellet heated and has the comfort of a hotel room.
From the cosy bed, enjoy a breathtaking view that opens onto the wild surroundings, at night the starry sky (or not) seems to exist just for you. It feels like being all alone in the world in this comforting space where noise is caulked by the curtains and draperies. A trendy restaurant, “Les Cerniers” (local products, vegetarian dishes but not only) is available to guests for all meals. Putting the magic back in your life is possible. To experience at least once in life, you will not regret it.