The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and quiet conversations fill the air. The aroma of freshly baked cake drifts out onto the terrace, where the Bio Hotel Bella Vista guests are enjoying their afternoon. The snow-capped peak of the Matterhorn rises above the peaceful scenery, keeping watch over the valley and the small town of Zermatt nestled between the slopes.
Active and Cozy.
The small, family-run Hotel Bella Vista is just above the centre of Zermatt and is, therefore, just beyond the hustle and bustle of the popular tourist destination. Nevertheless, it is only a few minutes’ walk before guests can plunge into the lively town’s action. There is no need to watch out for cars. Zermatt is completely car-free! Only a few electric vehicles or carriages can be seen on the streets.
The hotel itself offers just 21 rooms in various sizes and furnishings. From cosy single rooms to double rooms with a view of the Matterhorn to spacious suites suitable for travellers with dogs, everyone will find the perfect “home away from home” here.
Those seeking relaxation can look forward to a quaint wellness area with a sauna, panoramic relaxation room and Swiss pine parlour. The hotel’s location directly on the Sunnega/Rothorn skiing and hiking area invites guests to enjoy long walks in nature, long hikes or action-packed ski runs.
The Bio Hotel Bella Vista at a Glance:
Location: Zermatt, Switzerland, directly on the Sunnega/Rothorn hiking and skiing area.
Rooms: 21 from single room to suite.
Board basis: rich breakfast in the morning, homemade cake in the afternoon, weekly cheese evening with fondue and raclette, evening special with tarte flambé and soup on advance reservation.
Mobility: Arrival is most accessible by train; pick-up from the station is possible with an electric vehicle.
Special features: dog-friendly, storage facilities for bicycles and ski equipment.
Relaxation or Action?
At Bella Vista, sports enthusiasts and wellness seekers will find what they seek. The spa area offers space for relaxing hours, even in private. With an exclusive spa booking, guests can expect a two-hour relaxation experience including steam bath, sauna and, of course, the famous Swiss pine parlour relaxation room. A panorama sauna with a view of the Matterhorn is also in the planning stage. A glass of prosecco and a plate of fresh fruit complete the time for two.
Active holidaymakers will also get their money’s worth at the Bella Vista. Bikes and ski equipment can not only be stored in the hotel but can also be washed and (if necessary) repaired. A heated boot room is available for ski boots. In ideal snow conditions, the Sunnega Valley run ends directly at the hotel – allowing for a smooth transition from an active holiday to a relaxing getaway.
Active Relaxation with Yoga Lessons and Retreats.
Yoga lessons and retreats are held regularly at the Bio Hotel Bella Vista. Whether individual sessions, group classes (in small groups) or three-day retreats, beginners and advanced yogis can look forward to varied, mindful sessions. Fabienne Anthamatten’s younger sister Stefanie, who returned to the family hotel after her yoga training in Thailand and India, now leads the offerings.
Locally Committed with an Eye for the Big Picture.
The Hotel Bella Vista is currently run by Fabienne Anthamatten, now in its third generation. She is committed to making her own hotel more sustainable and environmentally friendly and is also a member of the Hoteliers Association in Zermatt. This association has set itself the ambitious task of representing the interests of employees and employers and is committed, for example, to affordable housing and more childcare facilities.
The Bella Vista team consists mainly of local residents who have participated for many years. Thus, the guests of the Bella Vista enjoy a genuine family feeling fuelled by the friendly community atmosphere.
At Hotel Bella Vista, only products from the region are served. A close relationship with the producers is essential to Fabienne Anthamatten, so she regularly visits them in person. Many things are also made directly in the hotel itself. These include jams made from fruit grown in the hotel’s garden (on the garage roof), syrups, pastries and bread, and the popular vegan dandelion “honey”.
Sustainable – Without Compromise.
For the Bella Vista team, love of the region also means doing everything they can to preserve it. “There is no Planet B,” they write on their website. Guests also find this reminder in their room in the form of a door hanger. With this, they can show housekeeping that no room cleaning is desired, saving water, energy and cleaning agents. Bed linen and towels are only changed on request, and guests are encouraged to bring slippers or flip-flops for the spa area from home.
Many products come from the hotel’s own small garden, bakery or chickens. Everything else comes from local producers, usually directly from the village. Rubbish and disposable packaging and products are avoided as far as possible. Eco-energy is a given, as are energy and water-saving measures and their regular monitoring.
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