[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]he Swiss Alps in central Valais may be an odd place to find a big striped cat but once it becomes clear this one has lent its name to a new luxury lodge named after an iconic Bhutan temple then the logic behind Tiger’s Nest becomes much clearer. Situated at an altitude of 1550m in the east of Les Quatre Vallées this contemporary alpine lodge offers superb and reliable snow conditions and six ski lifts within a 12-minute drive of the house. Skiers can also access Nendaz, La Tzoumaz and Verbier.
Owned by a Hong Kong-based British family, Tiger’s Nest is furnished in a luxurious East meets West contemporary style dreamed up by a leading interior designer. The four-storey lodge features five beautifully appointed double bedrooms, and is perfectly suited for two families and a nanny, or up to 10 adults. The master suite, occupying the entire top floor of the lodge, enjoys spectacular views of the Matterhorn range of mountains.
“The design of the lodge reflects our family’s time spent in Asia, our love of architecture and of Asian and European food and art,” says Diana Footit, owner of Tiger’s Nest and a successful Hong Kong businesswoman, “The house was born out of a desire to find somewhere to stay in the mountains as luxurious as the very best hotels in Asia, with the same levels of service combined with the comfort of our own home.”
The dedicated in-house team includes a host, chef, driver and ski concierge who will customise each guest’s stay according to his or her specific tastes. Facilities at the lodge include a spa treatment room, a study and a host of indoor and outdoor sporting facilities including tennis, badminton, mountain bikes and a yoga deck.
The lodge is situated within a 20-minute drive from Sion airport, to which private jets can fly during daylight hours. It takes less than two hours by car from Geneva airport and three hours from Zurich and Milan’s Malpensa airports. Prices start from 2,900 per person Swiss Francs (approx. HKD24,000), based on 10 adults sharing on a one week basis.