Chalet McKinley

Chalet McKinley

Zermatt

Author
Claude Hervé-Bazin
Copyright
Yves Garneau
Release
Winter 2017-2018

The most beautiful places invariably seem to have names redolent of more distant and improbable lands. The 7 Heavens property development is a case in point. Opened in 2016 in the centre of Zermatt and built by a group of talented architects and designers, it does not do things by half, and comprises seven equally outstanding but subtly nuanced chalets inspired by the mountain trilogy of wood, stone and panoramic views (of the Matterhorn, bien sûr).

These seven Alpine paradises all echo what is one of the world’s highest and most beautiful peaks by embodying the height of luxury, the nec plus ultra of mountain living in the digital age. But what lies behind the many doors of the Mckinley chalet?    
We have not come here in a romantic frame of mind, though now we mention it… With nearly 500m2 of floor area on four floors, the Mckinley is one big and very snug nest. It has everything you could possibly need, though if by any chance there is something missing, the very obliging people at Haute Montagne do all they can to fulfil even the most unexpected requirements, in both an efficient and discreet way. A chalet manager, concierge, personal chef and room attendants are on hand on a permanent basis, while masseuses and ski and yoga instructors can be there at a moment’s notice.
If the Mckinley has a centrepiece, then it is, undoubtedly, the cavernous lounge, which seems big enough to swallow up a whole mountain. The warmth of the wood, encapsulated by the beams – with their natural aged patina – and solid parquet flooring, mirrors that of the glazed fireplace, the room’s passionately beating heart. On one side of the lounge stands a long table patiently awaiting diners. On the other sits a long and luxuriously inviting sofa. This is a room that reflects the essence of the Alps, reworked with an ethereally light, global concept in mind.
The views of snowy peaks and the Matterhorn from the expansive balcony are simply inspirational. While some will be drawn to the slopes, which are served by the nearby Sunnegga cable car, others will refuse to budge, deeming any decision to leave such a warm and inviting haven as sacrilegious. The chalet’s private spa boasts a plunge pool for awakening the senses, a jacuzzi for warming your toes, a sauna and a hammam for getting a sweat on, and a chill-out area for guaranteed relaxation. And if you really have to work out, then the 7 Heavens gym is within easy reach. Alternatively, you can remain snuggled up under the duvet, paying no mind to the sun beating on the blackout curtains, or enjoy a leisurely afternoon chilling in the cinema and games room. It’s snowing? Then so much the better.

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