Wednesday 11th December saw the inauguration of the new and highly anticipated W Hotel in Verbier, Switzerland. The exclusive and contemporary hotels are known for their cutting edge design, stylish lounges, blissful spa’s, innovative cocktails and cuisine, and energetic nightlife where the hotel’s locations are always carefully selected. The Verbier vibe is apropos to the W’s philosophy and therefore an ideal choice. What makes it even more special is that the W hotel in Verbier is the world’s first ever W alpine ski retreat.
The inauguration commenced with speeches in the big white ‘studio’ space ideally suited to this sort of event with high ceiling adorning huge windows with spectacular mountain backdrop. From here the guests moved down through the large glass atrium to the piste facing rooms where they could gain an elevated view of the unveiling of the ‘W’ – a large rotating W situated in the Place Blanche outside the front of the hotel. Tight rope walkers were performing across ropes stretching between the 4 chalet style buildings and in the middle the staff of the hotel were in place each holding letters on plaques spelling out ‘11.12.2013, W, 14.15’, marking the official date of the inauguration.
Following champagne celebrations on the room terraces the guests were directed into the Arola restaurant where two Michelin-starred Spanish Chef Sergi Arola and executive head chef Torsten Sallstrom have created some innovative and diverse tapas style dishes. Every elevated table space including the 25m bar facing the open kitchen was abounding in a colourful array of ordoeuvre’s.
There were various entertainments going on throughout the hotel. Outside on the south facing terrace an attractive ice skater was dancing elegantly in a stylish pink tutu whilst the guests sipped champagne in the sunshine. On the other side of the atrium is a vibrant red tunnel leading to the hotels ‘Carve’ nightclub. In here dancers all dressed in white were performing impressive moves with juggle clubs and balls.
My day shooting photos at the W concluded with a quick glimpse into the ‘Away Spa’, where 9 deliciously cosy treatment rooms were beckoning. But nothing was more inviting that the half in/half out swimming pool. That’s where I want to be! Good luck W and we wish you a welcome start to many successful years in Verbier.