Inside The Lodge – Richard Branson’s exclusive mountain retreat
Issue 7 / 26 September 2018
Inside The Lodge – Richard Branson’s exclusive mountain retreat

Perched high in the Swiss Alps, Richard Branson's The Lodge is the ideal retreat for large groups holidaying in Verbier.

Oliver Corkhill

Tucked away on a quiet road in the beautiful resort of Verbier, The Lodge is one of the finest properties in the Swiss Alps. The expansive chalet has nine en-suite bedrooms including a children’s bunk room, and is situated close to the ski lifts for easy access to the slopes.

The Lodge is a luxurious home from home, with plenty of cosy corners to relax in. Party-goers are in for a treat here with a whole area dedicated to the cause. Featuring a pool table that transforms into a ping pong table, a disco ball and a bar that never closes, partying at The Lodge is a serious business!

If you’d rather spend your time relaxing than tackling Verbier’s slopes, there’s a heated indoor pool, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi’s, a steam room and a fully-equipped gym. Various spa treatments are also available - choose from a bespoke aromatherapy facial, hot stone massage or a relaxing back, neck and shoulder massage.

The Lodge is able to accommodate 18 adults and six children in total. Six spacious en-suite bedrooms with large bathrooms and balconies are located on the second and third floors. On the top floor are two incredible master suites with beautiful living areas, fireplaces, private balconies and huge bathrooms. Children will love the bunk room which is equipped with three sets of bunk beds, a TV with DVD player, games console and bean bags.

“From the moment I saw it, I knew this beautiful chalet was destined to become my favourite mountain hideaway.”
Richard Branson
“From the moment I saw it, I knew this beautiful chalet was destined to become my favourite mountain hideaway.”
Richard Branson

The Lodge prides itself on its service with a team of 15 staff on hand to make sure you are well looked after. Skis, boots and lift passes will be waiting for you on arrival and there is a 24-hour chauffeur on hand to transport you to the lifts and back and anywhere else you wish to go within resort. Meals are prepared by Michelin-star chefs who will prepare everything from breakfasts, to freshly baked cakes and gourmet dinners. There’s a fantastic wine list too.

Taking care of the environment is also high on The Lodge’s agenda and the chalet tries to be as sustainable as possible by sourcing local ingredients, eliminating the use of plastic bottles and donating 15% of particular treatment charges to the Make-a-Wish foundation in Switzerland.

There are many activities on offer at The Lodge. Have a go at heli-skiing, snowshoeing or paragliding during the winter season or hiking, rock climbing, golf or mountain biking in the summer months. There are many vineyards close to Verbier and wine tasting can be arranged at The Lodge or further down the valley.

The Lodge is typically booked exclusively for seven nights for groups throughout the winter, though those looking to rent an individual room can do during the summer months and in designated weeks during the winter.

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