Verbier, Switzerland – the ultimate star-studded celebrity ski destination

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Overview – Why Go?

Where do you go to mingle with the rich & famous? Want to dine w/ Sir Richard Branson or ski with Prince Harry? Verbier, Switzerland – the ultimate star-studded celebrity ski destination located in the Swiss Alps in southwestern Switzerland. Ride the cableway up to Mont Fort for dazzling views of the Matterhorn, Grand Combin and Mont Blanc. Verbier offers direct access to the four valleys for the ultimate in extreme skiing. Noted for its “dangerous” sports & “off piste” back county skiing (think unmarked & unpatrolled ski area), it is the “destination de ski ultime” for the daredevil in you!

Getting there

Fly directly inIMG_6922-Editto Geneva w/ Flight Courtier’s supreme business or first class service. Spend the night at the luxurious (*Five Star Alliance) D’Angleterre Hotel. Recharge with cocktails in the Leopard Bar, dine at the Michelin star Il Lago at the Four Seasons. Have Swiss Chauffeur drive you directly to Verbier the next morning.

Culture – Discover the Village

Once a small farming village, the ski boom of the 1960’s transformed Verbier into most cosmopolitan ski resort in the Valais. Original wood hamlets, villages and charming churches merge w/uber chic hotels exclusive chalets, luxurious private clubs & gourmet dining to create the ultimate winter paradise.

Featured Hotel

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The W Hotel -This newly opened boutique hotel infuses Verbier with a new style & energy. Four interconnecting buildings comprised of stone, glass and wood mixed w/ modern amenities & state of the art technology. Rooms have floor to ceiling views, balconies and fireplaces. With an ideal ski in/ out location there are butlers to remove your boots! Dine at Arola for upscale Spanish cuisine, “work it off at their “Sweat” Gym, ease your tired muscles at the “Away Spa” or cool off in their indoor/outdoor pool. Nighttime activity – The “Destination Bar.”

Featured Restaurant
Nomad Sushi Lounge – What do you get when you mix sushi w/ South American cuisine? Nomad – the new hip, ultra stylish restaurant located in the Neval Hotel. Dine on amazing sushi then hit Farm Club next door, the # 1 nightclub in Verbier! After all how much cheese fondue can you eat?

Businessman’s Lunch
The Lodge – To dine here you must stay here. Owned by Richard Branson, it is the perfect mountain hideaway. Seal that deal w/ complimentary meals plus champagne. Ten bedrooms w/staff of 13, the perfect ratio! – Just like home!

Top Events – Think Extreme

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Unleash your wild side – Adrenaline Winters are white hot
Choose your sport – Dog sledding, extreme ice karting, heli-skiing and paragliding will keep you on your toes (or bottom) Book your flight in March to coincide with Swatch Xtreme Verbier to view the world’s top free riders or in April to experience Glacier Patrol – the high alpine world competition!

 

 

 

Verbier Shopping

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Three of the best – Depeche Mode Boutique for the unique, unusual & eclectic, Montcler for the ultimate designer skiwear and the boutique at the W Hotel!scott

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Top Airlines in the World

The World Airline Awards is a bench marking tool for Passenger Satisfaction levels of airlines throughout the world. The survey measures passenger satisfaction across indicators of airline front-line product and service – including check-in, boarding, on-board seat comfort, cabin cleanliness, food, beverages, in-flight entertainment and staff service. The results shown below show the final Global Airline Rankings in the 2013 World Airline Awards.

1. Emirates
2. Qatar
3. Etihad

Here’s why they are the best:
Emirates
Since launching in 1985, Emirates has grown into the world’s leading international airlines. It is the largest and most dynamic airlines in the world and has transformed Dubai into a major connecting hub for global air travel.Last year over 39 million customers flew with Emirates and it’s easy to see why. Emirates constantly strives to offer their customers consistent, world-class service that extends from the moment they make their booking to the moment they arrive home at the end of their journey. Online is extensive innovations, including the industry leading in-flight entertainment system ice, offering over 1,500 channels of entertainment.Emirates has been, and continues to be, a leader in revolutionizing air travel.

Qatar
The Doha-based airline received the Best Airline in the Middle East for the seventh consecutive year and the Best Airline Staff Service award in the Middle East, as well as begin named second airline in the world. This shows that they truly are a favourite airline among today’s global travellers. Qatar’s achievements reflect the high standards it sets for itself and the hard work and commitment of the staff continue to make Qatar Airways the success it is today.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker hailed the achievements as “fantastic recognition” of all employees at Qatar Airways for the dedication and commitment to their job. “I am extremely proud of the adulation given once again by the very people who fly – the travelling public, for their support and faith in Qatar Airways,” said Al Baker.

Etihad
Etihad is honored to take home the top honors in ever First Class category. In just 10 years, Etihad operations have risen rapidly in Skytrax rankings. While the airline believes in investing in new innovative products, they believe that world-class hospitality should not be limited to hotels and restaurants. Etihad wants to bring the best hospitality to every point of the journey, even in the air.