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Son Amoixa Vell
Manacor, Mallorca

16th century building,
rustic decor,
peaceful atmosphere

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La Bastide Rose
Le Thor, France

Former paper mill,
pleasant views,
new menu daily

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Fondo La Campagnola
Gargnano, Italy

Self-catering villas,
near the beach,
lake views

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L'Antico Pozzo
San Gimignano, Italy

15th century townhouse,
delicately furnished,
central location


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Valais is the large canton of south-west Switzerland and our places to stay here include several in world-famous mountain resorts such as Zermatt. The Rhone Valley runs through Valais roughly east to west. To the south of this wide, flat-soled valley some of the loveliest Swiss mountain valleys thread up towards the chain of great 4,000-m peaks that march along the border with Italy: the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, Dent Blanche and many more.

 In the past, this was one of the poorest areas of the country, whose inhabitants emigrated to an easier life in Austria, Italy and elsewhere in Switzerland, but staying in the same tightly knit communities known as ‘Wallisers’.

 As elsewhere, our selection of places to stay in Switzerland’s Valais offers an exceptionally interesting range to choose from: guesthouses, restaurants-with-rooms and small hotels. Whichever, they all have the special qualities of hand-picked character and charm we seek out.

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Aux Mille Etoiles

Place des Telecabines 9, 1923 VS, Les Marecottes, +41 (027) 7611666
Family-oriented chalet hotel in small ski resort


1938 Champex-Lac, Valais, +41 (027) 7831114
Informal, quirky inn, skiing nearby

Chalet Zen

Zen Steckenstrasse 60, 3920, Zermatt, +41(0)79 916 1372
Private chalet, short walk to ski lift

Les Sources des Alpes

17, Tuftstrasse, 3954 VS, Leukerbad, +41 (027) 4705751
Discrete luxury in well-kown spa and ski resort

Romantikhotel Julen

Zermatt, 3920 Valais, Switzerland, +41 (027) 9667600
Zermatt stalwart for summer and winter sports


Zermatt, 3920 Valais, Switzerland, +41 (027) 9671801
Eclectic , sylish ski hotel next to Gornergrat station
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