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Brand new, Switzerland’s Whitepod resort has just opened (on the 20th of December 2011) featuring 15 private geodesic pods that resemble igloos anchored on wooden platforms, a recently built spa, a central chalet and private skiing for the guests.
Each pod has a large double bed for 2 people. Five of the pods are equipped with mezzanines that can hold 2 extra beds. However, the mezzanine beds are not intended for adults, they are more appropriate for children from 8 to 16 years old.
All pods are equipped electricity, a floor lamp, wood-burning stoves and organic luxury bedding. The bathrooms are heated with an electric heater and equipped with fully fitted bathrooms; shower, sink, toilet, hairdryer, towels and amenities. And each pod has two pairs of Crocs™ (plastic clogs) at your disposal, lol!
At the center of the 15 pods, stands a charming early 1800s wooden chalet where guests meet for breakfast in the morning or gather in the evening around its central fireplace for evening drinks and socializing.
The Relaxation area, which is inside the Pod-house, at the center of the pods, has:
– One Finnish sauna
– One Japanese bath
– Changing rooms
Open every day from 15:00 to 20:00 or on request
The two private lift installations can be opened from 11 am to 3 pm upon demand and ensure the guests benefit from a perfectly maintained and safe skiing experience.
The domain also has excellent snow conditions from December through to March.
The Whitepod Welcome kit:
Whitepod is located in Switzerland, in the canton of Valais, in the village of Les Cerniers, at the foot of the Dents-du-Midi mountain range (the beginning of the Swiss Alps), and faces the international ski resort Villars.
Winter 2011/2012, Price per night:
WEEKNIGHTS (Sunday to Thursday) WEEKEND NIGHTS (Friday or Saturday)
POD (single or double occupancy): CHF 400 / EUR 325 CHF 590 / EUR 480
Extra bed: CHF 50 / EUR 40 CHF 80 / EUR 65
Baby cot: FREE /FREE
Included in the price:
Buffet breakfast at the Pod-house
Access to the relaxation area
All equipment necessary for the stay – back bag, headlights, snowshoes, sledge
Access to our private ski slopes
Free WIFI at the Pod-house
Tea-Time – afternoon tea & pastries served everyday
images courtesy of Whitepod, Photographer: Vincent Hofer | Jean-Marc Palisse – Designer: Angelique Buisson
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