Marriott International is bringing The Ritz-Carlton brand to the Swiss Alps. The hospitality giant has signed an agreement with Mario Julen for The Ritz-Carlton, Zermatt which is expected to open in 2026.

This will be the first Ritz-Carlton ski resort in Europe.

The 69-guestroom resort will be designed by Paris-based firm AW² led by partner architects Reda Amalou and Stéphanie Ledoux. The interior design and architecture are expected to offer “a refined take on the classic mountain chalet”.

The property will offer stunning views of Matterhorn from both guestrooms and dining outlets. The resort will feature two restaurants and two bars, an outdoor terrace for alfresco dining, and a private dining room for intimate gatherings.

Recreational activities will include ‘ski-in ski-out’ access to the slopes, a tranquil spa with a gym, and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools.  Meeting and event facilities will also be available.

Satya Anand, president, Marriott International Europe, middle east, and Africa said:

“We are thrilled to announce this milestone signing with Mario Julen who has a fantastic vision for the project. Zermatt is synonymous with outstanding skiing, mountaineering, and jaw-dropping scenery.

“As the epitome of modern luxury, this landmark development and stunning destination will enhance our portfolio of iconic Ritz-Carlton properties across the globe, offering guests an exciting opportunity to experience Zermatt’s year-round snowy peaks, world-class ski slopes, and the iconic Matterhorn mountain.

“Today’s signing reflects the heightened demand for our luxury hospitality brands across Europe, middle east, and Africa.”

This will be the second Ritz-Carlton hotel in Switzerland, after The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix, Geneva.