Switzerland has its fair share of secrets. Take Nendaz, an idyllic town on the lush mountain slopes of the Valais, where Annemieke and Onno van Boxtel run the town’s most charming hotel and restaurant, Les Etagnes, as well as its popular après-ski bar Cheers and four generously sized holiday apartments. Being competitive is vital if you are hoping to compete in Switzerland’s packed ski market, and it certainly applies to this small Dutch-run hotel, now in its tenth year. After spending two seasons as ski instructors in Nendaz – a spot they immediately fell in love with – the easygoing duo seized the opportunity to take ownership of a recently renovated hotel. After further revamping the historical site, the couple pride themselves on offering a ‘one-stop shop’ where skiing and socialising meet.


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