Haus Bettina - Saas Fee
I have spent both summer and winter in Saas Fee, staying at the Haus Bettina. There are many things which I think set Saas Fee apart from other alpine villages, which include it being a car-free village which has and is not over-developed as a holiday destination and retains a great part of its heritage and character. It also works as a Swiss Village with it's own rustic and colloquial charm (and genuine locals), but it still has that slick and efficient edge which the country is known for. Food is of course great and there are no shortages of good places to eat.
The walks around Saas Fee are fantastic in the summer - from easy strolls in the lower hills to meet the marmottes and chamois and goats to more challenging climbs up the beautiful surrounding peaks or down to the valley. As there is a glacier above the village you can reach the snow and watch the various international teams which practise there. Skiing in the winter is fantastic - the glacier helps to keep the snow - and each time I've been there the mountains are beautifully cloaked in snow and just look perfect!
Haus Bettina is perched at the edge of the mountainside, so you can peer down to the valley below and you can literally have your breakfast and watch clouds float past the window then eat your dinner and see the moon over the mountain - the views from the apartment are I think the best for the whole village - I have countless photos of sunset and sunrise from the balcony. The appartment is tucked back from the main shops so you aren't in the crowds, but it is literally a 5 minute walk to the shops and 3 minutes to the patisserie for your morning baguette. There are also electric buses to take you to the slopes, but I find that a walk in the morning is the best way for your pre-ski warm up!
The apartment is great - light, modern and clean but also cosy and warm And as is the Swiss way, everything serves a useful function. It is also a hop, skip and a jump away from the fabulous Alphutte (very good food).
Anyway I love it and I highly recommend Haus Bettina - you really get the most out of Saas Fee and the mountains there. I think it would be very hard for me to find anything which could live up to it!
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Young Children,
Helpful votes: 17/17
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