An Alpine alternative in Nendaz, Evening Standard // 9 March 2011

Overlooking the vine-clad Rhône Valley, Nendaz sits quietly tucked away behind her bigger, brasher sister, Verbier. And to back onto Verbier can only mean one thing: Nendaz is slap-bang in the middle of skiing mecca, the Four Valleys.

A long-time favourite of savvy Dutch and Belgians, the Swiss resort in the Valais region is a welcome diversion from the traditional catered chalet holiday town: with 80 per cent of accommodation Swiss-owned, Nendaz is all about self-catered, high-quality accommodation where the emphasis is not on squeezing sardines into a tin but rather on decent, well-run, family-sized apartments and chalets.

With Verbier at saturation point – building is arrested because of avalanche danger – Nendaz has become the Four Valleys’ new hotbed of investment. Our traditional-style apartment was spacious, modern and in a top location – costing the same, if not less, as a dingy shoebox of a flat in Verbier or the Three Valleys.

Read the rest of my piece in the London Evening Standard here.