White Pod – mountain accommodation 21st-century style

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Parked on a high mountain pasture on the side of the Dents-du-Midi mountain in the top Swiss skiing region of Valais

We’re always on the lookout for cool places, no matter what or where they are. But rarely do we come across something that’s ultra-cool. The White Pod resort in the Swiss Alps definitely falls in to that category (Vincent Hofer | Jean-Marc Palisse | White Pod supplied the fascinating featured image, above).

Parked on a high mountain pasture on the side of the Dents-du-Midi mountain in the top Swiss skiing region of Valais, it has the luxurious feel of a mid-range chalet combined with the sense of being in tune with the pristine alpine environment that envelopes it.

White Pod - Valais Swiss Alps
Photo by Vincent Hofer | Jean-Marc Palisse | White Pod

The resort has 15 geodesic domes positioned on wooden platforms. Individually and collectively they’re visually striking thanks to their aesthetically pleasing latticework of triangles and their white colour that’s harmonious with the surrounding snow-covered landscape. They look great lit from the inside at night too.

Inside they’re furnished in a minimalist, yet luxurious fashion (gorgeous linens, light-wood flooring). And although they appear to be constructed of very thin materials (they are in comparison to the resort’s conventional chalets), they have a very cosy feel. The stylish free-standing wood-burner certainly helps on that front too. The side facing down mountain is made see-through materials, so you get a lovely view to wake up to each morning (don’t worry, you get curtains).

White Pod - Valais Swiss Alps
Photo by Vincent Hofer | Jean-Marc Palisse | White Pod

The pods are made even cooler by their eco-credentials. The resort’s eco-tourism concept, which orientates around energy efficiency, waste reduction and the use of renewable resources secured it an international sustainable tourism award in 2005, just after the pods were opened.

Rates range from CHF 360 to CHF 590 (£238 to £390).

Included in the price are buffet breakfast, tea-time, access to the sauna, Wi-Fi at the main chalets, parking and access to private ski lifts. On the packing list should be: a head lamp, snowshoes and shoe spikes, walking sticks and a backpack.

Dents du Midi in the Chablais Alps, Valais
Dents du Midi (in French this means: “The Teeth of the South”) are situated in the Chablais Alps in the Swiss canton of Valais. Photo by andrewcparnell
Dents du Midi, Valais
What Dents du Midi looks like in August. Photo by wonder_j

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White Pod – mountain accommodation 21st-century style was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
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Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.