Looking for a fun and easy getaway in Utah?
My family recommends Zermatt Resort in Midway, Utah. Midway is located less than an hour from Salt Lake City, and about 20 minutes from Orem or Park City. It's one of Utah's most charming small towns, nestled in the Wasatch Mountains. There are a lot of fun things to do here.
Zermatt is a Swiss-inspired luxury resort that works for a romantic getaway or family reunion in all seasons. Zermatt first hosted my family on a winter weekend of tubing, sleigh riding and skating in 2015. Last summer, we returned to Zermatt for my husband's family reunion because it was comfortable, affordable, and fun for our large group, ranging in age from 10-75.
Here are my top tips for planning a trip to Zermatt Resort in Midway, Utah.
Zermatt has a wide variety of rooms in several buildings to accommodate families of all sizes. On our first trip, the four of us shared a single hotel room. It was the honeymoon suite, so it was especially lovely. Had I known in advance we'd get that room, I would have left the kids at home with Grandma!
Zermatt also has condos with full kitchens, living areas and up to 3 bedrooms. These Chateau Villas are what I booked for the family reunion. Our two-bedroom condos had beds for up to 8 people, and most of us were able to share and save money. Family members who wanted more privacy booked their own rooms.
There is more than one way to book at room at Zermatt. The first is to call the resort or book directly through Zermatt's website at www.zermattresort.com. The second is to book through a private owner. Some of the condos are privately owned and available to rent on sites like Booking.com or HomeAway.com. My extended family used both ways for our reunion. Zermatt was helpful in getting us all in the same building.
Zermatt has indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs. The February weekend we were there was an unseasonably warm 65 degrees (F), and my family tried both the indoor and outdoor pools. There is a swim-through lane connecting one to the other, and my children thought that was really fun.
The indoor hot tub is large, and has a waterfall! There is comfortable seating and lounge chairs both indoor and outdoors, where I watched the kids play and caught up on some reading.
The Zermatt Resort has two on-site restaurants and a bakery/cafe. We tried the cafe, Bakerei and Eis for breakfast one morning and found a tempting assortment of pastries, breakfast sandwiches, bagels, yogurt parfait and oatmeal. Come back at lunch time for soups, sandwiches and gelato.
We also enjoyed the decadent Sunday brunch at Z's Steak and Chop Haus. There, we enjoyed a fantastic buffet with a fruit crepe and omelette bar, cold salmon, local and imported cheeses, fresh fruit, hot eggs, sausages and bacon, and beautiful baskets of muffins, scones and croissants from Bakerei and Eis.
More Things to Do
In addition to the pools, the Zermatt offers a nice variety of amenities and activities. Many are complimentary. Amenities include:
- Carousel for kids
- European-inspired spa
- Large fitness room, with dry sauna and steam room
- Valet parking
- Free self-parking
- Shuttle service to Park City, and anywhere within 5 miles
- Coffee and hot cider in lobby
- Meeting rooms
- Board games
- Pool table
The carousel is open during warm weather months. Just ask the front desk to send someone over if you'd like a ride. Even though my kids (ages 14 and 11) are a little old for it now, they still had fun and didn't say no when the attendant asked if they wanted a second ride.
With its abundant amenities, charming ambience, and proximity to a wide variety of activities, it's not surprising that the Zermatt Resort is a popular year-round destination for romantic getaways, family vacations and outdoor adventure in Utah. We recommend Zermatt for families.
Disclosure: Our first stay at Zermatt Resort was complimentary for the purpose of review. We returned at our own expense with 20+ extended family. All opinions are my own.