Cabane du Petit Mountet, Val d'Anniviers - 027 475 1380
I have already featured this Cabane previously, but couldn't resist mentioning it again - it really is that good - good facilities, welcoming people, fantastic views and great hikes!
At the head of the Val d'Anniviers - regarded by the Swiss themselves as one of their most beautiful valleys - the Petit Mountet perches on a vast moraine left by the retreating Zinal glacier. This makes the final approach a steep one, though the view gets better with each metre gained until finally several towering 4,000m peaks are yours to ogle. It's a popular lunch spot for walkers from nearby Zinal, but overnighting in this classic hut (dorm beds, hearty food) means you're there for sunset and sunrise, and well placed for some of the most spectacular hikes in the Alps.
BTW - this is extracted from a Guardian (UK) newspaper article. Full piece titled '20 Alpine Retreats' can be found at: