Newport Travel Guide
The skier’s paradise of St.Moritz, near the Italian border in Switzerland, is the alpine answer to the luxury resorts of the French Riviera. Some indulgent guests stay in their suite for two to three months straight, without skiing once. Unlike many other ski resorts, just as much champagne as beer (or perhaps even more) is served in the restaurants on the slopes.
St. Moritz is a destination for every type of luxury and glitz. The international upper class has flocked here since as far back as the 19th century; one might say that it’s tradition. St. Moritz is often mentioned as one of the world’s first ski resorts. Many visitors are celebrities and jet-setters who come to the resort every year. But legends like Charlie Chaplin and Audrey Hepburn also appreciated coming to St. Moritz, where guests receive discreet yet excellent service.
St. Moritz is a delight for both the soul and the eye. The beautiful landscape boasts alpine peaks, glaciers, frozen lakes, and rolling valleys, and the resort also enjoys an extraordinary number of hours of sunshine. One of the things that makes St. Moritz unique is that the tree line is higher than usual in the Alps. As a result, many people love the wonderful glade skiing there, with unusually fluffy snow. St. Moritz is often called a “ski resort”, but is actually a municipality consisting of the merged villages of Sankt Moritz-Dorf and Sankt Moritz-Bad, as well as adjacent Suzetta and half of Champfér.
SPORTY ST. MORITZ
St. Moritz is famous for its winter sports and has hosted the 1928 and 1948 Winter Olympics. Every year, spectacular snow polo competitions are held in which the crew competes in a stunningly beautiful winter landscape. St. Moritz is also known for its Cresta Run, a winter sport in which competitors race around a natural ice toboggan track. The track is 1,214 metres long and the racers lie on their stomachs with their heads facing forwards. Stretching all the way from St. Moritz to the municipality of Celerina, the Cresta Run is the forerunner of the winter sliding sport known as skeleton.
5 STAR HOTEL
Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is St. Moritz’s most famous hotel, decorated with old-fashioned yet luxurious charm. The hotel’s 19th-century décor is eminently elegant, with soaring, cathedralesque ceilings. Badrutt’s Palace is a five-star hotel that first opened its doors in 1896 and is part of the Leading Hotels of the World, an association of the world’s most exclusive hotels.
5 STAR HOTEL
Kulm Hotel is a spacious and sophisticated luxury five-star hotel, also founded by Johannes Badrutt who started Badrutt’s Palace. The name “Kulm” comes from the Latin word culmen, which means “hill”. From the hotel’s elevated position, guests can enjoy lovely views of the St. Moritzersee, the resort’s centrally located lake.
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Suvretta House is situated in a secluded location in the woods outside St. Moritz, with beautiful nature at its doorstep. It is the perfect starting point for summer hikes and winter sports during the cold part of the year. Many describe the five-star Suvretta House as a luxury guest house where quality and far-reaching traditions are bywords.
Le Restaurant at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel offers glamorous evenings in a unique setting with seven-metre-high ceilings, white tablecloths and crystal chandeliers. The menu features international and French cuisine and the dress code requires gentlemen to wear a jacket and tie to dinner. What could be more exclusive?
Cà d'Oro is a gourmet Michelin-starred restaurant serving delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Here you will find a mix of traditional and more modern dishes. A delight for the taste buds! The restaurant is part of the luxurious Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski.
The trip to St. Moritz takes time, unless you have your own private jet and can land at the central mini-airport, Engadin. We suggest that you fly to Zurich and travel by train from there. Choose a carriage with panoramic windows that stretch over the roof. It transforms the last stage of the trip into a three-hour and forty-five-minute fantastic journey through a postcard-perfect alpine landscape.