Friday, February 21, 2014

SKIING IN SWITZERLAND, part 2, Badrutt's Palace

Neil Bedford continues his Alpine travels amidst dazzling slopes and glittering luxury. Now he takes us to one of the world's most exclusive and glamorous addresses, Badrutt's Palace, St Moritz. 

The white glitter above St Moritz

Welcome to ...

It is hard to beat the Badrutt’s Palace welcome at St Moritz train station. Before we can catch our breath in the crisp Swiss mountain air, an immaculately dressed porter takes our luggage and walks us through the snow to a waiting Rolls Royce. Our friendly chauffeur immediately puts a smile on our face by telling us tomorrow’s forecast for blue skies, sunshine and fresh snow overnight. The ideal arrival and things only got better….

Better and better...

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

Synonymous throughout the world with chic, elegance and class, St Moritz has no equal in luxury, lifestyle and exclusivity. It was therefore only fitting that we stay at the town’s most prestigious address, Badrutt’s Palace Hotel.

The perfect location overlooking Lake St Moritz

A magnet for royalty and the rich since 1896, Badrutt’s Palace oozes history and glamour from it’s stone fa├žade pores. While such history evokes a sense of assured luxury, it was pleasing to discover that the hotel has managed to combine a contemporary change with it’s indelible history. The tapestries and classical furnishings of the hotel’s Le Grand Hall contrasting with the modern face of Nobu restaurant; the contemporary ‘wet zone’ ideal for keeping the aches of a days skiing away; the rooms themselves are grandly styled in the bedroom and living areas while the state-of-the-art bathrooms show a touch of modern style where it is most appreciated.

Wet zone with multiple saunas and steam room plus
 indoor and outdoor pools
Modern bathroom
Suite with a view
Deluxe room

Six dedicated dining venues would spoil even the most particular of gourmets while the legendary Palace wine cellar with its 40,000 or so bottles and 900 labels is equally impressive. The Head Sommelier is in his element sharing his wine knowledge and Select Collection are delighted to arrange private tours.

Winter views from heated pool

St Moritz

The origins of St Moritz as a winter resort date back to September 1864 and while the British were the first winter guests, it is now much more likely that you will find St Moritz’s visitors enjoying an afternoon tea of champagne and caviar rather than traditional Earl Grey and scones. The champagne lifestyle extends up the slopes as well with some of the Alps finest restaurants located near the mountain summits.

Spoiling even the gourmets...

The destination’s reputation for all the finer things in life does something of a disservice to it’s on piste delivery. In fact skiing around St Moritz feels distinctly underrated to us. Speedy and modern lifts; over 350km of pistes included many featured in World Cup races; a healthy mix of blacks, reds and blues; south facing slopes accessible on either side of the valley depending on the stage of the season; floodlit skiing on Friday nights; and views that will literally stop you in your tracks. All this plus the famous Hahnensee run which is regarded as one of the most beautiful downhill runs in the Alps; noted for its peaceful setting and stunning panorama as well as for the high demands it will place on your skiing skills. In addition to downhill skiing St Moritz is one of the premier regions in the Alps for cross-country, with 200km of trails, some floodlit, amid stunning scenery and with reliable snow.

Breathaking skiing

The facts

Reach St Moritz by Swiss Air flight to Zurich followed by 3h 30 train or 2h 30 car. (Or 30min flight from Zurich to Samedan airport by chartered flight).
Stay at Badrutt’s Palace from €490 per night 9-30th March.
Book all your arrangements with Select Collection for the best rates and service as well as complimentary lift pass for stays of 2 nights or more.

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