48 Hours in St Moritz: A Weekend in Switzerland’s Most Luxurious Resort
January 26, 2018
The enchanting St Moritz has been attracting royalty, celebrities, and VIP guests to its slopes for over a century. Set in Switzerland’s Alps, it is a picturesque, lakeside village that sparkles by night and dazzles a brilliant white by day. The only way to travel to the Alps’ most glamorous resort, a St Moritz helicopter transfer is the only way to arrive in style, comfort, and sophistication. There is a lot you can pack into 48 hours in St Moritz: think skiing, shopping, high-adrenaline winter sports, luxurious spa experiences, and fine dining in Michelin-starred restaurants. Read on to discover just some of the many indulgent features of St Moritz – each of which makes the celebrated Swiss ski resort a must-visit destination for discerning travellers this winter.
Check-In, Relax, and Sleep Well
Arrive on Saturday morning by way of a stress-free helicopter transfer and experience a bird’s-eye view of the picture-postcard village of St Moritz and its majestic lake. St Moritz has an enviable selection of hotels, from which you can continue to enjoy the magical alpine views in supreme comfort; Badrutt’s Palace should be top of your list of places to stay in St Moritz. As a famous symbol of the exclusive ski resort, Badrutt’s Palace exudes classic charm with an elegant decor, six restaurants, and a unique spa. Its indoor pool is famous for its granite diving rock and its breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains. A dip in the heated outdoor pool is also highly recommended. The hotel provides a free shuttle service to the Corvatsch Cable Car – located just 550 yards away.
Take to the St Moritz’ Pistes: Feel Alive
Head straight to the Engadin Valley’s slopes, which cater for all levels of difficulty. The Corvatsch cable car takes just seven minutes to transport skiers to the highest summit station in the Eastern Alps (3,303m). The region is considered very snow-sure and includes Switzerland’s longest night slope, as well as adventurous skiing on the Corvatsch glacier. St Moritz has 58 lifts and 350km of immaculately groomed pistes – most of which are perfect for intermediate and advanced skiers. It might not be the first choice for beginners, but the nursery slopes in Corviglia (close to the town centre) are more than adequate.
Fine Dining in St Moritz
After working up an appetite on the pistes, it’s time for some nourishing food to replenish your energy for the night ahead. St Moritz is a foodie’s paradise and is home to many upscale restaurants, such as the two-Michelin-starred Ecco On Snow, which is located in Giardino Mountain Hotel in the hills above Lake Maggiore. Headed by Chef Rolf Fliegauf, the restaurant offers a seven-course degustation menu with wine pairings, which is a popular choice due to its sensational taste and artistry. For an experiential dinner, head to La Marmite. It is the highest restaurant in Europe (2,484 metres) and provides unrivalled views of the mountains from a modern interior. Taste of caviar and truffles for an indulgent dinner.
Those who seek a lively apres scene and enjoy all-night revelry should head to Hemingway’s Club – a bar with a devoted following that opens at 11pm and closes at around 6am. If you’re a guest at Badrutt’s Palace, however, there is really only one option: the King’s Club – an iconic venue that is situated in the hotel. It’s one of the most famous nightclubs in Switzerland and boasts a regular programme of big-name DJs who entertain well-heeled guests.
Other Activities in St Moritz
Round off a fun weekend by exploring some of the resort’s more unusual activities. St Moritz is a unique destination and enjoys an esteemed history in the world of winter sports. It has hosted the Winter Olympics twice and offers countless sports on both snow and ice, including cricket, horse racing, polo, greyhound racing, and hockey. St Moritz has held the world’s largest snow polo tournament for the last 32 years. This fantastically entertaining sport takes place during the last weekend of January and causes chalets and hotel rooms fill up quickly. The legendary Cresta Run ice skeleton racing track offers thrills to those brave enough to try it. Away from the snow and ice, St Moritz caters for discerning shoppers. Non-skiers are equally happy in the resort, as they can spend their days perusing the top fashion stores and boutiques of ‘Via Serlas’ – the highest shopping street in Europe. Skiers can find all they need at traditional sports outlets, while holiday-makers will enjoy the souvenir and speciality gift shops. Horse-drawn carriages offer a romantic way to transport people along the town’s historic roads and picturesque side valleys.