Like every summer I like to return to the palace in St. Moritz.
The palace, perched right on top of St. Moritz lake seems like the benign king of the valley.
For me, this place is simply magical and without fail every time profoundly changes me as a person. It's elegance, beauty and history -without being stuffy- remind me how beautiful life is.
I think in the hustle and bustle of every day life we sometimes forget this.
The palace is home to many happy memories; I almost can feel the wild parties that have been celebrated here, the home away from home it has been and is for their regular guests -myself included- in winter and summer and the grand time we have, the numerous weddings, I could go on and on. Like an echo I believe that this happiness lingers and can be felt to this day.
All of this and more draws me back over and over again. From the moment I step into the palace all everyday troubles seem to melt away. An enchanted island in a world that seems to have mostly forgotten that people are what matter most.
The palace is not cheap but in light of all the amenities it offers it is great value for money. The concept here is that there are no hidden or additional costs to the daily room rate.
From the second you announce your arrival you are treated like royalty. If you arrive by train the palace will pick you up at no cost in one of their oldtimers -Maybach or Rolls Royce- at the train station. A fitting start for the pleasures yet to come. In your room a fully stocked fridge with drinks, a heavenly fruit basket and sweets from the pastry chef await. That wifi is free of charge goes without saying. Most rooms offer a spectacular view on the valley. A typical palace day starts with one of the best breakfast buffets I have seen and a wide choice of complimentary papers. It is not uncommon to linger and spend the entire morning at breakfast. The glorious view on St. Moritz lake with its alpine backdrop, the impeccable service and sheer variety of the breakfast buffet make it almost impossible to leave. Like before all of this is included. After a walk, hike, bike ride, stand-up paddling, wind- or kitesurfing for me a fitting end for an activity filled afternoon are a drink or afternoon snack in the grand hall.
The chocolate cult, prepared by Mr. Stefan Gerber (the undisputed pastry king of St. Moritz) and his team is a must.
For total relaxation head down to the spa, the swimming pool and outdoor hot tub are breathtaking as are the treatment rooms in swiss stone pine wood that put you into an immediate state of calm. Or try one of the steam rooms that instead of a cold pool come with a cold fog room. With so much to do dinner usually starts late so there is ample time to transform or be transformed down at the spa into the elegant version of oneself for dinner and various other nighttime activities. For the more casually minded there is the Chesa Veglia only a stone throw away from the hotel.
One of the things I enjoy most in all my stays here are the variety of worlds I can visit through out the day. Casual elegant in the morning, sporty/athletic throughout the day, elegant or simply laid back in the evening. There is something for every mindset and taste. Always with the focus on providing the most pleasurable experience possible. The memories forged here last a lifetime. Whenever I feel down or sad I think of my sunny happy days at the Palace in St. Moritz and they never fail to make me smile and lift me up. This I think is priceless.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Badrutt's Palace Hotel has and always will be remembered for its comforts of the highest degree. It offers 157 elegantly appointed guest rooms including 37 suites and junior suites, as well as seven restaurants and three bars. Every guest is made to feel like a V.I.P. when they are picked up from the station in the hotel's own Rolls Royce and driven to the traditional Grand Hotel where they are waited on in their suite by their own personal butler. Access to Palace Wellness with fitness centre, sauna, steam rooms plus indoor and outdoor pools offers guests additional relaxation after a day's skiing, while the ice skating rink and entry to the legendary King's Club nightclub provide exclusive entertainment. All included in the price of the room, on top of the "Ski Pass Inclusive" (as of two nights or more) - are the refreshment bar, WiFi internet access, movie channels and a media library. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Badrutts Palace
- Badrutts Palace St Moritz