St. Moritz’s green-carpeted alps become the perfect backdrop to swelter-season’s grandest escape
As the temperature rises, Switzerland’s famous snow-topped chalets transform into summer escapes, their turrets create a stark contrast against the towering green pines, painting a set of vibrant colours. The country is known for many things—the view of the alps, cheese and chocolates, horological wonders and edible gold. But nothing beats the decadent experience at St. Moritz, whose legacy includes two Winter Olympics seasons and a plethora of swanky ski resorts, thanks to its elevation of 1,800 metres. More than that, there’s the breath-taking view of the lake and the postcard-worthy picturesque towns that form a lovely backdrop from the balconies of the upscale resorts.
In Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, the whispers of winter ebb at the grand blue surface of Lake St Moritz, with the majestic hotel imposingly gazing down from its hillside perch. Its location is a destination itself; one can immediately dream of lakeside boat rides or long hikes to the hills, something which the resort generously offers, and much more.
It is never bare at St. Moritz, for the resort pushes its envelope to new kinds of luxuries, even with its summer fares. At the 120th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s birth–the celebrity, a frequent guest at the chalet—Badrutt’s Palace Hotel offers a one-of-a-kind tribute at the Embassy Ballroom, featuring Hitchcock’s most beloved films in the classic black and white; a glimpse of the old-world Hollywood. Cinephiles, of course, are allowed to sit down and bask in a glass of wine while binge-watching the director’s suspenseful films.
But summer is best enjoyed outside, where the air is temperate, and the ground is firm, allowing travellers to voyage into offbeat paths to discover the venue’s hidden treasures. Pirelli e-bikes, provided by the resort, become the biker’s best friend. Enthusiasts can glide across secret roads and navigate at their own pace, where they could discover quaint towns or take restful stops in the forest. At best, bike in group tours for a more enjoyable time at the quaint Alpine region. When back at the hotel, take advantage of its water recreations: sailing, paddle-boarding and windsurfing.
The refined sport of golf has always been in the heart of Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, and in summer, the resort unveils unlimited opportunities in Alpine golf destinations, including Engadin. Spend two days and three nights of swinging the club while revelling in the views of the grand alps. When done, take a fancy break at Chesa Veglia, a 1736 farmhouse a minutes’ walk from the hotel. There’s an immediate change in the atmosphere as the scent of fondues simmer through the wooden walls. Here, delight in different gastronomical choices. Pizzeria Heuboden serves original Italian favourites; Grill Chadafö impresses with a French charm, and Patrizier Stuben offers local Swiss specialities. The latter impresses with a starter of mini raclette and charcuterie, then moves on with a flavourful lamb rack blessed with local herbs, lovingly complemented with a glass of Pinot Gris. During Thursdays from July until September, enjoy the sumptuous Swiss fare from Chef Andrea Panatti, all while listening to the merry serenades from the local band Ländlerkapelle. www.badruttspalace.com ◼
© This article was first published online in August 2019 – World Travel Magazine.