At 1,800 meters above sea level, St. Moritz sits pretty in the Engadine, one of the most enchanting valleys in the Swiss Alps. The mountain town is perhaps the birthplace of luxury winter tourism, with its shimmering aquamarine lake, emerald forests and roaring mountains having seduced everyone from European aristocrats to Hollywood celebrities since its first rose to prominence in 1864. With the 322 days of sunshine each year and the phenomenal peaks of the Swiss Alps always in the side view, St. Moritz is an outdoor thrill for even the most seasoned of skiers while the signature “champagne climate” that sweeps through the air is rounded out with designer boutiques, chic accommodation and top-class restaurants. St. Moritz has been the winter gathering place of the prosperous and the eminent for over a century and a half, and today the exclusive Alpine town continues to maintain its reputation as the world’s pinnacle winter destination.
Where to Stay
The wonderful frozen landscape that’s set to the backdrop of the postcard-ready Swiss Alps are certainly a huge part of its allure, but this upper Engadine town could never have become the international jet-set destination it is without its illustrious accommodation. St. Moritz is the epitome of alpine opulence and hospitality, as there is no shortage of sumptuous 5-star hotels, each with their own relaxing spa treatments, ski access, gourmet restaurants and overall cosmopolitan atmosphere. Housed in a jaw-dropping 19th century palace with direct access to the cross-country skiing area, the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains captures the essence of St. Moritz. The property is flanked by breathtaking mountain scenery while comfortable suites and timeless decor makes for an overall unforgettable experience. The intimate setting of the restaurant and the natural treatments of the spa both serve to transport you to a state of deep relaxation and comfort. For a complete breakdown of the accommodation, check out the Luxury Hotel Guide for St. Moritz.
Where to Dine
Like the rest of St. Moritz, the restaurants too have a timeless charm and proud heritage to them that stays true to the roots of Switzerland’s glitziest resort town. Headed by chef Rolf Filegauf, Ecco St. Moritz is the culinary highlight of the Giardino Mountain property that has earned two Michelin stars for its unique culinary virtuosity blended with a purist approach to taste. During the winter season, Filegauf and his world-class team artfully combine the natural flavors and seasonal ingredients of the region to create a signature taste that’s distinctive, intense and unexpected. The result is a satisfying menu of sophisticated eats and culinary delights that impresses the international clientele of St. Moritz. The magical atmosphere of the restaurant is further brought to life with its gold textured walls, soft lighting and stunning presentation. Check out the Restaurant Guide for St. Moritz for an expanded list of enjoyable eats.
What to Do
From the superb carving found on Corviglia to the hair-raising black diamond runs on Diavolezza, the outdoor riches of St. Moritz are best appreciated as you race down the slopes. With 350 km of pistes, guaranteed snow cover and cutting-edge facilities that ensure minimal wait times, St. Moritz promises a first-class skiing experience. The great thing about the Engadine town is that it caters well to non-skiers and families as well with a plethora of winter activities such as sleigh rides, sledding, curling, skating and winter walking. St. Moritz also often plays host to some of the world’s most prestigious events such as the Winter Olympics, Alpine Skiing World Championships, Snow Polo World Cup and White Turf horse races. Every February, the frozen waters of Lake Moritz become a championship track for horse racing, polo playing and the occasion winter cricket game. When you need to recharge your batteries after a long day, the refined lodge atmosphere sweeps through St. Moritz where you can wash down the sweet local creations of apple strudel, Kaiserschmarrn pancakes and streusel cakes with a warm beverage of your choice.
What to Wear
St. Moritz may be a small town, but the big brands still reign supreme, as the alpine town happily united its natural beauty with the urban elegance of the latest winter trends. Head to Via Serlas and you’ll find the typical St. Moritz clientele decked out in major labels with reputable designers, yet you’ll also want to pack a fair share of functional outdoor clothing. With an emphasis on efficient protection, layering and movement, this Arc’teryx Sabre LT Jacket is a fully-featured winter companion that’s ideal for hitting the slopes. Defined by its soft pastel hue, this A.L.C. Oversized Shearling Coat ensures that you won’t skip a beat in the style department when you’re strolling through the historic town during the day. Elsewhere, this Lab Rib-Knit Marino Wool Turtleneck is a form-fitting sweater that will suit you well when you’re cozying up at the resort after a long day on the slopes. Take a look at our Style Sheet for more on our recommended wears.