travel journaleuropeswitzerlandst moritz Experience legendary service in the heart of St. Moritz at Badrutt’s Palace Walk in the footsteps of Winter Olympic contestants and witness the changing of the seasons through the frosted windows of Badrutt's Palace, St Moritz.
by Sophie Smith

Tucked into the mountainside, overlooking Lake Saint Moritzersee, stands the grandeur of Badrutt’s Palace, an inspired destination serving nothing spare of exceptional Swiss service in St. Moritz since 1896. This esteemed hotel perfectly balances the decorum of a historically significant building, whilst effortlessly ensuring guests are welcomed with modern amenities aplenty.

The hotel became the first luxury accommodation in Europe to introduce 5G technology in 2019 and has recently undertaken mass renovations in partnership with Raffles Hotel interior designers, Champalimaud Design.

Experience legendary service in the heart of St. Moritz at Badrutt’s Palace
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Many of the rooms now been fully renovated to elevate both the elegance and modernity of the guest suites. The carefully intertwined sophisticated yet functional designs, carefully preserve authenticity of the Palace’s structure making this destination a world-class Winter retreat for any discerning traveller.

“One of the most spectacular aspects of St. Moritz is the quality of the light, and we designed the rooms with that in mind. Subtle texture is made rich by the reflected daylight, and we crafted great lighting to bring it alive at night” – Champalimaud

The interior has been designed to complement the surroundings of St. Moritz and this heritage building alike: with exquisite embellishments throughout the suites in shades of crystal white and alpine blue; chinoiserie wall coverings and custom-dyed premium leather headboards embroidered with regional Swiss flowers that provide Badrutt’s Palace with a sense of timeless elegance that is rare to find in contemporary hotels.

Despite this, the selling feature of any room at Badrutt’s Palace are the large French windows that showcase the snowy mountaintops and frozen waters of Lake Saint Moritzersee. Whether it’s accompanied by afternoon tea, or the first sight of the morning, the panoramic views of a previous Winter Olympic setting never grow old. This exceptional view grows increasingly intriguing day-upon-day, as guests have the opportunity to witness the dramatic transformations of the seasons from the warmth and comfort of their bedroom or bathroom.

Experience legendary service in the heart of St. Moritz at Badrutt’s Palace
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This view is accessible from almost every window of the Palace, including the Palace Wellness spa, where guests can unwind at their leisure in the indoor infinity swimming pool lit by only the light glare of the sun and the pearly white tones of the snow outside.

The postcard-perfect view of the Alps is reflected on to the clear waters of the pool, preserving the calming atmosphere that envelopes guests from the very moment they arrive at Badrutt’s Palace.

Experience legendary service in the heart of St. Moritz at Badrutt’s Palace
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Suite Iris, one of the many Private Spa Suites, also shares the serenity of the natural surroundings. The suite hosts a private garden with mountain views, a jacuzzi, soft sauna and two separate treatment beds, facilitating therapeutic massages, steam therapy and organic body scrubs.

This well-hidden gem of Badrutt’s provides the ideal space for any guest wishing to truly embrace the tranquillity of the Swiss mountainside.

Experience legendary service in the heart of St. Moritz at Badrutt’s Palace
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The Palace not only understands the importance of recharging the mind but considers an array of healthy culinary delights an equally essential component of wellness. Badrutt’s suggest following any wellness treatment with a light serving from on-site restaurant, La Diala. The superfood-centred menu offers simple pasta dishes, poke bowls and refreshing salads: all inspired by the restaurant’s name, meaning ‘mountain fairy’ in Romansh.

This focus on cosmopolitan dining experience is mirrored throughout Badrutt’s eight restaurants. This world-class line-up includes the Michelin-starred IGNIV, an authentic Italian culinary experience from Andreas Caminada and restaurant La Coupole, where Europe’s first indoor tennis hall now hosts globally renowned chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s signature Japanese-Peruvian restaurant, where both the rich food and architectural beauty are harmoniously combined for the ultimate culinary affair.

Experience legendary service in the heart of St. Moritz at Badrutt’s Palace
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Guests are also recommended to browse the extensive wine collection: with over 30,000 rare or treasured bottles, the globally celebrated wine cellar makes an excellent location for experienced connoisseurs to explore new tastes or familiar favourites alike.

The wine cellar can also be hired for private occasions, the intimate ambience created form the candle-lit hideaway is ideal for romantic dinners or exclusive tasting events, complete with truffle fondue and Krug Champagne upon request.

Experience legendary service in the heart of St. Moritz at Badrutt’s Palace
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The grandeur of the wine cellar experiences available at Badrutt’s Palace is mirrored in every offered activity, both on-site and within St Moritz. Having hosted two of the most significant Winter Olympic Games to date: the Winter Olympic debut in 1928 and first post-war games in 1948, the surroundings are firmly believed to be the ‘birthplace of Winter sports’ by industry professionals around the world.

St. Moritz is one of the only locations in Europe well-equipped to provide any guest, regardless of ability, with the ultimate sporting experience. Choose from gliding along the private ice rink, tobogganing, snow-show hiking, snow kiting, cross-country skiing, all just a few snowy footprints from the hotel.

Experience legendary service in the heart of St. Moritz at Badrutt’s Palace
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For any sporting enthusiast, visiting the former Olympic Stadium is an essential part of staying in St. Moritz. Though dormant for the past 20 years, the site has been fully restored to capture the achievement and personality of the games and acts as a living-quarters for critically-acclaimed designer Rolf Sachs.

The St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic bob run, commemorative Path of Sports and the Olympic Stone in St. Moritz Kurpark can also be visited by guests to provide a full-day of walking in the footsteps of world-class athletes.

Experience legendary service in the heart of St. Moritz at Badrutt’s Palace
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Badrutt’s Palace is just a 10-minute car journey from Samedan Airport and 2 hours 30 minutes from Zurich airport. It is also easily accessible from a number of European international airports.

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Sophie Smith
Sophie is a freelance writer based in the UK. As an experienced traveller-turned-writer, Sophie now lives by the sea and provides lifestyle publications with content inspired by both her own travels overseas and the ocean-view on her doorstep.