Occupying a privileged location, on a pristine hillside with uninterrupted views of the frozen Lake St.Moritz, the Carlton Hotel is an opulent alpine palace that exudes a storybook magic — and offers all the modern luxuries one could imagine in a glamorous St.Moritz stay. With 60 elegant suites, fairytale-like architecture, two fine-dining restaurants, a contemporary spa oasis and impressive eco-credentials that positively impact the planet, this address ticks all the right boxes and is worth a visit by everyone, at least once in their lifetime.
Combining a glorious 322 days of sunshine a year, spectacular mountain scenery, high-society snow tournaments and fine dining restaurants at every turn, St.Moritz is Switzerland’s glitziest ski resort, with a spirit that has attracted the jet-set crowd for decades. The town is synonymous with grand hotels, and although there are plenty to choose from, the Carlton stands out for all the right reasons. Part of the Swiss Tschuggen Hotel Group—who manage some of the most luxurious properties in the country— the Carlton is St. Moritz’s only south-facing hotel, which means guests get a daily front row seat to awe-inspiring, panoramic views of the famed Lake St.Moritz. Built originally (according to legend) as a summer residence for Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, the primely located property was eventually turned into a hotel in 1913, and following an extensive renovation it dazzles as a suite-only resort, with a unique and palatial, Russian-influenced style. But what sets it apart from the rest, is the hotel’s all-round commitment to sustainability, with eco-friendly initiatives and a ‘Moving Mountains’ concept; designed to reconnect guests with nature, that has awarded them the Green Globe certification, as one of the most sustainable hotels in Switzerland.
If you are looking for old-world grandeur meets modern elegance then the Carlton Hotel is the place for you. It is the work of renowned interior designer Carlo Rampazzi that can be seen throughout the property, whose playful design is an ode to the glamorous heyday of Imperial Russia, mixed with contemporary elements. Imagine corridors with rich, bold tones, crystal chandeliers and Czarist details like a double-headed eagle logo and gilded, baroque furniture throughout the impressive Romanoff dining room. Rampazzi’s vision continues within the 60 individually designed suites (all offering panoramic views) with opulent furnishings including Murano glass lamps, antique velvet sofas and sumptuous Berluti leather headboards. In contrast, the hotel’s showpiece lobby bar displays a contemporary color-palette, with stylish lamps and revamped original features like stucco ceilings and marble fireplaces — and not to mention large arched windows that give way to elevated mountain views; the whole place is simply spectacular.
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What about the restaurant?
The hotel offers several exceptional dining venues, of which one of them is Da Vittorio, a 2 Michelin-starred restaurant run by chef brothers Enrico and Roberto Cerea, whose world-famous family restaurant in Bergamo holds three Michelin stars. After a long day of winter activities guest can cozy up here and enjoy beautifully presented Lombardic specialities, with everything from a scallop with artichoke foam and tender venison and the famous handmade pasta and tomato sauce, prepared table-side. For modern, European classics head to the restaurant Romanoff where you can indulge in champagne risotto and a herb-crusted lamb rack, and in between your après-ski and dinner, the chic Carlton bar offers an afternoon tea experience fit for a queen, complete with colourful finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and delicate pastries in front of a flickering fireplace.
How about the spa?
Spread out on three floors and spanning over 1,200 square metres, the recently updated Carlton spa is a modern wellness sanctuary with state-of-the-art facilities and natural light enveloping the entire space. The spa features an indoor and outdoor heated pool with bubbling jets, massage showers, multiple saunas and steam rooms, a fitness studio and seven treatment rooms offering holistic massages and facials using Clinical Swiss Organics products — with 100% organic skincare ingredients. The entire spa area is guided by the hotel’s ‘Moving Mountains’ concept, which introduces an holistic wellbeing philosophy with traditional healing methods and nature-inspired rituals, like the mindful meditation and breathing classes, gentle movement yoga and a sound healing massage that promotes deep relaxation.
Those in search of adrenaline-fuelled activities can easily access 350km of magnificent ski trails, with a private chauffeur—practically on stand by—able to take guests from the hotel to just about every lift in the area. And once you’ve retired from the slopes, the hotel invites you to enjoy classical Swiss delicacies inside heated ski cabins, on an outdoor terrace overlooking the dramatic Engadine landscape — we particularly recommend the truffle and champagne fondue that won’t disappoint.
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