Every time it snows I get excited for the possibility of getting away and hitting the slopes. Then reality checks in and I realize with my schedule over the past few months – that I will be spending the snowy days walking up and down the Manhattan streets.
This was not the case for my friends over at Bella Vita Style. They were able to make it out to Europe to ski the Swiss Alps, and I sent them over a package from ‘Send Your Enemies Glitter‘. Hope they enjoy cleaning up that mess.
Below are some excepts from their guides to where to stay, and where to go while in St. Moritz.
Where To Stay:
Kulm Hotel: During the trip, we spent two nights at Kulm Hotel, which is widely considered to be one of the nicest hotels in the area. This year it won the TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice award naming it the best hotel in Switzerland, and having stayed there, we can see why.
Kulm really cherishes its rich history. The hotel started as a small, 12-room hotel run by Johannes Badrutt in 1856, who is basically godfather to the region and the reason why St. Moritz became such a destination for the world’s elite. While people visited the region in the summer to spend time at the lake and the mountains, Badrutt convinced British visitors to come back in the winter, with a bet that they could ski and get a tan, given the strong sun and high elevations. The Brits were skeptical, but took him up on his offer. From there, word spread, and the rest is history.
This 184-room hotel is part of the Kempinski chain, with locations in Dubai, Istanbul and Bangkok. The hotel has a distinctly buzzy feel, and attracts a young, hip clientele who are looking to indulge in world-class skiing, après ski and restaurants.
We recently spent three nights at Kempinski and wanted to share our thoughts for those of you contemplating a trip to St. Moritz. Our room was beautifully-appointed, with a balcony overlooking the Alps and a chilled bottle of Veuve Cliquot champagne waiting for us along with some olives and cheese.
For skiing, there is a chairlift just across the road from the hotel, which is super convenient. The hotel also has ski rentals on the premises, another added convenience, and the shop had all of the newest gear and even had our ski boots ready and waiting for us in the morning after heating them up for us.
Where to Eat and Apres:
Bamyan Ski Club:This popup bar is run by the Afghan ski club and has a distinctly Middle Eastern feel to it. Sit on poof chairs and sip cocktails like the Afghan mule, a take on the Moscow mule while picking on Middle Eastern fare.
Hauser: This was one of the funnest and affordable places we had post-ski drinks. The family-owned restaurant has an outside area called Roo Bar lit up by heating lamps where toasts and locals alike can sip on some Gluhwein.
Post Haus: We loved how Post Haus mixed Alpine chic decor with high-quality cocktails. The mojito was the best I had on the trip.
L’Indochine: After drinks at Post Haus, head to L’Indochine for Asian fusion food and great cocktails. Get the pork and shrimp spring rolls to start and then get one of their brochettes as your main.
Les Saisons: This was the best meal of our trip. Inside the Hotel Grand Kempinski des Bains is a wonderful steakhouse and grill that is not to be missed. The menu has such variety of cuts, from local meat to USDA to Kobe and Wagyu. The steak I ate is pictured above.
The Pizzeria: If you’re looking for Italian food and lighter fare, the Kulm Hotel’s Pizzeria restaurant has a really diverse menu with everything from pizza, to fish and pasta.
Sra Bua: If you’re a sushi fan, beeline it to Sra Bua, a new restaurant at the Hotel Grand Kempinski des Bains. The sushi is beautifully arranged and even tastier, and don’t forget to ask for the fresh wasabi.