Celebrate Christmas at Badrutt's Palace Hotel in St. Moritz
Skiers in search of a sophisticated destination where they can enjoy the Swiss Alps over the Christmas holidays need to look no further than Badrutt's Palace hotel in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The legendary hotel, which was a Luxist Awards' Readers' Choice Nominee for Best Ski Hotel, is located in the center of legendary ski paradise St. Moritz and is situated amidst breathtakingly beautiful and unspoiled scenery. One of the top lifestyle addresses in the world, the family-owned hotel is known for its unrivaled luxury, immaculate service and extravagant and exclusive Après Ski experience. Badrutt's Palace has long been hailed as a favorite of celebrities and royalty alike since its opening in 1896.
This winter, festivities at Badrutt's start with La Notte Bianca on December 23rd, when chic boutiques on the Luxury Mile, Via Serlas, remain open until midnight, including such boutiques as Chopard, Bucherer de Grisogono, Louis Vuitton, and Merkur. Spend December 24th browsing at the Donde Art Exhibition and the Sabbadini jewelery exhibit before celebrating Christmas Eve in Badrutt's renowned "Le Restaurant" for Christmas Dinner, with classic entertainment from Gruppo Cameristico Alcimea. Guests are also invited to enjoy after-dinner drinks at the Managing Director's Annual Christmas Eve celebration in the Embassy Ballroom beginning at 9:00 pm.
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After opening presents on Christmas Day, go on an early morning stroll through the festive streets of St Moritz, before sipping a Christmas Day eggnog in "Le Grand Hall" at 11:00 am. Looking for an alternative to turkey? Opt for the Caviar and Oysters Buffet in "Le Grand Hall", (daily until January 7th). Of course, what would Christmas be without Santa? The Badrutt's Palace Children's Christmas Party will feature Santa Claus himself at 4:00 pm.
On Sunday December 26th, chocoholics won't want to miss the Palace Chocolate Cult, an exhibition and tasting of delectable hand-made chocolates in "Le Grand Hall", (daily until January 1st). This could be the afternoon to relax in the spa to prepare for the Candlelight Dinner and Dance in "Le Restaurant", with The New Friends, (every night until March 7th).
The festive season continues with the 21st Slupinski Fur Fashion Show (Dec 27th) and the Sinfonia Engiadina (Dec 28th), building up to the legendary New Year's Eve Gala – this year themed "Le Cirque du Palace", starting at 7:30 pm hours with Champagne reception.
Located in one of the most challenging ski areas in the world, Badrutt's is renowned as a world class ski resort with extensive and immaculately kept slopes. Guests enjoy moonlit ski runs, skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, vertical ice-wall climbing, torch-light skiing, among many other activities.
Over the past 10 years, the entire hotel was refurbished and modernized, including its guest rooms, suites, spa and wellness areas. There are 159 guestrooms and 38 suites with stunning views of the Swiss Alps and Lake St. Moritz. Luxurious suites include the two-bedroom Hans Badrutt Suite with a surface area of 280 square meters, wood-paneled library. The two-bedroom Helen Badrutt Suite is 250 square meters in size.
The renovated "Palace Wellness" spa offers therapeutic luxury treatments along with the latest in fitness equipment in addition to indoor and outdoor pools with breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps. The exclusive treatment menu offers carefully selected product lines such as Anika Organic Luxury, Intraceuticals, Shodeea and La Biosthetique. Specialized treatments use mainly natural and predominantly organic ingredients to achieve maximum results.
Gourmet dining includes such well-known favorites as Nobu, which offers unique fusion cuisine combining traditional Japanese ingredients with Peruvian influences. The restaurant is only open during the winter months. Another fine dining experience will be had at Le Restaurant, the Grand Dame of the Palace restaurants. Here, guests enjoy glamorous nights in a unique, but classic setting. The venue features international and French cuisine. During the winter months, a harpist entertains guests for breakfast while there is a musical ensemble during the dinner service. The hotel's Chesa Veglia, one of the oldest farmhouses in St. Moritz, features three restaurants and two bars.
The hotel also offers an exciting nightlife at the King's Club and exclusive shopping including Bulgari, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Emilio Pucci, Loro Piana, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chopard and De Grisogono boutiques among others. The Kid's Club features such activities as cooking classes, baking classes, horse carriage excursions, husky sledge excursions, dancing lessons, ice skating lessons and much more.
Daily rates at Badrutt's Palace for the Christmas/New Years' period (December 21, 2010 to January 8, 2011) start at 665 Swiss francs per day for a standard room and 4,730 Swiss francs per day for a superior suite. Rates include buffet breakfast, internet access, service, tax and VAT.
Reservations can be made online or by calling the hotel directly at 41 (0) 81 837 1100.