Resort

Switzerland,
St Moritz

Introduction

Jet-setters head to the world-famous ski resort for Christmas holidays and to experience probably the highest density of sheer wealth and luxury you can find in one place. Aside from its worldly appeal, the scenery of the Engadine valley with its frozen lakes and imposing Alps is stunning. It's an ideal setting to pursue one of many sporting activities, to recharge or simply enjoy the nightlife.

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Essentials

  1. Before you arrive, be sure to book a table and take in the scene at Hanselmann.
  2. Order your bedlinen in advance from Ebneter & Biel.
  3. For a movie with an old-fashioned boozy interval, book a seat at Kino Scala.
  4. Work up an appetite with a walk to Pontresina. It takes about 90 minutes.
  5. Your first night in town wouldn’t be complete without pulling up a chair under one of the stag’s heads and sipping a glass of champagne in the Badrutt’s Palace bar.

Two-hour tour

  • Cresta Run — Visit the historic Cresta Run and experience the 157m overall drop

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  • Segantini Museum — The Segantini has one of the most comprehensive displays of alpine painting in the world.

    Via Somplaz 30

    +41 81 833 4454

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  • Village of Zuoz — Take a tour around the village of Zuoz to see its original and famous architecture, which is specific to the Engadin valley.

    Via Maistra

    +41 81 854 1510

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Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    Hotel Hauser

    Via Traunter Plazzas 7

    +41 81 837 5050

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  • Dependable chain

    Suvretta House

    Via Chasellas 1

    +41 81 836 3636

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  • Premium

    Badrutt's Palace

    Via Serlas 27

    +41 81 837 1000

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    Hanselmann

    Via Maistra 8

    +41 81 833 3864

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  • Leisurely breakfast

    Buffet at the Carlton

    Via J Badrutt 11

    +41 81 836 7000

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  • Lunch with friends

    Gasthaus Restaurant

    Zum Weissen Kreuz Samedan

    +41 81 852 5353

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  • Picnic supplies

    Hatecke

    Via Maistra 16

    +41 81 864 1175

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  • Lunch on the Piste

    Trutz

    Bergstation Suvretta

    +41 81 833 7030

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  • Dinner with friends

    Dolce Vita

    Ristorante Bar Au Réduit

    +41 81 833 1749

  • Sunset cocktail

    — A bench and a bottle of wine at the far end of the lake

  • Dinner for two

    Restaurant Chasellas

    +41 81 833 3854

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  • Late drinks

    Cascade — Restaurant/bar

    Via Somplaz 6

    +41 81 833 3344

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  • Best dinner on piste

    Restaurant Salastrains

    +41 81 830 0707

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  • Big dinner with friends

    Hotel Bellavista

    Silvaplana-Surlej

    +41 81 838 6050

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  • Drink after dinner

    Piano Bar

    Hotel Schweizerhof, Via dal Bagn 54

    +41 81 837 0707

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  • Late bite

    Di e Not

    Via Maistra 2

    +41 81 833 3890

  • On the tiles

    King's Club

    Via Serlas 27

    +41 81 837 1000

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Reading

  • Newsstand

    Kiosk Calèche

    Plazza dal Mulin 2

    +41 81 833 6472

Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Egadiner Nusstorter from Confiserie Hauser

    Via Traunter Plazzas 7

    +41 81 837 5050

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    Coop

    Via dal Bagn 20

    +41 81 837 5668

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  • Something for the kids

    Jet Set Kids

    Via Maistra 28

    +41 81 839 8146

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  • Something for someone you love

    Knitwear from Ebneter & Biel

    Plazza dal Mulin 6

    +41 81 833 4027

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  • Something for yourself

    Kandahar boots from Ender Sport

    Via Maistra 26

    +41 81 833 3536

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Equipment

  • Equipment

    Skiservice Corvatsch

    Via Tinus 82

    +41 81 838 1905

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Alternative diversion

  • Kino Scala St Moritz — If you've got a couple of hours to spare then try to catch a film at the delightful Kino Scala St Moritz.

    Via Maistra 29

    +41 81 833 3155

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Transport

  • Ski Pass — One-day pass: CHF71 (€58) Seven-day pass: CHF384 (€312)

  • Local bus service — Travel on the buses is included with your ski pass.

Limousine/car

Fitness

  • Good gym

    Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

    Via Mezdi 27

    +41 81 838 3838

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  • Running route

    Run around the lake — There is a lovely run around the lake. It is approximately 4km in total, so do two laps if you're feeling keen.

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