St. Moritz, Switzerland
Badrutt's Palace Hotel
Legend on the Lake
What it is
An 1896 icon with 157 ornate rooms (each one with a lake view), plus an ayurvedic spa and highly Instagrammable indoor and outdoor pools.
What it isn't
Peckish. Five toothsome restaurants here include everything sceney Veranda, an al fresco spot overlooking the lake and surrounding Alps, and Gelateria Palace, where Chef-Pâtissier Stefan Gerber’s housemade (daily!) ice creams and gelatos are worth waiting in line for.
What we think
Audrey Hepburn was here. Marlene Dietrich and Alfred Hitchcock, too. Globetrotting cognoscenti still flock to Badrutt’s Palace today (and not just because their fleet of Rolls Royces include one that belonged to Queen Elizabeth). Every moment is a Swiss fever dream sprung to life, from the horseback rides at Engadin River Ranch to the ice skating on their perfectly maintained rink. Guest rooms are timelessly beautiful, with twinkling crystal chandeliers and golden gilt accessories. Because starter rooms can feel a little snug (starting at 215 square feet), unless you’re traveling alone we’d recommend splurging on a Deluxe Junior Suite, with a much bigger floor plan at 645-square-feet, including a separate sitting room that peeps out on either bustling St. Moritz village or Via Serlas—a.k.a. The town’s answer to Rodeo Drive.
You're here because
The more than centuries-old hotel will be happy to let you host a party, or even a romantic dinner for two, in their “secret places”—hidden, subterranean-feeling wine cellars not open to the public. Cue the truffle fondue!
After a refreshing dip in the hotel’s mountainside indoor infinity pool, complete with a waterfall and even a granite rock you can dive from, you’re ready to treat yourself at the spa. On the docket: an Alpine salt crystal body scrub and oxygen facial. Heaven.
Restaurants & Bars
Chesa Veglia - Engadin and Swiss specialities in the warmth of this 1658 Engadin farmhouse
Le Restaurant - French haute cuisine and international specialties, Fine dining
La Diala - Mediterranean specialties in a family-friendly atmosphere
Nobu - Japanese
Le Relais -
Le Grand Hall
Kid's Club Palazzino
Sailing, ice skating and other outdoor activities
Just a couple blocks from the ski slopes that have hosted two (!) Winter Olympic Games, and a quick stroll from the hotel’s outpost Chesa Veglia, where three restaurants are built into a storybook 1685 farmhouse.