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Top 10 Classic Swiss Ski Hotels.
Luxury Travel Magazine
Sunday, 17th September 2006
 
From the glamour of St Moritz and the elite playground of Gstaad - to the shadow of the iconic Matterhorn - our list includes Switzerland's most luxurious and sought-after ski resorts...

KEMPINSKI GRAND HOTEL DES BAINS - ST. MORITZ appears like a fairytale castle situated amidst snow-capped mountains and breathtaking scenery. This majestic hotel was originally built in 1864 as St. Moritz's first Grand Hotel and is situated in a quiet location within 500 meters of the ski slopes. In summer, it's the perfect starting point for beautiful mountain walks and hikes.

The 184 luxurious rooms and suites offer spacious living areas, spacious bathrooms, free Internet access and all suites provide a balcony or terrace. The historical structure and legendary Kempinski service create an enchanting atmosphere.

The hotel's award-winning restaurants offer exciting fare designed to indulge and tempt, with cuisine incorporating the freshest local ingredients in new interpretations of classic styles. The St. Moritz Spa, a leading Swiss alpine spa, offers the finest beauty programs for relaxation and fitness. The fitness center offers state-of-the-art equipment with impressive panoramic views. The hotel is adding new Private Residences and Penthouse Suites that debut this year.

BADRUTT'S PALACE HOTEL - ST. MORITZ opened in 1896 as the first palace hotel in the world, as well as a symbol of chic St. Moritz. With unrivaled views over the lake to the Alps, Badrutt's Palace offers uncompromising levels of service in both winter and summer. Enveloped in St. Moritz's legendary "champagne climate" where the sun shines 322 days a year. As the crisp winterscape settles over St. Moritz, Badrutt's Palace reopens for the season, emanating warmth from a dazzling line-up of winter activities, galas, world-class events and festivals.

Celebrate the opening of Le Relais restaurant, enjoy wine seminars, attend the 17th Annual Cartier Polo World Cup on Snow, observe a Christian Dior Fashion Show, or ring in the millennium in high style at the New Year's gala. Badrutt's Palace boasts world-class skiing, golf, an extensive tennis program, natural ice rinks, a superb spa and much more.. Jacket and tie are required in the main restaurant and in public areas after 7:30 PM

SUVRETTA HOUSE - ST. MORITZ situated two kilometers outside of St. Moritz, offers breathtaking views of forests, mountain peaks and the lakes of the Engadine Valley. Perfect for relaxation or adventure, the hotel reflects all the old–world charm of its heritage, updated with amenities that are truly state–of–the–art. ‘Suvretta Sports & Pleasure' with its 25–metre indoor–pool, outdoor whirlpool, steam bath, saunas, massage facilities and beauty parlour stands for physical wellness, fitness and recreation.

In summer, Suvretta Golf School, a driving range, a putt and pitch green as well as 3 clay tennis courts are at the guests' disposal. In winter, ski slopes, a hotel–owned ski lift, a ski school, 4 curling rinks and an ice rink are at the hotel's door. Apart from the classical Grand Restaurant with its light cuisine française, Suvretta House offers the possibility to enjoy Swiss specialities in the informal ‘Stube'. The children's restaurant ‘Teddy Club' and the kindergarten are the little guests' favourites.

KULM HOTEL - ST. MORITZ as the first hotel in world–famous St. Moritz, the Kulm Hotel has been setting the standard since 1856. The hotel is perfectly located in a quiet, sunny setting with a view of the Upper Engadine valley, lakes and mountains. The Kulm Hotel has undergone continuous renovation that reflects a combination of tradition, elegance and modern comfort.

The 173 spacious bedrooms and suites enjoy luxury amenities and offer a variety of mountain and lake views. For dining, the elegant Le Grand Restaurant offers an intriguing selection of Swiss and international dishes. In addition, guests may choose to dine at ‘La Rôtisserie des Chevaliers', an exclusive grill; ‘Ristorante Italiano Bella Vista' serving typical Italian cuisine, or Chesa Al Parc, situated at the entrance to the Kulm Park. Visitors enjoy the hotel's lounge that run the gamut from an inviting après–ski ambiance to a sophisticated piano bar scene or enjoy Japanese specialities at the Sunny Bar Cresta Lounge. The Panorama Spa & Health Club with its 1400 m2 surface allows guests to enjoy the spectacular views over the lake and mountain scenery during their relaxation.

GSTAAD PALACE HOTEL - GSTAAD is perched high on a hill with breathtaking views over the town and surrounding mountains. Opened in 1912, it is the only 5-star deluxe Leading Hotel in Gstaad and the center of its social scene. The owner's motto is, "Every king is a client, and every client is a king" and it's true -- the hotel has hosted the world's nobility since its opening. A ten-minute walk takes you to the town center.

Our four restaurants enchant our guests with exquisite cuisine and our two bars are a treasured place to socialize. The finest gourmet creations from our kitchen, the noblest drops from our wine cellar, excellent service and a charming ambience are what await you. The entrance to our night club GreenGo is free for hotel guests. The hotel has a renowned Spa and Wellness Center offering a vast array of treatments including a La Prairie caviar face treatment. For your relaxation the Wellness Center also offers indoor and outdoor swimming pools, saunas, hammam, solarium, massages, a hairdresser and more. .

4Hoteliers Image LibraryGRAND HOTEL PARK - GSTAAD is set amidst a beautifully manicured park above Gstaad, offering a unique view of the majestic Bernese Alps. The entire property has been renovated over the past years, thus creating a unique atmosphere, combining luxury and refinement, well-being and savoir-vivre.

The hotel features 88 spacious rooms and 11 suites, five restaurants including Le Greenhouse, Le Grand Restaurant, Le Marco Polo offering a large variety of traditional regional and international dishes. The new Guerlain/Spa Chakra Alliance features ten treatment rooms including a fully incorporated medical consultation facility as well as an indoor saltwater pool 32°C, outdoor pool, saunas and hammams. The Beauty team exclusively uses the high quality products of Guerlain, Cellcosmet and Cellmen for skin care.

When snow falls, the hotel really comes into its own with superb skiing, sleigh rides and the lively Gstaad at your doorstep.

4Hoteliers Image LibraryGRAND HOTEL BELLEVUE - GSTAAD originally opened in 1912, was completely renovated during 2002 and reopened as a 5-star luxury design hotel, combining old-world charm with cutting-edge facilities. The hotel is centrally located in Gstaad in the midst of a serene parkland and convenient to the pedestrian promenade with world-famous designer boutiques.

The hotel's 57 chic and spacious rooms feature high-tech amenities — Bang & Olufsen electronics including flat panel TV, CD and DVD players and notebook computers with wireless Internet. Suites feature individual themes and cater to discriminating guests with lavish amenities and extra living space, such as the 'Suite Asie' with its Zen décor and Asian flair.

There is a spectacular new 27,000-square-foot Spa and Wellness Center and two newly redesigned restaurants - Coelho, frequented by guests for its Thai specialties, and Restaurant Prado, whose romantic setting and crackling fireplace are popular with couples. The "Porsche 911" bar, wine cellar with 10,000 bottles and a private cinema round out the hotel's offerings.

4Hoteliers Image LibraryGRAND HOTEL ZERMATTERHOF is located in the heart of enchanting Zermatt. Set in a private park with beautiful views to the majestic surroundings, this historic hotel has recently been renovated, to satisfy every modern guest's expectations. Its exquisite traditional, white walled building from 1879, reflects the elegance of Zermatt in the last century.

Large and richly decorated in classical style, public lounges invite to relax in its ample comfortable seating. The bedrooms are panelled and well upholstered, with vivid colors, and its Alpine-style furnishings add a warm, cozy ambience. The perfect blend of the old and new create an atmosphere of unconstrained ease and luxury, a soothing setting for memorable holidays.

Dine in exquisite style and enjoy a host of culinary masterpieces. At its restaurants, the international menu offers a wide choice of French and Italian specialties, with something to suit everyone, always a culinary treat.

4Hoteliers Image LibraryMONT CERVIN PALACE - ZERMATT established in 1872, is situated at the very heart of this charming, traffic-free Alpine village, and remains one of Zermatt's leading hotels. It is distinguished, not only for its comfort, but also for its friendly and hospitable atmosphere.

The rooms are elegantly furnished, yet retain a cozy, intimate feeling. Most have a view of the Matterhorn, also known as 'Mont Cervin' to the French-speaking Swiss. Two- and three-room suites offer fireplace, kitchen, and whirlpool; some have private saunas. The hotel dining room offers table d'hôte and à la carte menus. Grill Le Cervin features meat and fish from the charcoal grill and market fresh produce abd there is also a Piano Bar. The Spa and Wellness area features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a separate children's pool, saunas, steam baths, solariums and a fitness room. The Daniela Steiner Beauty Spa features exclusive beauty treatments and massages.

In winter, enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing (in-house ski rentals), ice skating, curling, and even paragliding.

4Hoteliers Image LibraryRIFFELALP RESORT 2222M - ZERMATT is set high above the worries of the world at 2,222 meters (7,290 feet) above sea level. At the heart of the Gornergrat skiing/hiking district, the luxurious Riffelalp Resort offers a unique alpine panorama, while benefitting from the favorable microclimatic conditions.

This historic hotel was built between 1878-1884, but was completely destroyed by fire in 1961.

December 1, 2000 marked the opening of Riffelalp Resort 2222m, reached by the Gornergrat Railway, offers a peaceful place and all the services and amenities of a modern five-star hotel. The Gornergrat Railway station is just across the road from Zermatt's main railway station. The first morning train leaves Zermatt at 6:45am in winter and 8:20am in summer. The last train leaves Zermatt at 11:30pm From 8:00am to 6:00pm the train runs every 24 minutes.

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