It has been a year of festivities and celebration for Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, known as the ‘Grande Dame’ of St Moritz, as they celebrated 120 years of hotel excellence. Impressively nestled in the heart of the town, overlooking lake St Moritz, the iconic hotel has seen a series of unusual and unique activities and offerings unveiled to mark the anniversary. From the “chf 120,000 package”, an ultra-luxe and exclusive package for only the most elite of travellers, to an array of summer celebrations including the unveiling of the “palace times” collection – a series of newspaper-style stories, uncovered from the Badrutt’s Palace archives and released for public viewing for the first time. The story began in 1896 when Caspar Badrutt first opened the gates of the grand hotel, with the unmistakable green tower and, surrounded by snow peppered peaks and the best in luxury boutiques, the grande dame has since garnered a loyal celebrity following, from Audrey Hepburn to Alfred Hitchcock.
Fast-forward to the present day, and the much-anticipated CHF 120,000 package. Distinguished guests are welcomed into a tailored fantasy, commencing with a private jet transfer to Samedan Airport (7km from the Hotel) from Zurich or Milan.
The Beau Rivage Suite leaves nothing to be desired for discerning travellers, with its fine parquet flooring, relaxing steam sauna and marble bathtub.
After a 120-minute helicopter ride, boasting heady views of the tangle of lakes, shifting snow dunes and Narnia-like landscape below, guests can toast their experience with the Palace’s most decadent cocktail – the 1.2 Carat Cocktail – which is served alongside a 1.2 Graff diamond, from the purveyor of the world’s most sought after diamonds.
The theme continues with a twelve-course gourmet dinner, served in the opulent Le Restaurant, one of the Palace’s six in-house restaurants, before guests are flown back to reality in their private jet.