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June 2023

Create Fairytale-like Memories at St. Moritz Switzerland

The alpine landscapes of Switzerland beckon for couples who want to embrace the enchantment of snowy nuptials. In part one of our mini-series on Switzerland, we look at the best hotels for a fairytale winter wedding at charming Engadin.

In the summer of 1864, a hotel proprietor in Switzerland was chatting with some guests from England who had travelled there for some fresh, clean air. After a couple of drinks, the hotel owner made a bet with his guests, that even in winter, Switzerland would still have this perfect, crisp weather, great for relaxing outdoors with a wonderful view of the Alps, or he would pay for their expenses. The English travellers took him up on the bet and returned to the hotel before Christmas. They stayed all the way until Easter.

The hotel owner was Johannes Badrutt. The hotel, the first of its kind in St. Moritz and overlooking the Swiss Alps, was Kulm Hotel, And that, word has it, was the start of all-year resorts and winter tourism in Switzerland after news of this delightful experience spread amongst other European aristocrats.

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St. Moritz – A vision in white

Switzerland, with its majestic Alps and picturesque landscapes, has long been a dream destination for winter enthusiasts. Previously considered a harsh and inhospitable season, winter is now seen as an opportunity for exhilarating activities. Winter sports gained momentum, and Switzerland was at the forefront of this revolution. The country’s pristine landscapes provided the perfect backdrop for skiing, bobsledding, and ice skating.

Nestled in the heart of the captivating Engadin (or Engadine) region in Switzerland, lies the legendary alpine retreat of St. Moritz—a place that epitomises sophistication and natural splendour. This fabled destination seamlessly weaves together the grandeur of the Swiss Alps with a cosmopolitan charm, attracting a discerning global clientele seeking a harmonious blend of luxury and unspoiled beauty. St. Moritz, with its iconic frozen lake and snow-capped peaks, has long been revered as a winter paradise, drawing avid skiers and snow enthusiasts from around the world. Yet, beyond the slopes, St. Moritz reveals its multifaceted allure, where refined artistry and cultural immersion thrive.

We were invited by Switzerland Tourism on a trip to this beautiful Swiss valley to experience what those English aristocrats experienced in 1864.

Hotels with different charms and hospitality

From historic grand dames to modern luxury retreats, the hotels in St. Moritz offer a range of exquisite accommodations and exceptional amenities. These establishments boast elegant rooms and suites, many of which provide breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. Indulge in Michelin-starred dining experiences, rejuvenate at world-class spas, and enjoy personalised service that caters to every need. Whether you seek traditional charm or contemporary opulence, the hotels in St. Moritz embody the essence of Swiss hospitality, ensuring an unforgettable stay in this alpine paradise.

An enchanting haven of nature at Hotel Waldhaus Sils-Maria

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For this trip, we stayed for three nights at the Hotel Waldhaus Sils-Maria. Situated amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Engadin Valley, the hotel stands as a testament to the harmonious blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and unparalleled hospitality. With its idyllic location, rich history, and commitment to preserving the surrounding environment, this exquisite hotel offers a unique experience that embraces both tranquility and artistic inspiration.

Embraced by majestic mountains, pristine lakes, and serene forests, the hotel’s idyllic location offers a retreat from the bustling city, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the tranquil wonders of nature. The crisp mountain air, the gentle rustle of leaves, and the awe-inspiring views create an atmosphere of serenity that rejuvenates both body and soul. Whether exploring the nearby hiking trails, engaging in winter sports, or simply finding solace in the surrounding natural landscape, the hotel serves as a gateway to the enchanting splendours of the Swiss Alps.

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The Waldhaus Sils-Maria holds a deep cultural significance as a meeting place for artists, writers, and intellectuals for over a century. This historic hotel has been frequented by renowned personalities such as poet Hermann Hesse, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, and novelist Thomas Mann, who found inspiration in the serene beauty of the Engadin Valley. The hotel’s walls have absorbed the creative energies of countless artists, fostering a spirit of artistic exploration and cultural exchange.

The hotel offers an array of exceptional amenities that ensure a memorable stay for its guests. The hotel’s tastefully designed rooms and suites provide a haven of comfort and luxury, adorned with elegant furnishings and modern amenities. Indulge in delectable culinary experiences at the hotel’s restaurants, where their Executive Chef Gero Porstein, together with his Sous Chefs Torsten Schulz and Amadeo Noce, as well as Pastry Chef Renato Pellegrinelli, craft exquisite dishes using locally-sourced ingredients.

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The warm and attentive service provided by the dedicated staff ensures that every need is met with utmost care, fostering an atmosphere of genuine hospitality and personalised attention. Every day, we were greeted by Patrick, the current fifth generation owner of this family-owned hotel. You’ll also see Felix, Urs and Maria hanging out with their long-time guests in the lounge. We were told that their guests have gotten married at the hotel, returned when their children were born, and went back again when their children and grandchildren got married there!

Unwind and rejuvenate at the Waldhaus Spa, which offers a range of treatments inspired by the surrounding nature. The hotel also takes pride in preserving the pristine natural surroundings, minimising its ecological footprint, and promoting sustainable practices. From energy-efficient operations to locally-sourced and organic ingredients in its culinary offerings, Hotel Waldhaus Sils Maria strives to create a harmonious relationship between nature and hospitality. The hotel’s dedication to sustainability serves as a model for responsible tourism, allowing guests to enjoy a luxurious experience while contributing to the preservation of the environment.

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This historic hotel offers a captivating backdrop for couples seeking a wedding celebration imbued with elegance and serenity. Guests can be cocooned by lush forests and embraced by the ethereal light of the Engadin as they enjoy the festivities. After the wedding day, couples and their guests can have a special and intimate breakfast specially prepared for them before exploring the nearby village of Sils-Maria, a haven for artists and thinkers, or immerse themselves in the natural wonders of the Engadin’s emerald lakes and majestic trails. A wedding at the Waldhaus Sils-Maria is an invitation to embrace the romance of the Engadin.

Hotel Waldhaus Sils-Maria is located at Via da Fex 3 CH-7514 Sils/Segl Maria, St. Mortiz, Switzerland. Visit their website for more information and rates.

Elegance and Alpine Splendour at Kulm Hotel St. Moritz

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Perched atop the pristine Engadin Valley in Switzerland, the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz radiates a timeless charm that has captivated visitors since its inception in 1856. Renowned for its opulent grandeur, unrivalled service, and breathtaking alpine surroundings, the Kulm Hotel stands as a true icon of luxury and refinement.

As mentioned earlier, the Kulm Hotel’s illustrious history is deeply intertwined with the development of St. Moritz as a premier winter resort. Established as the first hotel in this alpine paradise, it played a pivotal role in shaping the region’s reputation as a glamorous destination. Over the years, the hotel has welcomed European nobility, international celebrities, and discerning guests seeking an exceptional winter experience. It has hosted illustrious events such as the Winter Olympic Games in 1928 and 1948, further solidifying its status as a beacon of luxury and hospitality.

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The architectural splendor of the Kulm Hotel is a testament to its enduring elegance. The original 19th-century building seamlessly blends classic design elements with modern amenities. The graceful façade, adorned with ornate balconies and majestic towers, exudes a sense of grandeur and refinement. Inside, the hotel’s interiors feature exquisite craftsmanship, from the intricately carved woodwork to the lavish furnishings and stunning artworks. Every corner of the Kulm Hotel reflects the timeless sophistication that has defined its legacy.

Weddings at the Kulm Hotel are nothing short of magical, where couples are enveloped in an atmosphere of timeless grandeur and impeccable service. From the moment guests step foot into the opulent lobby, they are transported to a world where dreams come true. The hotel’s meticulous attention to detail ensures that every aspect of the wedding is flawlessly executed, from the elegant ceremony in the breathtaking Alpine Garden to the sumptuous banquet in the stately ballroom. As the festivities unfold, guests can revel in the panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks and shimmering lakes, creating a backdrop that is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

Beyond the wedding day itself, the Kulm Hotel offers an array of indulgent experiences for the newlyweds and their guests. From rejuvenating spa treatments to exhilarating outdoor adventures, St. Moritz presents a playground of possibilities. A wedding at the Kulm Hotel is a testament to the enduring allure of this legendary establishment—a celebration of love and a lifetime of memories against a backdrop of unparalleled natural beauty.

Kulm Hotel St. Moritz is located at Via Veglia 18, 7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland. Visit their website for more information and rates.

Grandeur and Alpine Serenity at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel St. Moritz

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Right in the heart of the world-renowned St. Moritz resort town in Switzerland sits the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. It stands as a majestic testament to opulence, elegance, and the captivating beauty of the Swiss Alps. Since its establishment in 1896, this iconic hotel has been a symbol of sophistication, welcoming distinguished guests from around the world.

Founded by the same Badrutt family of Kulm Hotel, the hotel quickly gained recognition as a leading destination for the European elite seeking refuge in the picturesque Alpine landscape. Over the years, it has hosted royalty, celebrities, and discerning travelers, all drawn to its impeccable service and a sense of grandeur that permeates every corner of the property.

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The hotel’s grand façade, adorned with intricate stonework and elegant balconies, evokes a sense of old-world charm. Inside, the hotel showcases a harmonious blend of classic and modern aesthetics. From the lavish ballrooms to the tastefully appointed guest rooms and suites, every detail has been carefully curated to create an ambiance of refined sophistication.Badrutt’s Palace Hotel also features a private ice rink, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and an exquisite boutique shopping gallery, ensuring that every aspect of the guest’s stay is nothing short of exceptional.

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel offers an idyllic setting that truly embodies the beauty of St. Moritz. The panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, pristine lakes, and picturesque valleys provide an awe-inspiring backdrop. The hotel’s prime location allows guests to indulge in a plethora of outdoor activities, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and golfing. During the summer months, the region transforms into a playground for water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The Palace Hotel serves as the perfect base for exploring the alpine wonders and embracing the serene tranquility of the surrounding landscape.

A wedding at this legendary establishment is an affair of opulence and sophistication, where every detail is meticulously curated to create an unforgettable experience. Badrutt’s Palace Hotel offers a range of enchanting settings for wedding ceremonies, from the idyllic lakeside terrace with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, to the elegant ballrooms adorned with crystal chandeliers. The hotel’s team of expert wedding planners ensures that every aspect of the celebration is flawlessly executed, from the floral arrangements to the delectable culinary offerings.

The wedding party can take pleasure in exploring the picturesque town of St. Moritz, with its exclusive boutiques, art galleries, and breathtaking natural beauty. Whether exchanging vows in the hotel’s elegant chapel or dancing the night away under the starlit sky, a wedding at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is an affair that exceeds expectations and leaves an indelible impression on all in attendance.

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is located at Via Serlas 27, 7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland. Visit their website for more information and rates.

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Say Yes in Switzerland!

The allure of a winter wedding in Switzerland is irresistible, capturing the imagination with its ethereal charm and breathtaking backdrops. Against a canvas of snow-capped peaks and glistening lakes, couples exchange vows in fairytale settings that seem plucked from a storybook. Whether it’s an intimate ceremony in a centuries-old chapel or a lavish celebration in a luxurious mountain resort, these winter weddings exude an air of romance and elegance. The crisp mountain air adds an extra layer of magic, as guests gather around crackling fireplaces, savouring gourmet delights and toasting to love in a winter wonderland. With each passing winter, Switzerland becomes an increasingly popular destination for couples seeking a dreamlike wedding immersed in nature.

Make like European aristocrats and embark on a journey that will leave you and your guests with cherished memories for a lifetime.

Getting to St. Moritz
For this trip, we flew via Swiss Air from Singapore to Zürich, which took about 13 hours. From Zürich Airport, the train to St. Moritz takes approximately 4 hours. You can expect to find 26 trains per day running on this popular route. As there aren’t any direct services running between Zurich Airport and St. Moritz, you may need to make at least one train transfer on your journey. SBB is the main train operator on this route.

Upon arrival at Zürich Airport, we walked across to another wing of the building where the SBB counter was located. While waiting to pick up our Swiss Travel Passes, our luggages were collected by Swiss Public Transport to be delivered directly to our hotel in St. Moritz. We were able to enjoy a comfortable train journey after the long flight.

Special thanks to: Switzerland Tourism, Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau, Swiss Air, Swiss Travel System, Hotel Waldhaus Sils-Maria, and Engadin St. Moritz Tourismus AG.

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Create Fairytale-like Memories at St. Moritz Switzerland