One might think it’s just a small village in the Swiss Alps, but if you take a closer look, you’ll discover the dynamic culture, happenings and heritage of beautiful St. Moritz. It’s easy to see why it remains one of Europe’s top winter destination hotspots since years – and not only for the international jet set society, but also for locals, nationals and those who are simply fascinated by what the Engadin has to offer. Here’s what you need to know to enjoy the most luxurious stay in St. Moritz this winter, especially in the hottest month of the season: February.
White Turf & Night Turf
On three Sundays in February (12th, 19th and 26th) the annual White Turf St. Moritz takes place on the frozen Lake of St. Moritz. The White Turf St. Moritz is a unique event in the Swiss Alps with fascinating horse-racing, gourmet catering, concerts and inspiring art exhibitions. The White Turf is one of the most visited events in St. Moritz by international society, as you can imagine. Among the luxurious sponsors are Credit Suisse, BMW and Longines who take their top clients to the mountains to see the best side of St. Moritz.
For those who want to experience the horse race in a spectacular night scene, attend the Night Turf St. Moritz on Friday, February 24th. The nighttime race is not the only spectacular entertainment program of the night, as a live concert and a night sky light show promise to dazzle spectators as well.
Kulm Hotel St. Moritz opens the Kulm Country Club
The luxurious Kulm Hotel, one of the top addresses in St. Moritz, celebrates a special opening this winter: The Kulm Country Club. Star-architect Lord Foster and local architect Arnd Küchel turned an over 110-year-old ice pavilion into a chic, casual and new hotspot, right next door to the Kulm Hotel. On the ground floor, there’s a casual bar and lounge area. The first floor offers a Michelin star pop-up cuisine featuring celebrated chefs like the NYC based “Swiss-International” chef, Daniel Humm (Eleven Madison Park), who kicked-off the season, as well as Nenad Mlinarevic (Focus at Park Hotel Vitznau), who will continue throughout February. The Kulm Country Club is a unique place, with a fresh spirit, that enriches St. Moritz and the Engadin.
The Badrutt’s Palace Hotel has become a unique monument of St. Moritz. For over 120 years it has been, and still is, the number one address of the rich and famous. The hotel is not to miss, when in St. Moritz. This season the celebrated Swiss 3 Michelin star chef, Andreas Caminada, opened a new restaurant “IGNIV” inside the Badrutt’s Palace, where he and his team create delicious, casual fine dining dishes, based on the concept of sharing. Another highlight at the Badrutt’s Palace this season is the “7 Day Wellness Program”, designed by Wellness Expert Martha Wiedemann. Four different programs from “Stress Management” to “A Journey to Self Love” are offered and can be personalized by a yoga master and a wellness coach with the aim to quiet the mind, nurture the body and enrich the spirit. Where better to relax and calm down than on top of the world.
Carlton St. Moritz
The suites-only luxury hotel, Carlton St. Moritz, offers 60 spacious lake-facing Junior Suites and Suites, which are colorfully designed by Swiss interior designer Carlo Rampazzi. The sun terrace of the Carlton St. Moritz is one of the most sought-after lunch places of the village and offers stunning lake views. The 3-Michelin starred Italian restaurant, Da Vittorio, celebrates authentic Italian haute cuisine in a casual and romantic ambience. Not to miss: Paccheri alla Vittorio, a signature pasta dish that is truly delicious and simply one of the best.
Gmurzynska’s Pool Party in the Snow
Known for their extraordinary art events and collaborations, Galerie Gmurzynska brings the iconic photographer, Jean “Johnny” Pigozzi and his “Pool Party” to St. Moritz this winter. The solo show will feature over thirty black and white photographs as well as snapshots of Pigozzi’s celebrations around the famous “blue pool” at Villa Dorane in Cap d’Antibes. The collection features shots from the 80s and 90s of friends such as Naomi Campbell, Sharon Stone, Elle Macpherson, Mick Jagger, Helmut Newton and Calvin Klein. Pigozzi, who developed a very sincere and intimate way of portraying his friends and companions, has a special way of letting the viewer feel the aliveness of his photographs. These images are sure to warm the hearts of art collectors in freezing St. Moritz this season. The exhibition will start February 19, 2017 and run through March 26, 2017 at Galerie Gmurzynska.
The Sky Over Nine Columns
“The Sky Over Nine Columns” is a sculpture created by German artist Heinz Mack. The art installation comprises nine light-reflecting columns, which are plated in 24 golden leaf mosaic stones and change their appearance with the moods of day and night. The installation is owned by the “Ralph Dommermuth Foundation for Art and Culture” and the aim is to bring joy and happiness to the destination it resides at. After its journey through Istanbul, Valencia and Venice, it’s currently based in St. Moritz, right by the lake, and reflects the beauty of the water, sky and Swiss Alps. Viewers can observe The Sky Over Nine Columns from almost every spot in St. Moritz, but the most enriching way to experience it, is by taking a stroll through the columns. Only a 5-minute walk away from the center of St. Moritz, along the lake. The art work can be viewed until the end of March before it continues its onward journey to a yet unknown, but for sure spectacular, European destination. A beautiful idea of giving.
el Paradiso is the top address for skiers and all other Engadin guests who want to enjoy culinary delights, stunning views and sparkling champagne close to heaven. The mountain day-restaurant and club-house is famous for its great vibes, entertaining guests and magical private events while overlooking lakes, landscape and mountains by day, or gazing at the moon and stars by night.
The number one nightlife address to see and be seen in St. Moritz, is for sure the Alpine-chic members only club, Dracula. Here is where you meet the world’s elite while sipping vintage champagnes and dancing to the best beats of the night.