Carlton Hotel St Moritz

*Reviewed exclusively for us by luxury travel pros Laura Brown and Laura Snook!

Set right between fur coats, high street brands and classy cars, this town of the affluent entices and welcomes international guests seeking allure and adventure.

The Welcome

In between mountain passes, forests and lakes, the five-star Carlton Hotel in St. Moritz is at the center of this fairy-tale scene. The sunlight plays in through the windows in the large and elegant spiral staircase and emphasizes the splendour of a former time. The hotel faces the luxurious town of shops, cafes and luxury competition, yet its location – overlooking the lake and the twinkling lights of the mountain town at night- ensures guests feel a world away when they retreat to their palatial pad each night.

Sweet Suite

The trilogy of natural elements is quietly reflected in the materials and interiors. Interior designer Carlo Rampazzi has created a unique look and feel for every of the sixty suites with rich colours and a rich mix of materials.

The natural elements play center stage in the ornate spaces; rays of sun playing with the textured wallpaper, leaf-like patterns fill the curtains and a tacked leather headboard feature in the master bedroom is a striking statement. The elegant junior suites offer soft tones, whilst the Carlton Suite and even the Czar Suite offer delicately tailored boldness in the most fitting of tints and fabrics.

Fine Dining

Gastronomy is scrumptious, from breakfast to midnight snacks. The uber-high class, yet enviably cosy Michelin star restaurant ‘Da Vitorrio’ sits next to the downstairs entrance whilst classy Romanoff welcomes guests on the bel-etage. The same floor as where the bar, ballroom and sun-terrace are featured and just off the library with its ornate stone fireplaces on either side from former Czar times.

The Spa

In the lower part of the hotel, the spa opens up to the outdoors with a beautiful private viewing plateau – a calming spot for after the ever-so-relaxing massages.

Inside, three floors cover over 1200m2 of wellness from ladies only saunas to private dayrooms to enjoy an array of treatments and massages, together or alone. The indoor pool is subdued in colours and alongside the outdoor deck, the indoor pool offers a picturesque view from the large windowsills overlooking the valley.  The menu is extensive and ranges from calming reflexology to sport massages, even hot stone and Ayurveda are part of the offerings. The Carlton signature massages are surely those to sample, as they combine techniques and aromas to suit your state-of-mind.

And an absolute state-of-mind the Carlton Hotel surely is…

The Carlton Hotel, St. Moritz is part of the private Tschuggen Hotel Group and has been committed to providing exceptional hospitality, award-winning cuisine, luxurious spa experiences and breath-taking views in some of Switzerland’s most beautiful spots for over 30 years. With their exclusive offers and discreet service, the family-owned five-star hotels offer guests superior luxury holiday experiences.

#WhatToPack

In trendy St Moritz, ‘dress to impress’ is the name of the game. Turn heads at apres ski in this chic look!

 

St Moritz

 

 

Mixed pattern dress
310 AED – pauseandpose.com

MaxMara pastel pink coat
9,415 AED – net-a-porter.com

Lips handbag
1,820 AED – erinfetherston.com

Earring jewelry
150 AED – bananarepublic.gap.com

Kevyn Aucoin paraben free lipstick
130 AED – revolve.com

 

Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Welcome
 
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
 
The rooms
 
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
 
Eating
 
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
 
 
Location
 
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
 
Don’t miss
 
The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
 
 
HOTEL BEDFORD, 17, RUE DE L’ARCADE 75008 PARIS Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 77 Fax : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 97 More information at www.hotel-bedford.com
 
Rooms from €250; Suites from €450

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