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Badrutt's Palace 


Article by Ava Roxanne Stritt

Photography by Ava Roxanne Stritt

All this time at home has many people longing for an epic escape. For many, it has exasperated an already strong case of wanderlust. As soon as travel restrictions permit, we are already planning our next adventure. In addition, the global health pandemic has driven home more than ever how important our wellness is. 

Combine the desire for the queen of all vacations with the need for self-care and wellness, and you’ve got a world-class, luxury spa getaway in Switzerland at the historic Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. Badrutt’s Palace dates back to the late 1800s, so it’s been through all kinds of ups and downs and is ready to welcome guests back starting the first week in July. 

When you arrive at this magical destination, you will be transported far away from the stress of the current reality. There has never been a time where an escape like this, built in the heart of the enchanted Swiss Alps and steeped in tradition, is more necessary. Take a look here for a peek at their luxury afternoon tea.

Badrutt’s Palace is located in the charming village of St. Moritz, a famous ski spot that has welcomed a long list of celebrities, from Charlie Chaplin to John Lennon and George Clooney. (Don’t miss the Hitchcock Suite, where Alfred Hitchcock liked to stay.)

The top-of-the-line service at the hotel frees you from obligation and worry, as the staff handles everything you need. Suites include your own personal butler (including one suite with its own marble entrance hall and library). Enjoy complimentary transportation around town in a Rolls-Royce. Marble bathrooms have rain showers and cozy bathrobes. Minibars feature complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Not to mention the wine cellar here, boasting more than 30,000 bottles. 

It’s all about the little details that make a big impact at Badrutt’s Palace. For example, at night, staff puts a hot water bottle under your sheets to warm the bed. It even comes with a sweet little note. 

Relax (and drop those cortisol levels) at the incredible pool and spa area, accessible via a tunnel from the main building. The heated pool is surrounded by glass, with full views of the mountains, especially romantic and cozy when there’s snow falling outside. Guests also love the granite diving rock. Yes, a special rock just for diving. 

The Spa at Badrutt's Palace is my personal favorite highlight here, and the best way to make the most of it is to book your own private spa suite, complete with a Jacuzzi tub, steam bath and cozy furniture. The Suite Iris even has its own personal garden for the ultimate peaceful pampering experience, while also minimizing interactions with other guests. (In the Covid-19 times, this is a priceless offering for travelers.) The spa offers an extensive treatment list, from traditional deep tissue massages to more unique offerings, such as a cleanse using detoxifying alpine herbs. So you can relax your mind, reduce your stress and boost your health, all in a serene and scenic Swiss wonderland. 

The spa area also includes an indoor infinity pool, a steam room, ice room, mist room, salt steam room and more, all of which can be combined to boost your health and create a memorable, luxurious, healthy European adventure.

Another one-of-a-kind offering at the Badrutt’s Palace is its outdoor sauna, made out of an old gondola—the perfect after-skiing treat. Two old gondolas, with their existing wooden benches plus hot coals, have been converted into perhaps the world’s quirkiest saunas. 

Round out your healthy vacation with nutritious food, such as an inventive dinner at Igniv or a traditional Swiss meal in a former farmhouse from the 1600s. Then, each afternoon, toast your health and happiness with traditional tea in Le Grand Hall. Your mind and body will thank you for this trip. 

If You Go

Visit Badrutt’s Palace June through September for the summer season and November through March for the busy winter season. 

Badrutt’s Palace has taken special measures to keep guests safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the efforts, beyond following the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health’s rules and regulations, include limiting the number of guests allowed in elevators; giving guests their own box of personal protective equipment; no added cost for in-room dining; outdoor dining options and plenty of space between tables at the on-site restaurants; an on-hand doctor and medical clinic; and many more.

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