The legendary doors of Suvretta House, one of Switzerland’s most iconic heritage hotels, reopened in December – not only to welcome the winter season, but to mark phase one in a new era for the century-old winter palace. The ski-in ski-out hotel has launched 23 new rooms this year as part of a staggered phase of refurbishment which will see the hotel put back on the map as one of Europe’s finest winter retreats.
As St. Moritz remains a draw for elite travellers thanks to the beauty of the Engadine Valley, the vast ski area and its reputation as a glamorous Alpine getaway, Suvretta House has more than the destination’s popularity on its side. The Engadine, St. Moritz holiday region is located on the south side of the Swiss Alps at about 1800 metres above sea level. The expansive plateau with its impressive lake-studded landscape is characterised by an above-average number of sunny days and a special, pleasantly dry microclimate. With the ongoing refurbishment led by UK interior designer Sue Freeman, the hotel embarks on an exciting period of change, with all rooms in the hotel set to be fully renovated by December 2017.
Set in a pristine private estate, Suvretta House (translated directly as ‘house above the woods’) is a much loved heritage hotel. Built over 100 years ago by Swiss hotelier Anton Bon the hotel was originally designed to provide a tranquil and exclusive retreat, set apart from the nearby buzz of St. Moritz, which as the birthplace of winter tourism in the mid 19th Century attracted the great and the good to see and be seen. With the likes of Evita Peron, King Farouk of Egypt and the Shah of Persia visiting for the winter months, the destination soon became a jet-set hub of cosmopolitan glamour, and to this day remains one of the most decadent mountain resorts in Europe.
Still owned by the fourth generation of founder Anton Bon’s family, his great grandson Martin Candrian, and run by husband and wife team Peter and Esther Egli, the 181-room hotel has its own private ski lift giving exceptionally easy access to the Engadine Valley’s 217 miles of piste, 136 miles of cross-country ski trails and 93 miles of winter walking paths.
The Upper Engadine Ski and Snowboard Region
Feel the wintery-fresh mountain breeze in your face on perfectly groomed runs, elegantly whisk downhill on glistening powder snow almost weightlessly, and enjoy the wonderful sensation of boundless freedom under the deep blue sky – join us in the Upper Engadine and it’s all yours.
350 km of guaranteed-snow pistes between 1800 and 3300 metres above sea level, 60 modern cableways and lifts, as well as four sweeping ski and snowboard arenas (Corviglia-Marguns, Diavolezza-Lagalb, Zuoz-Albanas and Corvatsch-Furtschellas) are waiting to be discovered and explored by you. For all regions, you can obtain day passes, master passes or multiday flexi passes at our in-house Suvretta Snowsports School sales desk very conveniently and without queuing.
Skate on the On-Premises Ice Rink
Former world champions in figure skating have demonstrated their skills on the on-site Suvretta House ice rink. Try it out: don your skates and draw elegant lines in the mirror-smooth ice to lively musical rhythms. Whether you are taking your first steps on the ice or wish to perfect your technique, an experienced coach is at hand to circumspectly ensure that everything runs smoothly.
Aiming to refresh spaces which haven’t been changed for over twenty years, yet retain the period charm and authentic features of a hotel first opened in December 1912, the redesign incorporates warming parquet flooring, hand crafted rugs, embroidered cushions, bespoke furniture, homely wallpapers, elegant colours and luxurious fabrics and reconceptualises room layouts to maximise on spectacular views of lake, woodland and mountains.