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The best luxury hotels and resorts in Park City/ Deer Valley, Utah

Park City/ Deer Valley, Utah

The Diego Travel guide to the best luxury hotels in Park City & Deer Valley, Utah

MARIA DIEGO

Located in the mountains less than 1 hour east of Salt Lake City, Utah, Park City/ Deer Valley is a mountain town which is popular for outdoor activities. With a population of fewer than 10,000 people, Park City is a thriving resort town for skiers in the winter months and a haven for hikers and outdoor adventure in the summer.

Tucked into the valley and surrounded by mountain terrain, Park City/ Deer Valley Utah is four-season destination dating back to 1868 when prospecting soldiers discovered silver in the surrounding mountains.

Being a mountain town just 32 miles from downtown Salt Lake City, Park City and Deer Valley are the perfect option for a luxury ski vacation in Utah or a weekend mountain getaway in the US. With plenty of Park City & Deer Valley ski resorts and luxury hotels to choose from, you can go from spa to ski slope in an afternoon, as well as spend time discovering the charms of this Utah mountain town.

Perfect For: Families | Adventure Seekers | Luxury Vacations | Couples Groups | Weekend Getaways | Small Groups of Friends | Romantic Getaways

Getting to the BVI

Getting to Park City/ Deer Valley, Utah

There are direct domestic and international flight options into Salt Lake City International Airport which is a 45-minute drive from Park City/ Deer Valley.

Traveling by car is the easiest way to reach Park City/ Deer Valley if you’re traveling independently, however make sure to check with your hotel or resort as many offer transfers with your stay.

Park City/ Deer Valley
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    Park City

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    Deer Valley

Park City, Utah- Main Street

What to do in Park City/ Deer Valley

  • Skiing

    The winter months bring the most people to Park City/ Deer Valley to take to the slopes and visit America’s largest ski resort in the country, Park City Mountain and Deer Valley. With 300 inches of snowfall annually, Park City/ Deer Valley offer everything from ski classes for beginners, to some of the most challenging double black diamond runs in the US.

    Park City Mountain and Deer Valley feature terrain parks for those wanting to practise their jumps and freestyle, or over 7,000 skiable acres for those who prefer to stick to the slopes or go cross-country.

  • Skiing at Park City Utah

  • Hiking

    Don’t be fooled into thinking that Park City/ Deer Valley is just a winter destination. The mountain town is a real hidden gem in the summer months, with hundreds of miles of trails. There are trail options suitable for families through to seasoned hikers, whether you’re looking for canyon trails or summiting the peaks around Park City/ Deer Valley for the most spectacular views.

  • Visit Main Street

    Park City’s historic Main Street is a thriving hub of activity all year round, from street performers to festivals to art galleries. Visit the famous Silly Market running from June through September. Ride the free Main Street Trolley and discover specialty shops, distilleries, microbreweries, museums, boutiques and bookstores in the historic heart of Park City.

  • Shopping Park City Utah

  • BVI Scuba

  • Utah Olympic Park

    Park City is most well-known internationally for being the host of some of the ski events at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games held in Salt Lake City. 

    Just outside of downtown Park City, the Utah Olympic Park is still a winter sports training venue, but now visitors can visit the venue, learn about its sporting history in the museum, and see choreographed freestyle flying shows where winter sports athletes show off their tricks. Or you can get your own taste of exhilaration, with a Tubing Experience down one of the slopes, reaching speeds of 50mph, or the ziplining experience.

  • The Alpine Coaster

    As well as skiing, ice skating, mountain biking, water rafting, dog-sledding, snowmobiling, tubing and horseback riding, the exhilarating outdoor activities don’t end there. Park City is home to one of the world’s longest alpine coasters at over 3,000ft in length. Reaching up to 30mph, the track winds through over 1 mile of trees, fields, mountains and spectacular views, with space for up to 2 people per coaster.

  • Scenic drives

    Whether you’re visiting in winter or summer, the mountains, passes and parks around Park City/ Deer Valley are perfect for scenic drives, a slower pace after a day on the slopes or simply a romantic evening drive.

    Guardsman Pass is popular for spring wildflowers and fall colors, Mirror Lake Scenic Byway takes you through Utah’s highest mountain range, taking in meadows, waterfalls, mountain views and lakes. Weber Canyon is perfect for an easy summer or fall scenic drive from Park City or drive the historic Emigration Canyon which is open year-round. Some of these routes are closed over winter due to snowfall, check the route access before you drive.

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Goldener Hirsch Park City

Where to Stay in Park City/ Deer Valley

Being such a popular skiing destination, it’s no surprise that there are a variety of luxury Park City and Deer Valley hotels and resorts to choose from based on your budget, trip type, needs and travel party. I was able to visit seven of the properties in Park City and Deer Valley and while each has its own unique features, I’ve summarized the selection below with my honest experiences and my job is to determine the best fit for you and your trip.

Montage Deer Valley

Montage Deer Valley

This stunning resort goes above and beyond in every aspect. With 220 guest rooms, 174 suites and 81 residences, this 1 million sq ft. property is a resort within a resort that caters impeccably for adults and kids. With a shuttle to take kids to ski schoo,l a Compass Explorers Program for kids, family pool hours, Park City’s only bowling alley and family friendly restaurants, this is a great option for family vacations. Large groups and multi-generational families are not forgotten too with the option to connect rooms and suites to allow up to 10 people to stay together.

Rooms are available with resort view, slope view or peak view, with the third floor being best for peak views. 

For couples or adult group trips, you can also enjoy full access to the spa for a $50 nightly resort fee, a serenity suite which is a couples treatment room but can also be used for Bridal Parties to get ready. The Yama Sushi Bar, Après Lounge, spa facilities and even a wine tasting tour are all available at the resort, making this a special trip for couples.

The resort also offers a casual pub restaurant, Burgers and Bourbon for classic burgers, a breakfast buffet or grab-and-go breakfast option. and s’mores on the Apex Patio every day from 5.30pm.

Lift passes and lessons, private instructors, history tours, a full ski shop, transfers, mountain bike rental and once in a lifetime trips such as private plane tours over the park, can all be arranged with the hotel to create the ultimate memorable trip.

Book with Diego Travel to receive the following Virtuoso Amenities:

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability (view catagory & applicable to hotel inventory only. Residences are eligible for an upgrade upon arrival, based on availability)
  • A daily breakfast credit up to US $60 per bedroom, per night (credit may be used in restaurants, Buzz Coffee shop, or through room service.)
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay, applicable towards food & beverage, spa services, or activities and rentals in Compass Sports. (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Diego Travel recommends Montage Deer Valley: Families wanting a Kids Club | Couples | Large Families or Multi-Generational Families | Destination Weddings | Groups of Friends

GOLDENER HIRSCH DEER VALLEY

Goldener Hirsch

For true luxury, the Goldener Hirsch luxury hotel in Park City is the perfect mix of old world Alpine chalet charm with modern architecture and amenities. The residences building was opened in 2020 and the hotel flawlessly combines a modern European feel with luxurious alpine chalet decor and first-class amenities with incredibly attentive staff.

Located just a 1 minute walk from the ski lifts, Goldener Hirsch is also the best option if you’re planning a Park City ski vacation and you want to prioritize location and maximize time on the slopes. 

Guests are given the option to stay in the modern building or the traditional chalet style building, but all guests have access to the rooftop sky pool and hot tub for the ultimate après ski experience. The rooftop also hosts live music every Thursday evening and a summer market on Saturdays with Bavarian food samples and wine tasting.

The only downside to Goldener Hirsch is that there are no spa facilities. However guests can avail of free access to the spa at the Stein Eriksen Lodge next door.

Book with Diego Travel to receive the following Virtuoso Amenities:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD Resort credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

    Diego Travel recommends Goldener Hirsch: Honeymooners | Skiers and Adventure Seekers | Groups of Friends | Anniversary Trip


    Pendry Park City

    Pendry Park City

    We were very impressed by Pendry Park City, Park City’s newest luxury hotel resort. With a great layout and space with 153 units particularly suited to large groups and multi-room units. In fact, you can reach out to the hotel and discuss the best room configuration for you and your party because there are so many options available. They can guarantee your room type upon booking.

    All 1 bedroom or larger units come with a washer-dryer, 4 bedroom units have a mixture of king and double beds and have close access to Canyon Village. 

    There’s a strong focus on wellbeing, from the fresh, clean decor and design, to the pool and spa, Wellness Lounge Oxygen Therapy, rooftop pool and even IV therapy.

    The slopes are just a 2 minute walk with ski rental available, bike rental available and a ski in-and-out format. 

    Although the rooftop area is small, there’s a full range of events and activities from live music Thursday through Sunday and it’s the only hotel in Park City with a rooftop bar. 

    For family vacations, there is also a daily kids club and babysitting available. The hotel is also building out a larger complex, so more shops and restaurants will soon be available.

    Book with Diego Travel to receive the following Virtuoso Amenities:

    • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
    • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
    • $100 USD Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
    • Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi

    Diego Travel recommends Pendry Park City: Families | Multi-generational Families | Large Groups | Wellness Vacation | Outdoor Enthusiasts

    Stein Eriksen Lodge

    Stein Eriksen Lodge

    For those looking for Park City ski resorts, Skein Eriksen Lodge is the only true ski-in/ski-out ski resort in Park City.

    Renovated in 2021, with 172 rooms, 44 condos and 4 residences with pools, Stein Eriksen can cater for families and most party sizes, with 1-4 bedroom units available. The condo units have the largest balconies and also come with hot tubs for an extra après ski touch of luxury.

    Stein Eriksen also boasts the only lift that runs throughout the summer months too, the Sterling Express, making it perfect for those wanting to explore the mountain trails for summer hikes and mountain biking.

    The 16-room spa is a Forbes 5-star spa as well as the longest running spa in the state of Utah. 

    The hotel has a distinctly European feel with true ski in and out, full valet service, ski shop and rental and it is a major hub for the whole mountain.

    While amenities are good, some parts of the hotel such as the restaurant are still undergoing renovation. It’s also worth bearing in mind that room access is outdoors so it feels less like a hotel and more of a resort village – something to bear in mind particularly if you’re booking during the winter months!

    Book with Diego Travel to receive the following Virtuoso Amenities:

    • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
    • Breakfast during the winter time period will be a buffet breakfast and during the summer time period will be a la carte ($60 Breakfast Credit)
    • $100USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
    • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi

      Diego Travel recommends Stein Eriksen: Avid skiers | Adventure Seekers | Summer vacations to Park City | Families | Multi-generational Families | Weddings | Incentive Trips

      Lodge at Blue Sky

      Lodge at Blue Sky

      Arriving at the Lodge at Blue Sky, you feel completely immersed in the landscape and natural resources of the area because owners, Mike and Barb Philips have ensured everything is locally sourced, from the locally sourced wood, to the limestone from a local quarry and the 60 rescue horses they keep on the property.

      They’ve created a substantial experience which is blended in with the landscape, with 46 rooms, 16 Earth Suites which have outdoor showers and the 5 premium Creek Houses have open air rooms, outdoor balconies and indoor fireplaces. The expansive views and rooftop all add to the experience of being immersed in the surrounding nature.

      Although located 25 minutes from Park City Mountain Resort, most guests stay here 4-5 nights thanks to the incredible amenities on offer. Extensive spa treatment menu, an exclusive ski lounge and complimentary ski shuttle, mountain biking, helicopter excursions, hiking, a covered and heated shooting pavilion, fly fishing and horseback riding excursions and more, all on the hotel’s 3,500 acres of property.

      Their kids club, Little Vaqueros Club, follows a different theme every day with exciting excursions included. 

      An all inclusive stay here covers absolutely everything, from meals and snacks to one activity per day and return transfers. Mercedes Benz courtesy vehicles can also be used for up to 5 hours at a time.

      For the ultimate romantic escape, their Sky Suite offers spectacular views of the valley. There are also two mountain top yurts where private experiences can be arranged with an optional private chef. 

      Book with Diego Travel to receive the following exclusive promos:

      • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
      • Breakfast credit for two per bedroom daily ($50 maximum per person, per day, excludes alcohol)
      • $100USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
      • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
      • Complimentary Wi-Fi

      Diego Travel recommends Lodge at Blue Sky: Romantic Getaways | Honeymooners | Anniversary Trips | Outdoor enthusiasts | Small Groups 

      Waldorf Astoria Park City

      Waldorf Astoria Park City

      A stay at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Park City is more suited to those looking for a luxury hotel stay on a budget. 

      The hotel offers a gondola-out, ski-in style resort with a shuttle also running in a loop through the valley so guests can access various slopes and ski schools. They also offer an onsite excursion specialist, Expert Active, which offers transfers, bike rental, ATVs, kayaking, distillery whiskey tasting, rafting, rock climbing, city tours and more.

      Unfortunately there is no longer a kids club at the Waldorf Astoria, but the hotel does offer 1 bedroom suites which can fit up to a family of five.

      The hotel also offers a heated pool and two hot tubs, live DJ on weekends, lawn games, a great selection of restaurants and bars, fitness centre and spa and gondola access right across the street.

      Book with Diego Travel to receive the following Virtuoso Amenities:

      • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
      • Daily full breakfast to be used in our restaurant, Powder, for two guests per bedroom
      • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay. Resort Credit may be used for In Room Dining, in our Restaurant, Powder, at our Pool Bar and Grill (Summer only), and Spa services. Not applicable at Palette or Spa Gift Shop (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
      • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
      • Complimentary Wi-Fi

      Diego Travel recommends Waldorf Astoria Park City: Those on a Budget | Anniversary Trips | Small Group Trips | Incentive Trips

      St Regis Deer Valley

      St Regis Deer Valley

      With 183 rooms and spacious suites that can be connected to create 3-bedroom suites perfect for families, this would be a great option for multi-generational families and larger groups to be able to stay together. Unfortunately the St Regis Deer Valley has discontinued its kids club which is a shame as their proximity to the ski school is fantastic.

      Located on the lower base of the mountains with three restaurants and a cafe offering a grab and go breakfast and a ski rental shop in the basement, this is a great option if you just want to get out and hit the slopes.

      The hotel also offers a 24-hour fitness centre, spa with 11 treatment rooms, oxygen treatment and nail salon, plus a huge steam room and jacuzzi covering 14,000 sq ft.

      With a wine vault catering for private dinners and the space for weddings up to 108 guests, there’s plenty of options for larger groups, although current staffing shortages are temporarily making that more challenging.

      Book with Diego Travel to receive the following STARS exclusive promos:

      • Local Scones and Honey Amenity. Did you know that Utah is the Beehive State? This amenity offers:
          • Freshly-made, local Huckleberry Scones
          • Local Honey from Keeper of the B Farms
          • Local Lavender Devonshire Cream

        Daily Breakfast for 2 

          • $40 daily breakfast credit, per person for up to two people ($80 in total). Reedeemable at RIME – Seafood & Steak, located on the third floor of the resort. Hours of operations are 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM daily.
        • $100 food and beverage credit
        • Complimentary WiFi daily
        • First priority on waitlists in sold-out situations
        • Early Check-in/late Check-out, based on availability
        • First priority for requested room category, bed type, rollaways and connecting rooms
        • VIP status granted with in-person warm welcome
        • Priority for complimentary room upgrade (based on availability upon arrival)
        • Welcome note from General Manager (or Hotel Management)

        Diego Travel recommends St Regis Deer Valley: | Large Families or Groups | Multi-generational Families | Destination Weddings | Incentive Trips | Skiing Beginners | Parents Traveling with Older Children

        A Few of My Favorite Things

        Park City/ Deer Valley, Utah

        The variety of Park City Utah Luxury Hotels

        There’s a great selection of luxury Park City/ Deer resorts and the best hotels in Park City offer an spectacular experience which is above and beyond many other ski resort towns in the country. 

        We loved the ultimate luxury experience at the Goldener Hirsch with the old world chalet style and the option to choose between old world or modern when you stay as a guest. Newer Park City Utah lodgings like Pendry Park City or the immersive experience at the Lodge at Blue Sky makes this an even more special experience, beyond that of just a winter ski vacation.

        The range of outdoor activities on offer

        Park City and Deer Valley are not just about skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. There are so many amazing excursions offered by hotels, with outdoor adventure activities for everyone from outdoors people to thrill seekers to kids looking for some fun. You can’t run out of things to do when you’re staying at one of these Park City/ Deer Valley Hotels and you can create a trip that really is a once in a lifetime experience.

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        St Moritz

        St Moritz

        St Moritz, Switzerland

        Alpine Luxury Family Vacation Travel Guide

        MARIA DIEGO

        Any family vacation can feel overwhelming, especially when you consider a winter ski destination that’s outside of your comfort zone. Believe me, I get it! Planning an alpine family luxury vacation from the US may seem like a daunting undertaking, but with proper planning and guidance, heading to St Moritz, Europe’s most iconic ski destination is 100% worth it! If Vail or Aspen skiing might feel cliché, or maybe you’ve been there, done that and want to try something new then this guide is for you! After a year of meticulous planning, and tapping into my trusted resources (ie: from Swiss friends who have been taking their annual family holiday to the Alps their entire lives to my incredible Virtuoso luxury travel expert colleagues), have I got the guide for you! 

        ST MORITZ FAMILY TRAVEL GUIDE

        What to do

        Not only is there an abundance of things to do in St. Moritz in the winter season, but summer also has its own activities perfect for an active family vacation. From taking the funicular for hiking and mountain biking to sailing or stand up paddle boarding in St. Moritz Lake, we can’t wait to experience a summer season in this Swiss town.

        • TRAIN

          While it requires a bit more travel savvy than arriving by car, the train ride from Zurich to St. Moritz is worthwhile and a great way to kick off your Swiss experience.  I was blown away by the scenery as we passed through Unesco World Heritage bridges of the Rhaetian Railway, Albula line. Something else to consider is the twists-and-turns car ride that can be slightly nausea-inducing if youre prone to motion sickness.

        • Breathtaking views on the way to St Moritz

          Breathtaking views on the train ride to St Moritz

        • The Carlton Hotel’s Outdoor Butler

        • Cross-Country Skiing

          While most think of down-hill skiing being synonymous with the Alps, St. Moritz is also home to some of the world’s best cross-country skiing and the famous Skimarathon. At the Carlton Hotel, we had the chance to spend some time with their outdoor butler who meets you with a contagious grin and gears up to take you on trails that are fit for your level, arranges for ice fishing or sets up a romantic winter wonderland picnic.

        • Downhill SkiIng

          For downhill skiing, the piste levels range from 3 bunny hills, suitable for children and beginner skiers, but then jump to blue, which I found a bit too difficult for our 5-year-old and personally challenging – okay, downright scary!! In addition, Snowli Kids Village has a playground to keep kids entertained in between ski runs and après ski. In nearby villages, Samedan, Zuoz or S-chanf, you can find perfect family and beginner skiing as well.

        • St Moritz ski school

        • St. Moritz Skating Club

        • ICE

          If you love ice skating like we do, then you’ve come to the right place. There are several ice skating rinks in St. Moritz, most notably the one located next to the Kulm Hotel, with others at Badrutt’s Palace and Suvretta House (which offers the only curling classes in town).

          Alternatively, you can skate on St. Moritz Lake itself, but they do not offer the push-carts that help kids learn to skate.

        Getting There

        Distance from ZRH: 3 hours by train or car

        Recommended Stay: 5-7 nights in winter, and 3-4 nights in summer, with additional stops within Switzerland

        Elevation: 5,978 feet

        Best Time of Year to Visit: End of June to early September and early December to early April

        INSIDER TIP

        Corvatsch offers a 4.2 km floodlit night piste, at an easy enough level for kids to enjoy

        In the Heart Of Switzerland
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          St Moritz

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          Preda-Bergun

        St Moritz White Turf Horse Race

        • Snow Polo & Horse Races

          Without a doubt, one of the things I was most excited to experience was St. Moritz’ famous White Turf horse races. Nowhere else in the world offers horse polo and racing on a frozen lake.  Every year, the who’s who from around the globe gather to watch the Snow Polo World Cup, and for 3 weekends in January/February, the White Turf horse races take place.  Whether you’re there to place bets, watch horses or the high fashion, there’s something for everyone and definitely didn’t disappoint.

        • TOBOGGANING

          You cannot visit St. Moritz without a chance to do the Preda to Bergün sledge run.  We looped down hills that vary from trudging along to sweeping inclines that feel like a rollercoaster with the most beautiful, scenic setting.  Half-way down the run, we rode past firs and under Unesco bridges, with the chance to stop at a Schneeschloss Preda-Bergün, a cute little ice castle perfect for popping in for a hot chocolate. Be sure to start first thing in the morning, because once you finish the run, youll want to go again, and the afternoons can get icy as the sun goes down.

        • St Moritz Ski Lift

          St Moritz Ski Lift

        • Preda-Bergün Tobogganing Run

          Preda-Bergün Tobogganing Run

        • A HORSE CARRIAGE RIDE

          An unquestionable hallmark of St. Moritz are the beautiful horse carriages that youll see around town.  Its an easy way to transport tired kids from the ski gondola to the lift, and helped us avoid some major meltdowns after a full day of skiing. Plus, its a great way to see the city!

        Where to stay

        Switzerland currently has 39 Virtuoso hotels, so choosing the best one might feel like a shot in the dark.  I get asked all the time, Whats the best hotel in any given destination?  The truth is, the best hotel for you might look a lot different than the best hotel for me.  Fortunately, as a travel advisor, Im able to tour all hotels both physically and virtually and make a recommendation based on who you are, your taste, and your budget.  Think of me as your holiday match-maker!  Below, Ive highlighted a few of my personal favorites, but that doesnt mean there arent other great options out there.

        CARLTON HOTEL

        From the moment our driver greeted us at the train station to whisk us off in a Bentley, the experience was something out of a fairytale. First, we were welcomed with house-made macaroons, muffins, marshmallows and fresh oranges and a fully-stocked complimentary mini-bar. Stuffed animals and coloring books with Swiss-made Caran d’Ache colored pencils and a beautifully embroidered baseball cap were left for us on the dining table, part of the VIP treatment that is typical when you BOOK with Diego Travel.

        Details like block-chipped ice in your cocktail with a glass straw or bath salts waiting on your nightstand after a long day of skiing. Need to pick up your ski lift tickets? Not to worry, they’ll send someone for them. Your ski boots feel a little too snug? Don’t bother bending down to fix it, as someone will already be on one knee, adjusting them for you. Don’t bother with a taxi to get around town, as the driver is eagerly waiting to shuttle you around, no matter the time of day and on little to no notice. At the Carlton, the entire purpose of your stay is to relax, disconnect, and not lift a finger while delighting in every possible amenity. When it came time to check out, we definitely weren’t ready to leave!

        As a Virtuoso partner, the hotel provided us with an upgrade to a Carlton Suite, with a balcony overlooking the best view of St. Moritz. When you book with Diego Travel, you’ll also enjoy complimentary buffet breakfast for two, an upgrade upon availability, a $100 USD spa credit, early check-in/late check-out upon availability, and of course, free Wi-Fi. Whether planning your honeymoon or traveling with kids, the Carlton offers a first-class stay with privacy, and a boutique, personalized experience.

        SUVRETTA HOUSE

        While not a Virtuoso partner, this hotel is one of the Leading Hotels of the World, and it’s at the top of my list for clients looking for a family-friendly vacation. No other property comes close when considering the kid-centric inclusions. The oldest Swiss family-owned and operated hotel in the region, this property has a rich history of drawing the same clients again and again, who consider it their second home.

        Suvretta Sports School includes its own ski school, curling lessons, an ice skating rink, and guest year-round ski equipment storage. So if rentals won’t do, you’ll have a secure place to store your gear. Even the full-service locker rooms have a state-of-the art fire place! You can also make use of the 25-meter lap pool and solarium, something you won’t find at the other hotels.

        As a mom of 3 kids, what just might be the biggest draw is the children-only restaurant, the Teddy Club. You read that right – children only. You can drop off your kids at this pint-size restaurant that offers everything in miniature, including the ceiling height, while you’re able to actually enjoy your meal at one of the 3 restaurants, several bars, and 2 off-site restaurants. They also offer a unique kids club, as well as summer camp for kids and teens, so you won’t see anyone on a device throughout your stay.

        Suvretta House is set outside of St. Moritz, but a shuttle is on a constant loop, and being apart means having their own ski lift and trails for the guests of its 181 rooms and 10 suites. In summer, they set the stage for the British Classic Car Meeting, as well as the Engadine Bike Giro and Suvretta House Clay Pigeon Shooting Cup. For music lovers and foodies, you can’t miss the Engadine Music Festival or La Tavolata Food Festival. And if you plan to spend Holiday season here, you’ll need to book a year in advance and stay for a minimum of 14 days. Be ready for the time of your life! I was told by the general manager, “It’s basically like a large family-reunion each year and an extraordinary celebration.”

        BADRUTT’S PALACE

        My first impression of “The Palace” was the Old World glitz and glamour oozing from its core at this iconic property, mixing tradition with innovation. Overlooking the lake that appears in every post card photo of St. Moritz, Badrutt’s Place is where you want to stay to see and be seen, or to have quick access to the high-brow shops that line its streets. While I was there, the entire white-gloved staff lined up at the lobby entrance to welcome a VIP guest who had just landed by private plane from Russia.  

        The hotel itself is adorned with important works of art, Michelin starred restaurants, an exclusive smoker’s lounge, and an expansive spa. I was lucky enough to be greeted by the receptionist who had worked at the Palace for a lifetime, proud to be part of the Badrutt family business. Rooms and suites are currently being updated with understated elegance, and the Luxury Lake View Suite features a sustainable chandelier with detachable crystals (for recharging under the moonlight) by Australian artist, Christopher Boots, commissioned by the not-to-miss Gallery Elle, owned by the brilliant and gorgeous Atossa Meier, and located within Suvretta House.

        If you want to add a bucket-list experience to your plans, you might consider a New Years Eve spent here, which begins to book as far out as 2 years in advance. A whopping 200,000 Swiss Francs are spent on just the decor alone, so if you want to rub shoulder’s with the world’s elite, contact me to set up your Holiday travel. As a Virtuoso property, you’ll receive an upgrade on arrival, subject to availability, daily breakfast buffet, seasonal welcome amenity and mineral water, $100 USD spa credit, and round trip transfer from the train station among other VIP perks. Contact me HERE to get started with travel planning.

        Where to eat?

        I’ll be the first to admit that when traveling with kids, culinary experiences and fine dining are not at the top of our priority list. With more Michelin-starred restaurants than I could count and insider secrets to the best dining in St. Moritz, I might steer my clients in a different direction than what Ive highlighted below.  For us, we wanted more casual meals but still authentically chic and where the locals go.

        Theres no better place to après ski in the Engadin than either the Checha Restaurant & Club, where the menu is built to impress or Salastrains where the scene is to see and be seen.  Conveniently situated at the Alpine slopes, either is the perfect meet up spot for all levels of skiers.  Dress code of Moncler and Bogner encouraged.

        If sipping aperol spritz while DJ music plays in the background is more your thing, than El Paradiso Mountain Club is where to go with its mountaintop views that can be reached if you are more of an advanced skier (with kids, we arent), or if you take the gondola from Suvretta House hotel.

        For a casual, traditionally Swiss experience, try the family-friendly fondue at Le Lapin Bleu, St Moritz’s oldest restaurantWe loved the service here as they made us feel right at home in their cozy chalet quarters.

        An offshoot of Badrutts Palace, the charming Chesa Veglia, an old Engadine farmhouse built in 1650, is the one place you cant miss while youre in St. Moritz.  In addition, the famed hotel offers Michelin rated restaurants like IGNIV and La Coupole Matsuhisa, but the truffle pizza at Chesa Veglia has our heart.

        Where to shop?

        If youre like me, a cultural trip isnt complete without doing a little research in the shops.  I couldnt resist checking out my favorite Italian designer Brunello Cucinelli – and Loro Piani for my husband – and run my fingers over the perfectly coordinated luxurious garments that drape from their hangers.  And if youre also like me, a budget of $1,000 might not cut it at the Swiss chocolatier Läderach, or a little more budget-friendly option would be Confiserie Hanselmann.  I was able to pick up some traditional pieces at Haus des Jägers AG, since my sons lucky lederhosen have been well-loved and worn for every special occasion over the last few years.

        Luckily for my husband, so much time skiing left little time for shopping, but the after hours window-shopping had me drooling at Ender Sport and Jet Set.  And finally, if youve fallen in love with St. Moritz and want to buy a place to call your own, visit Maura Wasescha, the premier agency in Switzerland and agent to the stars.  Let her know I sent you!

         

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