Ski spa: Slope style soothing at St Moritz's Suvretta House
by Holly Overton
Where is it?
Known as the birthplace of Alpine tourism, St Moritz has long been the resort of choice for high society holidaymakers in search of a winter getaway. In peak season the centre becomes a parade of fur coats and designer skiwear, drawn by the beauty of the Swiss Alps. Most come to ski, but it’s certainly not the only sport famed in the area. While a select few seek out the world-famous Cresta Run, thousands of spectators head here each year for the annual Snow Polo World Cup (25-27 January 2019) which takes place on the frozen lake of St Moritz against the snow-capped mountains of the Engadin Valley – it’s quite a spectacle.
What’s the hype?
Suvretta House is a century-old chateau set only a short zig-zag drive from the buzz of St Moritz. Overlooking the Engadin valley, this exclusive alpine retreat features traditional, country club-style décor and has welcomed a number of famous faces, from A-listers to royalty. A skier’s dream, there’s a private lift to whisk you up to the slopes, a plush boot room with heated lockers, and those who need help finding their ski legs can book into the Suvretta ski school. And there’s plenty to do off the pistes too with its own ice rink, curling field and of course its airy, glass-fronted spa.
What to have?
Weary skiers should opt for the ilā signature treatment guaranteed to sooth sore muscles. The 75-minute massage uses invigorating pine oil while long flowing strokes will work away tension leaving you feeling re-energised. The treatment starts with a Himalayan salt foot scrub and warm potli – muslin pouches filled with herbs – are placed on pressure points throughout to help alleviate pain, muscle cramps and stress. Afterwards, brave the few freezing steps towards the heated outdoor jacuzzi complete with a mountain backdrop.
Where to refuel?
On the slopes, Trutz is the perfect pit-stop serving up hearty pastas, rösti and apple strudel. In the hotel, for authentic Swiss cuisine head to Suvretta Stube, a low-lit restaurant where raclette-spinners prepare the large wheels of cheese right in front of you. Meanwhile, the Grand Restaurant is a more formal setting with a suit-and-tie dress code, old-school service and creative gourmet dishes served in the lavish dining hall. Be sure to sample a glass of Swiss wine (it’s a well-kept secret).
While private jets can land nearby at Sameden Airport there’s truly no better way to journey across Switzerland than the Glacier Express. Arrivals into Zurich Airport can pick up the line in Chur and hop aboard for a scenic train ride through the mountains, passing through vast pine forests and across crystal clear lakes. In St Moritz you’ll be greeted by Suvretta’s bottle green vintage van and a sharply dressed chauffer who will shuttle you through the stylish centre and up the winding roads to the hotel.