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Personal Highlight: Tranquility and Indulgence at Carlton Hotel St. Moritz

My personal highlight: A cozy haven at Carlton Hotel, warmth embracing me amidst the fireplace’s flickering flames, sipping a delicious cocktail!

In the midst of the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival, I had the privilege of escaping the hustle and bustle to immerse myself in the serene embrace of Carlton Hotel. Tucked away in the Engadine Valley, this exquisite retreat offered not just luxury, but a genuine sense of warmth and hospitality that felt like coming home. Here’s a glimpse into my personal journey of tranquility and indulgence at Carlton Hotel in St. Moritz.

Why Carlton Hotel St. Moritz stole My Heart

From the moment I stepped through the doors of Carlton Hotel, I was enveloped in an atmosphere of understated elegance and genuine hospitality. It felt less like checking into a hotel and more like being welcomed into a dear friend’s chalet, where every comfort was thoughtfully curated to ensure a memorable stay. The traditional Engadine architecture, combined with modern design elements, created a cozy yet sophisticated ambiance. What truly sets this hotel apart is the harmonious blend of modern architecture and interiors seamlessly intertwined with antique pieces rich in history and character. The carefully restored interior of the Bel Étage, which features two historic open fireplaces, forms the heart of the building.


With only 60 rooms this hotel stands as St. Moritz’s most intimate luxury destination, offering spacious accommodations and attentive service to cater to the needs of every guest. As I settled into my room, I was greeted by stunning views of the Engadine Mountains from my balcony. The warm colors and delicate fabrics enveloped me in a sense of tranquility, while the spaciousness provided a welcome retreat from the festivities of the Gourmet Festival. Carlton Hotel provided the perfect sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Ever dreamed of a retreat with breathtaking views? Their penthouse suite, spanning the entire eighth floor, offers just that. With five balconies providing a 360-degree panoramic vista of Lake St. Moritz and the surrounding mountains, it’s a haven of luxury. Complete with a living room fireplace, private lift access, 24-hour concierge service, and the option for an outdoor butler, it’s the epitome of indulgence.

Embracing Wellness and Indulgence

During my stay, I indulged in the holistic offerings of Carlton Hotel’s wellness facilities, including the “dipiù” Spa. There are also some weekly yoga sessions available. The Spa offered a blissful journey of self-care, allowing me to nourish both body and soul amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Swiss Alps. The heated outdoor pool was the cherry on the top!

Restaurant offer at Carlton Hotel

Grand Restaurant, led by Chef Salvatore Frequente and his team, offers culinary delights inspired by Engadine nature. Designed by Ticino interior designer Carlo Rampazzi, the ambiance is warm and inviting. If you’re looking for authentic high class Italian recipes, this is your choice!

Da Vittorio – St. Moritz, boasting 2 Michelin stars and 18 GaultMillau Points, is the crown jewel of Carlton Hotel’s dining experience. Renowned for the authentic Italian cuisine crafted by the Cerea brothers. Advance booking is recommended to secure your table. Reopening on December 6, 2024.


My time at Carlton Hotel in St. Moritz was nothing short of magical. From the personalized service to the breathtaking surroundings, every moment felt like a cherished memory in the making. I carry with me the warmth of the Engadine sun and a lasting impression of genuine hospitality and tranquility that defines the Carlton experience.


A heartfelt thank you to the entire team at Carlton Hotel for their dedication to providing an unforgettable experience during the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival.

Address: Carlton Hotel St. Moritz – Via Johannes Badrutt 11 – 7500 St. Moritz – Switzerland

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Hotel & Restorant Lej da Staz Celerina

My personal highlight: Waking up early in the morning at Lake Staz observing the mist moving mystical & magical around me – This is a must experience hideaway in the Engadine

When it comes to travel to the Swiss Alps, Engadine is the destination of my choice. This region is not only famous for its Swiss Indian Summer in autumn. Here you enjoy hospitality on a phenomenal and very personal level.
On top, the food and dishes you get are of excellent quality. Coming here during autumn you encounter colorful pine and larch trees that are unique in Switzerland.

What to expect at Lej da Staz

The surrounding is unique at Hotel & Restorant Lej da Staz. The house is embedded in a protected natural area not accessible by car (7 minutes by car from St. Moritz main station) directly at the Lake of Staz. Enjoy absolute privacy and tranquility in the middle of a forest surrounded by the alps. The peak you admire from the terrace is the Mountain Piz Julier (3380 m). The hotel is managed by Anja & Hans-Jörg Zingg and a lovely super friendly staff.

Use Promocode Lovefoodish to get a delicious Engadine Appetizer plate with your booking!


The hotel offers 10 cozy bed rooms. All rooms are decorated with an authentic alpine style and offer good standard comfort. Obviously the room facing the Lake is the first choice of the house, book it if you have the chance! The view over the lake brings you to a fairy tale you have never been before.

Walking inside and outside the house you recognize that there has been put a lot of attention to details. The surrounding is maintained with love and make you feel like home. Take the advantage of being out in the middle of the nature, stroll through the forest and observe the squirrels swing from one tree branch to the other.

Getting spoiled at Lej da Staz Hotel

  • The staff is there to spoil you with attention. Use the included transfer that picks you up in St. Moritz.
  • Use their e-bikes or mountain bikes to discover the fabulous woods.
  • Are you planning a seminar or a family party for a weekend? Rent the whole house and have it all on your own. They have special rates. Get in contact with the hotel or visit their website here to find out more about.
  • A cozy sauna house  just a few steps distant from the Lake is a must when you stay there.
  • The terrace invites to relax. Lean back in one of their sun basket and enjoy the sun going down after your  hike or bike day.
  • Get special rates when the weather is cloudy or rainy, find more about these special rates, here.
  • The hotel offers a big play ground for kids and is vey family friendly. Special spectacles and entertaining programs are available. On the stage kids can listen to fairy tales.
  • Are you planning a hike to the alp and want to see more of the Engadine? Absolutely stop by at El Paradiso alp restaurant. This restaurant belongs to the same management and offers exceptional alpine atmosphere up at 2181 meters. Their food choice is excellent, try the Paradiso Cremeschnitte! A dream all made of vanilla cream and puff pastry. They’re baked fresh every day!

Food at Lej da Staz

Great local and home made prepared food choices are available at Lej da Staz. Choose out of three food places: The restorant, the Stazer Club Stubä ( a cozy private room) or the Take away kiosk Quickquito located outside (available during sunny days).

Enjoy local hand made dried Engadine meat specialities or goat cheese specialities from their local cheesemaker.
I absolutely recommend their risotto. It comes with fresh mushrooms and local alp cheese that makes its taste intense and creamy.
The cheesecake is a must try and signature dish on the menu, it’s made of goat cheese. Their Saazer Moorechopf – sticky sweet chocolate marshmallow kisses are finger licking.

Want to spent more time in the Engadine?

Explore the region for great hikes, biking, sailing or skiing in winter.
A must do to get the whole picture of the Engadine Lakes is to visit Muottas Muragl. The view up here is astonishing, you can reach it by cable car or hike up/down.

Find more information and travel suggestions on this region on the site of St Moritz Tourism Or get inspired in an other blog story of mine discovering the region by mini cabrio.

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