The Grace welcomes you to ‘St. Moritz – TOP OF THE WORLD’. Steeped in the grandeur of winter sports since 1864, this classic Swiss destination is the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism and a hotspot for high society. Picture yourself nestled in the embrace of the Engadine Valley, surrounded by majestic mountains, where the sun smiles upon you for over 300 days a year. This isn’t just a ski resort; it’s a rendezvous with exclusivity, where the rich, the famous, and even the Royal come to play.
St. Moritz has unveiled its latest masterpiece. It’s been half a century since St Moritz has welcomed a new hotel – long-awaited, the Grace La Margna is quite the spectacle. Perched above the Rhaetian Railway station, its prime location boasts a breathtaking, panoramic view onlooking the glistening lake St.Moritz – a local landmark that promises to redefine luxury.
The word ‘redevelopment’ is enough to strike fear into the heart of anyone who truly loves a place, conscious of this, The Grace entrusted the task to both local and international architects, to harmonise the project. Extending from the historic “La Margna” hotel, built in 1906 (by Nikolaus Hartmann), the Grace wing attests to the future, with its contemporary style. Blending old and new influences, they have created a corresponding aesthetic between the two sites, whilst retaining their stark differences and preserving La Margna’s protected Art Nouveau features.
Stone stairwells, vault ceilings and ornamental plastering are all key elements of its distinct characteristic. Presenting a journey through time, the memory of the Hartmann Era weaves seamlessly into modernity. But the building is not all that’s new and renovated, the approach to a luxury 5* experience has also been refreshed as the Grace steers St Moritz into the modern day. History is designed to be rewritten, and creating what they call to be a ‘reinterpreted world of luxury’, the Grace has developed an undeniable synergy of both traditional and modern-day luxury through service, vibe and atmosphere.
Top coats, stiff collars and strait-laced ways are left at the door, the Grace is impressively imbued with a laid-back vibe, and the atmosphere can only be described as having a poised ease. But should you wish to remain prim and proper then suited and booted is also welcome. Nevertheless, the relaxed atmosphere in no way alters the 5* service, staff are present at every beck and call and the hospitality is simply faultless. The Grace La Margna invites all — so, come as you are and savor the fresh lifestyle of Engadine – a lifestyle that effortlessly bridges the gap between St. Moritz’s storied past and its present-day glamour.
Running 365 days a year, the Grace is the only 5* hotel in St Moritz at one’s disposal, all year around. Whether sunshine or rain, snowfall or the turn of golden leaves, the Grace’s doors are open for every season.
In the Grace Wing, there are 27 sleek rooms, characterised by their floor-to-ceiling windows, presenting unobstructed views of the impressive landscape. The new rooms are the first and only (in St Moritz) to be fitted with air-conditioning, embracing modern, casual luxury with clean lines and monochrome tones. Together with the La Margna Wing, all 74 rooms and suites are designed with earthy hues which hark to nature and locality, mirroring the undulating Alpine nature.
The Grace Penthouse Suite is an unparalleled marvel, exclusively spread across the top floor. Comprised of multiple rooms, living areas and a scenic birds-eye view from both inside and outside, it is fitted with a private roof terrace, featuring an outdoor jacuzzi. All rooms include luxury amenities: natural care products from Engadine brand, Feuerstein, and Dyson haircare tools, complete with all the attachments, a B&O Bluetooth speaker and a complimentary mini-bar.
Food and Drink
Gastronomy is amongst Switzerland’s many accolades and the Grace certainly attests the its culinary legacy. The View, The Max, The Stack, The No.5 Bar, and The Living Room – each a chapter in the authentic Grace fantasy. From Mediterranean delights to Alpine classics, the culinary journey is nothing short of a masterpiece.
First up, The View takes you on a sensory adventure around the Mediterranean Sea, led by the brilliant Italian executive chef, Andrea Bonini. This bow room is aptly named for its marvellous views, with an open-plan show kitchen that adds a touch of theatre to your dining experience. Dive into highlights like the King Fish Crudo, Cauliflower Velouté, Beef Cheek (bordelaise style), and a table-side Tiramisu display that’s as indulgent as it sounds.
For a taste of Alpine comfort, The Max caters to your cravings with classic dishes, such as Rösti, Raclette, and Fondue. Don’t miss the heavenly Chäshörnli, a luxurious mac & cheese dish crowned with shaved truffles.
The Stack shifts the spotlight to a brasserie experience with a twist, celebrating the vibrant flavours and versatility of vegetables. It’s a haven for foodies of all diets, proving that indulgence knows no bounds.
The No.5 Bar emerges as St. Moritz’s hottest hotspot, helmed by Master Mixologist Mirco Giumelli. Prepare your senses for a cocktail journey with signature creations like the ‘Swiss Manga,’ a fusion of aquavit, apple eau de vie, mango, and Swiss yoghurt. The bar menu, a personal favourite, unveils a tempting array of delights – from Beef Cannolos to famous Cheese Eclairs, Wild truffle French fries, Margherita Pizza, and self-construct Sundaes.
And what could be more delightful than Afternoon Tea in The Living Room? Set against an open fire and overlooking the glistening lake, indulge in Mariage Frères’ exclusive tea variations, English sparkling Gusbourne house wine, finger sandwiches, mini pastries, sweet treats, and Scones with clotted cream and jam. It’s a sublime experience that rightfully competes as an authentic British afternoon tea.
Prepare to be thoroughly satisfied as The Grace unfolds its culinary wonders.
Beyond the Grace:
Year-round adventures await you in St. Moritz – a playground that transcends the seasons! While winter sports enthusiasts carve through pristine slopes and daredevils soar through the skies in paragliding escapades, one could opt for a gentle summer hike, or cycling through scenic trails that unravel the secrets of the Engadine valley in autumn.
However, if you’re in the mood for a more laid-back rendezvous with nature, envision this: a picturesque lakeside lunch hosted by the Outdoors St Moritz Company. As the sun peeks through the towering pine trees, you’ll find yourself submerged in a forest haven, surrounded by the symphony of nature – a freshwater lake, wildlife, and the crisp mountain air. Picture yourself sipping on a comforting soup starter before indulging in Fondue, paired wine and served alongside a tantalising charcuterie selection, warm bread, and hearty potatoes. The forest feast is followed by the grand finale, the most divine chestnut cake and homemade pralines. It’s not just a picnic; it’s a culinary symphony set against the backdrop of nature’s grandeur.
After a day of adventures, the Grace’s Spa beckons, following a holistic approach that harnesses the power of the Engadine. From invigorating treatments inspired by natural elements to an indoor pool, whirlpool, and emotional wellness showers – it’s a sanctuary for the body and soul, overseen by Olympia Dimika.
The spa menu is designed to cater to needs distinct of the destination so should your skin feel dehydrated from the altitude and rarefied air, a facial using Bellefontaine products would be ideal to rehydrate and nourish the skin. The Swiss brand focuses on natural and precious ingredients, derived from the Alps, coupled with cutting-edge discoveries in biotechnology and is a partner of the spa.
The Engadine is endearing. St. Moritz isn’t just a destination; it’s an experience, a sentiment, and a rich history wrapped in the warmth of Swiss hospitality. Even on the coldest of days, St Moritz is beaming. In a place with such love, sentiment, nostalgia and timeless luxury woven into its heritage, it’s often hard to detour from the norm, yet the Grace has done so effortlessly, retaining the integrity of the town and its traditions. Together with general manager, David Frei, the wider team has been instrumental in its success, earning its well-deserved “Superior” mark.
Via Serlas 5, 7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland
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