Cinnamon Circle guest author Flurina reports from the Engadine Valley
There are not many areas in the world that offer such a breathtaking natural beauty and wide range of extraordinary places with regards to gastronomical highlights, sport activities as well as social entertainment as the Engadine valley. I could name hundreds of places which are unique and special, but I reduce it to just a few which are my personal highlights of the season in the Sankt Moritz area.
This is my favourite place to go for lunch or just sip a Latte to rest my legs from heavy skiing. There is a lovely sun terrace and the highlight in wintertime is the snow bar with its humorous team, fantastic music, smooth drinks and the comfortable canopied beach chairs invite to sunbath.
Every year on Christmas day I take my family to Lej da Staz. The interior of the restaurant is pure alpine chic! The restaurant and terraces entice guests to share in the authentic easy going Engadine way of life and offers typical regional dishes and products. This spot shows the unspoilt nature and a walk through the woods enriches one’s spirits. If you are lucky you can watch squirrels jumping around or even dears hiding behind the trees. If you are based in Celerina you can take the sledge along. The run downhill is so much fun (not only for kids!)
At 2,456 metres above sea level you feel like being in a different part of the world. The view over the mountains and down to the various valleys is breathtaking. Muottas Muragl is one of the most beautiful vantage points in the Engadine region.
Muottas Muragl offers lots of activities and entertainment. My favourite is the toboggan run! The crunching sound in the air around the pines comes from the braking manoeuvres that the tobogganists make when a curve gets too tight. A boost of adrenalin is guaranteed.
The enchanting mountain landscape invites for long walks to enjoy the quietness of the area. You can walk along the Philosophers’ trail or put on the snowshoes and follow the special signed snowshoe trail. Experience romance around sunset.
Another highlight is visiting the igloo village – a jewel of snow and ice. The fairy-tale sculptures, the cosy furnishing and sparks from the snow crystals on the walls make you feel like living in another part of the world.
“Doigt d’honneur” by Nikolai Winter
Last but not least I would like to mention the Berghotel Muottas Muragl which was completely renovated. Enjoyment in harmony with the Engadin Alpine world is the theme! The decor of Swiss stone pine and walnut is outstanding. My personal favourite is the panorama terrace which invites the guests to relax in the warm Alpine sun.
One of my favourite dining places in St. Moritz is NOBU located in the Le Relais at the Badrutt’s Palace – the only place in Switzerland where you can enjoy the amazing dishes of Nobuyuki Matsuhisa (with the exception of the 10 days when Nobu visits the Rive Gauche in Zurich).
Besides the polo event (which was cancelled this year) my favourite event is the White Turf. Watching the beautiful and elegant horses makes my heartbeat go faster. Besides viewing the races there is lots of music and art entertainment.
I am not a SPA person but if I feel like having a treatment I would go for a massage or a facial to the Nira Alpina. The Nira Spa experience includes all the elements of holistic, stress-free living. I recommend the couple’s room with luxurious twin heated beds – what a romantic style for massages. Furthermore, they offer Swiss chocolate body wraps- quite an original idea!
Chesa Veglia used to be a historic farmhouse in the center of St. Moritz. In 1936 Badrutt’s Palace Hotel converted it into a unique meeting point for gourmets. The rustic and cosy ambience of the Chesa Veglia has always attracted international as well as local visitors. Chesa Veglia features three restaurants and two bars. My personal favourite is the Pizzeria Heuboden which offers original Italian classics and delicious pizzas.0Need at least 3 ratings