Badrutt’s Palace Hotel: St. Moritz, Switzerland

by Marla on July 22, 2012 · 31 comments

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Badrutt’s Palace is the grande dame hotel that sits perched above the splendid village of St. Mortiz in the upper Engadin region of Switzerland. This Swiss Deluxe Hotel caters to royalty, the international chic Jet set and …….. me! Yes, I spent 2 glorious nights in this historic 5 star hotel.

Every whim, wish and desire was catered to with a smile and the upmost service. They had lots of surprises and culinary treats in store for me upon my arrival.

Join me for some fun at Badrutt’s!

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How could a girl not swoon when greeted with a grand view of Lake St. Moritz and the Alps?

Grand Deluxe room…

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The perfect place to sip my morning coffee and to enjoy the regional sweet…

Traditional homemade Engadin Nut Tarts & fruit gelées.

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St. Moritz is the ultimate in Swiss luxury travel and Badrutt’s Palace has a long history of attracting chic international travelers, otherwise known as the Jet set.

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The region began as a high altitude haven for summer play and was transformed into a glamourous winter destination by hotel pioneer Johannes Badrutt in 1864.  He made a bet with four British summer pals ~ that they should return in winter. If St. Moritz was not to their liking, he would pay for the cost of their journey from London and back.

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If the guests found St. Moritz fabulous in the snowy season, he would invite them to stay as his guests for as long as they wished. This marked not only the start of winter tourism in St. Moritz but the start of winter tourism in the whole of the Alps. How amazing is that! I felt honored to be a part of such an amazing region and experience. St. Moritz has paved the way for ski resorts as we have come to know them.

By the way when I entered my room after a long day of hiking I came home to that water bottle above….such a warming, sweet detail!

Another sweet thing…the full sized, super smelling amenities in my gigantic marble bathroom.

And a Rolls Royce Phantom to transfer me to the Opera and dinner at Chesa Veglia.

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I promise that one day I will bring you a winter travel experience from this region.

No matter what you are into, staying at Badrutt’s Palace will keep you more than entertained…

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They have a stunning indoor pool that leads to a smaller pool outside.

There is also a full service spa that will cater to all of your needs. Everything from massage to facials, couples treatments, hair styling and specialty Ayurvedic treatments. You will leave feeling completely rejuvenated!

If you have kids, the Kids’ Club Palazzino will take great care of them while you dine, play and spa! Skiing is close by at Corviglia Mountain. Shuttle buses run constantly to whisk you to the peaks. (I told you I’ll be back to try the exceptional skiing here!)

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Now let’s talk about the food! Badrutt’s had a special treat planned for me…

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A full culinary tour, cooking demos & tasting extravaganza with their phenomenal world class chefs, pastry chef  Stefan Gerber and executive chef Mauro Taufer.

Not only are they super cute & charming, but they are filled with personality and true love for their job!

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We started with sweets first (a great way to begin any meal, yes?!)

Chef Stefan prepared fresh vanilla ice cream, his signature Minty Mojito Sorbet and Pineapple Dessert Ravioli…

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Elegant homemade Badrutt’s tower chocolate truffles adorn everything! I love that Badrutt’s uses this architectural detail to symbolize their brand.

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Stefan is a total perfectionist, a genius with flavors and loves the camera!!

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After sweets I visited with the awesome Executive Chef de Cuisine Mauro Taufer.

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We had such great time together. We communicated a lot with our hands ~ his primary language is Italian and mine is of course English. There is a lot you can say with your hands and the universal language of great food!

After preparing all of these stunning dishes, I photographed each of them.

Then I sat down at a beautiful table covered in crisp white linens and fresh flowers. Both Chef Gerber and Cher Taufer entertained me while I enjoyed the cuisine. They watched me taste (devour) everything in sight.

They told me I was not to go back to California skinny…

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How stunning are these scallops wrapped in wafer thin courgettes and lightly fried squash blossoms? The pesto was made from zucchini! I love Mauro’s creativity.

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Plated above is Veal with Paté Sauce and Morels over Pasta Au Gratin. Decadent, tender and delicious!

Pictured below was Helene Badrutt’s (wife of hotelier Johannes Badrutt) favorite dish….Pojarski with Black Truffles and a Fois Gras Cream Sauce. Otherwise known as a Russian hamburger. It is a combo of ground veal and pork mixed with egg, bread crumbs and heavy cream. There is nothing light about it!

This dish is rich and would make the perfect aprés ski meal…

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See the carpaccio below? I ate all of it. I think I even licked the plate. It was adorned with shaved truffles, fresh greens and tangy parmesan.

The dish pictured below it is fresh homemade ravioli noodles filled with Roquefort cheese, swimming in a creamy red beet sauce. There was a perfect ratio of creamy, salty, sweet ~ savory perfection going on.

I dipped everything I could in that beet sauce…

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If you happen to find yourself in St. Moritz and you want a first class, personable 5 star experience I suggest you spend some time at Badrutt’s Palace. Be sure to say a BIG hello to my pals Chef Stefan and Chef Mauro.

This is a full on culinary, fill all the senses experience that you will never forget.

Memories that last a lifetime ~ that is why Badrutt’s Palace remains the ultimate St. Moritz experience for so many international travelers.

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Have you ever stayed at Badrutt’s Palace? What hotel experiences are most memorable for you?

Stay tuned for more blog posts on my experiences to St. Moritz!

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FamilyFreshCooking.com Disclosure: I was recently on a press trip to the Engadin region of Switzerland. Badrutt’s Palace was one of my host hotels. They live up to their 5 star reputation and I am thrilled to share my experiences here with you! Thank you to all of the wonderful people who treated me so wonderfully there. I look forward to seeing you all again some time in the near future.

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa July 22, 2012 at 10:45 pm

What a great place! The food looks amazing. I love “Nusstorte” (Walnut tarts/pies)…

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 22, 2012 at 10:50 pm

So this looks like it beats a trip to the dentist. Wow, Marla. I don’t even know where to begin. From the natural beauty to the food you saw and ate to the accommodations, wow. Can I come with next time?

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3 Marla July 23, 2012 at 7:21 am

Averie, it certainly does. I would love to have you join me on a trip like this!

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4 plasterers bristol July 23, 2012 at 5:03 am

Wow that place looks amazing for food!

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5 Aimee @ Simple Bites July 23, 2012 at 6:22 am

Incredible!

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6 Brooke @ Food Woolf July 23, 2012 at 6:52 am

Wow. What a trip. The food and the amenities look absolutely enchanting. Thank you so much for letting me know where I need to stay the next time I’m in Switzerland! Such a beautiful country!

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7 Marla July 23, 2012 at 7:22 am

Brooke, enchanting indeed! Hopefully Switzerland is in your future travel plans. You would LOVE it!

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8 Lucy lean July 23, 2012 at 7:21 am

I think we r going to have to call you Family Fresh Jet Set Cooking! Loved seeing you having fun shooting chefs in Switzerland – it all looks amazing and so delicious.

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9 Marla July 24, 2012 at 4:34 am

Lucy, I love the new name! Changing my URL + header now ;)

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10 Jean (lemons and anchovies) July 23, 2012 at 7:30 am

You want to return to Switzerland in winter and I in summer. You’ve captured some beautiful images of your stay and it’s making me consider another visit. Luxury is certainly a central theme when in Switzerland and it looks like Badrutt’s Palace treated you like royalty. Wonderful! Thanks for taking us along with you on your trip. :)

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11 Marla July 23, 2012 at 9:45 am

Hi Jean, I agree with you. So much about the Swiss experience is based on luxury. I hope you can take your summer trip sometime soon – I know how important it is to have these exciting trips to look forward to!

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12 Maria July 23, 2012 at 9:51 am

Next time I am squeezing in your suitcase! What a fun place!

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13 Judy July 23, 2012 at 9:57 am

Marla, such beautiful pictures. It sure makes me want to go there. Maybe in my other life.

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14 Marla July 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Hi Judy! Do start planning ~ it is well worth it ~ even to dream about :)

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15 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. July 23, 2012 at 10:16 am

looks fabulous Marla!

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16 Deliciously Organic July 23, 2012 at 11:02 am

Wow, looks like an incredible hotel in an amazing location!

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17 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free July 23, 2012 at 12:37 pm

If I am ever lucky enough to even visit Switzerland-I want to stay there! Sounds amazing :D

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18 Marla July 24, 2012 at 4:33 am

I hope you get to some day Alex :) You will never forget this amazing experience!

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19 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com July 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Shut the front door!!

I meant it in a very nice way :D What a wonderful trip!!!

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20 Marla July 24, 2012 at 4:33 am

Kiran, of course you did! Glad you enjoyed the virtual journey to Badrutt’s!

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21 TidyMom July 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm

SOOOO stunning Marla! looks like an amazing location

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22 HeatherChristo July 23, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Stunning Marla- very inspirational!

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23 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] July 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Wow. Everything looks amazing! From the hotel’s amenities to the finished plate of dinner or dessert. Love the photos!

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24 susan July 24, 2012 at 7:32 am

Sounds like a totally inspirational adventure. You go girl!

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25 Angie July 24, 2012 at 8:51 am

What a gorgeous place Marla! Sounds like your having a blast!

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26 Bou Shin @ Shin's Vegan Lovin' July 24, 2012 at 11:02 am

Such a gorgeous place – and the food looks absolutely amazing! I love what they did with the zucchini.

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27 Marla July 24, 2012 at 11:48 am

Shin, I agree – those zucchini blossoms were awesome!! They were mighty tasty too :)

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28 Nancy@acommunaltable July 24, 2012 at 11:19 am

How fun is that!!! Have definitely bookmarked for a future trip!!

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29 Kristina Vanni July 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm

What a beautiful experience and stay! Thanks for sharing!

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30 MikeVFMK July 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Such beautiful shots, Marla. And what an amazing region. The scenery is simply gorgeous. Can’t wait to see more on your trip. Amazing.

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31 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes August 4, 2012 at 6:45 am

Fabulous! I hope to visit one day.

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