St. Moritz is a destination that’s famous for its incredible skiing and glitziness that ranks it high on the list as being one of the poshest places in the world. It’s expected then that the Swiss mountain town has no shortage of luxury hotels. When it comes to the best option for families, however, I can tell you based on my personal experience on a visit with my husband and two daughters, ages 14 and 10, that Suvretta House has to be it.
Hotelier Anton Sebastian Bon opened the property in 1911 with the aim of creating a high-end self-encompassing retreat that pampered guests to end. It’s a vision that continues to endure at Suvretta House for more than a century and has made it a go-to for families who come time and time again- several guests who I met during our stay have been coming to the hotel annually for more than 50 years.
There are many reasons why Suvretta House is particularly appealing for families, irrespective of how old the children or parents are. Whether your brood includes school-aged children, babies or kids who are grown adults, 40-somethings or senior citizens, hanging your hat at Suvretta House is the way to go. It’s hard to be a guest and not enjoy your stay and have fun.
Below are my favorite 5 reasons on why the hotel is St. Moritz’s ultimate luxury playground for families:
The Accessibility to Skiing: St. Moritz is a dream town for skiers, and Suvretta House is the only property here featuring direct ski-in-ski-out access. Walk outside the front doors, and 217 miles of piste, 136 miles of cross-country ski trails and 93 miles of winter walking paths await. The ski areas that surround the grand dame property include Corviglia, Diavolezza and Corvatsch. Survetta House’s edge of access means that guests don’t waste time loading up their gear in a van and driving to the slopes. Instead, they can enjoy more time enjoying the sport.
The Suvretta House Sports School: In addition to having the advantage of ski in/ski out access, the hotel offers the onsite Suvretta Sports School, which is also one of the biggest ski schools in St. Moritz. Guests can come here to sign up for both group and private classes. And for non-skiers like my husband and me, there are plenty of other options including snowshoeing, ice-skating and curling. Make no mistake, the instructors are at the top of their game and teach both novices and advanced skiers.
The Endless Number of Activities: There is a diversion for every family member at Suvretta House, no matter their interest. My husband and me are non-skiers, for example, and spent our time snowshoeing through the scenic valleys with our guide Diego. It’s a killer workout and a different way to experience the stunning snow-blanketed landscape.
Other possibilities include ice skating on the property’s own ice rink, taking one of the many fitness glasses in the gym, swimming in the pool that overlooks the surrounding mountains s or unwinding at the spa. It’s a destination in and of itself with multiple saunas, an open-air whirlpool and a menu of body treatments and facials.
In the summer, golf, tennis and hiking are the most popular pastimes.
The Exceptional Service: In my opinion, what makes a hotel stay truly memorable is the service. Suvretta House exceeds expectations with its fabulous staff, many of whom have been with the property for decades. They’re genuine and go out of their way to make you happy without being cloying. With their lively personalities and endearing manner, they feel like old friends by the end of your stay.
The Delicious Food: Eating well is a highlight of any trip, and when it comes to cuisine, Suvretta House knows how to do it right. The lineup of restaurants is impressive, and there’s a meal for every occasion.
The Hall serves Suvretta’s storied afternoon tea and pre-and post-dinner drinks The Grand Restaurant is the fine dining venue where men don jackets and ties, and ladies dress to the hilt in their finest attire. Sophisticated, yes, but stuffy, no. My two daughters loved our evening here as much as we did—for me, the Dover sole, fileted tableside, is the dish to get.
Suvretta Stube is more casual and serves fresh grilled fish and meats, delicious salads and a signature tartare. For a classic Swiss dish, the classic fondue will give you your fix. The two off-property options include The Trutz, next to the ski lift and offering warm you up dishes like polenta with Gorgonzola, and Chasellas Restaurant, open for dinner and lunch.
Suvretta House also has a dedicated restaurant for kids and solid options for wines and cocktails in all of its spots.
And I would be remiss to leave how accommodating the staff is to food allergies. Within five minutes of sitting to our first meal at the hotel- a quick lunch of salads, burgers and grilled fish at Suvretta Stube- every server knew our restrictions- gluten, dairy, onions and garlic for me, shellfish for my husband and nuts for my younger daughter- and presented us with multiple alternatives for dishes on the menu that were off-limits, And, to my surprise, the main kitchen even bakes several kinds of gluten-free bread in-house- each tastier than the next.
The bottom line after our stay at Suvretta House last year is that my family is begging me to plan another trip again.
Suvretta House reopens for the 2022/2023 ski season on December 9.