This boutique retreat initially opened in 1913, but it was refurbished into its current incarnation in 2011. A short drive from St. Moritz, the retreat mixes the past and the present in a sophisticated way: think historic foundations and antique wood ceilings merged with eye-popping designer lamps, wallpapers, and furnishings, not to mention some impressive sgraffitos by late local artist Steivan L. Könz. The hotel’s 78 Zen-like rooms and suites differ in size. Most come with terraces or balconies overlooking the surrounding Upper Engadine mountain landscape and feature modern luxuries such as flat-screen TVs, minibars, and Wi-Fi. Inside the sizeable bathrooms you’ll find comfy bathrobes and slippers, as well as products by Dipiù Spa by Giardino. The on-site spa is a comprehensive affair that, along with the in-house restaurants and bar, completes the feeling of being in a luxurious, self-contained, alpine universe.
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A 10-minute drive (buses and taxis available) will bring you to St. Moritz, a lively town with plenty of shopping, socializing, and partying and some interesting museums like the Segantini Museum (built in honor of the famous artist) and the Engadine Museum, which showcases over 4,000 items depicting life in the local area between the 13th and 19th centuries. A hotel ski shuttle runs throughout the day to several nearby ski areas, though other winter sports like snowshoeing and ice skating are available nearby, too. In summer, the hotel runs yoga retreats and can assist with hiking, mountain biking, and paragliding activities. Being so close to the nearby lakes (Lake Champfèr is a 15-minute walk, Lake Silvaplana a 5-minute drive), water lovers can also enjoy windsurfing or kitesurfing.
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Rooms: 78 rooms and suites, plus 16 more in the Eden Roc Marina. From $369. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: The star restaurant is Ecco St. Moritz, helmed by double Michelin-starred chef Rolf Fliegauf. Open in winter only, it serves three- to five-course menus featuring dishes like goose liver and lobster—all in a lavish room whose walls are slathered in gold leaf. In the smart Guardalej, chef Markus Rose combines Mediterranean and Asian influences with a daily-changing menu, and in the cozy Engadine Stüva he serves traditional Swiss cuisine. The Giardino Mountain Lounge also serves modern international dishes alongside panoramic views, and the hotel bar is ideal for enjoying an espresso martini or hot punch in front of the fireplace or on the terrace. Spa and gym details: The on-site Dipiù Spa has pretty much everything you’ll need for pampering and fitness, including an indoor pool, a sauna zone and Jacuzzi, and a fitness and relaxation area. The massages and beauty treatments use the hotel’s signature Dipiù cosmetics line as well as Aveda products (there’s an Aveda hair salon too). If you’re a couple looking to get pampered together, book the couple’s room, which comes with two treatment rooms, a whirlpool, and a steam sauna.
Who it's for: The experience is overtly aimed at wealthy jet-setters and mountain lovers, but it welcomes families within that category also, offering special services including a Kids Club and indoor playground. Our favorite rooms: For the ultimate indulgence, book the Mountain suite. It is one of the biggest on the premises and comes with its own fireplace. Good to know: Be aware that the spa area is not only mixed sex, but visitors are expected to use the facilities naked.