The classic, grand Carlton Hotel St. Moritz lies in Switzerland's Engadine high valley near Lake St. Moritz, one of the first destinations to put the country on the map of travelers at the end of the 19th century. An apocryphal legend has it that the 1913 property was originally intended to be a summer residence for Russia's czars, and this inspired interior designer Carlo Rampazzi to play with bold contemporary décor combined with Russian themes during the renovation of the property in 2007. (The truth, however, is that the czarist connection appears to have been more of a marketing ploy than anything based in fact.) After a day hiking the trails or skiing the slopes, the indoor/outdoor pool is perfect for a soak before dinner while the spa menu offers an extensive choice of treatments. Based on the celebrated Cerea family's original restaurant in Bergamo, Da Vittorio-St. Moritz serves Michelin three-star cuisine.
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