Hotel Schloss Pontresina - Family & Spa - 215, Pontresina 7504, Switzerland 00 41 81 839 35 55 $$$$

Explore this vintage-chic hotel overlooking the Swiss mountainside: swimsuit, double espresso, and retro towel in hand

Boasting an altitude of over 1800 meters, Pontresina is tucked away in Europe’s premier rooftop terrace, Engadine. Here, well-groomed cross-country ski tracks provide guests with seamless connections to neighbouring villages – making it easy to experience the collective wealth of local Swiss mountain culture.

the Engadine valley near hotel Schloss Pontresina in wintertime

An uplifting retreat for couples, friends, and family alike, Schloß Hotel Pontresina, a new-to-market 4-star family spa and wellness offering, combines a Wes Anderson-like exterior with the internal comforts of Swiss hospitality.

Sporty individuals can make use of the castle’s volleyball courts in summer, impeccably groomed ski circuit in winter, and glass-encased pool – all year round. 

Otherwise, leisure-lovers here to walkabout and take in the sights can do just that: between mountain stream and wooded valley. 

You see, there’s a back door that leads to the grounds below, making it even easier to sneak out in the evening and sample a famed fondue or some fresh alpine air under the pale moonlight.

And, for particularly frosty winter nights, visitors may kick-back in the well-appointed lounge, soaking up notes from soulful crooners dishing out jazzy numbers. All the while, leaving Alessandro (our go-go barman) to serve up a local vino (chilled to perfection) as thoughts of savouring the hotel’s own menu - designed by Michelin star chef Andrea Ribaldone– come to mind.

 A heated moment in neighbouring St.Moritz during the Snow Polo World Cup; hosted in the last weekend of January annually.

A heated moment in neighbouring St.Moritz during the Snow Polo World Cup; hosted in the last weekend of January annually.

And, when you stay at this hotel, you’re just minutes from St.Moritz. Excellent for day-tripping, the winter wonderland destination shines all-year round. It’s picture-perfect glistening lake has a wonderful habit of freezing over once winter arrives. A sort of jewel in the St.Moritz crown, it’s literally and figuratively the heart of the town. A favorite local pastime is snow polo, featured above, which plays out on the frozen lake of St.Moritz during the last weekend of January each year.

Back in Pontresina, evenings until 8:00 PM can be thoroughly enjoyed in the state of the art spa facilities. Sip on herbal tea in-between steam baths and scented cold showers to truly reinvigorate your constitution. When you do, prepare to sleep like a baby. 

Mateusz Chojnacki tests out the hotel's spa facilities with a cold dunk
 
 The spa at Hotel Schloss Pontresina has lanterns and wall to ceiling windows to create an idyllic mountainside ambiance. 

The spa at Hotel Schloss Pontresina has lanterns and wall to ceiling windows to create an idyllic mountainside ambiance. 

Which is a good thing, because mornings here a best started with an espresso (just ask one of the waiters). Four food stations provide a host of offerings from local cheeses to fresh fruits and a cereal bar that would make Mr. Kellogg’s himself blush. For those who prefer lighter fare, frizzante is almost always on offer and sure to put a sparkle in your eye. 

Learn more about this Swiss retreat in the photos below. And, if talk of snow polo caught your eye, we invite you to learn more about the 3-day event here.

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