The first hotel to be built in St Moritz, Kulm opened its doors in 1856, and with its breathtaking views of the Engadine Valley, soon became popular for summer spa and painting holidays – especially with British guests. When Johannes Badrutt introduced winter holidays to the resort in 1864, the hotel stylishly stepped up to the task, and ever since it has remained on the radar of the refined traveller, winning awards for its food and service – its K Restaurant has accumulated 16 GaultMillau points alone, and this year it won the GaultMillau Hotel of the Year award. Now its offerings are going one step further: guests can privately rent the nearby Swiss peak of Corvatsch on a nightly basis.
This unique new private mountain hire package (from SFr10,000, about £7,500) is made possible by dint of the hotel owning several nearby mountains. The peak can be yours from 7pm until 2am, with a maximum of 10 guests – though just two is all it takes for an unforgettable proposal… The experience includes entertainment from a private DJ, a choice of raclette, fondue or fondue chinoise with a selection wines, and car transfers – though horse and carriage can also be arranged, at additional cost.
If hiring the entire mountain feels a touch extravagant, then Kulm can also offer guests the chance to night-ski the 4.2km run of the Corvatsch, the longest lit glacier run in Switzerland, on April 1. There will be no tiresome queuing at the lift station – only prosecco and canapés. At the top, ski down the floodlit slope stopping at leisure for mulled wine and raclette.
Guests from both Kulm and Kronenhof are also invited to ski by moonlight on the adjacent Engadine mountain of Diavolezza during the Glüna Plaina (full moon) on February 3 and March 3, fuelled by fondue and mulled wine served at the restaurant at the summit before the descent.
For early birds rather than night owls, Kulum and Kronenhof guests can ski the Diavolezza slope an hour before official piste opening each Wednesday morning.