BADRUTT'S PALACE HOTEL: MAKING A RETRO SPLASH IN THE PALACE POOLS
ST. MORITZ, July 14, 2015 – Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is drawing on its rich heritage and reminiscing about its summer guests from all over the world who have been coming to St. Moritz for over 100 years to pursue their chosen sport. The latest treasures discovered in the hotel’s archive are photos that depict the enthusiasm for tennis and the legendary hotel pool. Guests of today can discover the traditions passed down from previous generations and follow in their footsteps in the hotel pools or on the outdoor tennis courts.
Designers of La Coupole, the latest restaurant addition to the legendary St. Moritz grand dame hotel’s culinary fold, were inspired by archive photos of past tennis matches and star players on the hotel’s former indoor tennis court. La Coupole opened in the winter season 2014/15, located on the spot where the indoor tennis court once stood.
Europe’s first-ever indoor tennis court was built in 1913 and soon hosted the International Tennis Federation world championships played on its wooden parquet floors. Photos from the hotel’s archive depict various players, including the French men’s world champions of 1922 and 1923, as well as two English female players in white dresses with their heads covered, as was thought fitting at the time. Great players brought the jet-set with them, adding to the reputation and renown of the hotel as a top sports destination in the resort. Today guests can enjoy the mountain air with outdoor tennis either on synthetic turf or the multipurpose courts, booking either a session on the courts or private lessons.
The latest photographic discoveries in Badrutt’s Palace Hotel’s archives portray glamorous guests in summer at the hotel’s legendary oval swimming pool, always the highlight for parties, pleasure and wellbeing.
One treasure is a glorious techni-colour photo from 1959 of family fun in the sun at the outdoor pool, which looks very different today. Some other wonderful photos from the 1970s show models posing on the rock and lounging poolside under fringed beach umbrellas reminiscent of the beaches in Mediterranean resorts. Some of the more frivolous pool parties remembered by guests feature rafts, a band, fun and chaos with everyone jumping in, and even one party with sea lions performing in the pool!
The famous granite diving rock is a key feature of the indoor pool. The rock as well as the size and shape of the original pool were kept in the 2010 facelift and creation of Palace Wellness. The rock is positioned at the pool depth of over 12 ft (3.8 meters) to enable guests to dive off it into the pool. Even young guests like sitting on a rock ledge, dangling their feet into the water. Today there are two pools and guests can swim from indoor steps to the outdoor one and sit at the bar in the pool, sipping champagne and overlooking the mountains. This local Engadin granite rock glistens in the sun like sparkling champagne, can be seen the moment the lift door opens into the entrance grotto of Palace Wellness, which was built deep down into the rock on which the legendary hotel sits. Even the hotel’s champagne cellar is within a rock face below the kitchens to exploit the rock’s cool properties.
According to an old Engadin saying, to see St. Moritz at its best come after the festival of St. John, which falls on June 24. Badrutt’s Palace Hotel throws open its doors to welcome its guests and a beautiful Engadin summer on June 26, 2015.
Private lessons with a daily programme from Tuesday to Saturday or upon request
from June 26 to August 30, 2015.
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About Badrutt's Palace Hotel
Badrutt's Palace Hotel is a celebration of style, sports, cuisine and fashion, with discreet service and traditional elegance evoking an atmosphere of pampered luxury for all. An ideal destination in both winter and summer, the hotel is located in one of the most challenging ski areas in the world and offers a host of summer alpine activities. Badrutt’s Palace Hotel boasts 157 guestrooms and 37 suites with stunning views of the Swiss Alps. The hotel is a member of Leading Hotels of the World, Swiss Deluxe Hotels and Swiss Historic Hotels. Badrutt’s Palace Hotel opens its doors to guests this summer from June 26, 2015 to September 6, 2015.
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