What are your go-to winter holiday destinations?
In the wintertime, I love nothing better than heading to the
mountains. In particular to
St Moritz and Gstaad in Switzerland. Here I can indulge my great passions of snowkiting, snowboarding and skiing. St Moritz is one of my favourites because it has everything I need - even if you don’t ski it’s amazing. I like to stay at Badrutt's Palace Hotel (www.badruttspalace.com/en; Via Serlas 27, 7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland; +41 81 837 10 00) the grande dame property which has a fairytale location overlooking the beautiful snow-fringed lake. A great place to have lunch is Bo’s Co Restaurant (Via Maistra 80, 7505 Celerina/Schlarigna, +41 81 832 31 39), a small bistro serving the freshest local ingredients and great coffee, close to the slopes in Celerina. I really like Bormio too, which is closer, in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy. It’s understated and more than just a ski resort. It’s renowned for its hot springs with three dedicated thermal spas which are open all year round. The beauty of this place is that you can ski all day then relax in the healing thermal waters in the evening.
What would you typically pack for a weekend in the mountains?
My next trip will actually be to Gstaad in early January for 4 days. It obviously depends where you stay, but we’ll be heading to the Gstaad Palace (https://www.palace.ch/en/; Palacestrasse 28, 3780 Gstaad, Switzerland; +41 33 748 50 00), it’s so iconic, so I plan my luggage accordingly. For instance, I love having dinner in their cosy Alpine Chalet La Fromagerie, so I’d wear my corduroy trousers and cashmere double-breasted jacket - I prefer to have dinner always dressed in darker clothes as it feels more warm and relaxed. I have a dark green velvet jacket too that teams up really well with black cashmere trousers. I tend to pair my blue turtleneck sweater with beige cotton trousers during the day time.