After spending my last three months in London I had this deep aspiration for silence, nature and relaxation. Yes, I think I am never going to be a “city-girl”, because I simply love fresh mountain air too much. So, the idea of taking the train to St. Moritz last Friday, made me forgot about all the noise and struggles from the city. I felt like heading to Hogwarts when passing long green fields of green , sparkling blue rivers and impressively high mountain walls soaring just a few feet away from the tracks where the train rushed through. Not less impressive was the view of the KEMPINSKI GRAND HÔTEL DES BAINS where I would spend my next two days.
Eating breakfast like a queen
I am such a fussy eater when it comes to hotel breakfast buffets and normally I would just have a fruit platter and toast and a lot of tea. Well, not at Kempinski my friends, not at Kempinsky. I think it is safe to say that I found myself in food heaven when spotting Rawnola, Soy milk, gluten-free, spelt granola, energy smoothies and tons of home-made fruit preserves. If they’d introduce a plant-based Nutella, I would definitely consider moving in permanently.
But let’s get one step back. The Kempinski Hotel is an impressive 5-star hotel located in the heart of st. Moritz just a few minutes away from the lake of St. Moritz. From the front, it looks like this imposing castle with nice light blue window shutters. You might know St. Moritz predominantly from these winter wonderland and not by chance it is one of the most exclusive ski resorts in Europe. BUT, if you love hiking or simply want to relax and enjoy
good great food, late summer is a great time for a weekend trip to St. Moritz.
Vegan? Paleo? Detox? Raw? No problem.
Next to enjoying a relaxing spa experience and a sweaty gym session, I attended a private cooking session with the prestigious star cook Matthias Schmidberger and his right hand Kai. With skilled hand gestures and trenchant precision they demonstrated how to make a wonderful edible piece of art with fresh, seasonal, raw, vegan ingredients. I was impressed how they cut out silken tofu with round kitchen cutter and even the smallest round forms out of salad leaves. Every ingredient paired and completed the other one. Lucky me, could choose and enjoy two fully vegan meals on this weekend. Eating vegan in the Kempinski Hotel is possible without any restrictions. You could even order fully raw or a special detox menu.
The first evening in the restaurant Les Saisons (Artichoke, cucumber, avocado mousse salad, grilled aubergines, fresh vegetables and a mango mousse, huge seasonal fruit salad) and on the second evening in the Italian influenced restaurant Enoteca 15 Stars Gault Millau (warm bread with original Italian virgin olive oil, porchino&chantarelles with avocado rondels and truffle, market salad with figs, vegan strawberry raw cake and a berrylicious mousse)
My personal highlight though was the Sunday morning breakfast in bed. I definitely know why the Kempinski is known for the best breakfast in Switzerland. A lot of white and pottery dishware, loaded with the freshest fruits and amazing looking sweet creations. I always wanted to have a breakfast in bed and I am more than grateful that absolutely gorgeous PR manager Paul and the kitchen chefs made this possible for me.
… and a little behind the scene shot.
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– This article is created in friendly collaboration with the grand hotel Kempinski. All opinions, texts and pictures are my own.