If you haven’t quite got this season’s ski bug out of your system – and who would have, given this winter’s dreamy powder and cerulean skies – roll your Perfect Moment into your Rimowa and head to the favourite of royalty, celebrities and billionaires: the discreet, storied and über glamorous St Moritz, where skiing continues until May. A stunning place to stay is Chesa El Toula – a refurbished chalet that sleeps 14 in the Suvretta area, which can be hired through the travel concierge to the luxury loving, Cirencester based Leo Trippi.
Fresh to the rental market this season – and rare for St Moritz, as new chalets don’t pitch up every year here – the recently renovated property is the sort of place tech titans go to shake off the cobwebs, with its high-tech soundproofed home cinema, games room with pool table and bar, swimming pool, gym, an indoor and outdoor hot tub and a hammam. Not to mention a wine cupboard bursting with rare fine drops, plus excellent Swiss and international cuisine served up by Michelin-starred chef Eduard Hitzberger.
Chesa El Toula has been in the owner’s family for two generations, and offers 900m² of living space over five floors. Here you’ll find traditional Engadin features with state-of-the-art tech and designer interiors including furnishings from Le Corbusier, Rugiero, Casa Milano and Porta Romana. All six bedrooms are named after mountains – mine was the Diavolezza – and the master bedroom is an incredible two-level suite with a huge bath and super-calm sleeping area.
This is one stunning alpine hideaway, surrounded by a breathtakingly beautiful skiing resort: 350 kilometres of snow-sure slopes and 220 km of scenic cross-country trails, plus some splendid restaurants and clubs such as the incredible CheCha, boasting a world-famous truffle pizza and breath-taking mountain views. It’s the type of super-cool place Leo Trippi are adept at whisking you into – as with the White Marmot, one of the hottest places to lunch in St Moritz, decked out in a palate of Millennial pinks, forest greens and rich ruby reds. For sleek, relaxed elegance, try the relaunched Kings Social House, a nightclub, bar and restaurant in Badrutts Palace.
Graffiti squirrels lead you downstairs onto a dancefloor lined with mesmerising moving images of girls in silhouette, reminiscent of the classic James Bond title sequences. And, with a cocktail list offering such mouth-watering treats as ‘Naked and Famous’, and a menu supplied by chef Jason Atherton, it’s an experience not to be missed. Luckily, with Leo Trippi on hand, there’s little danger of that.