For about 15 minutes, it snowed big fluffy flakes. The pretty kind. It looked like something out of a movie.
But then it stopped and the little bit of white on the ground quickly melted away. Later in the day, it started to rain, which it feels like it's been doing nonstop for weeks. I am tired of these gray days and I miss the snow.
In January, I'm usually dreaming of warm, sunny, beach places, and my clients usually are too. I've been booking Anguilla, Jamaica, Antigua, Mexico, Turks and Caicos, and Grand Cayman.
However, this January, I'm also dreaming about being at a ski chalet, not skiing of course, I don't want to hurt myself or the people around me. But curled up in front of a fire with a mug of hot chocolate and watching big fat fluffy snowflakes come down.
How about you, where are you dreaming of this January?
What to do in St Moritz
Skiing is an obvious answer, but what if you are ski-challenged like I am? The hot chocolate in front of the fireplace is just one available option.
Hotels You Should Know
Carlton Hotel - St. Moritz, Switzerland
Open only from December through March, The Carlton Hotel is everything that you want in a ski retreat - including a fireplace with cozy couches to curl up on. All of the 60 rooms and suites are south-facing with breathtaking views of the Lake St Moritz and the mountains.
There are two restaurants onsite - Romanoff and the 2 Michelin-starred Da Vittorio St. Moritz. Both serve first-class culinary delights in an authentic and informal setting. There is also the Carlton Bar & Lobby – which Forbes ranked as one of the 45 best bars in the world –where you can enjoy a cocktail on the large sun terrace with view over Lake St. Moritz.
Make sure to spend some time at the spa. Set over three floors, the Carlton Spa is a space made for relaxation after a day exploring outside. Unwind in the sauna, practice yoga, or just enjoy one of the many holistic treatments on offer.
Hotel Tip - If you want to experience something out of the ordinary or simply to see something different, make sure to utilize the Carlton Outdoor Butler. They will take you where you want to go.
Clients of Grand Explorations receive the following perks:
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