We were met off our flight by a taxi driver who drove us to St Moritz via the scenic Julierpass. The journey from Zurich took 3.5 hours, largely because of a huge traffic jam in the city. The manager came outside to greet arrivals - he was a very visible presence throughout the holiday (at the entrance to the restaurant, in the shows, at ski-school departure in the morning....) and made a real effort to welcome everyone.
Check in was much improved from last year. We were given two clean and comfortable adjacent rooms with a view of the mini-ski school and mountains. Queues for ski-hire and ski-school can be avoided by picking your time (and in the case of the ski-school desk, watching from the bar).
We skied at Corviglia, booking lunch tickets the night before, and leaving our boots and skis in the bottom station of the Signal cable car, which is a 7 minute stroll from the hotel - we timed ourselves! The Club minibus operated in the morning and afternoon for those who didn't feel like walking. Corviglia is sunny and varied and there is plenty of scope for six days' skiing just on the one side of the valley. Our teenage children joined classes and were placed with others of similar age and ability in English speaking groups. They explored the whole area. The mountain restaurant on Corviglia had both a salad buffet and a hot buffet; although at times it was busy (particularly on a snowy day) it was actually a lot less crowded than many public mountain restaurants we have visited in Switzerland , and some of the dishes were excellent.
The main restaurant is large and rather noisy, but we found the food generally very good. We found plenty to choose from, apart from the evening we tried the Italian restaurant where the selection was rather limited. The selection at breakfast was also good with freshly sliced oranges and grapefruit to compensated for the watery fruit juice, fresh eggs, breads, pancakes are more.
We did attend some of the shows, and found them entertaining. Of course, the performers are not professional actors or singers, and it was necessary to take the entertainment in the spirit it was offered.
Overall, the Club Med package - which includes ski passes, ski tuition or guiding, all meals and drinks - is excellent value, and this should be set against any minor niggles.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestling at the foot of the snow-covered mountains, Saint-Moritz Roi Soleil stands at an altitude of 1750 metres, near the lake that lies alongside the town. Tucked away in this cosmopolitan and select resort, the Village effortlessly combines luxury and tradition, and offers you the unique spectacle of horse and greyhound racing, polo matches, or the famous cresta runs on the nearby frozen lake. After a day in the snow parents and children can meet up in the play area for a sledging session. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Med Roi Soleil Hotel St. Moritz
- Roi Soleil Club Med
- St. Moritz Club Med