The lounge certainly looks like it could be a mountainside in the Alps. There are fur throws, an open fireplace, snowshoes, cow bells, fondues galore. But from 1.12St, this replica of the Paradiso slope restaurant/club operated by Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St Moritz, opens on the West Terrace of Salon de Ning on the rooftop of The Peninsula New York. Now called Chalet de Ning and enclosed in two glass domes through which illuminated skyscrapers reveal its true location, it is set to remain in place until December 31stSt.
The collaboration between the two hotels seems logical, says Richard Leuenberger, Managing Director of Badrutt’s Palace. “Badrutt’s Palace has been acclaimed for hosting the world’s most lavish celebrations and special events for more than 125 years,” he explains. “We’re honored to partner with our friends at St. Moritz Tourism and the iconic Peninsula New York to usher in a luxurious ode to the season, and invite our friends, old and new, to join us in New York City and St. Moritz to experience unique moments with our team.”
On the opening day of Chalet de Ning, The Peninsula hosts its annual tree lighting ceremony from 6pm to 7pm featuring Victoria singers, complimentary cocktails and light snacks. Afterwards, guests can order from the Badrutt’s Palace Food and Beverage Team menu. Cocktails include the St. Moritzino with Gray Goose, Cointreau, almond-flavored orgeat syrup and fresh lime, and the Winter Spritz with Aperol, white wine, apple juice and crème de pêche; Food items include using truffle fondue Gruyère, fresh truffle, cherry and sourdough, Smoked trout rillete with celery and rye Cracker, and of course Swiss chocolate fondue. Fifty percent of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the New York Center for Children. On other nights in December the space is available for takeovers for private events and on its last night both the chalet and the other part of the Salon de Ning’s terrace are transformed into a New Year’s Eve party disco.
Over in St. Moritz, December 1stSt is also the day that Badrutt’s Palace reopens for the ski and winter sports season with a full program of international social and sporting events. The most famous is the New Year’s Eve Gala, realistically titled “A Night of Infinite Sparkle”. In January, the resort will host the 38thth annual Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz tournament and two events held on the presumably frozen Lake St. Moritz: The ICE, an elite car show, and White Turf St. Moritz, which showcases thoroughbreds from different parts of Europe. First, however, there’s a philanthropic event being run jointly with several major fashion houses: the Holiday Tree Auction Charity Gala on December 21stSt where guests can bid on Christmas trees designed by teams from Bulgari, Moncler, Gucci, Cartier and Dior, among others, with proceeds going to four local charities. And every day, skiers can take a break from the slopes at Paradiso to enjoy local specialties and the counterpoint to New York’s skyscrapers: a mountain view.