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Making the Most of the Full Moon in the Engadine

15 January 2015

Edited by Suzanne Isaacs

The full moon can provide a time of amazing opportunity if we harness its tremendous energy. However, it’s important to be in a calm state of mind in order to gain the maximum benefit from its power, as it amplifies existing emotions. To make sure guests benefit from the full moon, Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina is organising a series of unique and peaceful evening activities for its guests whenever the full moon is in the sky this season.

On Wednesday 4th February, there will be night-time Bavarian curling on the hotel’s own ice rink, accompanied by mulled wine and followed by a traditional Swiss fondue in the Jägerstube (hunter’s cabin) of the hotel’s Le Pavillon restaurant. Guests will also benefit from the concentrated effect of the “Full Moon Ritual”, a 75-minute treatment that includes a cleansing massage that will not only induce complete relaxation from head to toe, but also generate new life energies, while a warm liver wrap and a special full moon tea will help to accentuate detoxification and regeneration. This Ritual will be offered to all Full Moon package guests throughout the season.

On Thursday 5th March, the Kronenhof Spa will stay open until midnight, with classic movies being shown on a big screen, which guests can watch either from the comfort of a pool-side lounger or while chilling in the spa’s swimming pool or large hydro-pool. For those who simply want to relax, without distraction, the spa’s saunas and steam rooms will be perfumed with seasonal fragrances and the various steam baths, saltwater grotto and the walk-in flotation room will also be open. Full moon inspired snacks will be served.

Two days later, on Saturday 7th March, there will be moonlit skiing from 7:30pm to 11:15pm in nearby Diavolezza during Glüna Plaina, Romansh for “full moon”.  A traditional tummy-warming fondue in the mountain restaurant at the top of Diavolezza will be followed by a peaceful descent of the slopes, which take on dramatic monochromatic shapes under the light of the moon.  This amazing experience is decribed by the locals as a " fabulous fairytail,"

On Friday 3rd April, the day before the full moon, there is a guided snow-shoe tour of the Muottas Muragl mountain, from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.  Muottas Muragl is said to have the most beautiful views in the Engadine, so it makes sense that a slow, gentle walk has been planned that will allow participants to really savour the mystical beauty of the Alpine vistas.  The walk lasts for about 90 minutes, followed by well-deserved local specialities from the region of Graubunden and mugs of mulled wine in the panoramic restaurant, before the oldest funicular in the Engadine takes the group back down to the valley.

The following night, on Saturday 4th April, when the full moon will appear again, the guests of the Kronenhof and its sister property, the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz, will have the slopes of the Corvatsch exclusively to themselves from 6.30pm. During this special event, guests are invited to take to the piste and enjoy the slope-side entertainment provided by the Hossa Bar, where a traditional fondue, mulled wine and a DJ will be on offer. The transfers to and from the hotel, as well as food and drinks are complimentary for all guests staying at the hotels that night (4th April).

The Grand Hotel Kronenhof’s package includes 3 nights’ accommodation with a delicious daily breakfast buffet and two dinners in the Grand Restaurant, full moon amenities in the room to assist with sleepless nights, a new interpretation from the Kronenhof Bar of the mystical Soma drink that was traditionally drunk at the time of the Full Moon, a Full Moon Ritual in the Kronenhof Spa and a Full Moon gift upon departure.  Rates start from CHF1005 (approx £650) per person sharing a double room, with a ski pass being available at an additional cost of CHF35 (approx £22) per person per day.
The “Full Moon in the Engadine” package is available on the following dates:
2 to 7 February 2015
5 to 8 March 2015
2 to 6 April 2015

For more information or to book a stay at Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina, please visit http://www.kronenhof.com.

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