St. Moritz is many things: A holiday resort with world-class skiing, the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism, twice home to the Winter Olympics, and a hidden gem for the 1 per cent. It’s also, as Heidi Mitchell of Town & Country wrote, “Europe’s most secretive and storied ski town”. Located in the middle of the Swiss Alps, St. Moritz has popularised modern winter sports like ice cricket and snow polo, while spawning numerous five-star luxury hotels and top class restaurants with gourmet chefs. Swiss-based St. Moritz targets Hong Kong and Chinese investors Such a history has created a champagne and caviar lifestyle that the glitterati flock to every winter. Celebrities, royalty and billionaires alike, from Kate Moss to the Swedish royal family, come for the glitz and the slopes. Here’s a glimpse into the lavish winter wonderland that is St. Moritz. St. Moritz is located in Switzerland’s Engadin Valley, a high Alpine valley region in the Swiss Alps. St. Moritz’s history dates back to 1864, when the first winter tourists stayed from Christmas until Easter. In 1928, it hosted the first official Winter Olympics and again in 1948. Women dressed in silk, sequins, and fur; men dressed in three-piece suits, according to Vogue . The event secured its status as a luxury winter tourism destination. It was also the first place in the Alps to host a golf tournament and had one of the first running ski lifts in Switzerland. With such a history, it makes sense that St. Moritz has popularised many winter sports. It is home to the Snow Polo World Cup and White Turf St. Moritz, which involves thoroughbred racing. St. Moritz has even served as a location for two James Bond films, The Spy Who Loved Me and A View to A Kill . The resort has evolved into an exclusive place for the 1 per cent. “Compared to other high-end Alpine resorts like Courchevel, Verbier, or Zermatt, it’s far more discreet”, Oliver Corkhill, CEO of travel-planning firm Leo Trippi, told Town & Country . Facial cryotherapy is a blast: like skiing with no effort and better skin View this post on Instagram Me after one day of rain : it’s winterrrrrrrr ️ A post shared by Pixie Lott (@pixielott) on Aug 9, 2018 at 10:43am PDT <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!--\n\n\n//--><!]]> Celebrities and billionaires have been flocking to St. Moritz for decades. Claudia Schiffer, Liz Hurley, Kate Moss and Robert De Niro have all been spotted there. View this post on Instagram #larusmiani #inspiration #sanktmoritz #guntersachs #crestarun #engadin #sixties via @langlaislanglais A post shared by Larusmiani (@larusmiani) on Jan 14, 2018 at 10:46pm PST <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!--\n\n\n//--><!]]> Even royals vacation in St. Moritz, including the Swedish royal family, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex, and Willem-Alexander and Maxima of The Netherlands. Some visitors fly into Samedan/Engadin airport in their private jets. Those who do not have their own jets can fly in via PrivateFly for about US$9,500. The closest airport for those looking to fly commercial is in Zurich, about a 2.5-hour drive away. View this post on Instagram Where would you fly if this was your private jet? A post shared by Matthias Geiger (@mg_aviationphotography) on Feb 8, 2017 at 7:25am PST <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!--\n\n\n//--><!]]> In addition to world-class skiing, St. Moritz is also home to five-star luxury hotels, like the Carlton Hotel, which chauffeurs guests from the railway station via Bentley and has a Michelin-starred restaurant. Why are jewellers Swarovski and Lightbox investing in lab-grown gems? View this post on Instagram Unser Winter Line-Up für das Carlton Hotel St. Moritz. @ach mohlag_official #welove #bentley #beourguest #kamps #kampsgruppe #schmohlAG #luxury #cars #luxurycars #exotic #cargram #exoticcars #carsofinstagram #drive #driver #winter #automobile #automotive #snow #performance #goodlife #goodvibes #instaoftheday #goodtimes #carlover #carphotography #exclusive #lifestyle #travel #travelgram A post shared by Automotive Luxury (@kamps.gruppe) on Oct 23, 2018 at 5:08am PDT <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!--\n\n\n//--><!]]> There is also a Michelin-starred restaurant in Badrutt’s Palace, where Alfred Hitchcock spent his honeymoon. Notably, it is home to some legendary New Year’s parties. Celebrities and Swedish royalty have also stayed at the Suvretta House Hotel, which throws glamorous ballroom parties. There is also Kulm Hotel, where concierges organise private moonlight ski sessions. Its spa has undergone a US$10 million renovation and includes a Finnish sauna and saltwater grotto. View this post on Instagram Even the gloomy days are beautiful here ️ #StMoritz @kulmhotel #LHWTraveller @leadinghotelsoftheworld A post shared by Amelia Liana (@amelialiana) on Feb 12, 2018 at 6:05am PST <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!--\n\n\n//--><!]]> That is not to mention Chesa el Toula, where you can get a 9,000-square-foot Engadin villa for prices from US$75,000 up to US$180,000. View this post on Instagram A sneak peak of our ultra-exclusive new hideaway Chesa el Toula in St. Moritz #luxurychalets #luxurytravel #switzerland #alps #stmoritz A post shared by Luxury Travel Leo Trippi (@leotrippi) on Sep 3, 2018 at 8:51am PDT <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!--\n\n\n//--><!]]> St. Moritz is a gourmet heaven. Visitors can find more Michelin-starred restaurants outside hotels, including Talvo by Dalsass and Cá d’Oro. Trying to avoid expensive dinners while travelling? View this post on Instagram Dinner #babyturbot #mushrooms #pakchoi #tastiness #freshness #lightdish #healthyfood #enjoyinglife #lovecooking #talvobydalsass #stmoritz #switzerland A post shared by Restaurant Talvo by Dalsass (@talvo_by_dalsass) on Oct 7, 2018 at 11:19am PDT <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!--\n\n\n//--><!]]> By day, visitors hit the slopes at Corviglia, which offers 218 miles of ski runs, as well as winter sports like sledding and skijoring, an activity in which horses race across a frozen lake or field with a skier in tow. View this post on Instagram [Anzeige/Advertisement] #nofilterneeded I had such a great time in #stmoritz ️ A post shared by Nadine Trompka (@nadinetrompka) on Apr 4, 2018 at 2:39am PDT <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!--\n\n\n//--><!]]> The men’s downhill racecourse, which has the steepest start gate in the world, is located here. The nearly vertical drop has skiers skiing up to 90mph within six seconds, according to CNN. St. Moritz is also home to Cresta Run, a famous bobsleigh run and the only one in the world made of natural ice. For those interested in more leisurely activities, Via Serlas is a shopping mile that is home to luxury brands including Versace, Cartier and Gucci. At night, the glitterati hit the celebrity-studded King’s Club, the Studio 54 of the Swiss Alps, or Devil’s Place, a bar that reportedly has the world’s largest whiskey collection. Meet Victoria’s Secret 2018 US$1 million, 71-carat Fantasy Bra by Swarovski View this post on Instagram Новый год в СМ-вокруг одни русские и все в одинаковых платьях#sanktmoritz A post shared by Анна (@anya_khrapkova) on Dec 31, 2016 at 4:46pm PST <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!--\n\n\n//--><!]]> But a night out isn’t complete without a visit to Casino St. Moritz in the Kempinski Grand Hotel, the place to be for high rollers. View this post on Instagram Carré, cavallo o trasversale doppia? A post shared by Fiorenzo Conforti (@fiorenzo.conforti) on Jan 2, 2015 at 12:53pm PST <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!--\n\n\n//--><!]]> With such a wide range of winter activities and luxury accommodation, it’s no surprise St. Moritz is so popular among the world’s most elite travellers. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter This article originally appeared on Business Insider .