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Claire Muffett-Reece discovers why Switzerland is the perfect summer honeymoon destination.

Swiss marvel: Image 1 When I was offered the chance to visit Switzerland inJuly I'll admit it wasn't a season I'd initially chooseas my preference. The Alps are typically known for theirski season, and it was hard to envisage a trip that didn'tinvolve an abundance of snow. How very wrong I wasabout to become...

My destination for three nights was none other than Suvretta House, a five-star hotel in the heart of St Moritzthat's welcomed the Kennedys, Eva Peron and the Emperor of Japan through its doors. Built in 1912, this Art Deco wonder is nestled in the Alpine landscape of the Upper Engadine, on the Chasellas plateau in Suvretta.With Suvretta itself being 1,850 metres above sea level,your honeymoon starts the very minute you touch downat Zurich airport, as the scenery you'll encounter on the three-hour train journey to St Moritz is some of the most romantic you'll ever see. I'd taken my laptop with the idea of working on the journey, yet constantly found myself rushing from one side of the train carriage to the other, snapping glacier blue rivers and snow-capped mountains as we climbed higher and higher to our destination.

Upon arrival at the train station we were greeted by the hotel's vintage green bus, which took us straight to Suvretta House for a delicious afternoon tea. Suitably stuffed after far too many sandwiches and scones, I was given a key (a proper key, none of the problemsof your key card locking you out of your room!) to my Junior Deluxe Suite, a huge room complete with walk in wardrobe, large bathroom with separate shower and panoramic view of the mountains and lakes of the Engadin. I could happily have spent my time lounging around in this magnificent space, but after a quick change it was down to dinner in one of the hotel's off-site mountain restaurants, Chasellas.

Swiss marvel: Image 2 From our very first dinner at Suvretta House it became clear that the hotel takes feeding its guests seriously. Chasellas, situated 1,936 metres above sea level,offers 45 indoor seats and an inviting sun terrace directly situated at the entrance to the ski and hikingarea. Expect typical Austrian fare to fuel you, from Bavarian sausage, fried chicken 'Viennese style' with potato salad, and Swiss fillet of beef with prawns.Suvretta House also has another off-site restaurant,Trutz, which is even higher up the mountain for those seeking a more active honeymoon experience! A mere 2,211 metres above sea level, it's reached by arounda 90-minute hike (or cable car if you fancy a lessenergetic approach). Ask to sit outside and enjoy the stunning views, taking advantage of the blankets thatare offered – even throughout the summer months.Here I enjoyed an ice-cold Viva Tavola beer while getting stuck into a variety of dishes, from air-dried meats and Wiener schnitzel, to polenta with gorgon zolaand a delicious barley soup.

For me, however, the best meal of the entire trip wasat Suvretta's Grand Restaurant, a breath taking room with incredible panelling, carved solid oak columns and elaborately decorated cassette ceiling. There Ienjoyed a warm lobster salad with Amalfi lemon and green asparagus, followed by a saddle of summer venison. Completing the meal with cheese and biscuits,I was glad to take full advantage of Suvretta's outdoor summer activities to help burn off those extra calories!

Swiss marvel: Image 3 Looking through my itinerary, I was pleasantly surprised to see many activities available for those visiting Suvretta House in the summer season. Swapping ski boots for hiking shoes was my first port of call, with a hike up the mountains with our experienced guide, Heinz. Making sure to turn on my Strava app before we set off, I was impressed to discover our party had hiked just over 6km, with a calorie-burning 385-metre elevation, in just shy of two hours. That's not bad considering we weren't yet accustomed to being that high above sea level!

The following day it was time for a bike ride – andI've never been more thankful to be given one of the electric variety! Foolishly thinking it would be a leisurely jaunt around a flat-level lake, we were soon heading off-road and up into the mountains! Before I knew itwe'd clocked up a bottom-burning 25km – and another elevation of 388 metres!

Throughout my stay at Suvretta House I also took part in a tennis lesson – I'll never be a Serena or Venus, mind you – and enjoyed the hotel's incredible spa facilities, with a refreshing swim followed by a fullbody massage. However, one activity I'll never forget issailing on St Moritz Lake, with an experienced sailing instructor from Suvretta Sports. Sitting there, enjoying some of the freshest mountain air and cleanest waters in the world, I saw why you should one hundred per cent choose the mountains of Switzerland – and Suvretta House – as your perfect honeymoon destination.