Top 10 spas in the Alps
What better way to ease those hard-earned aches and pains from an active day on the piste than to relax and rejuvenate in one of the best spas in the Alps.
There are many fabulous spas in the Alps to choose from but here are our top 10 favourites for that great balance of serenity and indulgence.
A true gem in the stunningly beautiful Dolomites, the Adler Mountain Lodge takes luxury and style to new heights. Set on a plateau with extraordinary views this romantic lodge hosts a beautifully warm outdoor infinity pool from which the views are quite simply, out of this world. The Alpine Spa is designed so the beautiful surroundings are brought to life with plenty of panoramic views, even the sauna has a view! It offers a good range of treatments, using a natural in-house product range. With the emphasis on serenity this is a peaceful sanctuary in which to relax, unwind and enjoy the spectacular views.
This may be a small resort, but the 5* star hotel and spa make up for it. Known for its restaurants and fantastic wine cellar, the Arlberg Hospiz also has a 2000m2 spa with their own cosmetic line, 'Almstern' and, randomly, an art gallery within the spa! The gorgeous spa area has a swimming pool, Finnish sauna, a Bio sauna and a steam bath for reviving tired muscles. This is the perfect retreat, ski in the morning, lunch at the infamous Hospiz Alm, then relax in the spa in the afternoon.
The Chedi Andermatt has brought a new level of luxury to the traditional Alpine village of Andermatt as Asian slick meets Alpine chic. Their fabulous 2,400m2 spa houses a 35 metre indoor pool covered by a glass roof and overlooking the Alps, as well as a 12 metre temperature controlled outdoor lap pool. This enormous Spa and wellness centre has a state of the art Technogym and 10 treatment rooms with therapists using the finest natural products. It also features a range of baths and saunas, including bio and Finnish saunas, a scented salt steam bath, hot and cold plunge pools, hammam, ice fountain and flower bath. Based on oriental philosophy and healing traditions, the Asian inspired treatments use natural products from ila, REN and Alpienne which have been adapted for The Chedi Andermatt.
Le Chabichou is a picturesque white wood hotel perched on the edge of the mountain just a stone’s throw from the centre of Courchevel 1850. The modern spa is all about sensory experience with modern innovations including a musical pool, a polar bath, ice fountain and salt grotto. Tired muscles can be eased in the 'Indian Ocean' pool or the mineral-rich 'Dead Sea' pool or indulge in a soothing massage or choose a rejuvenating facial from a great selection of treatments. The Cha'Banya Spa features an extra-large steam room, sauna, fitness room and a spacious jacuzzi. Water paths, a sensory and tactile tropical rain trail, and an 'Alpine bath' bio sauna add to the innovative facilities on offer. The beauty salon has a wide range of treatments available for ultimate relaxation; perfect after a hard day's skiing.
Le Kaïla has an enviable position in the resort of Meribel and, with direct access to the slopes, this is an excellent choice for those wanting to ski the Three Valleys. The 5* luxury is evident in the hotel’s 500m2 haven of a spa. The spa features a light pool with spectacular views of the slopes, an aquamarin pool, geysers, a jacuzzi grotto, massage chairs and, for those feeling a bit more active, there is swimming against the current, aquabiking or the fitness centre. To relax the tired muscles there is a sauna, a hammam or a list of indulgent treatments. If you can bring yourself to do it, the ice fountain is a must as a refreshing way to revive the body after a hard day’s skiing!
The epitome of a luxurious alpine retreat, Les Fermes de Marie is a beautiful, 5* luxury hotel formed of nine beautiful chalets, three restaurants and the Pure Altitude Spa. After a day on the slopes, the spa offers a world of respite with its extensive facilities including an indoor pool and 17 treatment rooms in cabins. The fabulous large swimming pool is surrounded by windows that open up to the outside with indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, saunas and a fitness room. Pure Altitude is now a brand of cosmetic treatment products that use plant extracts with active ingredients from over 50 mountain plants that have anti-oxidant and remineralising properties.
The Backstage Vernissage hotel in Zermatt is a quirky design-led boutique hotel where each piece of furniture has been hand-made. The glass front hotel is in the heart of Zermatt and is closely linked with the Zermatt Unplugged music festival. Its funky designs are well thought out in all the rooms and, after skiing, the only place to head to is the spa. With its video and sound installations, this is a must-visit experience. The spa's theme is the 'seven days of creation' and there are seven spa cubes to experience, each with a different focus, ranging from 'water and air' to the 'cosmos' and the 'plantworld'. As well as the cubes, there is a heated outdoor stainless steel jacuzzi in the centre of the terrace.
This luxurious hotel boasts some of the best accommodation in Val d'Isere, as well as first class restaurants. There's an 800 square metre spa with indoor pool, sauna, Hammam, Jacuzzi, and balneotherapy facilities. Thalgo spa products and cosmetics are used, and a wide range of relaxing and revitalising treatments are on offer. The hotel also features state of the art gym and workout facilities.
As one of the most sought after hotels in Courchevel 1850, this hotel does everything right! Cosy, stylish rooms, a fantastic restaurant, perfect ski in ski out location, and a great spa. Treatments at the Kilimandjaro are based in the 'relaxation chalet', which is at the centre of the hotel complex and has a magnificent pool as its centrepiece. There is a sauna, hammam, gym, and jacuzzis. The Swiss 'La Prairie' laboratory offers a complete range of facial and body treatments. The therapists, regularly trained in the latest techniques, stimulate your vital energy centres, eliminating stress and tension.
The epitome of the perfect ski and spa hotel, this 5 star retreat even has rooms called Spa Corner Suites and was originally built on historic land, where the first mineral spring was discovered in 1366. Attention is focused on the therapeutic properties of the springs and the glacial water. Indulge in the signature Kempinski High Alpine Treatment during which warm alpine stones are used to relieve any tension you have built-up .