It might seem a bit extravagant to jump on a plane just to get a bit of pamper action but in actual fact, some of the world’s most incredible spas take a little travelling to get to, and boy are they worth the effort getting there. While there are many different kinds of spa experiences to try, we think some real gems lie in some of Europe’s most exquisite Alpine regions. There’s something about the vistas, the mountain air, and the peacefulness that is hard to replicate on lower altitudes. From thermal pools and sauna concepts to heavenly healing body treatments, these are the best Alpine spas (that are open all year round) to add to your bucket list.

Forestis – Dolomites, Italy

Nestled in the stunning Dolomites, Forestis offers a haven of wellness and spa experiences that provide Alpine wellness on a whole new level. Embracing a holistic ethos, the spa harmonises body and soul, inviting guests into a realm of rejuvenation. The calming ambience, natural scents and tranquil music set the stage for an indulgent spa experience like no other. Forestis boasts a suite of wellness amenities including saunas, steam rooms, and heated pools, all designed for ultimate relaxation. Guests can enjoy bespoke treatments utilising locally sourced ingredients, tailored to replenish and revitalise mind, body and soul. Whether unwinding amidst panoramic vistas or indulging in personalised consultations, Forestis promises an immersive journey to well-being with nature as its inspiration.

Le Coucou Tata Harper Spa – Meribel, France

Meribel is a lovely little village in the heart of the French Alps and Le Coucou is the place to visit if you want to take advantage of the beautiful spring ski season (hello blue skies and skiing in t-shirts!) whilst also indulging in some me-time at their spa. It’s the place for ultimate relaxation with a heated indoor pool and stunning mountain views. Their treatment list is definitely worth checking out too. Currently, Tata Harper has taken up residency, offering truly sublime treatments using her cult-following toxin-free products that so many celebs and beauty experts rave about. There’s a wonderful sauna and hammam and a beautiful couples treatment room if you’re looking for a romantic getaway with your special someone.

The Arula Chalets – Lech, Austria

Nestled above the picturesque village of Lech in Austria, The Arula Chalets stand as the epitome of exclusivity in alpine accommodation. Offering unparalleled luxury and convenience, these chalets boast ski-in/ski-out access and impeccable service. The highlight of this retreat is its exceptional wellness facilities, including an indoor swimming pool with a cosy fireplace and a soothing waterfall feature, along with Finnish and bio saunas, a steam bath, an infrared cabin, and an outdoor hot tub. But the pampering doesn’t stop there. The in-chalet spa therapist crafts bespoke treatments tailored to each guest’s needs, ranging from deep tissue massages to signature facials by Augustinus Bader. After indulging in these rejuvenating treatments, guests can unwind in relaxation rooms adorned with water beds and Himalayan salt walls. For those seeking a holistic approach to well-being, yoga therapist Anna Kanonier offers daily sessions that encompass energizing morning flows, restorative evening yin practices, and the meditative power of mantras. Drawing from Ayurvedic principles, these sessions aim to nurture both the body and the mind, promoting inner peace and serenity amidst the breathtaking alpine surroundings.

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges – South Tyrol, Italy

This hotel is something else… Its stunning location is totally tucked away from the hustle and bustle and its ability to offer seclusion and privacy is why discerning guests visit time and time again. Their 42 private chalets (with the most sumptuous interiors) enable guests to properly unwind, with some overlooking the lakes and others providing magical mountain views. Let’s call San Luis the Italian version of Soho Farmhouse. Guests can relax and bathe at the barn-sized country spa, which features a great indoor swimming pool with a cosy open fire, a heated outdoor pool and hydro massage in the middle of a lake, saunas, relaxation rooms and steam baths.

Gstaad Palace – Gstaad, Switzerland

Gstaad Palace is a place to stare in awe of its grandeur and stature. It feels like something out of a movie and it’s one of the last family-owned hotels in Switzerland. It’s stunning come winter or summer although we’d always argue the Swiss Alps come to life in the summer. The Palace Spa is the real highlight of this hotel and its 1800sqm space offers everything you could wish for. From Ayurvedic treatments, deliciously nourishing scrubs and body wraps and even shiatsu, your mind and body are in for a real treat. Other facilities include a gorgeous relaxation area with a Swiss-style fireplace to keep toasty in between treatments, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi, plus a gym and a Pilates studio overlooking stunning views if you want to balance out the relaxation with a little physical movement. 

Hotel Bagni Vecchi – Italy

We sound like a broken record but once again, it’s the views at Hotel Bagni Vecchi that entice people to this glorious region of Italy. Surrounded by the beauty of the Stelvio National Park, the spa has 9 natural thermal pools, as well as hydromassage pools and a wow-factor Roman bath carved inside an ancient grotto. Of course, there’s the stunning outdoor infinity pool that offers magnificent views and is heated in the winter so you can spend hours enjoying the peaceful scenery. Its understated luxury and huge focus on wellbeing make this a great spot for some much-needed R&R.

Heiltherme Bad Waltersdorf – Austria

Austria is well-known for its wellness and spa offerings and one of our top picks is Heiltherme Bad Waltersdorf, situated in the Styrian Thermal region. Known as a haven of peace and wellbeing, this place is famous for its thermal spring water and its healing qualities. You are spoilt for choice when it comes to thermal pools each providing endless views of wildflowers and meadows that surround the spa. Using local products from the Styrian region, their treatments celebrate the natural world and you’ll be transported to a more peaceful, harmonious state of mind which you’ll carry with you even after you’ve returned home. If you’re after a traditional Austrian thermal spa experience, this is the place to book.

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