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.
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.
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 hydromassage 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.
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.
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.