Immersive “forest bathing” in the Dolomites, Italy
QC Terme Dolomiti, Dolomites
Located at Pozza di Fassa, near Val di Fassa ski resort in Italy, QC Terme Dolomiti spa and balneotherapy complex draws its thermal waters from Alloch, the only sulphurous natural spring in Trentino. Built on three levels for a total of 4,300 square meters, it includes outdoor pools, hydro-jets known for improving microcirculation and a wide range of massage with prices starting at 42 euros. Val di Fassa boasts 122 km of snow slopes mostly between 1,320m and 2,485m and is recommended for intermediates and beginners. It is connected to Dolomiti Superski, one of the world’s largest ski circuit with over 1,200km of pistes.
Hot stones and ayurvedic massages in Les Trois Vallées, France
Cheval Blanc, Courchevel
The “Extreme Altitude” treatment designed for skiers by cosmetic brand Guerlain promises to be an “intense and powerful” ritual for face and body. It focuses on facial muscles, toning movements on the body, and the use of hot stones and cold bubbles to help “strengthen muscles and release built-up tension”. The spa is housed inside Palace hotel Cheval Blanc in Jardin Alpin of Courchevel 1850, which is part of a large ski domain, Les Trois Vallées, connecting Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens. Another favourite is the Anne Semonin spa inside Alpen Ruitor 4 stars hotel in Meribel: a Living it tried and tested establishment we recommend. Each massage comes with a choice of three essential oils rich in oligo-elements, botanical and marine extracts to tighten, rejuvenate or moisturize the skin. Besides, the spa also includes a jacuzzi, sauna, hammam and two sensorial showers.
Alpen Ruitor, Maison Fenestraz, Méribel
Alpine honey body scrub, with mountain salt crystals, in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland
The Cambrian, Switzerland
The Cambrian hotel in the Swiss Alps favours a holistic approach to wellbeing. Scattered over 800 square meters, its spa facilities include a heated indoor and an outdoor swimming pool, a cardio-based fitness gym, treatment rooms, a 85°C Finnish sauna with steam bath and rain shower, and a sleeping area. “We are not pretty (Or beautiful. Or pampering. Or luxury.)” claims the brand, in order to highlight its commitment to sustainability reflected by the use of products free from lanolin, synthetic minerals, comedogenic substances, artificial colouring agents, irritating fragrances and ethyl alcohol, and not tested on animals. Additionally, the hotel is a member of the Design Hotels and located in a region offering 350 kilometres of cross-country skiing trails, 200 kilometres of winter hiking and snowshoe trails as well as plenty of touring opportunities.
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