Forget the slopes and get me to the spa! Sometimes we all need a spot of head-to-toe pampering. Whether it’s a massage to release tired muscles and promote natural healing or expertly performed facials which return a fresh glowing appearance to the skin, a little self-indulgence can do wonders.
Check out OnTheSnow’s top ski spa holiday destinations and get booking some “me-time” in the mountains.
Cheval Blanc, Courchevel, France
Located deep in the heart of the 3 valleys, with direct ski-in-ski-out access, Cheval Blanc is one of France’s most luxurious and exclusive ski spa hotels.
The spa, the epitome of pure indulgence, offers treatments specifically with winter sports in mind. It has treatments mixing anti-ageing facials with massages for spent skiers and therapies using Guerlain’s Orchidée Impériale line. The treatments are the result of more than a decade of research in Guerlain’s Orchidarium. Each one is entirely bespoke and therapists will consult with you first to ensure that they address any concerns. They can also recommend signature treatments such as the Blanc Imperial, which uses cold and hot compresses to regenerate and reoxygenate tissues to replenish and repair the skin, and the extremely popular After The Snow, which leaves skin ultra-hydrated. The spa includes a state-of-the-art Technogym fitness centre and private aquabiking and, if that wasn’t enough, pilates sessions are available as an alternative to a hard day’s skiing.
Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa, Soldeu, Andorra
Mention Andorra skiing to most people and they’ll give a shrug of indifference but the perception of this duty-free principality is changing: Andorra has recently overtaken Switzerland as the UK’s fourth favourite ski destination.
The five-star Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World group and is home to the Sport Wellness Mountain: a mega-spa spread over five floors, each with its own theme. On the ground floor, the gorgeous spa area and water circuit has multiple swimming pools heated at different temperatures, a pebble walk-way and a wide pool with hydrotherapy jets, underwater massage and two open-air hydrotherapy bathtubs. The other areas are dedicated to beauty and health, relaxation through hydrotherapy and purification and toning up by humid and dry heat.
This ski spa hotel features original work of celebrated Gironian artist, Domènec Fita. Throughout the spa you can enjoy pictures, serigraphs, wood and crystal sculptures which were created exclusively for the spa.
The spa has a Hammam, Laconium (similar to, but less intense than a traditional sauna), Roman Bath and Vichy rain shower. Two restaurants and an exclusive sport and wellness spa complete the guest experience.
St Regis’s Aspen Remède Resort Spa, Aspen, USA
Those looking to recover from hardcore skiing and all-night parties need look no further. St Regis’s Aspen Remède Resort Spa in Colorado is an oasis of serenity. Choose from a wide range of spa services including aromatherapy, couples’ treatments, prenatal services, yoga and much more.
Voted number one spa in the world by Luxury Travel Magazine, the spa delivers excellent treatments and flawless service. Ski spa hotel guests enjoy complimentary access to all Remède areas including a newly refreshed oxygen lounge, steam caves, cold plunges, hot tubs, fitness centre, and Confluence waterfall. Try the Aspen Signature Facial where you can soak up skin-rejuvenating oxygen to leave you glowing and gorgeous. Your esthetician will help you to select a customised serum to lift and tighten, brighten and smooth, or clear and calm your skin. The salon also offers a fantastic manicure and pedicure service.
The Kulm Hotel, St. Moritz, Switzerland
The Kulm Hotel is the oldest hotel in St. Moritz but that is no bad thing. As the old adage goes, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Of course, a bit of investment never goes amiss, and a while back, the hotel invested generously in a spa. The result? A fabulous ski spa hotel which faces St. Moritz Lake and the majestic alpine peaks which surround the town.
Facilities at the spa are plentiful and include a Finnish sauna, steam bath, salt grotto, relaxation room and indoor pool with underwater music. In addition there’s a small outdoor pool where you can soak as you take in the wonderful view of the surrounding mountains.
The maki concept combines physical as well as mental relaxation in a comprehensive whole-body therapeutic approach. The treatment teaches guests simple exercises, which they can practise solo to maximise the effects, bringing the body renewed energy and peace of mind.
Le Grand Bellevue, Gstaad, Switzerland
Enter a world of uncompromising luxury at Le Grand Bellevue where interconnecting aromatic saunas, salt rooms and ice caves await you. That and a 3,000sqm sanctuary with world-class facilities which surpass even Gstaad standards. 11 treatment rooms and a team of expert therapists are available to attend to your every whim. The Bio Sauna uses the special healing effects of colours and aromas: red to stimulate, yellow to relax, green for its balancing properties and blue for calming. The Ice Grotto can improve your cardiovascular system, stimulate your circulation and strengthen your immune system. Also available are a range of massages, from deep tissue to pregnancy, jade hot and cold stone treatment and the spa’s herbal poultice signature massage. Natural face lifting for men and women and a full range of beauty treatments are available.
Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena, Bansko, Bulgaria
An eight-time winner of Bulgaria’s Leading Spa Resort by the World Travel Awards, Kempinkski offers a haven of restorative calm inspired by the cycle of the seasons amid breath-taking scenery. The ski spa hotel comprises state-of-the-art facilities with 12 treatment rooms, numerous swimming pools, outdoor and indoor Jacuzzis and a unique Snow Room with hanging icicles which resembles a cave. The Snow Room uses a cooling method known to stimulate blood circulation and strengthen the immune system.
An exclusive treatment, available at less than a handful of spas around the world, is the Alphasphere, a multi-dimensional and multi-sensory experience of sound therapy, colour therapy, warmth and movement. Designed by the celebrated European designer Arti Sha the AlphaSphere is a progressive product – which looks like an elegant bathtub – that is made to bring ultimate comfort. The soothing vibration and the gentle warmth provided by the chair along with the illumination and peaceful sound effects transport guests to blissful stress-free zone. Thalgo treatments and a range of other top skincare lines are also offered at the spa.
Six Senses Residence, Courchevel, France
Renowed in the luxury travel sector for creating exceptional spa experiences in places of exquisite natural beauty, Six Senses Residences has landed in Courchevel to take traditional mountain living to new heights. This ski spa hotel has 53 apartments, 10 duplex penthouses and 12 superior apartments have been designed by Alain Foeillet with the highest quality materials for the ultimate feeling of alpine luxury. The spa offers residents and locals relief from the aches and pains that a day on the slopes brings. The spa houses an open-plan reception and lounge area complete with juice bar. Tailored wellness programmes are available in addition to the five treatment rooms, an indoor swimming pool, wet facilities including saunas, steam and Kneipp path, a separate relaxation lounge and a gym and studio.
Sani Resort, Greece
Looking for a spa resort where the whole family can come and be pampered. Well, Greece is never too far away from the ski resorts of the alps. Sani is located on the magnificent Kassandra Peninsula, overlooking Mount Olympus. Sani offers a tennis academy, a UEFA-approved soccer pitch with coaching camps for kids 4-16 and the Sani Adventure Park with high ropes, zip lines, archery, aerobics and hiking. Junior spa treatments have recently been added for for teens 12 and older. TripAdvisor rated Sani as one of the Top Ten Hotels for Families in the world. Sounds perfect for a post ski trip add-on.