The Alpina Gstaad

Asian wellness traditions combine with uber-cool Swiss design making The Alpina Gstaad, just a few hours from Geneva, a chic, luxury spa destination in the Alps

OVERVIEW Overlooking the high peaks of the Bernese Oberland in southwestern Switzerland, The Alpina Gstaad is an award-winning five-star luxury hotel. It’s an icon in the upscale resort of Gstaad, a town popular with the international jet-set. Embracing its alpine setting with a fresh, contemporary take on the traditional Swiss chalet style, modern art by some of the world’s most renowned, and upcoming artists is displayed throughout. An ideal base for skiing, hiking, cycling, the spa offers world-class wellness retreats with more typical rejuvenating therapies.  The views are breathtaking, the air is crystal clear and it’s a must-visit to cleanse the mind, body and soul.

WELLNESS RETREATS The Six Senses Spa features healing therapies including reiki, chakra balancing, energy healing, universal white time healing and Tibetan medicine. Tibetan healing follows the traditions of Tibetan medicine which is a holistic healing system that encompasses all areas of life, believing that the five elements of earth, fire, water, air and space are universal principles shared by the body. Programs begin with a personal consultation that includes visual assessment, questionnaire, and pulse reading which work in tandem with the Six Senses Integrated Wellness Screening. It gives the naturopath a clear idea of the appropriate treatment program required for each guest. The Tibetan Healing program may include a combination of massage, Tibetan singing bowls, moxibustion, cupping, Ku-Nye massage and Hor-Me Therapy.

HEALTHY FOOD The spa collaborates with head chef Martin Göschel who developed the Alpina ‘Six Senses’ life cuisine, a selection of light, healthy dishes that are offered alongside the main menu in the restaurants. This selection of food is recommended for guests participating in the Mountain Detox Retreat, a five-day (minimum) programme. For world-class dining, sample the food at Megu or Sommet, the two one-star Michelin restaurants. Megu preseets the best of Japanese cooking and Sommet, international options with a nod to Swiss cuisine.

ROOMS The 56 rooms and suites are outstanding. High ceilings and spacious rooms nail the alpine-chic look making it a top spot anytime of the year.

RATES Deluxe Rooms start from US$850 based on double occupancy. The four-night Tibetan Healing Retreat starts at US$4,770 per person in a Deluxe Room based on single occupancy including treatments.

WHAT WE LOVE

  • The underground spa is cocooning and comforting but for breathtaking views, the outdoor pool is an Instagrammers paradise.
  • Immerse yourself in Tibetan Healing. It’s a must.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • You can come by car or train and it’s best to head to Geneva and travel from there.
  • In the summer, yoga is offered in the garden overlooking the mountains. Divine.  

POOL

The 25-meter indoor pool is ideal for swimming lengths and features Jacuzzi and kid’s pool. The 14.5-meter outdoor garden pool is open summer and winter offering stunning views of the mountains.

SPA The holistic approach at Six Senses Spa is inspired by Asian wellness traditions, which are offered alongside Swiss inspired therapies. Set deep underground, it’s ideal for long cold days in winter. During summer you can laze by the pool in the sunshine. You will find a juice bar, Hammam, a Colonic Room, a Color Therapy Room, a Salt Room, a Cave Room for couple’s treatments and five multi-functional single treatment rooms. Separate sauna, steam and Jacuzzi in the male and female changing rooms. High-tech facials from Swiss-based Dr Burgener contrast with wellbeing therapies from British-based ila. Regular classes are offered throughout the week including tai chi, Pilates, HIIT cardio, barre and a range of yoga sessions including Tibetan, vinyasa and hatha.

TRAVEL IN STYLE Smart casual for lunch. Dress up for dinner. Yoga pants and casual top work perfectly for the rest of your stay.

WHEN YOU SHOULD GO December – March – ski season June – September offers hiking, cycling and outdoor adventures

The Alpina Gstaad Alpinastrasse 23 3780 Gstaad, Switzerland +41 33 888 9888 thealpinagstaad.com