Despite its international reputation as a winter-sports resort, St. Moritz has an older heritage as a spa town. Its baths date back almost 3,500 years, with numerous sulphur springs located in many of the little towns and villages in the Engadin. Whether you’re in need of an hour, a day or weekend's worth of treatments, this luxurious list of lavish spas will have you fully relaxed and rejuvenated.
Mineralbad & Spa Samedan
Mineralbad & Spa Samedan
Offering something a little different, the Samedan spa is the first vertical mineral bath in Switzerland. Something of an architectural marvel in the region, the baths are spread out over five different floors, finishing with a roof bath under the open skies. Treatments are based on the spring that lies directly below, drawing sulphurous mineral water up into the baths. Guests move upwards through three floors, each offering a different bathing experience, before reaching the saunas and then rooftop jacuzzi and baths. Not only is the air some the freshest in Europe but the view is spellbinding and a rejuvenating finish to any visit. www.mineralbad-samedan.ch
Kulm private spa suite
The town’s oldest hotel, The Kulm, spent £8 million in 2011 renovating its spa facilities. On arrival, you’ll see it was a worthy investment. Facing the St. Moritz lake and surround peaks and slopes the view is certainly a highlight, but nothing in comparison to the treatments. Expect a grand Finnish sauna, steam bath and relaxation room in addition to a salt grotto, a 20-metre pool and an open-air pool where guests can rest and take in an unobstructed view of surrounding Alps. There are also numerous treatments, many of which use products with ingredients sourced from the local surroundings. www.kulm.com/spa
The Carlton Spa
The emphasis here is very much on the balance one can achieve from a great spa. The Carlton Spa focuses on returning guests to a tranquil, de-stressed state through the magic of treatments and panoramas. Set over three floors, the Cartlon Spa offers a number of different treatments which guarantee extended rest and revitalization in one of the six private treatment rooms, suitable for couples as well. Alongside the treatment rooms, the spa is also equipped with hydro-massage showers, indoor and outdoor pools as well as a Finnish sauna and caldarium. www.carlton-stmoritz.ch/spa
Badrutt’s Palace Spa
Badrutt's indoor pool
Heritage is important at Badrutt’s Palace. Opened in 1896, the hotel is an icon of St. Moritz, its majestic tower a pinnacle of the skyline. The spa's decor elegantly incorporates local materials including Swiss pine and granite from the San Bernardino Pass. Its heart, known as the 'Wet Zone', is the Engadin fountain, where there are saunas, steam baths as well as relaxation and treatment rooms.
There is also a tennis court, which doubles up as an ice skating rink in the winter. A number of ESPA treatments have been designed to combat the effects of cold weather on skin - essential in Switzerland - using local flower products from the surrounding Engadin. www.badruttspalace.com/rejuvenate
Kempinski High Alpine Spa
Herbal sauna at the High Alpine Sky
Perfectly located spa for skiers, the High Alpine Spa (within the Grand Hotel des Bains) regularly tops the best spas in Switzerland lists thanks to its stunning locations and combined glacial and alpine-inspired therapies. The 2,800sqm wellness space has four saunas, a steam bath, a laconicum and a sun terrace. Inspired by the seasonal nature of the town, the products and treatments often change. Take a couple of hours here après ski and revive. A glass of water from the Mauritius source here also works miracles. www.kempinski.com/grand-hotel-des-bains/luxury-spa
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