Last updated October 3, 2022
Travel in 2020 looks different than years past. As restrictions lift and people begin planning their vacations again, one thing is rising to the forefront as a crucial component of every adventure: health and wellness. In light of the global pandemic, health has never been more important. In addition, travelers are forced to prioritize options on each trip from financial to logistical. This means choosing only the best of the best. And when you combine a top-of-the-line destination with a wellness getaway and what do you get? A Swiss vacation at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St. Mortiz, Switzerland.
The historic hotel, which has roots in the 1800s, started welcoming guests again in July. It is the ideal spot to plan an overseas, European, historic, luxury vacation that will leave you feeling healthier after you leave than when you arrive.
Treat Your Body, Mind and Spirit
Nestled in a small village called St. Moritz in the magical Swiss Alps, Badrutt’s Palace Hotel provides a true feeling of escape from the stress and tension of daily life. St. Moritz is an excellent ski destination, which is why the most popular time to visit Badrutt’s Palace is during ski season from November through March. But the summer season—June through September—is also a spectacular time of year for an enchanting Swiss vacation.
The best treat for your health is at the hotel’s on-site spa and pool area. Walk through a tunnel from the main building to discover an enchanted heated pool, encased by glass, which presents unparalleled views of the stunning landscape. You feel like you’re swimming in the middle of the Alps, no matter the season. With the snow drifting down in the wintertime, it is surreal. After a relaxing swim, complete with the must-try jump off the granite diving rock, I suggest you head to the spa.
Private Spa Experience
The best way to enjoy a treatment at the spa during the Covid-19 cautions is to book a private spa suite. These personal suites provide you with your own private Jacuzzi tub, relaxation area, steam bath and garden. No need to interact with extra guests. Just relax in peaceful solitude and enjoy one or multiple treatments. A favorite that’s oh-so-Switzerland is the Aroma Alpine cleanse—an aromatherapy hot stone massage combined with a special blend of essential oils made from special Alpine herbs.
Unique Swiss Treatments
Another unique treatment is called Sleep Treatment, which is designed to—you guessed it—improve your sleep by reducing stress and relaxing the body. Sleep is well-established as one of the best ways to help your body heal and boost your immune system. And a treatment like this is especially useful after lengthy travel and jet lag. The Sleep Treatment includes a soak in the jacuzzi, an aromatherapy massage, sound therapy and breathing techniques. The spa here also offers guided meditation, Pranayama (a type of yoga breathing) and Ayurvedic therapies—offerings you can’t find at just any regular spa.
After your treatment, you can float in the indoor infinity pool and make your own healthy hot-cold circuit by making alternating visits to the steam room, ice room, salt steam room and mist room. Then, head to the unique outdoor sauna that is made out of a repurposed former gondola. Unwind in the sauna and maybe take a few pictures. This is a once-in-a-lifetime treat that’s special to Badrutt’s Palace.
A Foodie’s Delight
While the spa is the wellness highlight at this dreamy Swiss vacation, it is accented by quality food at the on-site restaurants. To ease the mind, they have made special arrangements to accommodate the current social distancing and health precautions. A foodie highlight is an authentic Swiss meal in a former historic farmhouse.
Retreat back to your comfortable room, which has everything you could wish for and more. Beyond rain showers and soft bathrobes, the suites come equipped with your own private butler. And for turndown each night, you will find a hot water bottle tucked under your sheets to keep the bed warm for you. That’s the kind of service and detail you can expect at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel.