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European Wellness Retreats that go Beyond the Spa

This article was first published by Luxury Travel Magazine on January 21st, 2019

These members of Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ in Europe are offering wellness retreats that go beyond the spa.

Experience a One-Day Wellness Retreat at The Capra, Saas-Fee, Switzerland

The Capra, a boutique ski and spa lodge in the Swiss village of Saas-Fee, has partnered with Peak Health’s wellness experts to offer an exclusive one-day program that integrates four key pillars: Nutrition, Fitness, Mental Resilience and Sleep. The program includes a guided hike around Saas-Fee, a nutritious Peak Health lunch, time to experience the expansive spa, a 75-minute private yoga or qigong class, a 50-minute infrared detox wrap and a wellness goodie bag. This holistic offering enables time-poor guests the opportunity to relax, rejuvenate and improve their general wellbeing in just 24 hours while being immersed in the hotel’s breath-taking location in the heart of the Alps.

The one-day Peak Health Retreat costs £334. Rates at The Capra, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, start from £300 per room per night. more information

Rejuvenate on a Tibetan Healing Retreat at The Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland

This winter, The Alpina Gstaad, the multi-award winning chic mountain retreat, has introduced a series of holistic wellness programs including a four-night Tibetan Healing Retreat, which promises to relieve stress and fatigue whilst rebalancing and rejuvenating energy levels. Highlights include traditional Hor-me therapy methods, Tibetan yogic techniques, pulse readings, Ku Nye massage, and Tibetan singing bowl meditations. Guests can also enjoy daily skiing, yoga and access to The Six Senses Spa with vast indoor thermal facilities and an extensive treatment menu. From 11 to 17 March, The Alpina Gstaad will also host Tibetan monk and scholar Lharampa Tenzin Kalden for a special guest retreat offering “Lu Jong” yoga and daily meditation sessions.

Winter Wellness packages are available until 17 March. Rates at The Alpina Gstaad, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, start from £436 per person per night. more information

Create a Personalized Wellness Package at Finca Cortesin, Spain

Wellness experts at Finca Cortesin, one of Andalucía’s finest retreats, strongly advocate that mental and physical wellbeing needs to be personalized in order to ensure long-lasting effects. As a result, guests receive bespoke itineraries and immersive, individually tailored treatment programs, beginning and ending with in-depth consultation. Optional activities include yoga, meditation, Ayurveda treatments and fitness, all with private instruction available, and sessions are interspersed with spa relaxation and time to explore the stunning surrounding area. Healthy eating is also on the agenda with five on-property restaurants and bar options, with everything from Michelin-starred Japanese-Spanish fusion at Kabuki Raw to laid-back dining at the Beach Club.

Rates at Finca Cortesin, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, start from £375 per room per night. more information

Experience a Nordic Wellness Ritual at Palazzo di Varignana Resort and Spa, Italy

Set in 20 acres of botanical gardens with idyllic views of the Italian countryside, Palazzo di Varignana Resort and Spa is a tranquil retreat in the Bolognese Hills. Every Friday evening, the hotel’s VarSana Spa stays open late and guests are invited to experience a special Nordic Wellness Ritual. The ‘Aufguss Ritual’, led by a trained Aufguss Sauna Meister, is an ancient Finnish treatment of heat and aromatherapy. Aufguss (German for “infusion”) involves soaking up oil-infused steam that rises from scorching hot rocks, which is thought to have health enhancing properties. Guests can also take advantage of the spa’s extensive treatments, a circuit of bathtubs and showers, a bio-sauna, steam bath, ice waterfall, and five outdoor swimming pools.

 

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