The Best Spas and Wellness Breaks in Switzerland

Peak relaxation: Hotel Villa Honegg overlooking Lake Lucerne is a luxury Alpine retreat with a heated outdoor infinity pool with views of the magical natural surroundings
Peak relaxation: Hotel Villa Honegg overlooking Lake Lucerne is a luxury Alpine retreat with a heated outdoor infinity pool with views of the magical natural surroundings | © Agencja Fotograficzna Caro / Alamy Stock Photo
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28 March 2021

What could be more rejuvenating than a spa retreat in Switzerland? Surrounded by the majestic Alps, glacial lakes and cool mountain air, it’s no wonder the hotels here make holidays synonymous with wellness. Whether you’re skiing in Zermatt or on a city break near Lake Geneva, unwind at one of these destination spas – now bookable with Culture Trip.

The Alpina Gstaad

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Deep in the Bernese Alps, this elegant chalet-style hotel is surrounded by the nearby ski slopes of glamorous Gstaad. Relaxing rooms feature wood ceilings, open fireplaces and even libraries — though there’s so much on offer in and outside of the hotel, you may not get much reading time. Indulge your senses with a tour of the wine cellar or the hotel’s extensive art collection, then head to Six Senses Spa – a marble and stone haven inspired by Asian wellness traditions.
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The Chedi

Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
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At the heart of the Andermatt ski resort, the Chedi spa hotel combines the best of Asian and alpine aesthetics. One of the most acclaimed wellness hotels in Switzerland, the sweeping spa includes a Tibetan Relaxation Lounge and customised treatments including traditional Balinese massage. Luxuriate in the 35m (115ft) indoor pool or swim outside with breathtaking views of the Alps. The Health Club features all the latest gym equipment and personal trainers are available for individual coaching.
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The Dolder Grand

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For a city sanctuary in Zurich head to the the Dolder Grand. This refined hotel dates back to 1899 and its exclusive spa occupies an impressive 4,000sqm (43,000sqft) and includes a large pool, ladies’ and gentlemen’s spas, fitness facilities, saunas, steam baths, 18 treatment rooms and two spa suites. For the truly active, the hotel offers sightrunning, combining sightseeing with a run. Top off your treatments with a meal at The Restaurant, which has been awarded two Michelin stars.
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Hotel Schweizerhof Bern and Spa

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You’ll find old-world elegance in spades at this hotel which opened in 1859 in the heart of Bern, a Unesco World Heritage Site. The well-appointed spa features an indoor pool with hydrotherapy circuit, two hot tubs, a sauna and fitness room. There’s also a Finnish sauna and cold water pool, and the relaxation rooms come complete with restful waterbeds. Five-star luxury awaits.
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Bürgenstock Alpine Spa

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Overlooking Lake Lucerne, this luxurious hotel is part of the Bürgenstock Resort. The Alpine Spa features expansive views of both the lake and the city of Lucerne; the rooftop infinity pool is truly astonishing, worthy of a visit in its own right. There are 13 treatment rooms here, ready to tempt you with massages, facials and manicures. Recharge in the sauna and saline bath before taking a yoga class in the spa garden under the Roman pavilion.

Hotel Villa Honegg

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This 1905 art nouveau villa, refurbished in 2011, also overlooks Lake Lucerne, hugging the steep slopes of the Bürgenstock mountain. Enjoy the indoor pool (complete with soothing underwater music), fitness centre and lounge with a fireplace. The spacious spa features numerous signature treatments, including an Alpine herbal massage. Fill your lungs with fresh mountain air as you explore one of the hotel’s many hiking trails, and then relax in the heated outdoor pool while enjoying the sublime vistas.

Le Mirador Resort and Spa

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For unbeatable views of Lake Geneva, book a stay at Le Mirador. This spectacular hotel can be found above the city of Vevey on Mont-Pèlerin in the Lavaux wine region – a Unesco World Heritage Site. Alongside the Givenchy Spa, you’ll find a health centre offering treatments designed to have long-term benefits on your wellbeing, including personal detox, age health, stress and weight management. Each programme features a medical consultation (including a full physical exam) as well as laboratory tests and diagnostics.
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BEATUS Wellness and Spa Hotel

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Surrounded by the Bernese Oberland mountains, the BEAUTUS Wellness and Spa Hotel is a short distance from the picturesque towns of Thun and Interlaken. The spa features a salt water grotto and flower grotto, a hammam, and an incredible variety of saunas including Thai herbal, Zen and Finnish varieties. There’s also an ice fountain – and indoor and outdoor pools where you can enjoy aqua aerobics classes.
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  • Mont Cervin Palace

    Luxury, Hotel, Spa Hotel, Boutique Hotel
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    A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the five-star Mont Cervin Palace has been at the top of its game since 1851. In the ski-centric resort town of Zermatt, this hotel offers jaw-dropping views of the Matterhorn. The elegant Nescens spa focuses on anti-aging treatments and even offers medical check-ups and stem cell banking. It also features a fitness centre, saunas, hot tubs and an indoor pool. Don’t leave without buying a treat from the spa’s eponymous line of luxury skincare products.
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    Seehotel Waldstätterhof

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    This elegant four-star hotel, dating from 1870, is set across from the Bürgenstock on Lake Lucerne. You’ll find the spa inside a lush private park; highlights include a fitness area, hot tub and a sauna. Beauty services are also available if you’re in the mood for some pampering. The hotel has its own private swimming and sunbathing area along the lake and complimentary bicycle hire is available – so you can explore the quaint resort of Brunnen on two wheels.
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    La Réserve Genève

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    It doesn’t get much swankier than La Réserve, Geneva’s high-end hotel and spa complex that caters for the truly decadent (and wealthy). With anti-aging experts on the payroll, this spa hotel promises to knock you into shape, fend off the damage of time or simply help you to de-stress. Pampering options include an indoor swimming pool, sauna and hammam, and a fitness centre complete with tennis courts. The spa is only open to those over the age of 14, so it also promises to be a child-free zone.

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    Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel and Spa

    Spa Hotel, Hotel
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    An elaborately decorated swimming pool is the centrepiece of Victoria-Jungfrau’s huge Nescens spa and wellness centre overlooking the Bernese Highlands. It measures 5,500sqm (59,200sqft) and includes sauna, steam and relaxation rooms, as well as exercise areas. The hotel also boasts renowned anti-ageing beauty programmes. Stop by the Spa Bistro after your soak for a healthy buddha bowl topped with avocado and pomegranate seeds. During your stay you can also explore Interlaken and the Jungfrau region, one of the most beautiful areas of Switzerland.
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    Sean Mowbray contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on March 28, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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