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10 of the best spa hotels in the mountains

7th February 2016 | Monica Adorno

Domenec Fita's designs at the Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa in Soldeu - ©Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa

Domenec Fita's designs at the Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa in Soldeu

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Forget the slopes and get me to the spa! Sometimes we all need a spot of head-to-toe pampering. Whether it’s a massage to release tired muscles and promote natural healing or expertly performed facials which return a fresh glowing appearance to the skin, a spot of self-indulgence can do wonders.

Check out OnTheSnow’s top ski sanctuaries and get booking some “me-time.”

Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa, Soldeu, Andorra

Mention Andorra skiing to most people and they’ll give a shrug of indifference but the perception of this duty-free principality is changing: Andorra has recently overtaken Switzerland as the UK’s fourth favourite ski destination.

The five-star Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World group and is home to the Sport Wellness Mountain: a mega-spa spread over five floors, each with its own theme. On the ground floor, the gorgeous spa area and water circuit has multiple swimming pools heated at different temperatures, a pebble walk-way and a wide pool with hydrotherapy jets, underwater massage and two open-air hydrotherapy bathtubs. The other areas are dedicated to beauty and health, relaxation through hydrotherapy and purification and toning up by humid and dry heat.

The spa features original work of celebrated Gironian artist, Domènec Fita. Throughout the spa you can enjoy pictures, serigraphs, wood and crystal sculptures which were created exclusively for the spa.

The spa has a Hammam, Laconium (similar to, but less intense than a traditional sauna), Roman Bath and Vichy rain shower.  Two restaurants and an exclusive sport and wellness spa complete the guest experience.

The pool circuit at the Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa - ©Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa

The pool circuit at the Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa

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Cheval Blanc, Courchevel, France

Located deep in the heart of the 3 valleys, with direct ski-in-ski-out access, Cheval Blanc is one of France’s most luxurious and exclusive hotels and its spa is the epitome of pure indulgence.  

The spa has collaborated with Guerlain to create treatments specifically with winter sports in mind. It has treatments mixing anti-ageing facials with massages for spent skiers and therapies using Guerlain's Orchidée Impériale line. The treatments are the result of more than a decade of research in Guerlain’s Orchidarium. Each one is entirely bespoke and therapists will consult with you first to ensure that they address any concerns. They can also recommend signature treatments such as the Blanc Imperial, which uses cold and hot compresses to regenerate and reoxygenate tissues to replenish and repair the skin, and the extremely popular After The Snow, which leaves skin ultra-hydrated. The spa includes a state-of-the-art Technogym fitness centre and private aquabiking and, if that wasn’t enough, pilates sessions are available as an alternative to a hard day’s skiing.

Cheval Blanc pool - ©Cheval Blanc

Cheval Blanc pool

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St Regis’s Aspen Remède Resort Spa, Aspen, USA

Those looking to recover from hardcore skiing and all-night parties need look no further.  St Regis’s Aspen Remède Resort Spa is an oasis of serenity. Choose from a wide range of spa services including aromatherapy, couples’ treatments, prenatal services, yoga and much more.   

Voted number one spa in the world by Luxury Travel Magazine, the Spa, which turns 12 this year, continues to deliver excellent treatments and flawless service.  Spa guests enjoy complimentary access to all Remède areas including a newly refreshed oxygen lounge, steam caves, cold plunges, hot tubs, fitness centre, and Confluence waterfall. Try the Aspen Signature Facial where you can soak up skin-rejuvenating oxygen to leave you glowing and gorgeous.  Your esthetician will help you to select a customised serum to lift and tighten, brighten and smooth, or clear and calm your skin.  The salon also offers a fantastic manicure and pedicure service. 

Confluence Pool at the Remede Resort Spa - ©St Regis Aspen Remède Resort Spa

Confluence Pool at the Remede Resort Spa

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The Kulm Hotel, St. Moritz, Switzerland

The Kulm Hotel is the oldest hotel in St. Moritz but that is no bad thing. As the old adage goes, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Of course, a bit of investment never goes amiss, and in 2012, the hotel invested generously in a spa. The result? A fabulous spa which faces St. Moritz Lake and the majestic alpine peaks which surround the town. 

Facilities at the spa are plentiful and include a Finnish sauna, steam bath, salt grotto, relaxation room and indoor pool with underwater music. In addition there’s a small outdoor pool where you can soak as you take in the wonderful view of the surrounding mountains.

On offer currently at the spa is the multiple award-winning haki method, which was selected as 'Best Signature Treatment' at the European Health and Spa Awards 2015. The concept combines physical as well as mental relaxation in a comprehensive whole-body therapeutic approach. The treatment teaches guests simple exercises, which they can practise solo to maximise the effects, bringing the body renewed energy and peace of mind.

Heated outdoor pool at the Kulm Hotel Spa - ©Kulm Hotel Spa

Heated outdoor pool at the Kulm Hotel Spa

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Le Grand Bellevue, Gstaad, Switzerland

Enter a world of uncompromising luxury at Le Grand Bellevue where Interconnecting aromatic saunas, salt rooms and ice caves await you. That and a 3,000sqm sanctuary with world-class facilities which surpass even Gstaad standards. 11 treatment rooms and a team of expert therapists are available to attend to your every whim. The Bio Sauna uses the special healing effects of colours and aromas: red to stimulate, yellow to relax, green for its balancing properties and blue for calming. The Ice Grotto can improve your cardiovascular system, stimulate your circulation and strengthen your immune system. Also available are a range of massages, from deep tissue to pregnancy, jade hot and cold stone treatment and the spa’s herbal poultice signature massage. Natural face lifting for men and women and a full range of beauty treatments are available.

Treatment area at Le Grand Bellevue - ©Le Grand Bellevue

Treatment area at Le Grand Bellevue

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Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena, Bansko, Bulgaria

An eight-time winner of Bulgaria’s Leading Spa Resort by the World Travel Awards, Kempinkski The Spa offers a haven of restorative calm inspired by the cycle of the seasons amid breath-taking scenery. The spa comprises state-of-the-art facilities with 12 treatment rooms, numerous swimming pools, outdoor and indoor Jacuzzis and a unique Snow Room with hanging icicles which resembles a cave. The Snow Room uses a cooling method known to stimulate blood circulation and strengthen the immune system.

An exclusive treatment, available at less than a handful of spas around the world, is the Alphasphere, a multi-dimensional and multi-sensory experience of sound therapy, colour therapy, warmth and movement. Designed by the celebrated European designer Arti Sha the AlphaSphere is a progressive product – which looks like an elegant bathtub – that is made to bring ultimate comfort. The soothing vibration and the gentle warmth provided by the chair along with the illumination and peaceful sound effects transport guests to blissful stress-free zone. Thalgo treatments and a range of other top skincare lines are also offered at the spa.

Relaxation area at Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena - ©Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena

Relaxation area at Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena

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One to watch:

Six Senses Residence, Courchevel, France

Renowed in the luxury travel sector for creating exceptional spa experiences in places of exquisite natural beauty, Six Senses Residences has landed in Courchevel to take traditional mountain living to new heights. 53 apartments, 10 duplex penthouses and 12 superior apartments have been designed by Alain Foeillet with the highest quality materials for the ultimate feeling of alpine luxury. The spa, which opens this year, will offer residents and locals relief from the aches and pains that a day on the slopes brings. The spa will house an open-plan reception and lounge area complete with juice bar. Tailored wellness programmes will be available in addition to the five treatment rooms, an indoor swimming pool, wet facilities including saunas, steam and Kneipp path, a separate relaxation lounge and a gym and studio.

The view from Six Senses Residences - ©Six Senses Residences

The view from Six Senses Residences

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