With its snow-sprinkled mountains, sparkling blue lakes and vast green forests, Switzerland is the perfect backdrop for a revitalising spa break. The country is home to some of the world’s leading medical-spa centres, where your health will be assessed and a personalised programme devised. Many spas make use of the nation’s natural springs, whose waters are said to have health-giving properties. Whether you’re in the countryside or a city, Switzerland’s spas will have a treatment to suit you.
Clinique La Prairie
Located on the banks of Lake Geneva, Clinique La Prairie is one of Europe’s most prestigious and best-established health destinations. A team of 60 consultants ensures that each client gets the most from their stay, and the clinic offers an holistic approach alongside medical innovations. Its famous Revitalization programme provides guests with a medical check-up, laboratory analyses and x-rays, a dental appointment, a nutrition plan, personal training sessions and spa treatments. The programme lasts for one week, with long-lasting effects.
Clinique La Prairie, 142 rue du Lac, 1815 Clarens-Montreux, +41 (0)21 989 3311
Ideally placed for the time-poor frequent traveller, Nescens Spa can be found within the tranquil and cocooning environs of La Réserve hotel, just a 10-minute drive from Geneva airport. The 2,000-square-metre state-of-the-art spa specialises in anti-ageing treatments, using Nescens’ products. Guests can sign up for the personalised four- or seven-day Better Ageing programme which aim to maximise vitality and offer long-term results, with all treatments carried out by the spa’s expert medical team. At the facility’s Café Lauren, meals have been carefully devised by a team of nutritionists in conjunction with La Réserve’s Michelin-starred chef Eric Canino.
Nescens Spa, La Réserve, 301 route de Lausanne, 1293 Bellevue-Genève, +41 (0)22 959 5959
Traditionally used for bathing, personal care and socialising, hammams date back hundreds of years, and Hammam Basar in Zürich brings the experience to contemporary clients. Visitors start in a warm room where they receive an exfoliation treatment using black soap before going to the circulation-boosting hot room for up to 15 minutes. Back in the warm room, guests are cleansed with water and then have a detoxifying, mineral-rich rhassoul clay mask applied to the face and body. At the end of your session there is time to relax in the peaceful lounge where freshly squeezed juices, nuts, dried figs and dates are served. The hammam is primarily open to women, with men welcome on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Hammam Basar, Mühlebachstrasse 157-159, 8008 Zürich, +41 (0)44 382 9060
Thermalbad & Spa Zürich
Housed in the atmospheric stone vaults of a former brewery, Thermalbad & Spa Zürich harnesses the area’s fresh thermal spring water. Relax in one of the vast wooden tubs filled with the city’s healing water or indulge in the two-hour Irish-Roman Spa Ritual which comprises a range of bathing options and treatments, including a herbal steam bath and a full-body peel. For a stunning outdoor experience, go to the rooftop pool and take in the fabulous views of Zürich and the mountains beyond.
Thermalbad & Spa Zürich, Brandschenkestrasse 150, 8002 Zürich, +41 (0)44 205 9650