5 mountainside retreats for New Year rejuvenation

Breathtaking scenery, crisp mountain air and chic log cabins coupled with state of the art spas and cutting edge wellness – The Luxury Spa Edit shares five of the best mountainside retreats in Europe for a rejuvenating re-boot.

Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland

Perched in the exclusive Swiss resort of Gstaad, The Alpina Gstaad redefines Alpine chic. The award-winning hotel nestles in 20 hectares of grounds – with a truly jaw-dropping backdrop – above Gstaad village. Boasting uber-luxe chalet-style suites and Michelin star eateries, the resorts Six Senses Spa is one of the leading destination spas in Europe.

Inspired by Asian wellness traditions coupled with high-end Swiss treatments, therapies range from Tibetan Healing to Colonic Cleansing. Spa highlights include a Colour Therapy Room, a Salt Room and a Cave Room for couples treatments. Other facilities include an organically-shaped indoor pool, a garden pool, two Jacuzzis, a yoga studio, a gym and a juice bar. There’s even a “salt beach” and a dedicated pool for the little ones.

As well as the celebrated ‘Sleep With Six Senses’ programme, other spa offerings at The Alpina Gstaad include Integrated Wellness screening, Mountain Detox, New Energy Healing, Trim and Fit, and personalised wellness programmes.

The Deal: The New Energy Healing three day, four night programme starts at 4740 CHF on single occupancy and 7040 CHF on double occupancy. Book online at https://www.thealpinagstaad.ch

DAS CENTRAL Alpine Luxury Life, Austria

Alpine charm meets luxurious flair at DAS CENTRAL, the ambience is a cosy feel-good and culinary masterpieces are topped off with unique wellbeing programmes.

The resorts wellbeing oasis and three-storey water world combines the luxury of a top spa with the wellness treasures that nature has to offer. Spa highlights include 16 treatment cabins and a variety of ten sauna and steam experiences. There’s also relaxation areas, personal training and a dedicated fitness area.

Treatments are adapted to personal requirements and applied with an instinctive feel to experience body, spirit and soul in harmony. The spa menu includes classic international relaxation and beauty treatments, and the use of highly renowned brands such as Ligne St. Barth, Alpienne and Vinoble. Treatments such as the Alpienne Salt Stone Massage or the Alpienne Herbal Dream ensure deep holistic relaxation.

The Deal: Das Central ‘DETOX DAYS ‘DE LUXE’ starts at €297,00 excluding accommodation. Book online at https://www.central-soelden.coml

Preidlhof, Italy

Preidlhof is an award-winning adults-only luxury spa retreat located in Naturns, South Tyrol, Italy. With over 5000m² of spa and wellness facilities, 70 guest rooms and a Michelin star – all afford stunning south-facing views of the Vinschgau Valley.

The contemporary Spa Tower comprises six floors with 16 different sauna, steam and relaxation spaces – including the Deep Sea Relaxation Room, – the only one of its kind in the world and the recipient of an Innovation Award – to promote deep relaxation. A vast array of complementary, medical health & beauty therapies are on offer and there are sauna infusions every day with a certified sauna master.

Individually tailored programmes on offer at Preidlhof’s Medi-Spa include Detox, Vital Age & Rejuvenation, Health Check and Perfect Shape, and each are designed to support you in the preservation and enhancement of your overall health and wellbeing.

The Deal: The 5-night “Preidl Health Check” programme starts from €1,550 per person with accommodation on a 3⁄4 board basis. Book online at https://www.preidlhof.it/preidlhof/

ADLER BALANCE Spa & Health Resort, Italy


Located in Italy’s South Tyrol region, with panoramic views of Ortisei and the awe-inspiring Dolomites, ADLER BALANCE Spa & Health Resort is a secluded retreat where guests can detox, de-stress and regenerate under the professional guidance of doctors. Designed to aid complete rest and recuperation, even the building was constructed in accordance with organic architecture guidelines.

The holistic ADLER BALANCE approach is based on preventive diagnosis, a healthy and balanced diet, physical exercise and regenerating spa & wellness treatments: a recipe for a long life based on the principles of the Modern Mayr Medicine. ADLER MED health programmes include Detox, Weight Loss, Stress Management and Prevention and Diagnosis.

The highlight of the spa is the Aguana water world – inspired by legends from the Dolomites you’re encouraged to disconnect and focus on yourself and your well-being while relishing in the sauna, salt grotto or hydro massage with panoramic view on the Dolomites. Treatments combine high-end aesthetic with holistic and include laser rejuvenation facials, Shiatsu and Thai massages, and Ayurvedic treatments such as Shirodhara or Midhi massage.

The Deal: The Adler Relax three-night package starts at €549 per person sharing a double room on a half-board basis. Book online at www.adler-balance.com

Schloss Elmau, Germany

Just 100km south of Munich and 1000m above sea level Schloss Elmau is tucked deep in the calm of the Bavarian Alps. A sanctuary, framed by dramatic peaks, whispering forests and rushing streams – a  family and romance friendly spa retreat & cultural hideaway, where you can feast on outstanding food, relax, breathe deep and discover.

In the award winning spa you’ll find grand yet intimate relaxations rooms with open fire places and floor to ceiling windows offering breathtaking views. Features include a rooftop terrace a spacious sole steambath & saunas with spectacular views of the mountains.

Programmes include Mental Detox and Food For Thought and there are regular yoga and Taiji, and TCM retreats. There’s also an array of activities on offer including cross country skiing, snowshoe, skating and nordic walking. The retreat hosts classical concerts in it’s renowned concert hall!

The Deal: The Annual Schloss Yoga Summit takes place on 13th – 18th May. Price depending on room category. Book online at https://www.schloss-elmau.de

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