Alpine retreats full of hiking, biking and wandering trails are all well and good, but sometimes don't you just want to sink into your very own mountaintop infinity pool, scented with soothing local natural herbs, post-crystal sauna and traditional hay bath? All within sight of some serious mountain gazing of course, perhaps looking out over Merano and the Dolomites?
Well, welcome to our Alpine spa edit, in which we have (y)our top 10 healing havens in the Alps, each awash in natural wood and stone, elixirs that are full of herbs, flowers and local lore, bespoke massages, crystal saunas, the sweet scents of traditional hay baths and outdoor pools to simply die-for, and of course state of the art gyms – this is Spa Time, Alps style.
Tread the pinecone path at a ground-breaking nature spa, pamper yourself silly at one of Austria’s most exclusive hotels and do yoga by waterfalls – if ever there’s a place to drop your towel without feeling red-cheeked, it’s at one of these Alpine designer dens.
A lair of nature wrapped by mountains and forests, Forsthofgut's Waldspa is one of the best nature-inspired spas in all of Austria. Laze lakeside, slip into the natural spring water swimming pool or heal in the Rose Quartz Organic Sauna - this is the healing essence of the Alps, distilled.
A bright, glowing, champagne palette and high-altitude wellbeing hugs the dramatic mountain vistas at Hubertus Alpin Lodge and Spa, a den of wholesome holistic health and Ayurveda principles, where saunas, AlpHYANGA treatments and BABOR’s famous skincare compliment yoga, and of course, the view.
Bad Gastein, Austria
This is where spa-ness takes on a cool urban vibe, as design hotel Miramonte's glam Martini-esque retreat is for the suavest of travellers - think healing thermal waters, holistic outdoor waterfall yoga, an AVEDA spa channelling all things Ayurveda and special pampering for men on the menu, too, settled amongst stylish 50's surroundings and subtle retro throwbacks.
Bad Gastein, Austria
An Alpine rhapsody for all the family, Haus Hirt offers a bridge to nature at this mountain spa boasting breath-taking views, healing thermal waters, holistic AVEDA treatments, elemental massages, mum ‘n baby programmes and all things yoga, all in a private, calming and familiarly stylish setting.
Avelengo, South Tyrol
The spa at eco den Miramonti Boutique Hotel is all about the ‘stop your scrolling’ swimming pool of skyline Alpine infinity, a bridge into the forest and a bespoke Forest Sauna with a mountain view, complete with exclusive Verbena treatments for some pumped up natural wellbeing.
Hotel Arlberg is an infamous mountainside crash pad loved by royalty and celebs alike, and its luxurious Senses Spa is a fab subtarranean wellness world infusing your stay with an oasis of calm - chillax in the outdoor jacuzzi, solarium and relaxation lounge with Susanne Kaufmann botanicals after a guided wilderness adventures out on those exclusive hills.