Europe

A Good Turn for Bern

written by | Posted on October 1st, 2011

The Beau-Rivage Palace (brp.ch)—Coco Chanel’s favorite hideaway—in Laussane on the shores of Lake Geneva offers up the renowned Spa Cinq Mondes, whose founder traveled the world for 10 years to find and fuse the best health and beauty rituals from Japan, India, North Africa, China and Bali—get it, five worlds? The spa offers various water treatments such as a Tropical rain walk, a Turkish bath, a sauna, jacuzzi, a 49-ft. indoor pool and a 66-ft. outdoor pool. Guests can opt for everything from a 2-day Taoist Ritual from China Sojourn, with massages, baths and reflexology, to a 3-day Ritual from Siam Sojourn, with Thai and Balinese massages, a scrub and bath. A 1-night spa package starts at approximately $1,282 dbl.

The 104-room Gstaad Palace (palace.ch) is set on a hill overlooking the beautiful town of Gstaad, with breathtaking views of the Alps. Its Palace Spa covers more than 19,000 sq. ft. and includes eight treatment rooms, a private spa suite, saunas and steam baths, relaxation areas, an indoor pool and an outdoor pool with jacuzzi, a Pilates studio and a unique hammam experience with seven rooms. It’s this 2-hour hammam experience that really stands out here, consisting of a harmonious sequence of seven steps over 1,400 sq. ft. The ritual begins with a soothing foot bath followed by calm, soothing moments in the infinity room. Then there’s a cleansing soap foam body massage topped off with a steam bath and a dip in the flotation pool. After a break in the private relaxation room, a hydrating oil massage completes this experience. Call for spa package rates. —Paloma Villaverde de Rico