After a hard day on the slopes, nothing beats an après-ski spa treatment. Skiing and spa-going are about as far from each other as you can get in terms of ways to pass the time. But think about how each makes you feel and you realize they are a natural combination, exercising both body and soul. The world’s top ski hotels now have full-service spas and sophisticated treatment menus to rival anything to be found in an urban five-star hotel. A spa is now an integral part of the ski-holiday experience.
Here are a few of the world’s best luxury hotels and spas that will surely hit the spot.
A spa town since Roman times, Bormio is home to the five-star Grand Bagni Nuovi, which first opened as a spa resort in 1836. Along with Murano glass chandeliers and art nouveau flourishes, the hotel features a gorgeous 5,500-square-meter spa, where a hydro-massage bath is fed with thermal water.
Facilities include open-air baths, Jacuzzis, saunas, and a Turkish bath, and a full menu of treatments from detox facials to enzymatic gommage.
Victoria-Jungrau Grand Hotel & Spa Interlaken – Switzerland
This five-star alpine hotel, featuring two spas, opened in 1856 and is in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, gateway to the Wengen (birthplace of downhill skiing), Grindelwald, and Mürren.
Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel and Spa
One spa features more than 30 Espa treatments, involving Eastern-inspired techniques, while the Sensai Select spa offers treatments designed by the Japanese company Kaneba. The spas are connected by a huge pool with hot tubs and a spa café for juices and teas.
Le Chabichou Courchevel 1850 – France
This 42-room alpine retreat in Courchevel 1850 is nestled right on the piste and easily connects visitors to the entire Trois Vallées ski area. The spa, Cha’Banya, a subterranean wellness center built under the ski slope features a huge pool, a hammam, Polar bath, ice fountain, and salt grotto.
The Green Leaf Niseko - Village Hirafu - Japan
Nestled at the base of Mount An’nupuri in Japan, the 200-room Green Leaf Niseko Village features ski-in/ ski-out access to powder slopes as well as a gorgeous spa. Included is an open-air bath fed by a clear mineral spring that is cooled to about 104F (40C). Spa treatments include everything from acupressure to Ayurveda and specialty treatments such as the Rubber Neck bamboo tapping massage.
Fairmont Mont Tremblant Resort in Mont Tremblant – Quebec, Canada
This ski-in/ski-out resort features 314 rooms and a lush spa features two outdoor Jacuzzis and a therapeutic hot tub, a dry sauna, steam bath, and a heated indoor pool. The spa menu includes an 80-minute remineralizing clay massage and a glass of champagne.