Long synonymous with health and wellness due to its fresh mountain air, thermal baths, clinics and volume of five star spa hotels, Switzerland is a haven for wellness worshippers. The Canton of Vaud (the Lake Geneva region) is no exception, offering a multitude of rejuvenating experiences to dip your toes into this summer once travel restrictions lift
Switzerland has long been synonymous with health and wellness due to its fresh mountain air, thermal baths, clinics and volume of five star spa hotels, and the Canton of Vaud (the Lake Geneva region) is no exception.
This stunning canton offers pure air and revivifying waters in abundance. It is home to a staggering eight clinics, eight five star spa hotels and three thermal bath centres.
Located in western Switzerland, between Lake Geneva and Lake Neuchâtel, The Canton of Vaud (the Lake Geneva region) extends from the peaceful Jura Mountains up to the fascinating Vaud Alps and along majestic lakes that blends with the authentic charm of the landscape.
The region offers lakesides, mountains, the Glacier3000 and fascinating towns and cities to explore as well as plenty of culture, vineyards, artisan produce and award-winning restaurants.
Rich with a myriad of blue and green hues; mood-boosting colours which studies have shown to reduce anxiety and sadness, the region is the ideal wellness escape for when we are able to travel again, offering much needed nourishment for the mind and body.
1 New Cinq Mondes Spa at The Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne: opening as soon as operational
The Beau-Rivage Palace has opened its new spa facility featuring a new aesthetic and architectural dimension, illustrated in particular by a patio area, finely crafted like a work of art; a haven of exceptional sensory experiences.
Designed by Alexandre Pierart of Paris-based Suprem Architectures and spread over 16,000 square feet, the spa features nine treatment rooms, a fitness room, a yoga studio, two heated pools and a restaurant all overlooking Lake Geneva.
New features include an expansive double suite, a reinvented relaxation room and a yoga and meditation room. Cinq Mondes Spa brings together a wide range of cutting-edge and ceremonial treatments inspired by great traditions of wellbeing from around the world.
The new Cinq Mondes spa at the Beau-Rivage Palace is the first pillar of the “Wellness Experience” philosophy designed by Nathalie Seiler-Hayez, General Manager, whose overall essence will resonate throughout the hotel by the end of 2021.
2 2021 marks 90 years of Clinique La Prairie, Montreux
Clinique La Prairie’s commitment is to help and inspire people to live a healthier, longer and better life. A health clinic and award-winning spa, Clinique La Prairie has been a pioneer in longevity since 1931 and the creator of cellular therapy.
With over fifty doctors and two hundred experts, this is the ultimate place to discover the key to health and wellbeing. Here, they believe in a holistic and preventive approach to health with a combination of progressive medical expertise and an exciting collection of traditional and alternative philosophies.
The Clinique La Prairie experience has long been defined by incomparable service. If you’re looking to fly by private jet to go safely and securely, they are now offering seamless door-to-door bookings.
3 Newly renovated spa at Fairmont Le Montreux Palace: opening 30th April 2021
Nestled on the shores of Lake Geneva, The Willow Stream Spa has undergone a complete renovation and is due to reopen on the 30th April.
This stunning 2000sq metre spa instils well-being and a deep feeling of relaxation. Connecting guests with the water elements in an inspiring decor, this haven of peace truly reflects the tranquillity and purity of the Swiss Alps. Experience treatments designed to restore both the body and mind, from invigorating facials using natural ingredients to time-tested massages crafted to melt away stress.
The Fairmont Spas are renowned for their authentic, energy building signatures treatments, which offer experiences that highlight ingredients, techniques and products unique to Fairmont Spas
4 Unique to the region: The hottest thermal spring in Switzerland at Lavey-les-Bains
At a temperature of 62°, Switzerland’s hottest thermal spring gushes from the ground in Lavey-les-Bains at the foot of the Alps, the location of the Lavey-les-Bains thermal spa. Guests can relax in the outdoor pool surrounded by nature, admiring the stunning mountain views, and take advantage of the spa’s range of wellness facilities.
The thermal spa has two pools, including a 1,000 m2 outdoor pool, maintained at a temperature of 32 to 36°, including a jacuzzi, jets, waterfall, counter current lane or bubbling water beds. The poolside Nordic pavilion has a sauna or snow grotto for guests to enjoy, while the Serenity Lodge has a wood’s lamp relaxation or colour therapy room. The Oriental Area includes a hammam, Turkish baths and water fountains.
For further information visit lake-geneva-region.ch
Make it happen
The Canton of Vaud and the towns of Lausanne, Montreux and Vevey are easy to reach from London with direct flights from airlines including Swiss Air, British Airways and EasyJet. Genève Aéroport also has its own train station, with access to all parts of the region. Zurich, Basel and Bern also have international airports for the region with flights from the UK. COVID travel restrictions apply.
All images courtesy of Lake Geneva Region