Although nowadays wellness vacations encompass a long list of elements, what traditionally comes to mind when you think wellness is a spa stay. And European hotels know a thing or two about creating the perfect spa escape.
For a complete disconnect, recommend the car-free Burgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne resort in Switzerland; it’s opening in September of this year between Lake Lucerne and the Alps. To arrive at the resort, guests cross Lake Lucerne via private boat transfer and then hop on a train that takes them directly to the doorstep of the Palace Hotel, one of the four hotels at the resort and the resort’s only original property (it was once a hideaway for Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren).
The resort features 383 total rooms and suites, 12 restaurants and bars, and 67 Residence Suites spread across the aforementioned four hotels that in addition to Palace Hotel include Waldhotel, Pension Taverne 1879, and Burgenstock Hotel. There’ll also be a new Alpine Spa and medical center. The spa, with views of the snow-capped mountains, features 15 treatment rooms, three private spa rooms, traditional Swiss treatments, a sauna, a hammam and whirpools. The spa also features two outdoor pools and an indoor one, a Kneipp bath and a private garden with its own labyrinth. In addition, there will be a fitness park with areas for professional courses such as body pump and yoga, plus an organic culinary menu.
Guests of the Waldhotel, which has 160 rooms and an integrated spa, can escape to a healthy living facility where an elite team of physicians treat and prevent health concerns. In addition to beauty and relaxation treatments, the property also offers post-operative recovery, and even treatments for burn patients. The property’s Alpine setting and its wide range of outdoor activities including walking trails, three tennis courts, a 9-hole golf drive, watersports, sailing and boat tours, help support the in-spa treatments guests receive. Rates start at $1,178 in high-season and $785 in low-season and include full breakfast, spa entry, and WiFi, plus use of the funicular and boat.
Hotel de Rome in Berlin is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and with that comes a few over-the-top experiences for your clients. For instance, the Ten Year Gold anniversary package includes private airport transfers in a Bentley limousine, a 2-night stay in a historic suite, a private boat tour on the Spree with a champagne picnic, a 10-course candlelit dinner in the hotel’s former bank vault, a VIP shopping experience at the Amdreas Murkudis concept store, and a private tour of the Collectors Room with art collector Thomas Olbricht. And the to-die-for spa offering includes a 24-carat gold leaf treatment at the De Rome Spa. Other wellness offerings included in the package are in-suite hairstyling, early morning rooftop yoga and a private cooking class with a nutrition coach. This package is available through Oct. 12, 2017; call for rates.
Il Salviatino, a Preferred Hotel property set in a 15th century villa in Tuscany and offering views of Florence, offers guests treatments in open-air areas. The property’s therapists take guests on an “emotional polysensorial voyage” while they enjoy a wine gel-based Tuscany Pleasure treatment, priced at $333. This 3-hour treatment includes a body scrub with wine gel, a relaxing massage, an intense facial cleansing, and a massage using hyaluronic acid cream. Rates start at $468 per night including daily breakfast.
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