Nothing wears you out quite like the holidays – endless partying and beginning of the year celebrations are like a Mary-go-round that takes a tall on your body and spirit. With the last of the fireworks and confetti firmly behind us, we should all be ready for some luxurious pampering and rejuvenation. Here are some of our picks from the Design Hotels Collection offering the best places to escape to for some quality rest and recuperation.
Cozy retreat in the mountains
Think of peace and tranquility, and the first thing that springs to mind is a quiet retreat on top of a mountain with snow covered peaks and panoramic views stretching as far as the eye can see. This is exactly what Copperhill Mountain Lodge on the top of Mount Förberget in Åre Björnen, Jämtland in Sweden can be described as. This gem of Sweden’s snowy mountains sits more than 730 meters above sea level and positions itself as an idyllic getaway from all the hustle and bustle of the world below. The renowned architect Peter Bohlin’s new masterpiece, built out of natural materials exudes comfort and luxury in an intimate and invitingly private setting. If you feel energetic and adventurous hit the slopes of this largest in Scandinavia world-famous Alpine ski area with the comprehensive Ski Club at hand for the lessons and equipment hire or just head for the hotel’s award-winning spa. Inspired by the local Sami heritage, the spa offers treatments using natural plant and floral extracts, traditional wellness techniques and the finest cosmetics with the bonus of breathtaking panoramic views of Mount Åreskutan.
Oasis of well-being in the French Riviera
If the French Riviera is more to your liking, just minutes from the world-renowned St. Tropez lays an oasis of tranquility and well being – La Réserve Ramatuelle. Part Spa part hotel, this serene hideaway is perched on a quiet hill by the Mediterranean Sea and Its guest rooms, suites, villas and spa are seamlessly integrated into the gorgeous pine-covered area – the private domain of La Réserve. The 1,000 square meter spa that consists of 13 treatment cabins, an indoor pool with jet lane, an outdoor pool, a fitness studio, steam bath, sauna and solarium. It offers customized programs based on four staples – beauty, fitness, weight-loss and stress reduction – to help guests detoxify, relax and regenerate in a tranquil environment. The resident team of experts, specializing in fitness, beauty and longevity, draw up an individual treatment plan for each guest together with fitness program using KINESISTM, cutting-edge equipment from Technogym complete with personalized computer memory for more than 250 exercises. If you are more of an outdoorsy type – trekking, canoeing, kayaking and golf activities are also at your service.
Unpretentious luxury by the lake
Set in a beautiful 10 acre park on Lake Geneva, La Réserve Gèneve Hotel & Spa is home away from home with its timeless warm atmosphere bringing back the memories of carefree childhood. It’s elegant yet relaxed, fashionable yet homely. Subtle unpretentious luxury of the good old days. The signature spa spreads across more than 2,000 square meters, and offers an array of massages, signature La Prairie body treatments and facials. Choose from a seven-day better aging program to acupuncture, aromatherapy, body wraps and milk baths. Every detail has been carefully thought through and taken care of: from a state-of-the-art gym, indoor and outdoor pools, two outdoor tennis courts, sauna, hammam, solarium to a hair salon, providing for the ultimate all-encompassing service. With its own private port, guests can take a ride in the complimentary Venetian motoscaffo from Geneva’s city center to the hotel.
Holistic wellness in the heart of the city
Just a short walk from some of Berlin’s most celebrated attractions in the heart of the bustling area of Potsdamer Platz discover an immaculately elegant, sleek and luxurious gem – The Mandala Hotel. This modern and thoughtfully designed property offers spacious rooms complete with the latest high-tech innovations to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. For relaxation and reviving head to the top floor of The Mandala to enter a sanctuary of peace, tranquility and holistic wellness – an award-winning ONO Spa. Enjoy impressive panoramic city views while having tailor-made treatments delivering maximum benefits within the shortest period of time. The skilled therapists offer guests special programs best suited for their individual needs, anything from treatments for expecting mothers to simultaneous facial and body massage combinations performed by two therapists at the same time. Indulge in sleek luxury and holistic wellness while being just a stone-throw away from the compelling life of the big city.
If you are simply in love with fine wine, our final destination of choice is bound to ring your bell. How about some indulgence in your favourite drink for your body as well as your mind? Set in the famous wine-growing regions of Austria, the LOISIUM Wine & Spa Resorts bring the best of Lower Austria and Southern Styria’s wine and spa treatments at LOISIUM Wine & Spa Resort Langenlois and LOISIUM Wine & Spa Resort Südsteiermark. Marvell at floating pillars and glass Steven Holl’s creation built over an underground labyrinth of 900-year-old wine cellars right opposite the famous LOISIUM Wine World in Langenlois or appreciate the bold geometrical architecture, unrefined local materials and harmony of colours in Styria – the “Tuscany of Austria”. As well as enjoying the far-reaching views over the surrounding vineyards and an individual session or two of the local wine- tasting in a nearby wine shop, remember to visit the spas. Sample intriguing local treatments involving grape and wine products and using Aveda beauty products made of organic plant and flower essences. In both Langenlois and Südsteiermark, guests can enjoy Finnish and soft saunas, amethyst steam baths, a vineyard lawn with sun lounges and a year-round heated outdoor pool. From classic massages and facials, to ones using algae, pepper and caffeine extract, you will be spoilt for choice. After a lulling day of pampering, wine and dine gazing at the rolling hills of Austria’s vineyards before retiring into your wine-themed room for a night of sweet dreams.
So, how about it? Are you ready for some good old rest and relaxation to melt away the post-holiday blues? We hope that these ideas will give you some food for thought and inspire a brilliant getaway to alter your spirits and make you feel at your best for the rest of the year.