Winter brings with it a multitude of extremes. It’s cold outside, you’ve feasted on turkey (and all the trimmings) and your skin, body and mind is probably feeling the effects of seasonal indulgence. Thoughts inevitably turn to one thing: the detox. This year, instead of signing up for a long-term gym membership that you may not make the most of, why not beat the January gloom and head to these luxurious spa break locations?
City retreat: Stockholm, Sweden
Indulge in the trend-setting city of Stockholm, where you’ll take your pick from inventive cuisine, amazing shopping, and history in its old town, Gamla Stan. Pristine forests and a sweeping archipelago surround the cosmopolitan hub, with divine hotel and eatery Högberga Gård just 20 minutes from the city centre. The stately mansion offers views over the inlet to Stockholm and there’s plenty of perfect scenery for relaxing strolls. Inside, the peaceful hotel boasts a sauna and Jacuzzi with breathtaking maritime views. Step into the China Room, where you’ll find yourself blanketed by a unique, serene and magical atmosphere, or sip on an exquisite wine from the hotel’s glorious terraces.
Woodland wellness: Ringerike, Norway
Stay at one of Norway’s most historic hotels, Sundvolden Hotel, located in one of the country’s most idyllic spots nudging the foot of Krokskogen forest. If the stirring natural landscapes don’t have you feeling complete serenity, the hotel’s new spa and relaxation facility will. Within the blissful retreat is an indoor swimming pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, and a relaxation area, ‘The Park’. Once you’ve recharged your batteries, indulge in the hotel’s beautiful dining area, with warm ambience and wonderful cuisine. Particularly in the summertime, guests can head out on a hiking trail, go fishing, or bathe in the blissful fjord.
Mountaintop pampering: St. Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz is ultimate winter wonderland and the cradle of all activity in the Swiss alps. Another lure to this shimmering region is Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, majestically located amid the breathtakingly beautiful and unspoiled scenery itself. Palace Wellness, located in the hotel, is a haven of tranquility. Dive into the Infinity Pool, which overlooks the gorgeous alpine scenery, or choose from a range of treatments. From deep tissue massages to sleep therapy the spa is nothing short of luxurious and guaranteed to put a spring in your step. A professional Yoga master is also available for yoga therapies and guided meditation – with winter wellness programmes on everything from self love to balancing your energy flow.
Lakeside luxury: Sils-Maria, Switzerland
Far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Hotel Waldhaus sits among the quiet, forest lands of Sils-Maria – high above the glistening Lake Sils. The luxurious hotel spa was reopened in winter 2016/17 and is a space that blends nature with futuristic touches. Guests will be drawn to the heated indoor pool, which leads directly to the deck terrace with a blissful whirlpool. After a day of hiking or skiing, you’ll be able to spend the entire day in a state of sweet idleness going between hot steam baths, Finnish saunas and a larch bath. Book into one of seven treatment rooms, where you can choose from beauty treatments, anti-aging treatments, and a range of massages.