The holidays are over, yet the cold of winter still lingers. All the hustle and bustle may have worn you out, but Design Hotels™ has gathered six members whose goal is to soothe, calm and invigorate…
Starting in the far North, Copperhill Mountain Lodge is a cozy retreat, built using rustic, natural materials, with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains in Sweden. Perched on a quiet hill by the French Mediterranean stands a temple of well-being called La Réserve Ramatuelle. Its sister property, La Réserve Genève Hotel & Spa, is a perfect haven of natural tranquility, located in a magnificent park on the shores of Switzerland’s Lake Geneva. In the heart of Germany’s capital, The Mandala Hotel is about purist luxury and indulgence. Set amid rolling vineyards in Austria’s most popular wine regions, LOISIUM Wine & Spa Resort Langenlois and LOISIUM Wine & Spa Resort Südsteiermark, attract guests with a mild climate and idyllic landscapes. www.designhotels.com/time_for_pampering
Swedish for Soothing
In Sweden’s premiere alpine destination of Åre rests Copperhill Mountain Lodge. Acclaimed architect Peter Bohlin’s design exudes an intimate, familiar ambiance. The hotel’s award-winning spa is inspired by the local Sami heritage and a respect for nature. Mountain juniper has lent its scent to the massage oil and traditional Sami dwellings, called kåtor, have inspired some of the treatment rooms. Here guests can enjoy treatments using natural plant and floral extracts, traditional wellness techniques to the sound of joik (a Sami form of song) and the finest cosmetics. The spa’s relaxation area offers panoramic views of Mount Åreskutan. Two chambres separées, featuring saunas, hot baths, showers and lounges, have recently been added as well. If guests feel like they need a bit more action in their wellness routine, the hotel offers an array of complimentary activities, ranging from snowshoeing to qi gong and yoga.
Splendid Côte d’Azur
Just minutes from the picturesque St. Tropez, La Réserve Ramatuelle is an expansive sanctuary of private villas, spa and hotel. Its nine guest rooms, 19 suites, 12 villas and spa are seamlessly integrated into the gorgeous pine-covered area that is the La Réserve private domain. The spa offers eleven treatment cabins, an indoor pool with a jet lane, an outdoor pool with a pool house, a gym and a steam bath. Organized around four major objectives – energy, weight-loss, beauty and fitness – these customized programs help guests detoxify, relax and regenerate in a tranquil environment. A personalized fitness program rounds out the package, giving guests the chance to take advantage of Kinesis™, cutting-edge equipment from Technogym complete with 250 pre-programmed exercises. For those who would rather get outdoors, the fitness director also offers daily activities like Nordic walking, hiking and and aquagym.
The exotic travel photographs and beautiful books adorning the walls at La Réserve Gèneve Hotel & Spa will make it seem as if you have embarked on a journey to a place of wonder. In each of the 85 bedrooms and 17 suites, a timelessly warm atmosphere is conveyed by oiled wooden floors, marble mosaics, black granite, mahogany fittings and soft velvet bedspreads. The signature spa spreads across more than 2,000 square meters, and offers an array of massages, signature La Prairie body treatments and facials, from a seven-day better aging program to acupuncture. Every detail has been planned: 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.
On Berlin’s dynamic Potsdamer Platz, The Mandala Hotel is a sanctuary of calm. The top floor award-winning ONO Spa offers panoramic city views during indulgent treatments tailor-made for those who value individualism and privacy. With bio saunas, Finnish saunas, relaxation areas and numerous treatment rooms, guests will feel as if they have escaped to a sanctuary of holistic wellness. Custom treatments have been designed to suit all needs, from a special program for expecting mothers to a choreographed facial and body massage performed by two therapists. Just a short walk from some of the city’s most sought attractions, The Mandala is a perfect base for guests to experience the elegant boulevards of West Berlin, and the dynamic creativity of the East.
Wine Meets Wellness
Austria’s wine-growing regions continue to impress even the most fine-tuned palate, and 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. Guests can sample intriguing local treatments involving grape and wine products in the spa. The hotels use Aveda beauty products, which incorporate plant and flower essences, many of which are organic. 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. The therapies range from classic massages and facials, to ones using algae, pepper and caffeine extract. What is better than pristine views over the rolling hills of Austria’s vineyards and a glass of Riesling to go along, all after a day of being pampered and spoiled?