Five of Europe’s best ski spa resorts, from Italy to Austria

3. Igls Mayr Clinic, Austria

Ideal for serious spa enthusiasts

For a full health reboot, try this spot in the pretty resort of Igls above Innsbruck, just below Patscherkofel, a three-time Winter Olympic site. Beyond the comfortable, modern rooms at Park Igls, the world-class medical spa Igls Mayr Clinic uses the Mayr method (where you chew your food 40 times – it’s all about the gut). Meals are as hardcore or gourmet as you want, and treatments range from lymphatic drainage to acupuncture and connective tissue massage. There are also a host of free indoor fitness activities, as well as cross-country skiing around the property. Doubles from €315 (£269), B&B (must be booked with a program).

4. Forestis, Italy

Ideal for design gurus

You can thank the Celts for this haven, which sits halfway up the Plose massif near Brixen and faces the peaks of the Dolomites. The Celts’ (supposed) love of woodlands and woodland glades informed Forestis, based in a former sanatorium with three strikingly modern towers offering sublime mountain views. Trees such as pine, spruce and larch are the cornerstones of the spa: massagers use their essential oils and even wood as tools to strike acupuncture points or smooth the skin with rolling pin precision , while tree-scented towels are swirled around you in Celtic style. rock soundtrack during daring sauna rituals. Stretch your legs with a spot of Wyda, a sort of Celtic version of yoga, then put on the skis, ski out to the chairlifts, which take you to the top of the Plose. Doubles from €660 (£562), half board.

5. T Schuggen Grand Hotel, Switzerland

Ideal for wellness warriors

You can reach the slopes of Arosa in just four minutes with the Tschuggen Express — T Schuggen private funicular ski lift — and you can return just as quickly to rejuvenate in the 5,000-square-foot spa, which is laid out over four floors in a cluster of buildings with sail-like windows wedged into the mountainside. The “Moving Mountains” post-pandemic program aims to bring guests into communion with nature, bringing the outdoors in with salt inhalation and using unusual essential oils such as juniper and fennel. Other treatments use products from The Organic Pharmacy, as well as a ginger and sea salt bath to soothe tired muscles and a special “skier’s massage” that focuses on the legs. The spa also has a series of pools, perfect for a post-treatment soak, and saunas. Doubles from €585 (£498), B&B.

Published in Winter sports, sold with the December 2021 issue of National Geographic Traveler (UK)

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