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En­joy a lux­ury cleans­ing spa trip to Switzer­land.

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Se­cu­rity and stye

' The spa has a stun­ning pool, out­door salt hot tub and some of the most ad­vanced well­be­ing pro­grames in the world'

THE HO­TEL The Vic­to­ria Jungfrau Grand Ho­tel & Spa, In­ter­laken, Switzer­land

Back in the 19th century, in the early days of Alpine tourism, Euro­pean trav­ellers seek­ing a health cure would visit In­ter­laken to breathe the fresh moun­tain air and re­cu­per­ate in the sun­shine. It’s easy to see why. Nes­tled amid the peaks of the Ber­nese High­lands, be­tween the im­pos­si­bly turquoise Lake Thun and Lake Brienz (the name In­ter­laken means ‘be­tween the lakes’), this el­e­gant town ex­udes well­be­ing with a slow pace of life that makes it the per­fect es­cape from hec­tic city life. Stand­ing ma­jes­ti­cally in the heart of the town, with jaw-drop­ping views of the mag­nif­i­cent, snow-capped Jungfrau moun­tain, the his­toric Vic­to­ria Jun­grau Grand Ho­tel & Spa is In­ter­laken’s jewel in the crown. Over 150 years old and World Her­itage pro­tected, the ho­tel still re­tains a ro­man­tic belle-epoque el­e­gance. Dur­ing that era, roy­als, artists and in­tel­lec­tu­als flocked to the ho­tel, and you can still feel the at­mos­phere to­day. Orig­i­nal fea­tures such as a grand sweep­ing stair­case, stun­ning chan­de­liers and a beau­ti­ful ball­room blend per­fectly with mod­ern touches like the vast steel and glass atrium that floods the ho­tel lobby with light and moun­tain views. My spa­cious room (one of 224 rooms, in­clud­ing 102 suites and ju­nior suites) is the epit­ome of clas­si­cal el­e­gance. Open­ing the floor-to-ceil­ing French win­dows, I find breath­tak­ing views of the Jun­f­grau which, at sun­set, turns an in­cred­i­ble rose-gold.

THE SPA

While 19th century health seek­ers en­joyed the na­ture spa ex­pe­ri­ence, th­ese days you can re­store with cut­ting-edge treat­ments in Vic­to­ria Jungfrau’s state-of-the-art Nescens Spa – a bliss­ful 5,000m2 well­be­ing palace with a stun­ning pool, out­door salt hot tub, a com­plex of saunas and some of the most ad­vanced well­be­ing pro­grammes and anti-age­ing treat­ments in the world.

Padding down in my robe for an ear­ly­morn­ing swim, I lux­u­ri­ate in hav­ing the vast pool to my­self and then wal­low in the out­door hot tub, drink­ing in the moun­tain views and crys­tal-clear air. Ev­ery­thing feels sub­limely lux­u­ri­ous – this is A-list pam­per­ing. You can re­fuel in the Spa Bistro with vi­ta­min-packed sal­ads, soups and wraps or sip a smoothie on the sun ter­race.

THE TREAT­MENTS

One of the world's top cos­me­ceu­ti­cal brands, Nescens is known for its an­ti­age­ing health­care re­search and Vic­to­ria

Jungfrau is one of two des­ti­na­tions where you can try its ad­vanced ther­a­pies.

If re­lax­ation is your goal, there’s a menu of well­be­ing mas­sages, from or­ganic aro­mather­apy to Vichy Shower, where you're mas­saged on a bed un­der­neath jets of cir­cu­la­tion-boost­ing min­eral wa­ter. For my De-stress­ing Sig­na­ture mas­sage, the ther­a­pist gen­tly presses and stretches my body to re­lease ten­sion and prompt re­lax­ation. If skin­care is your con­cern, try the sig­na­ture Bet­ter Ag­ing Sig­na­ture Fa­cial or any cos­me­ceu­ti­cal beauty treat­ment you could wish for. Also on of­fer are pam­per­ing treats such as per­son­alised scrubs and wraps, phys­io­ther­apy, os­teopa­thy and sports mas­sage.

MUST TRY

If you’re com­mit­ted to the cause, book one of the spa’s tai­lored four- or seven-day Bet­ter Age­ing pro­grammes. Fol­low­ing a com­pre­hen­sive di­ag­nos­tic ses­sion with the med­i­cal team, you re­ceive a tai­lored plan of treat­ments, ex­er­cise and nu­tri­tion with de­li­cious, per­son­alised healthy menus.

GET AC­TIVE

Sweat your stuff in the high-tech gym or book a PT ses­sion. We start our day with yoga in the stu­dio which of­fers 30 weekly classes, from Pi­lates to Step.

But whether you’re stay­ing in sum­mer or win­ter, the moun­tains and lakes call for fresh-air ad­ven­tures. In sum­mer, join the lo­cals for a dip in the sparkling lake; hike up the two-hour wooded trail of the Har­den moun­tain, just be­hind the ho­tel (the su­per-fit run up it), try kayak­ing or a tam­den paraglid­ing flight. We hop on the cute, wooden train that winds its way up through flower-strewn mead­ows to the Schynige Plateau where we wow at the views, hike the well-marked paths and re­fuel in the moun­tain-top restau­rant.

THE PRICE A Deluxe Dou­ble Room at Vic­to­ria Jungfrau Grand Ho­tel & Spa starts from CHF849 (ap­prox. £687) per night in­clud­ing break­fast, and use of the Nescens Spa and gym. Visit vic­to­ri­a­jungfrau.ch/en.

Moun­tain-top views at lunch on the Schynige Plateau

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