Soak in Alpine Wa­ters

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The Swiss love their baths, and most folks head to the

Bains des Pâquis (Quai du Mont-Blanc 30, 1201 Genève) in Geneva dur­ing the sum­mer. How­ever, if you

are up for try­ing some­thing more mod­ern, the Bain-Bleu

Ham­mam & Spa (Quai de Cologny 3, 1223 Cologny) is the place to go for a bliss­ful bath ex­pe­ri­ence.

Lo­cated in a quiet neigh­bor­hood (take bus N°6 or N°2, di­rec­tion Genève Plage), this spa and bath is sen­su­ously sexy — in a good, clean way, of course; it is a bath, af­ter all. Once you en­ter this spa, which opened at the end of 2015, you are co­cooned in a dimly lit space filled with shim­mer­ing mo­saic tiles and sparkling pat­terns on the walls and ceil­ing from the mag­i­cal Moroc­can lamps.

If you opt for the ham­mam cir­cuit — and this is a true ham­mam (not just a steam room that is called a ham­mam, which we see too of­ten these days), so it is like be­ing in a jewel box. Rich reds and op­u­lent or­anges sur­round you, whether in the aro­matic steam rooms, the scrub rooms, or in the cen­tral pool. There are even pri­vate, cou­ples’ steam rooms where cou­ples slather mud on each other, and then shower it all off. A tra­di­tional soap­suds scrub can be booked in ad­vance to get an au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ence and, at the end of the cir­cuit, the Ori­en­tal Sa­lon is “1001 Ara­bian Nights” made real. You en­ter in­di­vid­ual apart­ments through em­bossed slid­ing golden doors to find a large daybed cov­ered in cush­ions, re­plete with rugs, and all you hear is soft mur­mur­ings com­ing from the room next to you.

The rest of the baths are also nicely naughty, but in­stead of those fiery ham­mam col­ors, in­dus­trial cool con­crete walls, bur­nished metal and white­washed woods now sur­round you. The main pool, called the Myth­i­cal Bath, has stream­ing water­falls, se­cret al­coves, and jets that un­ex­pect­edly flow up from the pool floor. On the rooftop, the pool has metal­lic, con­toured bub­ble loungers and mini-jet­ted tubs for one or two that look out over the lake and to the moun­tains be­yond. Per­fec­tion.

To use the pools, prices start at CHF 28, and CHF 42 to also ac­cess the ham­mam. These prices give you ac­cess for the en­tire day. The ham­mam has a small café and there is also a bistro on­site. Time per­mit­ting; this is a great place to spend the bet­ter part of a day.

Pho­tog­ra­phy: Bain-Bleu Ham­mam & Spa

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