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ALPINA GS­TAAD, SWITZER­LAND

For a ho­tel with just 56 suites, the Alpina is flush with ameni­ties. Sit­ting above the pic­ture-per­fect Gs­taad vil­lage, a large out­door pool and three fine din­ing res­tau­rants are the re­sort’s fo­cal point dur­ing the sum­mer; but as the snow falls, life re­treats to the glo­ri­ous Six Senses Spa and the vast in­door ther­mal fa­cil­i­ties. With dai­lyyoga and a fully in­clu­sive menu of face and body treat­ments, it’s the Win­ter Well­ness pack­ages that bring guests back. The four-night Ti­betan Heal­ing Re­treat, for ex­am­ple, com­prises a time-tested blend of Ti­betan yo­gic tech­niques, pulse read­ings, Ku Nye mas­sage and Ti­betan singing bowl med­i­ta­tions, to re­bal­ance and re­ju­ve­nate way­ward en­ergy lev­els.

De­tails: Win­terWell­ness pack­ages are avail­able un­til March 17, and the re­sort is a two-hour drive (or train ride) from Geneva Air­port. Three-night re­treats in deluxe rooms from CHF 3,345/ €2,970pp, fully in­clu­sive. See thealpinagstaad.ch

NB: All prices sub­ject to avail­abil­ity/change.

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