Swimming under the stars with the close proximity of civilisation that’s what Swiss SPA break is about.
Panorama Resort & SPA Feusisberg is conveniently located next to Autostrada #3 overlooking Zürichsee with the dramatic peaks of the Alps fading in the very far distance. It’s on your way, it’s centrally located and it’s easy to incorporate in your route when passing by. I tend to stop there when driving between France and Italy to relax in the pool and saunas. Take the motorway Zürich-Chur, exit Wollerau, direction Schindellegi/Feusisberg (takes 50 minutes from Zurich Airport).
The wellness area is amazing. There are many saunas & steam baths with a whirlpool in the centre surrounded by relaxation areas. The swimming pool is large enough for serious laps either inside or outside. I love the jets and bubbles to give my joints and back an extra underwater massage. The outside part of the pool has an amazing view of Zürichsee.
The generous Akari Spa provides a world of wellbeing with beautiful views of the Lake of Zurich. Spread over two floors with a total area of more than 2000 m2, numerous baths, whirlpools, saunas, steam baths, massage and cosmetic treatments await you.
The pool opening hours are 6am till 10pm giving you the opportunity to relax regardless of your arrival time. There is a snack bar with tea and coffee served next to the SPA reception, and you can head there directly after you check in.
One cannot wish for more when on the road. The aching back and shoulders can be soothed by a professional massage before you hit the road again. The two restaurants give you a fabulous choice of dishes without leaving the hotel.
The Sky bar is a definite highlight of the evening. Friendly staff, lively music and oriental interior makes you forget the outside world. An oasis to relax for a night or longer stay, the choice is yours.
The trip San Pellegrino – Aqua Dome starts from Bergamo airport with the duration of 600 km lasting 8 hours 45min without stops. However life is for living, hence the 4 stops to experience the beauty of nature and indulge in the best thermal SPA retreats in the Switzerland, Italy and Austria Alps.
Stop 1: San Pellegrino thermal water
30 km and 40 min from Bergamo airport and you are in San Pellegrino to enjoy a thermal bath in the world’s most famous water.
An avenue of fragrant lime trees, the ancient mescite room and a designer facade are just some of the highlights of a building that is a true monument to water. TheThe wellness pathway is structured throughout two separate buildings with over thirty spa practices including panoramic tubs, sensorial tubs, waterfalls, Kneipp therapy, Vichy showers, saunas, steam baths and a solarium garden. “Vita” spring gives us thermal waters rich in bicarbonate sulphate, calcium, and magnesium flowing pure and uncontaminated through layers of rock, from which the water erodes precious mineral salts.
Stop 2: Overnight in Locarno & Thermal SPA Salini in the Switzerland
Locarno is 141km and 2hr 25 min drive away from San Pellegrino
Locarno is an Italian-speaking resort city in southern Switzerland, on Lake Maggiore at the base of the Alps. It’s known for its sunny climate. Founded in the 12th century, the old town’s Castello Visconteo houses the Museo Civico, which showcases Roman antiquities.
Locarno’s historical funicular is your most confortable and romantic option to visit the Sacro Monte Madonna del Sasso and the starting point for mesmerizing excursions into the hilly mountains of Locarno.
An oasis of peace and rest that offers all the rituals for true relaxation. The Termali Salini & Spa wellness centre is one of the best thermal SPA in Switzerland Alps. Adjacent to the Lido of Locarno, the Thermal SPA boasts a remarkably wide offering of saunas and thermal spring water swimming pools.
The building which is home to the “Termali Salini & Spa” centre, designed in the studio of Moro&Moro, is of great architectural quality and its transparency mirrors the beautiful surrounding landscape. It’s the place where architecture and beautiful landscape compliments each other.
Stop 3: Hotel 7132: the masterpiece inspiring senses
After driving 154 km, 2 hr 25 min you arrive at the tiny village Vals in the Swiss Alps. And you don’t come here to ski. You’ll find a wonderland for design buffs.
The impressive architecture! The ancient beauty of the mountains all around! It all comes together for a total relaxation to switch off from the daily hustle. This design masterpiece is build around thermal spring water offering pools and saunas to treat your soul and body. It is certainly the best designed thermal SPA in the Switzerland Alps.
The prices in Hotel 7132 starts from €600 per night. However, there is another architectural pearl – the house of Architects. The four top architects – Thom Mayne (Morphosis), Tadao Ando, Kengo Kuma and Peter Zumthor – have been tapped to contribute the designs. The House of Architects features a lobby and entrance designed by Morphosis Architects. And 7 different room designs are centered around a single material. The price in the house of Architects starts from €360 with access to SPA (€76) inclusive.
Stop 4: Aqua Dome the thermal SPA water jewel of the Austria Alps
In 3 hours, 239km and lunch in Liechtenstein, you can reach the final destination of the journey Aqua Dome.
As far back as the 16th century, the area was known for its healing springs. Today, the Aqua Dome uses the rediscovered healing thermal spring water for your healthy relaxation. Aqua Dome might compete for the title of the largest thermal SPA in the Alps.
According to chemical analyses, the water that flows from deep inside the earth is a sulfur spring with a divalent sulfur content of 5 mg S–/l. It is legally recognized mineral spring. With the speed of 3 to 4 liters per second, the water bubbles up to the surface. Wonderfully warm and pure, right into our thermal baths. Feel the strength of the springs!
The Aqua Dome 4* hotel offers accommodation from €288 with breakfast and dinner on Sunday nights. The thermal spa & sauna are open until midnight on every Friday ! Enjoy the moonlight buffet and prosecco in the thermal bath restaurant Einkehr from €9.80 pp.
12 pools and 7 saunas will fill your day with tranquility. There are also wide variety of SPA and beauty treatments available.
Switzerland is one of most beautiful countries in the world and you cannot afford remaining in one place too long to see it all. One day Mt Pilatus experience with gondola ride from Lucerne called Golden round trip is the best you can do when short in time. Lucerne is lively city on the lake well known for the preserved medieval architecture with Mount Pilatus majestically reflecting in the lake . The city burst with laughter and joy, the lakeside restaurants are full with people and many attractions available on the lake. You can rent varieties of floating devices or step on the board of cruise boat.
Lucerne the place where culture, history and nature collides
For the nature admirers there is The Golden round trip that takes you to the most spectacular spots on the Mount Pilatus. Scenic boats, cogwheel railway, aerial cableway and Panorama Gondolas are at your disposal to make one day Mt Pilatus experience with gondola ride from Lucerne unforgettable. To embrace the golden round trip, you really need to stay two nights in Lucerne.
The best start of the trip is heading out to Kriens and going up to Mount Pilatus with gondola. Take the train and boat combination back to the city. You can also spend a few hours hiking and enjoying the magnificent view before heading back, if the weather is nice.
Places to stay when you are visiting Mount Pilatus
In my last trip, I have chosen to stay in pedestrian part of the town where numerous hotels are located right on the lake with frontside restaurants invitingly laying right on the walkway. It’s a great choice and reasonable price if you book the last minute (€100) however you cannot park the car in the old town adding extra parking cost for the night (~€20) when parking at the train station.
The most exquisite place to stay is hotel Bürgenstock offering the Alpine Spa relaxation and wellness over 10,000 m2. This is absolutely stunning architecture master piece that you cannot skip visiting when in Lucerne.
If €1000 per night seems a bit high, then you can always book a treatment in the Alpine SPA and visit the place while staying in the city centre to enjoy the lively night life.