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Swiss SPA BREAK: Swimming under the stars

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.

Breakfast with view and bubbles, what a way to start the day!

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.

More about information SPA in Switzerland HERE.

The trip is over, the journey is not

The trip had a perfect ending – the stylish and comfy Indigo hotel in the center of the Shakespeare town Stratford-upon-Avon.

After the 2000 miles I certainly deserve the super comfy bed and a cup of rosebud tea provided by Indigo hotel.

Happy me

The rosebud tea, the scent could not be pictured

The Netherlands- Belgium- France- Germany-Austria-Italy-France route took 16 days and I crossed Alps twice. There is so much to see in the area – I am coming back to explore the thermal waters, see the map below.

The best Thermal SPA across the Europe

Follow me to the journey through the thermal spring places including Evian, SPA, Chaudfontaine.

The shortest return trip from Lucerne to Calais (Eurotunel) is via France. There is the famous city Reims on the way with champagne houses and vineyards- but that’s for another trip.

The drive through France was very pleasant, highway with speed restriction 135, almost no traffic. Made it in one day.

Do you know where SPA originated?

The way to Venice leads me through the small town in Belgium named Spa which is famous for two reasons:

1. It is known for its mineral-rich waters, it’s where the “original” spa name originated from, i.e. a place where tourists came in to enjoy the health and wellness benefits of water and hot springs in particular. The springs in Spa became so popular that the name became genericized to mean any such place.

2. Apart from the mineral waters, Spa also draws crowds several times a year when F1 racing and other events are held at the nearby Spa-Francorchamps racecourse.


I witnessed both today. You do not need booking for Les Thermes where 3 hours cost €20, full day €31. Although it is much more fun in winter with the heated outdoor pool.


Francorchamps were hosting world rally championship today with Latvian racer Jānis Baumanis car number 6 in the pics. Jānis did very well today, the final is tomorrow- I will need to follow up on the Internet.

Back to Amsterdam – Venice road trip

Proud Latvian