Forbes: Beyond The Spa – These 3 Sustainable Luxury Resorts In The Swiss Alps Take Your Well-Being To New Heights

Nel-Olivia Waga
April 5, 2022
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There are very few places that make traveling actually feel like coming home. These are the places where you are taken care of around the clock. Where the small details matter just as much as the holistic concept, the design, and the luxurious experience. Where values align and the wellbeing of our planet is mutually respected.

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Here are 3 of the most luxurious and sustainable wellness resorts in the Swiss Alps. These resorts will give you that special “home-away-from-home” feeling while caring for your every need.

Carlton Hotel St. Moritz

From the warmest welcomes from veteran hotel staff to personalized touches throughout your stay, it’s the small details that matter here in the glitzy village of St. Moritz. At the Carlton Hotel St. Moritz, thinking big comes in the form of sustainability, strong values, and the desire to do good for the guests and the planet. This year, the suite-only hotel’s approach is sustainability all around. It matters not only that the guests are happy but also the dedicated hotel staff. This mindset creates a positive, harmonious atmosphere where great hospitality can thrive. F

The Carlton Hotel St. Moritz has received numerous awards and accolades —most recently receiving Green Globe certification as one of the most eco-friendly hotels in Switzerland. An assortment of wellness activities and foods are offered, including homemade organic granolas, wellness hikes, healthy breakfast pleasures, and relaxing bedtime rituals like goodnight stories.

Based on science and the five pillars of MOVE, PLAY, NOURISH, REST, and GIVE, the luxury hotel’s “Moving Mountains“ concept provides a perfect combination of relaxation, fun, and joie de vivre. The resort boasts a beautiful, large terrace overlooking the lake of St. Moritz —  a hotspot on Saturday afternoons.  You’ll also find three restaurants, suites with stunning St. Moritz views, a wellness area, saunas, and refreshing indoor/outdoor pools. It all comes together to create the perfect resort for a stellar winter get-away. Go as a couple, with friends, family, or as a single traveler and enjoy the sustainable luxuries of the Carlton Hotel St. Moritz.

My tip: Don’t leave the hotel without trying the world’s best pasta: Da Vittorio’s famous 2 Michelin star Paccheri (made with love).

The Alpina Gstaad

The Alpina Gstaad has probably one of the world’s most thought-through and creative sustainable hotel concepts. Everything at this luxurious resort stems from good intentions to help the planet and people in need — in the most innovative, inspiring ways. It is a form of Conscious Luxury brought to a next level standard. From constantly adding new artwork to the hotel’s private collection to improving their ecological footprint through various pop-ups and initiatives, this resort is far from boring.

The Alpina Gstaad is a 5+ star luxury resort that brings vibrance and newness to the traditional town of Swiss Gstaad. They’re impacting the world and inspiring guests to do the same, even beyond the resort’s perimeters. A true Alpine hideaway, this discreet resort offers a personalized hotel experience where comfort, privacy, artistry, and tradition live together harmoniously.

The renowned Six Senses Spa offers a myriad of wellness treatments from some of the world’s leading specialists. The resort also provides a variety of delicious and sustainable gastronomic concepts, a cinema (which sometimes turns into a nightclub or ted-talks), and event entertainment.  Because fun can also be wellness, and doing good can be fun.

7132 Hotel

This is a luxury hotel and design hotel wrapped into one. 7132 stands for an exclusive lifestyle and an exceptional experience of space. It was created by world-class architects with a world-class vision, who then adopted local values to effortlessly nestle the hotel within the surrounding beauty of nature.

At 7132 Hotel, the concept of sustainability is as just as important as design and holistic wellness. The famous 7132 Theme Vals, created by renowned Pritzker price architect Peter Zumthor, is a special place like no other. The Theme Vals are highly mineralized thermal baths in a mystical atmosphere, surrounded by an architectural design inspired by Mother Nature. This is where you can fully relax, unwind, and decompress, especially with the spa’s strict no-phone policy. On the weekends the thermal baths are exclusively open for hotel guests to experience the magical atmosphere by night.

Beyond the spa, the 7132 Hotel has much more to offer, including stunning spa suites and three delicious restaurants. 7132 Silver was awarded 2 Michelin stars and 18 Gault Millau points with head chef Mitja Birlo, who combines luxury products with fresh, local elements and herbs picked from their gardens.

Special tip: Head to Bunnies and Bubbles for the upcoming Easter Brunch — and try the scrambled eggs!

The hotel also offers special glacier tours in their own helicopter and allows guests to offset the tour’s carbon footprint by donating to myclimate.ch.

HER/etiquette

Founded in 2014, re-launched in 2019 – by Nel-Olivia Waga. It is an international luxury lifestyle blog, that features stories under the aspect of a conscious mindset. It collaborates with leading brands and specialists who share the idea of generating a positive impact in the world. Based in Zurich and London, it covers local hotspots and global trends around sustainability, innovation, well-being, health, beauty, travel, time, art, business and charity.

Nel-Olivia Waga is the Founder & Publisher of HER/etiquette. She is a Marketing Specialist, an Author and Entrepreneur, most passionate about well-being, travel and art. Her work can regularly be seen in her column on FORBES. Her consulting studio HER CIRCLE, creates and co-ordinates holistic marketing projects for doctors and health clinics, banks, luxury brands and hotels around the world – based on strategies with passion, purpose and sustainable impact.

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CONSCIOUS LUXURY

#ConsciousLuxury is the theme of HER/etiquette. We combine luxury lifestyle with consciousness. Each story we share, is underlined with values. The purpose and innovation of the brands we collaborate with, are as important to us, as their initiatives towards ethical craftsmanship, sustainability holistic health and social responsibility.

This is our first step in contributing to the global movement of creating a more positive impact in the world – and in you.

BOOK OF THE MONTH