OUT&ABOUT Swiss International Hotels Collection Leisure Guide 04/2011
â€œ...the change of seasons is a good time to clean your system... â€œ After the summer, take care of your body and mind
Wellness & SPA In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, the change of seasons is seen to be a good time to clean your system. Here is some information on the history of the balneotherapy, today’s modern spas and the Swiss International Hotels & Resorts fabulous suggestions to indulge yourself.
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Le Brassus, Hôtel des Horlogers Flims, Waldhaus Flims Mountain Resort & Spa Klosters, Silvretta Parkhotel Saas-Fee, Ferienart Resort & Spa Saas-Fee, Hotel du Glacier Samnaun, Wellnesshotel Silvretta
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Villars-sur-Ollon, Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa Vitznau, Hotel Vitznauerhof Weggis, Wellness Hotel Rössli Wengen, Hotel Regina Yverdon-les-Bains, Grand Hotel Des Bains Baden-Baden, Aqua Aurelia Suitenhotel
INDEX 03. Balneotherapy 07. Flims 10. Saas-fee Ferienart 13. Weggis 15. Yverdon 04. The World of Spas 08. Klosters 11. Samnuaun 12. Weggis 16. Wengen 06. Le Brassus 09. Saas-fee 12. Vitznau 14. Villar-sur-ollon 17. Baden-Baden Germany
18. Food and Wine 23. The Manz Hotels 20. Great Outdoors 21. Getting Together
Balneotherapy The practice of traveling to hot or cold springs in the hope of finding a cure of some ailment dates back to pre-historic times. Many people around the world believed that bathing in a particular spring, well, or river resulted in physical and spiritual purification. Forms of ritual purification existed among the native Americans, Persians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Some of the earliest descriptions of western bathing practices came from Greece. The Romans also developed baths in their colonies, taking advantage of the natural hot springs occuring in Europe.
These baths became centers for recreational and social activities in Roman communities. Libraries, lecture halls, gymnasiums, and formal gardens became part of some bath complexes. In addition, the Romans used the hot thermal waters to relieve their suffering from rheumatism, arthritis, and overindulgence in food and drink. The Romans elevated bathing to a fine art, and their bathhouses physically reflected these advancements. In the 19th century, bathing became a more accepted practice as physicians realized some of the benefits that cleanliness could provide.
The World of Spas Spas range from tiny day spas to sprawling 40 room resort spas with fabulous facilities. The one thing they all have in common is spa treatments like massage, body treatments and facials. Types of spa Ayurvedic spa A spa in which all treatments and products are natural and itâ€™s often used as alternative medicine. Club spa A facility whose primary purpose is fitness and which offers a variety of professionally administered spa services on a day-use basis. Cruise ship spa A spa aboard a cruise ship providing professionally administered spa services, fitness and wellness components and spa cuisine menu choices.
Day spa A spa offering a variety of professionally administered spa services to clients on a day-use basis. Dental spa A facility under the supervision of a licensed dentist that combines traditional dental treatment with the services of a spa. Destination spa A facility with the primary purpose of guiding individual spa-goers to develop healthy habits. Historically a seven-day stay, this lifestyle transformation can be accomplished by providing a comprehensive program that includes spa services, physical fitness activities, wellness education, healthful cuisine and special interest programming. Garden spa, an outdoor spa used for bathing and self cleansing
Medical spa A facility that operates under the full-time, on-site supervision of a licensed health care professional whose primary purpose is to provide comprehensive medical and wellness care in an environment that integrates spa services, as well as traditional, complimentary and/or alternative therapies and treatments. The facility operates within the scope of practice of its staff, which can include both aesthetic/cosmetic and prevention/wellness procedures and services. These spas typically use balneotherapy, employing a variety of peloids. Mobile spa, a spa which provides services at home, hotels, or wherever you are.
Balneotherapy Treatments that can have different purposes. In a spa setting, they can be used to treat conditions such as arthritis and backache, build up muscles after injury or illness or to stimulate the immune system, and they can be enjoyed as a relief from day-to-day stress.â€? Mineral springs spa A spa offering an on-site source of natural mineral, thermal or seawater used in hydrotherapy treatments. Resort/hotel spa A spa owned by and located within a resort or hotel providing professionally administered spa services, fitness and wellness components and spa cuisine menu choices.
LE BRASSUS | HOTEL DES HORLOGERS **** Nestled in the leafy green heart of the Joux Valley, the Hôtel des Horlogers opens onto the Jura mountains. During your relaxing break, make the most of our well-being centre, where you will find sauna, hammam, and jacuzzi as well as cardio-vascular apparatus. Discover the different kinds of massages and let you guide toward a relaxing moment of harmony by qualified masseuses from110.- CHF - Relaxing, calming, energising, sports massage - Traditional Thaï massage - Legs and feet Thaï massage - Tanaka - Japanese art of breath and touch http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/lesbrassus 6
FLIMS | WALDHAUS FLIMS MOUNTAIN RESORT & SPA ***** This unique hotel resort is set in SwitzerlandÂ´s largest hotel park
The powerful quarzite and waters of Flims The unrivaled aesthetics of architecture and nature promise relaxation, peace and health. Fluid transitions from indoor to outdoor pools invite you to bathe, to dream and to thoroughly enjoy. A rammed earth wall and a stream lead you into the depths of the sauna landscape. Wellness treatments do the soul good as well. Massages can relax and soothe ailments. The experienced wellness team is pleased to help you select from the exclusive treatment(s) best suited for you from. Wellness suites LaCauma and LaCresta unforgettable, completely private wellness pleasure awaits you. Spa Packages and Day Spa also available. www.swissinternationalhotels.com
KLOSTERS | SILVRETTA PARKHOTEL **** In the heart of Klosters, with a total of 190 beds in 95 rooms and suites, it is one of the largest and best equipped hotels in the town and the Pr채ttigau region. Elegant and uncomplicated hospitality. Experienced therapists are available summer and winter - their dedicated aim is to promote well being and leave you feeling totally revitalised Choose from the wide range of health and beauty treatments: massage, exfoliation, body wraps and facials. Find More information: http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-page/klosters
SAAS-FEE | HOTEL DU GLACIER **** A young and dynamic crew expects you in one of the oldest and most honorable houses of Saas-Fee. Centrally situated in the car-free glacier village, the hotel du Glacier offers a wonderful view on to the mountain paradise. The wellness area offers a panoramic view of the glacier and is a perfect place to relax. It encompasses a whirl pool, a steam bath, a sauna and a sanarium. A small fitness area with a home-trainer and a stepper are at the disposition of the guests, free of charge. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/saasfee-glacier
SAAS-FEE | HOTEL FERIENART RESORT AND SPA ***** Experience a unique vacation on high level! A 5-star hotel for sophisticated holiday makers with Beat Anthamatten Hotel, Manager of the year (2006). In the center of this glacier village. Car-free winter and summer resort. 81 comfortable rooms, outstanding suites with open bath and fireplaces. The spa has an enormous importance to the Ferienart. This large area called â€œParadiaâ€? with its adventure pool, Jacuzzi, saunas and steam rooms is open to the guest from 8am to 8pm. It also offers you a large variety of different treatments and therapies. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/saasfee-ferienart
SAMNAUN | WELLNESS HOTEL SILVRETTA SPA **** Boundless pleasure of snow, attentive care, warmth and comfort from the rooms to the entire hotel. The â€˜Silvretta Vitaleumâ€™ is a little world of its own, designed according to the principles of Feng Shui, equipped according to the latest findings and solely geared towards making your holiday a holistic and harmonious experience. And the best thing about it is that all of the facilities apart from the solarium are included. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/samnaun
VTIZNAU | HOTEL VITZNAUERHOF ***** The magnificent five star Hotel Vitznauerhof Vitalresort offers idyll pure and is directly located at the edge of the Rigi-south flank. Three first class themed restaurants with the gourmet restaurant SENS http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/vitznau
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Wellness and Spa Holistic medical treatments concept in the „MedinSpa“ or relaxation in the „ VitaSpa“ with hamam, sauna, fitness room, wellness lounge and beauty offers. Let yourself be pampered from head to toe. Quiet harmony and savour the simple joy of being in tune with life. Unwind in feel-good surroundings and boost your vigour and vitality. Experience a unique combination of holistic recuperation, vitality renewal and nature at its best, on the shores of Lake Lucerne.
WEGGIS | WELLNESS HOTEL RĂ–SSLI *** Refresh body, mind and spirit in the spectacular La Mira Beauty & SPA. The tranquility and exquisite Mediterranean design of this beautiful spa ensures guests relax and restore. Whether whirlpool, aroma steam bath, Turkish steam bath, Finnish sauna, Roman bath or Relaxarium. Relax in the healing water of the salt water outdoor pool. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/weggis
VILLAR-SUR-OLLON | CHALET ROYALP ***** Exceptionally located in Villar-sur-Ollons, the chalet-style construction offers its guests wonderful contrasts of modern atmosphere and traditional alpine interior design. 63 rooms and suites luxuriously decorated, fitted with state-of-the-art technology and breathtaking views of the Swiss and French Alps. The Spa by RoyAlp invites you to unwind in 1200 sqm of well-being. Discover a universe of relaxation where all your senses will be fulfilled. Enjoy the indoor swimming pool with its open fireplace, Jacuzzi, sauna, hammam, multi - sensory showers, ice fountains, relaxation area, treatments, massages cabins and fitness room accessible 24/7. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/villars
YVERDON | GRAND HOTEL DES BAINS **** You will be seduced by the combination of historical and state-of-the art architecture. Private thermal pool, new private wellness/spa suite with Jacuzzi, sauna/sanarium, tropical shower. New wellness and treatment rooms. Direct link to the Centre Thermal, pools, wellness & fitness areas and golf courses nearby. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/yverdon
WENGEN | REGINA HOTEL **** A first-class hotel in the heart of the Bernese Alps, in the car-free resort of Wengen. With spectacular mountain views of the Jungfrau area. 150 m from the train station with The Restaurant “Chez Meyer´s” 15 points Gault&Millau, and “Jack´s Brasserie” perfected the French cuisine. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/wengen
GERMANY BADEN-BADEN | AQUA AURELIA **** The elegant Suitenhotel Aqua Aurelia is situated in one of the best locations in the famous town of Baden-Baden in Germany, on the historical ground of the late roman public bath. Like the Romans 2000 years ago, locals and guests appreciate the specific advantages of Baden-Baden, namely the Hot Mineral Springs. The Characalla Therme with its Water- and Sauna World (32,000 sq ft). is perfect if you want to sweat in the Sauna and dive into crystal clear and ice cold spring water to revitalize your circulation and well-being. Right across the Aqua Aurelia Suitenhotel there is Friedrichsbad, the oldest bath-temple with the hottest spring. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/baden-baden
FOOD AND WINE If variety is the spice of life, Swiss food truly presents a flavorful platter. Regional cuisine is wide and varied. Masterful local chefs create new ways to present traditional treats. Restaurants where food and service are always superb. LUZERN | HOTEL DES BALANCES **** Located in the heart of Luzern´s historical and charming Old Town. In walking distance to all interesting sights. The hotel has a beautiful terrace overlooking the River Reuss. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/lucerne-balances Restaurant Balances Enjoy the unique atmosphere in the restaurant “Balances” which is well known for its fine Swiss cuisine - always imaginative and market-fresh. It is a pleasure for our 14 Points Gault&Millau Chief Andy Fluri to spoil you. LUZERN | HOTEL SEEBURG **** Charming family owned hotel in a spectacular location, with a magnificent view of the lake and mountains. Situated in an old, historical and partly monument-protected property right by Lake Luzern. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/lucerne-seeburg Restaurant Alexander A feast for the senses in the distance of the majestic Mt Pilatus. Exceptional elegance, only the best thanks to its unique atmosphere, exclusive creative cuisine and exquisite wines.
LUTRY | HOTEL LE RIVAGE **** Culinary delights such as our seasonal local cuisine with fresh products from the market are served either in the restaurant Café Le Rivage or on the terrace under the shade of the plane trees, or even directly on the shores; the magnificent view over the lake and the mountains comes free of charge.! In winter, you may enjoy your dinner by the 19th century antique fire place. And - of course - a broad range of fine wine from Lutry and the Lavaux area is offered to the guests. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/lutry
BERN MURI | HOTEL STERNEN **** Situated in Muri, diplomatic community and residential area of Bern. 44 rooms furnished in the tradition of Feng Shui. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/bern Garden Arcades (Läubli) Enjoy seasonal kitchen and typical Swiss specialities with a fine choice of wine from the wine cellar. Sternenstube - Perfect for banquets of up to 50 guests. Grotto - Typical Italian grotto “Da Pietro” is suitable for occasions of 20 to 45 people. Restaurant &Terrace Seasonal, local and at the same time reasonably priced specialties are served.
FOOD AND WINE If variety is the spice of life, Swiss food truly presents a flavorful platter. Regional cuisine is wide and varied. Masterful local chefs create new ways to present traditional treats. Restaurants where food and service are always superb. MORGES | LE PETIT MANOIR **** Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, with eleven comfortable and luxurious furnished rooms and a romantic decorated garden. The Hotel has a wine cellar with friendly and convivial wine tastings that can be organized. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/morges-manoir Restaurant Le Petit Manoir Fresh market products, for up to 60 persons. The cellar, which forms the heart of the house gives an opportunity to discover the region´s different grape variety and selection of Swiss cheese and cold meat served on wooden slats. MORGES | HOTEL FLEUR DU LAC **** Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, “La Fleur du Lac” welcomes you to a uniqueand enchanting atmosphere with a pervading sense of peace and restfulness. An oasis of peace! http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/morges-lac Restaurant Fleur du Lac A French restaurant that offers a “cuisine du marché” as well as regional and seasonal specialties and a cellar with 35.000 bottles produced throughout the world. SPIEZ | STRANDHOTEL BELVEDERE **** An oasis of tranquility! On the shores of Lake Thun, you´ll find the hotel with a personal touch. Indulge yourself! There are 33 rooms and suites to choose from with enchanting views of Lake Thun and the bay of Spiez and its vineyards. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/spiez Restaurant Français Enjoy the breathtaking views of the picturesque bay of Spiez and enchanting Lake Thun from our elegant à la carte restaurant Français, listed in the prestigious GaultMillau fine dining guide. Choose from classic French dishes or cuisine with Mediterranean and Asian influences prepared using only high-quality ingredients and market-fresh produce. THUN | HOTEL KRONE THUN **** In the historical old town of Thun. Cheerful rooms, natural hospitality and an extensive choice in its three restaurants, lounge and terrace. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/thun Restaurant Gourmet In the sophisticated à-la-carte Restaurant with its walk-in wine room, our French Chef Florent Benjamin, creates culinary flights for gourmets. Awarded 13 points Gault&Millau in 2010.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS In the middle of the Alps, Switzerland is the paradise of winter sports with more than 200 ski resorts, 48 mountains peaking at over 4000 meters, 20 Glaciers and over 250 lakes. Fresh mountain air, clear blue lakes and cultured cities. If you want to ski down glaciers or walk in the hills, tour or drive, from Zurich to the Alps, Geneva to Lucerne, for chic European shopping or cosmopolitan café culture, it’s all here for your dream holiday in Switzerland.
CRANS MONTANA | HOTEL CRANS AMBASSADOR***** The new Crans Ambassador - Luxury Sport Resort has a room range from modular singles to 270 degree view suites and family apartments. Terraces, espresso makers, WIFI and flat screen entertainment. A combination of health, beauty, sport, relaxation and pleasure. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/crans-montana DAVOS | KONGRESS HOTEL **** Charming, personally managed, first-class hotel in this famous resort. Ideal for business and leisure. Peaceful setting in a top, central location between Davos Dorf and Davos Platz. Sauna, massage and wellness therapies in the hotel. Golf course, indoor pool, cross-country skiing center nearby. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/davos GSTAAS | HOTEL OLDEN **** For a century the meeting-point of Gstaad´s “habitués”! The Hotel Olden is located in the car-free town center, 200 m from the train station. All 16 rooms with all modern amenities and features, yet maintaining their rustic and cozy feeling. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/gstaad GUARDA | HOTEL MEISSER*** You are warmly welcomed by English-speaking Benno and Maya Meisser. There is a real sense of history here – the hotel was converted from a 17th-century farmhouse into a wonderfully intimate and relaxed atmosphere over the years. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/guarda
INTERLAKEN/BÖNIGEN | HOTEL SEILER AU LAC **** The family run in the heart of the Bernese Oberland. On the shore of Lake Brienz with breath-taking views of the mountains. Ideal for family celebrations up to 120 people. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/interlaken-lake
ZUOS | HOTEL CASTELL ***** In walking distance to the village center. Within short distance to St. Moritz (19 km). 66 new rooms with mountain view. The Hammam: An exceptional combination of the magical place above Zuoz and the essential elements of Oriental bathing culture. A New 18-hole golf course nearby. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/klosters
GETTING TOGETHER Getting reunited with friends and family or for an event requires a great location for the meeting to be perfect. The choice of the place to gather everyone needs to meet everybodyâ€™s needs as well as provide all the necessary comfort and equipment. The Swiss Quality and Hospitality is the natural choice for the success of your event or meeting. Discover places from important cities to idyllic sceneries.
SEMINAR HOTEL SEMPACHERSEE *** Award-winning seminar and business hotel in the heart of Switzerland, with a magnificent view of Lake Sempach and the mountains. Situated in Nottwil in front of Lake Sempach, surrounded by extensive parkland. 26 multi-functional meeting rooms, all with daylight and beamer. Ideal venue for seminars for 5 to 400 persons. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/sempachersee
OLTEN | HOTEL ARTE KONGRESSZENTRUM ****
SYRIA DAMASCUS | HOTEL OMAYAD ****
Situated in a quiet location near the railway station in Olten. Motorway A1 exits Egerkingen and Rothrist. Olten is a charming old town and the railway junction of Switzerland, thanks to its central location. 79 well-appointed and spacious rooms with modern facilities and 12 multi-purpose conference and meeting rooms for 10 - 500 persons. All seminar rooms have natural daylight.
The Omayad Hotel in Damascus has long been the choice of senior state guests as well as prominent Arab and International figures from the political, social and artistic world. 80 rooms and suites, soundproof, air-conditioned, new generation posturepedic beds, also in some bathrooms, Jacuzzi or hydro-showers. The facilities can receive up to 300 people.
GENEVA | HOTEL NASHVILLE ****
LAUSANNE | HOTEL NASH CARLTON ****
Exceptionally located in Geneva , Only 300 meters from the railway station, between Lake Geneva promenade and international organizations.
Situated downtown Lausanne, a few meters from the Ouchy Lake promenade, the Hotel Nash Carlton has 44 rooms and suites designed boutique-style.
TUNISIA HAMMAMET | EDEN SERAIL **** Situated opposite the Medina, the Convention Center, the Casino and only minutes from the Marina, Eden Serail has the tranquility of an oasis. In charming Moorish Style, it is a calm retreat in the heart of the city, an elegant refuge where time slows and hearts quicken. The hotel offers 147 spacious rooms & 8 suites and Indoor and Outdoor pools. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/ hammamet
NAMIBIA | LÜDERITZ NEST HOTEL **** The sparkling jewel of Lüderitz! A refreshing oasis on your tour through the desert of the Namib. Private beach in front of the hotel, sauna with sea view, large swimming pool, golf and boat trips. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotels-list/namibia
HOLLAND AMSTERDAM | HOTEL SPIRIT INN *** This hotel with 82 rooms and 18 Spirit Extended Stay Suites opens its doors in early 2011. Besides the hotel rooms and suites, the hotel offers an informal restaurant: Spirit Café ® and the unique “The BOX Meetings & Events” meeting concept. In the spacious meeting rooms (with daylight) you can enjoy the Box conference concept - Breaks in a Box, Lunch in a Box, and meeting amenities in a Box. We offer a variety of conference packages. Spirit Inn is your ideal meeting place with modern meeting rooms in Zaandam, a few minutes from the fabulous city of Amsterdam! www.spiritinns.com
NEW HOTELS TO DISCOVER WITH SWISS INTERNATIONAL HOTELS AND RESORTS The management of Manz Privacy Hotels and Swiss International Hotels & Resorts announce that the three Manz Hotels are becoming members of the new Swiss International group of hotels in Switzerland, effective October 1, 2011. ... “The Manz hotels wanted to emphasize being a representative of Swiss Hospitality and desired an affiliation with a company, which would mix state-of-the-art reservation systems, advanced marketing programs, whilst also generating great support for revenue management. Swiss International under its new management made drastic improvements over the past couple of months and we decided they were the ideal company to partner with”... BASEL - HOTEL EULER **** This elegant four stars superior hotel has 66 rooms, 6 of which are junior suites. All rooms offer the highest in comfort and modern technology and combine modernity with tradition and design. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/basel
LAUSANNE - HOTEL CONTINENTAL **** The Continental offers comfort and useful technology in the room, with a great focus on service quality. Located just opposite the main railway station, exceptionally well connected with the main business areas in and around Lausanne. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/lausanne-
ZÜRICH - HOTEL ST. GOTTHARD **** One of the leading business hotels today in Zurich. A five-floor building, with 143 spacious rooms, 11 of which are Suites, comfortable lobby and three restaurants, the Hotel Gotthard meets all the expectations of the demanding traveller. http://www.swissinternationalhotels.com/hotel-pages/zurich
OUT&ABOUT Swiss International Hotels Collection Leisure Guide 04/2011
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