Over the course of the programme, guests will have the chance to further their fitness as they swim, cycle and run through a series of mountain challenges, before indulging in soothing and balancing wellness experiences. The programme kicks off as guests brace icy mountain lake waters in a wild swimming session, before exploring Gstaad’s extensive network of vertiginous cycle trails on a mountain-biking tour and trail running through the verdant hills of the Bernese Oberland on subsequent days, all accompanied by Le Grand Bellevue’s knowledgeable local guides.
The fitness-focused challenges will be interspersed with al-fresco indulgence, for a 360-degree wellness experience. Surrounded by nature and breathing fresh alpine air, secluded mountainside massages with organic Bamford toiletries will ease muscles aching from athletic pursuits. Combining zen with adrenaline, guests will enjoy a unique heli-yoga trip, soaring above the mountain passes aboard a private helicopter before unwinding with a tranquil mountain-top yoga session. Hiking or taking the helicopter back to earth, guests will head to the hills with Le Grand Bellevue’s Michelin-starred chef, Urs Gschwend, to forage for nourishing Alpine ingredients, such as wild strawberries, porcini mushrooms and edible flowers, followed by a healthy cooking class.
The new programme will build upon Le Grand Bellevue’s extensive, recently revamped wellness offering. The 3,000 sqm Le Grand Spa is one of the largest in the region, and home to a vast array of innovative wellness experiences. The vast and varied Thermal Oasis offers 17 unique wellness experiences, including a relaxing and softly-scented Hay Sauna, invigorating Ice Fountain and detoxifying Infra-Red Sauna, plus a revitalizing Himalayan Salt Grotto, authentic Finnish Sauna and soothing Laconium. The exclusive Swiss partner of organic British brand, Bamford, Le Grand Spa offers a wide variety of pampering treatments using the finest natural ingredients, as well as transformative and high-tech facial and body treatments from Cellcosmet.
Guests seeking a healthy holiday are spoilt for choice with a large swimming pool boasting panoramic mountain views, plus a bright and well-stocked fitness suite, comprehensive roster of complimentary classes, and expert in-house Personal Trainers, Physiotherapists and Osteopaths. The hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, LEONARD’s, makes healthy eating a pleasure with a wide array of delicious and nutritious choices, and the cosy Sushi Bar serves up the freshest sushi in the Alps, courtesy of Tokyo-trained sushi master, Takehiko Yoshikawa.
To book: The Wild Wellness package at Le Grand Bellevue (www.bellevue-gstaad.ch) starts from £2,422 for two people, including four nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast and dinner, a wild swimming session, guided cycle tour, trail running with massage, foraging experience with the chef, and heli-yoga session.
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Le Grand Bellevue re-launched in January 2014 after a year-long renovation by dynamic young owners, Daniel and Davia Koetser. In the heart of Gstaad village, the hotel was originally built in 1912 as a Cure House and Spa. Family-owned, managed and designed, the hotel comprises 57 bedrooms. Bold colours, eye-catching prints and elegant furniture make up the interiors. The hotel’s signature restaurant LEONARD’s offers exceptional Michelin-starred cuisine whilst the more intimate 18-seat Le Petit Chalet serves up a menu of hearty Swiss dishes and its art deco bar and nightclub have become Gstaad’s most sought after night spots. Other features include a Cigar Lounge, Private Cinema, Yacht Club and a 3,000sqm spa in partnership with organic English brand, Bamford and Cellcosmet.