Skiing has always been associated with adventure, adrenaline, and the thrill of conquering the slopes. But, after a day of skiing, there are two camps. Après ski bar or après ski spa? Below you’ll find our choice of the best spa ski holidays for 2024.
There’s a growing trend amongst skiers who prefer a more luxurious and relaxing post-ski experience than dancing in your ski boots at the Folie Douce après ski music bars, for a more relaxing après ski spa experience.
For these skiers, the enjoyment doesn’t end on the mountain; it continues with soothing massages, rejuvenating hot tubs, and exquisite spa treatments. In this blog post, we’ll explore why some skiers are trading snow boots for slippers, opting for apres-ski spa indulgences over traditional apres-ski parties.
Table Of Contents
- The Appeal of Après Spa
- Ultimate 5* Luxury
- Popular Après-Ski Spa Activities
- Social Yet Serene
- Hotel Arlberg, Lech
- Chalet V, Verbier
- Chalet Marco Polo, Val d’Isere
- Alpen Lodge Hotel & Spa, La Rosiere
- Club Med Tignes
- Chalet Skadi Apartments, Val d’Isere
- The Best Spa Ski Holidays or 2024: A Summary
The Appeal of Après Spa
Skiing can take a toll on your body. After a day of tackling challenging slopes, your muscles are sore, and you might be feeling physically drained. Apres-ski spas offer a sanctuary of relaxation where skiers can unwind and recover. Hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms soothe aching muscles, promoting a sense of physical well-being that’s essential for those planning to hit the slopes again the next day.
Ultimate 5* Luxury
For some, skiing isn’t just about the sport; it’s a lifestyle choice that extends beyond the mountains. Apres-ski spas provide the epitome of luxury and pampering. From plush robes and soft slippers to top-of-the-line treatments, skiers who prefer this route can enjoy a level of indulgence that makes their ski holiday truly special.
Popular Apres-Ski Spa Activities
One of the most sought-after treatments at apres-ski spas is massage therapy. Whether it’s a Swedish massage to ease muscle tension or a hot stone massage for deep relaxation, skiers can unwind and revitalize with the power of expert touch.
Facials and Skin Treatments
Exposure to cold mountain air and strong sun can be harsh on the skin. Many apres-ski spas offer a range of facials and skin treatments to rejuvenate and rehydrate, leaving skiers with a radiant, healthy glow.
Aromatherapy and Relaxation
Aromatherapy sessions, often accompanied by soothing music, help skiers relax and destress. The calming scents of essential oils can transport you to a state of tranquillity, allowing your body and mind to fully unwind.
Social Yet Serene
While traditional apres-ski parties can be raucous and crowded, the apres-ski spa scene offers a different kind of social experience. Skiers who opt for spa evenings can still socialise with friends and fellow travellers but in a more peaceful and intimate setting. There’s something magical about sharing a glass of champagne in a warm Jacuzzi while snowflakes gently fall around you.
A luxury catered ski chalet is the perfect spa experience for families and couples to share, and spa hen parties to feel fully pampered.
Hotel Arlberg, Lech
A great place to stay is the Hotel Arlberg, located in the prime location of Lech in the Arlberg ski area. 5* Hotel Arlberg offers both comfort, luxury and the special level of hospitality of the owners, the Schneider Family. The spa offers saunas at temperatures both dry and wet to suit all tastes, the scented steam rooms are perfect for revitalising muscles. The relaxing heated pool or the outdoor hot tubs offer soothing exercise or a dreamy relaxed bubble in gentle surroundings.
A week’s stay here on half board costs from £3,359pp including all travel arrangements from the UK.
Chalet V, Verbier
Chalet V in Verbier has all the spa toys to tick all the spa requirements, a heated outdoor pool, hot tubs with stunning views, plus in-house massage and steam rooms. The chalet sleeps 12 and has two 4×4 vehicles which are on hand for pickup and drop off at the lifts.
Chalet V is fully staffed with a qualified chef who prepares all the meals and snacks for your stay. A one-week stay at Chalet V starts at £27,132 for 12 people.
Chalet Marco Polo, Val d’Isere
Chalet Marco Polo in Val d’Isere probably has one of the most luxurious spas in a private home you can rent anywhere.
Expect to be pampered 24/7, as an exclusive team including a private chef, chalet manager, in-resort 4×4 chauffeur, chalet hosts and a spa manager will make your stay at this special ski chalet memorable. Chalet Marco Polo sleeps 10 adults and 4 children. Prices for a week’s stay start at around £40,000.
The spa is just one of the luxuries, boys will be boys, so there is Scalextric retro race car game, and laser shooting game for those who are more playful, plus you can even bring your dog!
Marco Polo delivers on every level, from fine linen in bedrooms, deep fluffy towels in the spa, and fresh flowers too.
The chef prepares a menu to your tastes, the wine list is extensive and if you secretly fancy a bit of the other type of more raucous après ski party, Val d’Isere won’t disappoint!
Alpen Lodge Hotel & Spa, La Rosiere
Alpen Lodge Hotel & Spa, in the French resort of La Rosiere, offers a great budget option, without compromising on the après spa experience. The hotel’s infinity pool with views over the mountains is stunning.
The spa is huge and is the perfect venue for relaxation. As well as massages and beauty treatments you can pamper your soul in an array of steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools, a Himalayan salt wall and sensory showers. A week’s stay including travel from the UK including ski train starts from just £899pp with breakfast and evening meals included.
Club Med Tignes
Club Med resort in Tignes is a popular choice for an all-inclusive skiing holiday. The spa won’t disappoint. It’s a great choice for families.
The resort’s large indoor heated pool enjoys mountain-top views but there is also a gym and some great yoga and pilates studios. There are even age-appropriate treatments for younger guests too. (minimum age 6 years).
Chalet Skadi Apartments, Val d’Isere
Chalet Skadi Apartments offers two-bedroom apartments in the popular ski resort of Val d’Isere. It’s the perfect venue for families looking for a little more comfort in a self-catered apartment. The Skadi apartments are very affordable without compromising on the quality of the spa.
The Best Spa Ski Holidays For 2024: A Summary
While traditional apres-ski parties continue to be popular among ski enthusiasts, there’s a growing number of skiers who appreciate the serenity and luxury of apres-ski spas. The trend of seeking relaxation and rejuvenation after a day on the slopes is indicative of a changing approach to winter vacations. After all, skiing is about more than just the thrill of the sport; it’s also about embracing the overall experience.
So, whether you prefer a lively party scene or a tranquil spa oasis, the key is to choose the apres-ski experience that suits your style. For those who opt for apres-ski spa indulgence, the reward is an unforgettable blend of adventure and relaxation, making skiing in style a truly unique and cherished experience.
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