Alpine retreats: 10 of the best wellness breaks with spas and mountain views | Travel

Naturhotel Chesa Valisa, Hirschegg, Austria

The first certified bio-organic hotel in the Vorarlberg region, this 500-year-old building is now home to a soothing mountain retreat, combining a program of outdoor hikes, indoor yoga and spa treatments with plenty of cozy spaces to relax with a book or simply drink in the glorious views. The overnight rate includes all of the above, along with free use of the local bus network, making it easy to get out and explore the local countryside. The restaurant offers excellent vegetarian and vegan dishes together with the best organic local produce.
Doubles from £281 including dinner, B&B;

Tauern Spa, Kaprun, Austria

A destination in itself, Tauern offers an extensive 20,000 square meters of spa facilities, including 12 indoor and outdoor pools, a huge thermal complex with 13 saunas and a Kidstein children’s spa with its own pools, a climbing wall and an adventure cave. Treatments range from Thai and Swedish massages to body scrubs, wraps and Thalgo organic therapies, with the option to try snowshoeing in the surrounding mountains. In the evening, guests can choose from traditional Austrian dishes in the Lichtblick restaurant or a 10-course tasting menu in the Finessen.
Doubles from £274, B&B;

Gardena Grödnerhof Hotel & Spa, Dolomites, Italy

Gardena Grödnerhof Hotel & Spa, Dolomites, Italy
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The Gardena Grödnerhof is a family-run hotel in a classic Tyrolean style in the beautiful town of Ortesei. Summer or winter, its location is impressive, just a few minutes from the cable car that reaches the Alpe di Siusi, the largest alpine plateau in Europe. After a day of skiing or hiking, it’s time to relax in the hotel’s wonderful new spa. It is hung with chandeliers and has multiple steam rooms, saunas, a hammam and pools with mountain views. The senna bath and deep tissue massage are a must. There is also yoga and a well-equipped gym.
Doubles from £297, B&B;

The Comodo, Bad Gastein, Austria

The Comodo, Bad Gastein, Austria
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Brand new this winter, Comodo brings a modern, bohemian spirit to the quiet village of Bad Gastein, with spa treatments using Gastein’s thermal waters, which are said to offer anti-inflammatory properties. The large indoor pool offers wonderful views of the surrounding peaks and valley, with traditional and cutting-edge therapies including magnesium treatments and herbal power injections. The rooms combine contemporary style with vintage furniture, and the restaurant does great things with ingredients from local organic farms.
Doubles from £222, B&B;

Naturhotel die Waldruhe, South Tyrol, Italy

Therapeutic sports back massage A physiotherapist massages a patient with an injured lower back muscle.  Treatment of sports injuries.
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Waldruhe is a great option if you’re looking for a wellness vacation that combines outdoor activities—hiking, snowshoeing, sledding—with a good-sized spa. The indoor and outdoor pools have mountain views, the spa treatments use only natural ingredients and there is a three-level sauna complex. The bedrooms are elegant and fresh, with paneling and light wood furniture, and the restaurant offers the best of traditional South Tyrolean cuisine.
Doubles from £162, including dinner, B&B;

Hotel Want You, Tignes le Lac, France

Hotel Want You - Reception and bar

A new hotel close to the busy ski slopes of Tignes, Voulez Vous is ideal for those who want to combine a wellness holiday with time on the slopes. The vegan spa offers an indoor pool with spectacular mountain views and sauna and steam facilities. Dinners make the most of the rich Savoy cuisine, and the Icebreaker Bar offers everything from high-powered cocktails to low-key discos.
Doubles from £244, B&B;

Hotel de Len, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Hotel de Len, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
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Every floor, ceiling and door is carved from sustainably harvested wood at Hotel de Len, the leading spa hotel in the Cortina area. The spa is located on the roof with floor-to-ceiling windows. There is a varied program of treatments and therapies along with a relaxing indoor pool, sauna and steam room. The restaurant is open all day.
Doubles from £289, B&B;

The Mountain Lifestyle Hotel, Sölden, Austria

The Mountain Lifestyle Hotel, Sölden, Austria

Surrounded by the snow-soaked Ötztal Valley, Die Berge presents itself as a hotel for mountain sports enthusiasts, with wide-screen views from the outdoor Sky Pool. Four different saunas offer detoxification, with massages in the elegant treatment rooms. There is no restaurant, but the hotel has a guide to all the best places to eat nearby.
Doubles from £161, B&B;

QC Terme, Mont Blanc, Italy

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Perched on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, Monte Bianco offers a restorative package of thermal baths, hammam, saunas, Kneipp walking trails and an outdoor panoramic pool that create a wonderful cocoon in the mountains. Relaxation areas include a hay room and reading lounge, while the bedrooms exude a cozy old-fashioned atmosphere. Dinners at La Refuge are an elegant affair, with hearty breakfasts and lunches to fuel you for walks and sleigh rides.
Doubles from £271, B&B;

Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen, Andermatt, Switzerland

Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen, Andermatt
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The Swiss Alps are dotted with high-end spa resorts, almost all of which are stratospherically expensive, making the Radisson one of the best choices for a restorative mountain vacation. Located in the peaceful Ursern Valley, the hotel is suitable for hiking and snowshoeing, as well as relaxing in the spa. The 25-metre pool offers stunning mountain views, while spa treatments use local herbs, spring water and honey for organic, restorative therapies. The bedrooms are elegant and unpretentious with a wonderful view of the mountains.
Doubles from £225, room only;

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