The powerful healing qualities of water in all its forms are well known, dating to ancient Greek and Roman civilisations, so where better to spend the summer holidays than in the Engadine valley in Switzerland, where it’s possible to have amazing experiences in, on and around the water.
St Moritz is now one of the most famous ski resorts in the world, but in the 19th century it was a summer holiday destination, to which loyal customers retreated year after year for spa breaks. Today, the stunning natural landscape, with its glaciers, creeks, rivers, lakes and snow-capped peaks, still holds the same appeal and still offers restorative holidays.
For example, on Corvatsch, there is a designated 2.5 hour “Water Path” around six small mountain lakes, while the much larger Lake Silvaplana and Lake St Moritz provide ample space for everything from kayaking to kite surfing to fishing. At the hotels, after a long day of water-related activities, the in-house spas provide multiple opportunities to continue the water treatment, whether it’s a relaxing swim in the pool, a session in the flotation room or a herbal bath.
Kulm Hotel St Moritz (www.kulmhotel-stmoritz.ch) has an Alpine Power package that is designed to completely re-charge the batteries. Included are three nights’ half-board accommodation, one nightcap, a 20-minute foam-brush massage, a 20-minute mountain honey and milk body wrap, and a 50-minute herbal body massage. Prices start from CHF1,030 (approx £690) per person sharing in a double room.
To book, call the Kulm Hotel St Moritz on +41 81 836 8000 or email