<p>Five chalets for a healthier ski holiday to kickstart 2022.</p>
Photo: Chalet Sapphire, Morzine

5 Chalets for Health & Wellbeing in the Mountains

Five chalets for a healthier ski holiday to kickstart 2022.

Published at: 4 Jan 2022
Last updated at: 9 Nov 2023

With a new year comes the opportunity for a fresh start and a chance to commit to a healthier lifestyle. Luxury ski holidays needn't be about over-indulging, and whilst we know the cheese fondue is tempting, there are plenty of chalets that provide you with an opportunity to achieve your health and fitness goals. Below are five of our favourites...

Serena Norton
Serena Norton

Chalet Spa, Verbier

As its name suggests, Chalet Spa in Verbier takes wellness seriously. Its magnificent 10-metre swimming pool provides keen swimmers with an opportunity to clock up lengths. It also uses a water purification process that uses alloy electrodes, thereby eliminating the need for strong chemicals to be added to the water. This purification technique uses trace elements such as copper, zinc and silver which are known to show preventative and curative properties. For stress relief, Chalet Spa has a hammam, sauna and onyx spa fountain as well as a Canadian Cedar wood hot tub with uninterrupted mountain views.

If you are focused on fitness, then the indoor gym and outdoor fitness terrace should satisfy your needs. The modern fitness room is fitted with cardio training Technogym equipment, whilst the outdoor terrace is equipped with a Schwinn spinner, Concept 2 rowing machine, dumbbell stack and bench. Pilates stretch bands, gym balls and a TRX are also available to improve core strength and stability. After a session in the gym, why not indulge in a deep tissue and joint repair massage or hot stone therapy with one of the chalet's experienced therapists? It is also possible to organise personal trainers or experienced yoga and pilates instructors to provide group sessions or one-to-one training.

Swimming pool at Chalet Spa in Verbier
Fitness terrace at Chalet Spa in Verbier
Cedar hot tub in Verbier

Chalet Hidden Dragon, Veysonnaz

Founded to celebrate the mind, body and the good life, Chalet Hidden Dragon in Veysonnaz aims to deliver an enhanced feeling of happiness and wellbeing, so you can return home feeling fully revitalised and refreshed. Ashlee, the owner of Hidden Dragon, is a qualified yogini, meditation teacher, Reiki practitioner, alternative therapist and Holistic Health & Lifestyle coach so when it comes to wellness you are in good hands. Inspired by the need for balance in life, the chalet encourages spiritual and physical health through mindfulness, nutrition, exercise and wellbeing.

During your stay at Hidden Dragon, you can expect to eat nutritious, energising, healthy, and most importantly, delicious cuisine. Menus are created to fuel, nourish and heal the body while ensuring easy digestion and improved restorative sleep. The chalet can cater to any dietary requirements and menus are always discussed before your holiday to ensure they align with your needs, whether that be cosy family-style suppers or gourmet feasts.

Relaxation is taken care of in the form of an extensive spa menu which offers a myriad of complementary therapies. There is also an outdoor hot tub, hammam, sauna, meditation room, yoga deck, hydrotherapy, naturopathy, body work, energy and beauty treatments on offer throughout your stay.

Yoga at Chalet Hidden Dragon in Veysonnaz
Sauna and hammam at Chalet Hidden Dragon in Veysonnaz
Fireplace at Chalet Hidden Dragon in Veysonnaz

Ultima Gstaad Royal Residence, Gstaad

Staying at Ultima Gstaad Royal Residence, located just a 10-minute walk from the centre of Gstaad, gives you access to some of the finest spa facilities around. With a spa spanning an area of over 800㎡, wellness is at the centre of your stay at Ultima Gstaad.

Partnering with Swiss Perfection, you can enjoy various treatments designed to rejuvenate the body and mind, restoring your youthful appearance and energy. In addition to four treatment rooms, Ultima Gstaad is home to a hammam, sauna, 15-metre swimming pool, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi and a gym. After a workout, enjoy a detox fruit or vegetable juice or organic herbal tea at the juice bar.

In addition to the main spa, Ultima Gstaad also has its own clinic with the latest technologies and renowned medical professionals providing both beauty and medical treatments. During your stay, you can undergo treatments such as detox, revitalisation, botox, laser, Platelet Rich Plaquettes (PRP) and DNA tests to name a few.

Spa and indoor pool at Ultima Gstaad Royal Residence in Gstaad
Treatment room at Ultima Gstaad Royal Residence in Gstaad
Spa and Jacuzzi at Ultima Gstaad Royal Residence in Gstaad

Chalet Sapphire, Morzine

As one of Morzine's top chalets, it is no surprise to find Chalet Sapphire well-equipped with wellness and fitness facilities. The extensive spa has a private indoor pool with massage and counter-current jets, ideal for testing your fitness levels. Further facilities inside the chalet include an ice chamber with chromotherapy, hammam with aromatherapy and a hydrotherapy shower, whilst outside you can unwind in the hot tub and barrel sauna on the terrace, admiring the panoramic views across the resort.

When staying at Chalet Sapphire, you also have the luxury of in-house Bamford-trained therapists offering a range of Bamford massages and beauty treatments. All of Bamford's spa products are made with organic and botanical ingredients and the treatment rooms are designed to offer a truly relaxing haven in which to unwind after a day in the mountains. Treatments range from deep tissue massage to full body exfoliation and organic facials.

Hot Tub at Chalet Sapphire in Morzine
Bamford Massage at Chalet Sapphire in Morzine
Indoor pool at Chalet Sapphire in Morzine

Deplar Farm, Iceland

Perched on the northern coast of the country, amongst 3,000 surrounding acres of wild terrain, Deplar Farm is one of Iceland's most exclusive properties. Home to some of the purest air and freshest water on the planet, Deplar Farm is the ideal spot to revitalise your health. Start your day with a functional fitness class, ensuring your body is well-primed for the day ahead. In the evening's wind down with a relaxing yoga session. During your stay there are multiple outdoor adventures on offer from cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to snowmobiling. The property also has a fully-equipped gym with cardio machines, workout mats and weights should you still have energy to burn.

After a day's activities, Deplar Farm's spa awaits with a carefully curated menu of treatments available. Experience the Viking Sauna; an unforgettable encounter that combines breathing techniques and contrasting intense heat with ice-water plunges. There's also an I-SOPOD floatation tank designed to create a sense of absolute calm and tranquillity. Targeted massages, men's and women's facials and evening gong baths are also on offer.

During your stay, you will be fuelled by a carefully designed wellness menu using the freshest seasonal ingredients. From fiery ginger shots for breakfast to an evening cup of mountain moss tea to send you to sleep, you'll leave with renewed vigour and inspiration along the path to healthy living.

Yoga at Deplar Farm in Iceland
Spa at Deplar Farm in Iceland
I-SOPOD at Deplar Farm in Iceland