Fancy soaking up some spectacular Swiss scenery while soaking in a swimming pool? Here are some ideas...
Switzerland is well known for its spectacular scenery, with its mountain views, lakes and postcard-perfect villages drawing visitors from around the world.
It's less famous, though, for its swimming pools. But, according to Mark Wettstein, director of Switzerland Tourism in Australia and New Zealand, a pool in a panoramic setting is one of the best ways to enjoy the country's incredible views, especially after a big day of exploring the mountains.
Here are his top five picks.
Hotel Villa Honegg
Set 914m above sea level on the mountain of Burgenstock, high above Lake Lucerne, this five-star boutique hotel first opened in 1906. Its outdoor infinity pool (pictured above) is heated to 34C and offers exceptional panoramic views over the lake, valley and surrounding mountains. There's also an indoor pool with big windows to take in the views, along with underwater music and a counter-current swimming system.
Park Hotel Vitznau
This sleek, modern infinity pool at the Park Hotel Vitznau looks out over Lake Lucerne to the mountains of central Switzerland. Set partially undercover, the 21m heated pool allows guests to swim whether the sun's shining or it's snowing, and there are also outdoor jacuzzi beds and an indoor whirlpool to enjoy. In summer, hotel guests can also have a dip in the lake using the property's private access.
Hotel Rigi Kaltbad
Designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, the bathing complex at this hotel near Lake Lucerne features indoor and outdoor pools, with panoramic views of the surrounding Alps and draws on a bathing tradition dating back 600 years. Guests can soak in waters from the Three Sisters Springs, which are heated to 35C, and there are also special events such as evening bathing by candlelight.
The Alpina Gstaad
Set in gardens designed by celebrated landscape architect Jean Mus, the heated outdoor pool at this luxury hotel in the exclusive resort town of Gstaad is surrounded by the Alpine peaks of the Bernese Oberland region. It's part of Switzerland first Six Senses Spa, which also includes a 25m indoor pool with two jacuzzis, a lap lane and a water feature incorporating large rocks, plus a splash pool with mini water slide for children.
This gourmet spa resort has a history stretching back nearly 350 years, when it opened as a spa hotel with its own sulphur spring. These days, guests can relax in the outdoor sulphur pool, which is a toasty 34C and is said to help alleviate skin conditions, rheumatism and joint pain, and stimulate the metabolism. Set in the picturesque Simmental Valley, the property also has an indoor heated pool.
- For more information, see myswitzerland.com.
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