Switzerland: 12 ideas for relaxing in nature

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Switzerland: 12 ideas for relaxing in nature

“Hot Tug” on Lake Brienz (BE)

Splashing around in relaxing water at 38 degrees, we love it. And when the Nordic bath turns into a mini-boat, like a floating bathtub in the middle of the mountains, we are already choosing our bikini. This unique concept in Switzerland offered by the company Pirate Bay can be enjoyed in the idyllic setting of Lake Brienz. The 1.5-hour wellness cruise accommodates up to six people year-round. And since we are our own captain, we have the choice of the route. Cast off!

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Relaxation break in Ovronnaz (VS)

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This is the spot to test for a relaxation and meditation session in the middle of the forest. The Relax Parc Les Mélèzes, close to the arrival of the Jorasse chairlift, is nestled in the heart of a relaxing clearing. Hammocks, massage seats, relaxation islands and a solar sauna, to fill up with vitamin D, are offered free of charge to hikers and hikers who pass through the area or people looking for revitalization.

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Kneipp course in Flühli (LU)

Switzerland: 12 ideas for relaxing in nature
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On the edge of the Schwandalp pond, a barefoot path based on the Kneipp method invites visitors to put off their shoes to better experience nature. We immerse our feet in the cold water of the pond, then we stroll on the path made up of various materials (stones, wood, pine cones) which stimulate blood circulation. You can also immerse your arms in the cool water and enjoy the rest area. Other similar routes exist in Switzerland, such as Rebeuvelier (JU) or Lac Noir (FR).

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Sauna boat trip (LU, BE, ZU)

What better way to fully relax than to escape for an afternoon in a private spa… on a boat? This original concept of floating wellness area is possible on Lake Lucerne, Zurich or Biel, thanks to Sauna Boot. Take advantage of the sauna heated by a wood stove, the relaxation area and the cold bath (the lake!) for four hours. 2 to 6 people can board (no permit is required). Don’t forget your cozy bathrobe and a snack.

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Reconnection to the forest in the Toggenburg region (SG)

Need a relaxing break? To let your toes be tickled by blades of grass, to learn more about medicinal herbs, to meditate in the middle of nature and to dive into the cool water of the gorges in Äulischlucht? The Nature Spa offer at the Perma Lodge complex in Oberhelfenschwil perfectly meets our need to reconnect with the forest. Between workshops, group yoga sessions and meals healthywe choose our accommodation for three nights, either in a tent in the trees, under the stars, or in the comfortable lodge.

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Vinotherapy in Chexbres (VD)

On the heights of Lavaux, with a breathtaking panorama of the Alps and Lake Geneva, the pop-up spa La Vigne invites itself into the vineyards. Currently located at Domaine Bovy, the experience focused on vinotherapy offers relaxing treatment rituals, to be shared by two. The objective? Valuing the residues of the vine, with antioxidant properties, which are not used to make wine. On the program, hot bath, exfoliation with grape marc, wrap with Chasselas lees and massage with grape seed oil. Only local.

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Glamping at Les Verrières (NE)

Among its overnight stays, the hotel les Cernets offers unusual accommodation: a barrel house in the heart of nature, with all the comforts. We take advantage of this exotic experience to privatize the sauna barrel heated over a wood fire, with a panoramic view of the Chasseron.

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Yoga retreat in Veysonnaz (VS)

Exclusively for women, this luxurious four-day, full-board retreat in the heart of the Valais Alps offers outdoor yoga sessions for all levels, meditation to the sound of Tibetan bowls, relaxing walks in the forest, as well as various workshops on plants and essential oils. An offer from Veysonnaz Tourisme, only from September 15 to 18, 2022. A “weekend” offer, accessible to everyone, is also offered from September 30 to October 2, 2022 and from October 14 to 16, 2022.

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Forest bathing with goats in Champfèr (GR)

Switzerland: 12 ideas for relaxing in nature
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Good plan alert for hikers and hikers who love cute animals. In Champfèr, in the Grisons, you can experience a two-hour forest bath, between mindfulness exercises, relaxation techniques and tasting of local products, in the company of Nicole’s small herd of goats, from the company MiniGeiss – DiniGeiss. This is an opportunity to get to know the animals better and to relax by reconnecting with the surrounding nature.

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Hot tub in a meadow in Herisau (AR)

    In Appenzell, alongside their guest rooms nestled in the family farm, the Dietrichs imagined in 2019 an unusual accommodation, the Alpen Britsche. A small caravan in the middle of a meadow to sleep comfortably under the stars (or almost), tested in 2020 by Instagrammer Fabienne Wernli. A spring water hot tub can be booked nearby, as can a relaxing sauna session.

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    Wellness escape in Unterbäch (VS)

      A log cabin away from it all, complete with sauna and hot tub? Perfect for a week of total disconnection from the world and relaxation, with family or friends. Well, you still have to cut your wood. This small self-contained rental complex, built by Pro Jacks, can accommodate up to 10 guests. Count on a basic package for 6 nights from 1200 fr., to which is added a price per night and per person.

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      Sauna session on the banks of the Rhine (SH)

        Located on the banks of the Rhine in Schaffhausen, Sauna-Jurtendörfli by Rhy Sauna is a floating wellness center with three saunas, relaxation and dining yurts, and a natural pool to cool off in. Ideal for large groups and open in all weathers. To book for a fall trip (rainy is even better), since the complex opens for a new season on October 28, 2022.

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