Beginning of June I spent a few days in a beautiful Five star Hotel Spa in Switzerland. It is called Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel and it is located in Interlaken.
In 1856 an enterprising young hotel pioneer Eduard Ruchti (then only 22) purchased the Pension Victoria, which had previously been a doctor’s house. Eight years later he commissioned local architects Friedrich Studer and Horace Edouard Davinet to re-design the property completely. After only nine months’ work, the new Hotel Victoria opened for business in 1865. In 1895 Ruchti transformed his private enterprise into a joint stock company and acquired the adjacent Hotel Victoria (which had been built by Davinet in 1864). Two years later the ornately decorated Festsaal – now the “Jungfrau Brasserie” – was completed. And 1899 saw the two buildings linked by the distinctive dome-topped central tract fronted by an imposing façade.
During the decades, millions of Swiss Francs were invested, always to provide the best luxury services and facilities to the hotel customers. After beautiful luxury suites, the Brasserie was built and recently 2 luxury Spa areas: The ESPA exclusive Spa and the SENSAI Select Spa by Kanebo International.
The ESPA was the perfect complement to the existing fine facilities, which range from tennis courts (indoor and outdoor), a 21-metre swimming pool, whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas and solaria to a fully equipped gym with regular spinning, dance aerobics, fit-boxing and aquapower classes, not to mention Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates. A spa café serves healthy snacks throughout the day and all three restaurants’ menus feature spa food for those that choose to “dine-around” safe in the knowledge that they are within their regime. They propose a very interesting Spa formula in which you have 2 hour for yourself. During these 2 hours you decide, together with the therapist, which care you can have. It was marvelous, very professional and for once, we can feel we can take good care of ourselves.
The SENSAI SELECT SPA by Kanebo International opened their first spa internationally on 23rd December 2009. This luxurious addition has brought a new dimension to the well established and award winning spa hotel, making it the perfect wellbeing destination. The SENSAI SELECT SPA has six therapy rooms including one especially spacious zone where their 3-hour signature treatment is practised including the ritual Japanese cleansing bath. They offer seven luxurious treatments each featuring the exclusive Koishimaru Silk, the finest facial and massage techniques blended with traditional Japanese beauty treatments within a tranquil oasis..
The rooms are well organized, decorated and blends luxury good taste and sense. Modern fabrics and elegant design are together for the pleasure of the guests. Small details like the Bang & Olufsen telephones, the small chocolates in the evenings or the Molton Brown London in the bathroom. Chic yet not over the top and practical. Check here some of my preferred pictures.
3 restaurants are available, one Gastronomic, one Swiss Brasserie and one Italian restaurant. The Gastronomic and the Brasserie are highly ranked at the Gault & Millaut guide, humm…. exquisite.
The Grand Hotel is in the heart of Interlaken, a beautiful city in the middle of Swiss Alps, just close by the Jungfrau, one of the top high mountains of Switzerland and of Europe. Interlaken is located between Lake Brienz to the east and Lake Thun to the west in the area called Bödeli. The town takes its name from its geographical position between the lakes (in Latin inter lacus). The Aare River flows through the town connecting the lakes.
In the nineteenth century, the world of the mountain, described in texts by JohannWolfgang von Goethe, Felix Mendelssohn, or Lord Byron, is rushing the first tourists in the Bernese Oberland. The construction of the railway in Wengen in 1893, and the one of the Jungfrau, from 1898 to 1912, give a further expansion to the region. Hotels constructions transform the appearance of the place.
It is a beautiful region and if you are looking for a relaxing and luxury stay, you need to make a reservation at the Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel. All the personnel are very kind, customer-oriented and will always be at your service in a discrete and efficient way. I love these 19th century Grand Hotel ambiances. It is very romantic and almost poetic.
If you want to know more, check the Hotel website