Happy Tuesday, Cara! Believe it nöd, but hardly back from the holidays, we climb back into the terry slippers. It is again ge-Spa Reviewt, and really chic on Lac Léman: Today we drive to Lausanne, the five-star Hotel Royal Savoy!
The traditional house has recently come up trumps with a brand new, rather large spa – which we believe has to check out pretty much right away. I grabbed my girlfriend Nadia and set out. The first big joy was driving up with my rather “idiosyncratic” Fiat Multipla
(but to leave him out of the picture, because there are hate letters again, WHO buys such an ugly car)…
First time and our really nice, quiet room check-in … then to directly on to a small tour of the hotel and the spa area.
The Royal Savoy has been shaping the city of Lausanne for more than 100 years: the striking structure with its huge Art Deco archway is located right in the middle of the Avenue d’Ouchy – right between the Lausanne train station and the lake promenade and has served many royal families (including from Spain or Thailand) already as a fixed holiday base.
Good enough for us, right?
The huge hotel was closed in 2009 and then extensively rebuilt and renovated for almost six years. During the entire work, the new owners, the Bürgenstock Selection – Katara Hospitality Switzerland AG, have made it clear that they should not save money – but in a very sensitive way, even get very small details, so that the beautiful, “classic” spirit of the Royal Savoy is preserved. In addition to the spa, the new “Garden Wing” wing has more than 90 hotel rooms and suites, as well as the spa.
However, the remodeling work is not yet complete: the “Sky Lounge” in the main building (which will certainly become a major attraction) should then be ready in September
and then we go drinking a prosecco, gäll?
Of course, the five-star hotel is also a culinary attraction in Lausanne: The brasserie with terrace was able to lure star chef Marc Haeberlin from Alsace and really offers incredibly fine creations from his “spring” (wooden spoon?).
Nadia and I were allowed to enjoy a 3 course meal in the Royal Brasserie and were blown away!
After a wonderfully restful night, we had a leisurely breakfast and then quit to work: on the brand new spa!
THE SPA FACTS:
The Royal Savoy Spa was officially opened to all guests on June 1, 2016, making it the centerpiece of the new “Garden Wing” hotel building, located just behind the main (old) main building, and a part of the hotel’s beautiful garden Trap makes.
At 1,500 square meters, there is a large wet area with indoor and outdoor pool, several whirlpools, hammam, sauna and steam room facilities as well as classic spa facilities such as a (rather large!) Gym, hair studio and a spa boutique ,
THE STEFFI & NADIA SPA EXPERIENCE:
So beautiful! We were able to take our time for our visit – because we arrived in the afternoon at three and our treatments had booked until the evening.
Since it seems (still!) Quiet to go back and forth during the week, Nadia and I were almost alone in the outdoor area and could spend almost two hours super comfortable bathing, a bit in the Jacuzzi “blöterlen” … and then on the huge sunbeds in the garden almost fall asleep. OK, I’M IN – but of course in the shadows, where are YOU thinking?
But then off to treatment: The treatment offer includes hydrotherapy and wraps, a comprehensive range of massage treatments, as well as a range of holistic treatments such as Reiki, Sound Therapy or Shiatsu.
The facials are all from Aromatherapy Associates, which are based on herbal medicinal properties : Nadia and I were allowed to test the Ultimate Aromatherapy Associates Facial (50 minutes, 150 francs) tailored to individual skin needs. My wonderful therapist Melanie made my skin a little bit plump with my slightly dry skin – and her relaxing facial massage, which also included arms and feet, was just great!
What I liked most was the really fragrant Aromatherapy Associates products , which never felt “sharp” on the skin and had really nice, not too oily textures. I almost went shopping at the spa boutique, in the case!
WHAT MAKES “LE SPA DU ROYAL SAVOY” EXCEPTIONAL:
Of course, it is its sheer size that makes an impression first: 1500 square meters are quite big for a hotel spa! As generous as the entrée and the pool area are … it is above all the elegant, dark-colored spa area that triggers this “I want to stay here forever” feeling.
The contrast between the five-star luxury of the hotel and the very modern spa is totally successful – and really invites you to come here for a day spa stay!
WHAT ELSE TO DO IN LAUSANNE:
As Nadia and I had a few more hours the next day before we had to go back to Zurich, we discovered Lausanne, of course: I almost did not know the city, since I was about twenty years ago the last time there was.
And, Läck, Lausanne is beautiful! What you need to know: The metro is your best friend, because the city is located on a relatively steep slope, and here is everything – even the shopping tour – connected with ups and downs. The old town is delightful, and although there are really many shops here, which we as Zurich already know, there are almost every small alley to discover great boutiques.
Our favorite among them? The concept store “Caramel Beurre Sel”, which has a hairdresser’s shop and a great interior decoration as well as a huge selection of small plus size fashion labels. Nadia and I tried the cool labels for almost an hour (and also bought a few pieces, ahem) … What a nice shop!
At the end we went a little sunbathing on the lake promenade Ouchy (I almost broke my foot in front of Gumpä, ahem) and then drove home – almost a bit reluctantly.
A wonderful spa getaway in the best of company and in one of the most beautiful new spas in Switzerland. What a trip!
Merci, Lausanne … and Nadia, of course. The miserable again!
Hotel Royal Savoy Lausanne, Avenue d’Ouchy 40, CH-1006 Lausanne.
The Spa of the Royal Savoy Lausanne is open daily from 6:30 to 22:00, treatments are offered from 9:00 to 21:00, more information here .