Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel and Spa lives up to its name. It’s one of the grand dame hotels of Switzerland and an icon in the popular tourist town of Interlaken. The stop off for great hiking, sightseeing and some skiing, it’s an ideal base for a luxury weekend, a short wellness break or a more intense Better Aging programme from Swiss brand Nescens. The hotel has some great restaurants and you should definitely make time to eat at Sapori and La Terrasse.
The spa at Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel and Spa itself is vast. Based over two floors and two wings, the art deco inspired design of the main indoor pool is stunning. There are three hot tubs in this space with sauna and steam room, plus an indoor/outdoor brine hot tub. This leads out to an impressive spa terrace which is wonderful in the summer months – you can look out to the mountains and breath the fresh alpine air.
The spa features a hair salon, a large gym and a dedicated beauty spa with Sensai and now Nescens Facials. This is a light yet cocooning space with dainty design that is inspired by Asia. The spa has 22 treatment rooms which includes a private spa suite with its own hammam and sauna, showers and bath with two treatment beds. The suites on the top floor provide access to the spa and are spacious and well-proportioned with big comfy beds, bath and a terrace with seating area and views to die for. There’s a small spa bistro serving healthy options including salads and wraps, plus some nice juices and light sweet treats at the end. Do try the Lentil Soup. It’s heathy and hearty.
The Nescens Spa Concept at Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel and Spa is very Swiss (naturally) and not that well-known outside Switzerland (but that is changing as its reputation grows). Developed by Dr Jacques Proust, it combines good nutrition and exercise for 4, 7 and 14 days programmes. It’s a medical-led programme with doctor-led consultations to start, including bloody analysis, osteopath analysis and nutritional consultation. These results determine the combination of therapies, food and exercise.
Detox and weight loss are high on the agenda, but it’s a simple combination, executed perfectly. I loved the fitness options on offer and whilst on site, we went powerwalking up a mountain, Nordic Walking between the lakes and even had a swim in the refreshing waters of the lake. The final morning, we had a yoga session in the sunshine on the roof garden terrace. The food is calorie controlled, delicious and very satisfying. You are generally limited to 1000-1300 calories per day for weight loss and the food is tasty and wholesome. Expect yogurt and berries for breakfast with maybe a little bread and protein. Other meals include carrot and orange juice soup, Turbot and steamed vegetables and you even get dessert. Iced Raspberry Souffle. Amazing.
The spa treatments are designed to complement and enhance the efficacy of the food and movement programme. Signature Massages, body scrubs and bathing will make up the key parts of the spa therapies on the programme – but these can be adapted and you can add in more beauty related therapies if you wish. All treatments were perfectly executed and provide some much-needed relief after vigorous exercise. But never fear – not all exercise is strenuous – its tailor made and adapted to suit your needs, abilities and goals.
In just two days I felt refreshed and revitalised. The clear mountain air, hiking in the hills work wonders for mind, body and soul.