So spa, so good

A new Alpine clinic with a good-food-and-exercise approach to wellbeing

Lonhea, Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland
Lonhea, Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland | Image: Gianluca Colla

Destination spas have become as much a part of Switzerland’s national brand as its Alpine slopes. The newest is Lonhea Alpine Clinic (www.lonhea.com; from £7,100 per week, all inclusive), which opened on July 1 in Villars-sur-Ollon, a 90-minute drive from Geneva. Unlike Clinique La Prairie – known for its Revitalization treatment involving orally administered shots of CPL extract, derived from young lamb’s livers – Lonhea focuses on simpler fixes, such as hiking, cycling, yoga and swimming in an outdoor pool overlooking the Rhône Valley. Guests wear a heart-rate monitor during their stay and continue to do so for four months after they leave, with data fed back daily via its website. This allows Lonhea’s staff to adjust the clients’ exercise and diet programmes remotely. Back on site, wine is allowed (red only) and the valley-sourced food claims to be more about good nutrition than calorie counting; plus, with only nine rooms, each guest gets around eight hours of one-on-one attention daily.

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