• Badi
  • How To Do Wellness – Frutt Lodge & Spa & Sauna

    Melchsee Switzerland 2019

    Melting the pains away – the best alpine & Finnish way – in Frutt Lodge & Spa.

    So, I’ve become a spa person. (Or maybe just old, though won’t admit anything.) A good, clean, quiet spa (and sauna – more than else a good sauna) kinda person. To balance the life well, as I’m also more frequently the runner-skier-biker semi-physical worker kinda person.

    And slowly – yet with a great intention – I have become a Swiss spa person. (Very slowly really, because Swiss spas require good Swiss budget. Which I luckily have now.)

    Finally literally even, since earlier this week  I tested the Berglauf Engelberg track (9km up – and down – with 1200m+ vertical) resulting in pretty (read very) sore legs in real need of sauna and spa. Yet first, I joined my friends on their Via Alpina multi day hike from Engelberg to Interlaken.  But since I didn’t have time for as long hike as my friends, I took the chance, skipped the Tannensee – Meiringen stage and directed my sore legs to the Melchsee-Frutt direction after a hike from Engelberg to Engstlenalp and night in the cozy, Wes Anderson’ish hotel Engtslenalp (more of which some other time). Knowing there would be a pretty good spa to try get a good cure for my pains.

    And oh boy, did it do it. Very well indeed.

    In addition to offering effective and lasting cure to my sore legs as a spa (they were like newborns on my way back home) Frutt Spa (in the Frutt Lodge & Spa complex by lake Melchsee in Central Switzerland, not far from Lucerne) also seems (read feels) to have the best Finnish sauna I have ever stepped into (funny how the Swiss seem to know very well how to do good things of wood –saunas included).

    Offering unique alpine wellness, the frutt spa pool and the saunas were topped with good wood (including the smell and carvings) and cows crazing outside the big windows opening to the lake. Lucky me (for once) also got the saunas and spa almost all to myself on this day – note how you can visit the spa as external day quest only by request, 40,- for an admission– and could walk away with mind and body relaxed, simply cured and amazed by the experience.

    Next time gonna come by bike though. And book a room. Because after sauna like this, a good sleep or easy lazy roll is way better than the long hike I did to get back home with the last lifts in the Engelberg side.

    Finnish Sauna Frutt Lodge & Spa Switzerland

    Melchsee-Frutt

    Frutt Lodge & Spa Switzerland 2019


    Where: Hotel Frutt Lodge & Spa, 1920m above sea level, Melchsee-Frutt, Switzerland (map)

    Ps. Note how a spa or hotel visit in here can be combined nicely with a multi day hiking, mountain biking or trail running tour from/to Engelberg, Meiringen or Stöckalp direction (only for a limited period in summer you can drive to Melchsee-Frutt).

    And while Frutt Lodge & Spa is a very stylish place, it’s still true to the alpine lifestyle. So, in here hiking boots and mountain bikes are better accessory choices than stilettos and Teslas.

  • BLOG
  • Hostel With A View In The Swiss Alps – Swiss Youth Hostels

    Graubünden Hiking Switzerland Tiina Kivelä

    Springy skiing and summer hiking adventures in Switzerland ahead but not much money? Well, if you’re looking for a budget accommodation alternative and hostel with a view in the Swiss Alps look no further than Swiss Youth Hostels.

    Found from 51 destinations – from Zermatt to Davos and even St. Moritz – Swiss Youth Hostels offer very good value for your money, sustainable practices and these views.

    The exact service offering and quality of each establishment varies, but in every case you may expect towels and sheets and more than good enough breakfast and location. And in almost every hostel you find both dorms and double rooms, ski room and lunch and dinner service.

    From Saas Fee, you even find their wellness-hostel with everything wellness from sauna to gym and swimming pool. And the snowy picture below is from their Davos establishment’s balcony.

    Not a bad deal to consider.

    Tiina Kivelä

    She Zermatt Switzerland 2018

    Tiina Kivelä

    Davos Your Hostel Switzerland


     

    Where: Pontresina, Zermatt & Davos, Switzerland

  • FINLAND
  • Well-Staying in Hotel St. George Helsinki

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    During my recent bleisure (= a bit of business + a lot of self care) trip to Helsinki, I stayed a night in Hotel St. George. And now I may also say it’s the best hotel I’ve ever stayed in Finland.

    Of my stay, I have to highlight few things especially. First of all, the excellent bread in breakfast (also available in the St. George Bakery, in where you find also Nordic’s first Monocle shop). Then, the enchanting spa experience with Finnish and Turkish sauna, a pool and ice bath (the sauna is very needed after a stroll out in the almost brutal arctic winter & windchill, see the outfit of the day).

    Third, I enjoyed the decor and art all over the place (also the architecture is worth noting) and the excellent beds and bathroom essentials (definitely new luxury). And the day of travel, business and spa ended well in Wintergarden with their signature zero-waste (!) cocktails. In there, I chose the smoky one for a little cold I managed to get on my way. And because it contained salt, which I really needed after sweating my worries away in the sauna.

    Last but not least, the holistic well-being  concept by Hintsa Performance was exactly of what I think every quality hotel of today should have. It’s not fifty shades of grey, but fifty shades of taking care of your body mind & soul, for optimal quality of life and performance.

    St. George says to be #forbetterstay and I have to say I really stayed well.  The stay provided me all the solutions I needed for my problems at the moment, and the ultimate self-care and relaxation.

    Exactly the kind of enchanting experience I’m looking for this year and more than a good example for others concept designers.

    May I already go back?

    Tiina Kivelä Hotel St. George

    Tiina Kivelä Hotel St. George Helsinki

    Tiina Kivelä Hotel St. George

    Tiina Kivelä Hotel St. George

    Tiina Kivelä Hotel St. George

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

     


    Where: Hotel St. George, Helsinki, Finland