After entering a floor-to-ceiling oak door, guests are greeted by a “Tree of Life” at the reception area. Tree branches lead guests along a softly-lit corridor past one of the Six Senses symbols to the changing rooms. There, light glows from honey-colored marble sconces on plinths of rough timber. Hand basins are carved from granite boulders.
The Tree of Life design element re-emerges at the beginning of the treatment room area. In these 12 treatment rooms, therapists offer a variety of treatments.
The walls and floor of the Hammam are made of a special Swiss limestone from Laufen. During treatments, the large raised stone bed in the center of the room will also be heated. The room will also feature a cooling shower radiating down from the ceiling. Above the octagonal heated pool, in the Flotation Room, is a light developed by Nik Schweiger.
The relaxation area features stones from a heated pit; a vertical garden hanging on one wall, while against another; and firewood stacked ornamentally with bookcases flanking both sides. A sauna, a steam room and hot and cold plunge pools are adjacent to the changing rooms, which are equipped with two types of showers that provide four different shower experiences. The women’s area has Six Senses sensory pods with water-heated beds.
The indoor swimming pool brings together traditional Swiss design and the inspiration of the surrounding Alps. Boulders of limestone jut from one wall with water flowing through. The pool’s curved side has an infinity edge, while the opposite side offers a lap lane. Two Jacuzzis border the pool. The ceiling is made of fir wood.
The spa will also have dedicated areas for children.
The Alpina Gstaad is set on five acres in Oberbort, the hilltop area of the village which is in Saanenland in the Bernese Alps. Part of a $337-million development which includes private chalets and apartments, The Alpina Gstaad is an interpretation of traditional Swiss architecture incorporating local materials and authentic Alpine style.
The Alpina Gstaad will have three restaurants: MEGU offering a Japanese menu, a traditional stübli with Swiss dishes and one restaurant featuring international cuisine. The property will feature a bar and lounge, a wine-tasting room, a private cinema, a cigar room, a ballroom and several boardrooms.
The 21,500-square-foot Six Senses Spa will include a fitness center and an 82-foot lap pool. An outdoor swimming pool will be set in the gardens. The 56 rooms and suites – all with balconies – range from 333 square feet to 4,305 square feet.
Six Senses manages 10 resorts and 28 spas in 20 countries around the world, with another 15 under construction or development, including China and Vietnam.