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Join international renowned yoga teacher Nico Luce for a spectacular stay in Leukerbad, the largest Alpine thermal spa resort in the midst of the splendid Swiss mountain world of the Valais. Enjoy two daily yoga classes and healthy meals in the comfort of Le Bristol Hotel with its very own hot springs. This is a unique opportunity to nourish your body and soul and take your yoga practice to the next level both on and off the mat.
Le Bristol boasts the most modern wellness center in Leukerbad, set in an enchanting Alpine setting. It is the ideal starting point for a day on the ski slopes or to explore the region.
Their rooms are bright, spacious, and welcoming with comfortable beds. All rooms are equipped with television and radio and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Their indoor pool suits perfectly after a day's skiing or an excursion into the countryside. Let aches float away and weary limbs relax. What could be a nicer reward? As you enjoy the natural warmth of our private spring, your tensions will ease in a moment of sheer lightness.
In continuation of the indoor pool, the outdoor pool is set in the park and offers a unique time of relaxation. The thermal water temperature is 33 degrees, exactly the same as in the indoor pools. Enjoy the fresh air and their Jacuzzi in the sun and in the snow.
In perfect harmony with the countryside, the biotope is an authentic natural swimming pool (water temperatures between 14 degrees and 17 degrees in summer and 7 degrees and 12 degrees in winter). Surrounded by pebbles and rushes, this peaceful location will refresh your body and mind after a session in the sauna.
Tone up and recharge your batteries in their gym. Do whatever you need or feel like. The equipment is suitable for cardio workouts and weight training.
The bar is in the lobby next to the fireplace. This snug meeting place is open from morning to evening, serving juices, wines, spirits, and excellent house cocktails.
Nico has been practicing and teaching yoga for over a decade and is trained in various lineages such as Power Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Anusara, Yin, and Pilates. He is also a devoted student of eastern philosophy and spirituality which he weaves into the physical practice to create a profound transformational experience. Together with his family, Nico lives in the French part of Switzerland. He travels internationally, offering teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats.
The retreat will take place at Le Bristol Hotel, a full four-star service hotel in a quiet south-facing corner of Leukerbad, Switzerland. Leukerbad is a small German-speaking village with about 1,500 inhabitants. Nestling in the midst of the Valaisan mountains, it has the most number of hot springs of any Alpine location. Its position in the center of the canton makes it the ideal starting point for excursions to the Lötschental Valley in Upper Valais, Kandersteg, Crans Montana, or Zermatt for cosmopolitan occasions.
Located at the heart of Valais at an altitude of 1,411 meters between the Daubenhorn, Balmhorn, and Torrenthorn mountains, Leukerbad is the favorite destination of those who love the tranquility of Switzerland, its pure air, and its breathtaking panoramic views. This natural site is among the most popular in Switzerland.
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Sit back in their bright, spacious restaurant and admire the fantastic views through large picture windows and look across to the Daubenhorn and over to their parkland and pools. Le Bristol Hotel's cuisine focuses above all on fresh, high-quality local food. Menus vary according to season and include flavors of the Mediterranean, vegetarian diets, and children meals. And for a perfect start to the day, their breakfast buffet offers a wide choice of quality products.
The 10-kilometer-long Gemmi Pass links Leukerbad with Kandersteg in the canton of Berne. This famous, precipitous route is steeped in history and has been in use since at least the Roman era. Today, the pass is still very popular with hikers and offers snowshoe trails, cross-country skiing, and a great toboggan run in the winter.
Located 2,200 meters above sea level on the historical Gemmi Pass, this Alpine lake turns into Leukerbad's cross-country skiing center in winter. In summer, it is the ideal place to cool off and try kite-surfing. Every year in July, it is where you will find the "Shepherds" Festival with its folklorist events.
The thermal spring path that runs through the Dala Gorge is less than one kilometer from the village square. Open from May to October, the footbridge extends into the gorge, right in the riverbed where the thermal springs emerge.
The path crosses the resort heading in the direction of the Dala Gorges. En route, hikers can find nine information panels explaining the various categories of springs in Leukerbad and the geological, historical, medical, and scientific aspects of the thermal waters.
Leukerbad has the longest via ferrata in Switzerland (a trail somewhere between climbing, hiking, and mountaineering, practiced along vertical rock faces). It is deemed as having an extreme level of difficulty. The via ferrata runs across the cliffs of the Daubenhorn above Leukerbad.
Luxuriate in a private spa facility of 2,000 square meters, the largest and most modern in Leukerbad, reserved exclusively for hotel guests. In these exceptional spa surroundings, you can bathe in their private spring, enjoy their treatments, and regenerate in their revitalizing pools. Natural hot water wells up from a depth of 2,000, conferring unique benefits.
Reserved exclusively for hotel guests, their private spring surfaces 300 meters below the hotel. Its thermal waters effectively relax muscles and joints and will help to fully recharge your batteries.
Their sauna beckons. Share in the pleasure of Scandinavian-style relaxation with the magnificent backdrop of their park. Do not hesitate to plunge into the biotope after a sauna for the perfect alternation of hot and cold temperatures to detox, improve skin elasticity, and give an energy boost to your metabolism.
An oriental port of call, the shimmering golden hammam with its beneficial steam is highly recommended to promote relaxation and to recuperate after physical activity. In just a few minutes, aches give way to an unrivaled sensation of lightness and freshness.
Consisting of a sauna, a steam bath, and dedicated treatment areas, the wellness area allows you to align body and soul in an energizing ambiance.
Their range of services includes classic Valais treatments, beauty care, and massages developed at Le Bristol. They also provide specific treatments for children and seniors.
Please book your flight to arrive at Zurich Airport (ZRH) or Geneva Airport (GVA). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
CONS Nothing specific
PROS Instructor and the participants Nico is very knowledgeable and someone who gets the attention from his students! His speech in class was just amazing, brought a lot of good insights and the need to review life perspective!
CONS The afternoon session was extremely Yin, not a hint of activity, while the morning session already contained a long pranayame and meditation part.
PROS Friendly and generous teacher, good atmosphere of the place and of the people, a good balance of planed activities and free time.
"I would highly recommend this retreat. The yoga classes were expertly taught, with the opportunity to challenge yourself with new poses as well as deepening your existing practice. Vinyasa classes in the morning and yin in the evening provided the perfect balance. The thermal baths in the hotel were the perfect complement to the yoga, helping to relax and release the body. Leukerbad itself is a stunning environment and gives you the chance to take in the great outdoors in between the yoga classes, with hiking and skiing on offer."