Palace spa
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Anyone who has ever experienced the hammam treatment in Morocco, may be surprised to see it on offer at the recently renovated spa at the Gstaad Palace in Switzerland. Pummelling and scrubbing of the skin until it is red raw before being subjected to a form of water torture may seem slightly incongruous with a hotel that has been synonymous with high-end luxury for several decades.

the Gstaad Palace

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The private spa

This being the Gstaad Palace, the seven-stage hammam treatment programme is an altogether more refined affair. The two-hour ritual begins with a foot bath and takes in a foam body massage, a steam bath, a dip in the truly stunning pool, finally ending in a hydrating oil massage in the private relaxation room.

Alongside the hammam facilities are eight treatment rooms, a private spa suite, saunas, steam baths and a couple of pools, as well as a gym and Jacuzzi; all wrapped up in over 50 tons of stunningly assembled granite from the Bernese Oberland. All in all, a welcome haven from summer and winter mountain pursuits.


Gstaad Palace
3780 Gstaad


Melina Keays is the entertaining director of Wallpaper*. She has been part of the brand since the magazine’s launch in 1996, and is responsible for entertaining content across the print and digital platforms, and for Wallpaper’s creative agency Bespoke. A native Londoner, Melina takes inspiration from the whole spectrum of art and design – including film, literature, and fashion. Her work for the brand involves curating content, writing, and creative direction – conceiving luxury interior landscapes with a focus on food, drinks, and entertaining in all its forms