This post was kindly sponsored by Stoos Wellness Hotel and Erlebniswelt Muotatal Husky Lodge, however as always all opinions are my own. I only ever recommend brands and places that I personally love!
If there are two things Switzerland is known for they would have to be mountains and wellness. And of course the two make a perfect pair. I think any trip to Switzerland should definitely include at least one night in a mountain top spa hotel.
And while I’ve done a few day trips to wellness hotels, recently I finally had a whole wellness weekend away. And so today I am sharing my weekend in the Muotathal-Stoos region of Switzerland.
Day One: Muotatal Husky Lodge
Something I have wanted to do since we arrived in Switzerland is visit some huskies! So when Erlebniswelt Muotathal Husky Lodge invited us to stay for a night before we headed to the nearby mountain top spa hotel, I was beyond excited. In my opinion any wellness weekend can only be better if cute dogs are involved.
Unfortunately our trip was a tiny bit too early for snow so we couldn’t go sledding with the dogs. But we still got to play with them and help feed them dinner – which as you can imagine gets a little crazy.
The Husky Lodge has over 40 dogs and it didn’t take long to see just how loved they all are, to the point where our guide was picking up one of the dogs and hugging him like a baby. It was also really interesting to learn all about the huskies, all of our questions were answered with an incredible amount of enthusiasm.
Although getting to visit and cuddle the huskies was the part I was most excited about, it turns out the sleeping lodges and restaurant are really beautiful too. The Husky Lodge also has a relaxation room and sauna. I look forward to visiting again one day when there is snow – because this place would look straight out of a winter fairytale.
Getting to the Husky Lodge
The easiest way to get to Erlebniswelt Husky Lodge is by car but public transport is also possible with a bus stop about a 15 minute walk away from the lodge. The drive from Zurich or Lucerne is just over one hour.
Day Two : Stoos Wellness Centre
After a relaxing afternoon with the huskies and yummy dinner made up of local ingredients at Erlebniswelt Muotathal Husky Lodge we made our way up the mountain to Stoos to check into Hotel Stoos for a couple of days of wellness surrounded by Swiss mountains. The hotel itself has been beautifully renovated, in fact I was quite happy to lounge around the fire place and read a book in the bar area.
With a spa treatment booked for the afternoon we decided to take a little hike just outside the Stoos village in the moorlands. And even though it had been cloudy when we arrived the blue sky decided to make an appearance and we enjoyed the fresh mountain air and sunshine. For me part of the appeal of staying in a mountain top hotel in Switzerland is that it’s so easy to get out into nature and switch off from everyday life.
One naked truth you need to know before booking a spa hotel in Switzerland
One little thing that is really important to be aware of when you are booking a spa or wellness centre in Switzerland, Germany or Austria is that a lot of them have a no clothing policy for the saunas and steam rooms. This can be quite shocking for those of us who are not used to it but it is all part of the culture here. Because it wasn’t something we were very comfortable with we opted for booking private treatments rather than using the communal areas at the wellness centre.
Day Three : Stoos Wellness Centre
On our third and final day, and after a very good, post-massage sleep, we decided to get up a little earlier and use the outdoor spa and relaxation room before going on a little adventure further up the mountain.
Just a short walk from the hotel is a chair lift that takes you up to Fronalpstock. The chairlift has two sections so you will get off in the middle and get back on the next chairlift to go all the way to the top. Once you are up at Fronalpstock the view is incredible. You look down over the clouds and incredible lake and mountain scenery.
From January – March when the snow is here you can ski and during summer there is a longer hike that goes along a gorgeous mountain ridge.
Getting to Stoos
Getting up to Stoos is a little bit special because you get to go in their new funicular, which is the steepest in the world. Unfortunately it was closed for maintenance during our visit but I’m sure I will be back one day to try it.
The easiest way to get to Stoos is by driving to and parking at the funicular, but public transport is also possible by bus. The drive to the funicular from Zurich or Lucerne is just over one hour.
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