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Skin Peaks

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Known for its decadent chocolates and fine timepieces, Geneva recently added to its arsenal of indulgences with the debut of the world’s first Spa Mont Blanc. The 30,000-square-foot facility—which opened in October within a two-story, glass-enclosed rooftop space at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva—looks out to the Jura Mountains and the spa’s namesake Swiss Alpine peak. “Spa Mont Blanc is fully inspired by the Swiss Alps,” says Julanda Marais, Mont Blanc’s assistant spa director. “To provide an authentic Swiss experience, we are focused on the expertise and precision for which the Swiss are known.”

To that end, Marais says that Spa Mont Blanc’s treatments are designed to “restore energy and contribute to long-term health benefits, rather than to simply provide pampering experiences.” Pampering experiences are certainly available—including aromatherapy massages, rejuvenating acupressure, and hot-stone treatments by Espa—but the spa’s signature therapies focus on skin care, fitness, and nutrition.

Swiss Perfection, an antiaging skin-care line from the Clinique La Prairie Medical Center, helped develop therapies for the spa that aim to diminish wrinkles and smooth skin without invasive medical procedures. Including the 70-minute Cellular Exclusive Lift Concept (priced at about $900) and a 60-minute facial designed specifically for men (about $620), the therapies incorporate natural ingredients—such as iris germanica, caviar, and vitamin C—known to detoxify and repair skin cells. The spa’s fitness and nutrition programs, meanwhile, are led by medically trained professionals and include personal training sessions, cooking classes, and wellness regimens.

Guests enter Spa Mont Blanc through a light-filled reception area adorned with mountain-stone floors, aged-oak paneling, and bespoke Poltrona Frau furnishings. Transformed over three years by Metex Design Group (the Turkey-based firm behind the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus), the space blends the warmth of a traditional mountain chalet with the sleek design of an urban retreat. In addition to seven treatment rooms (one with its own private hammam), the spa includes a library with a glass-dome roof, a 41-foot swimming pool, a hot vitality pool, and a series of hammams swathed in white Marmara marble. Gastronomy is also part of the experience, with a Japanese fusion restaurant that serves such Nikkei-Mediterranean delights as lobster and baby spinach dressed in truffled yuzu dressing.


The Four Seasons currently claims the world’s only Spa Mont Blanc, although additional facilities are anticipated to debut in the coming years. While the holistic benefits of the brand’s Swiss-inspired treatments are sure to remain a focus, the original outpost’s Mont Blanc vistas will no doubt defy duplication.


Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva, +41.22.908.70.00, www.fourseasons.com


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