Digi-detox at Bramble Ski’s New Verbier Mountaintop Fitness Retreat

STORY BY Megan Hughes 18th May 2018

Groups can switch-off and get fit at this high-Altitude, low-tech summer escape at Bramble Ski’s new Verbier residence, Chalet Les Étrennes.

Bramble Ski, the Alps’ largest luxury chalet operator, is delighted to unveil its first mountaintop digi-detox fitness retreat in the Swiss resort of Verbier. Available exclusively for guests of the brand-new Chalet Les Étrennes, sleeping 12 in six bedrooms, it is the ideal summer wellness escape.

From active pursuits including ‘mindful’ hiking, yoga, meditation, TRX and high-intensity training sessions to healthy cooking workshops, al-fresco art lessons and pamper sessions, the retreat is sure to appeal to stressed-out city-dwellers looking to escape the increasing frenetic pace of modern life.

Bramble Ski’s expert concierge team will be on hand before and throughout the stay to discuss participants’ personal goals and preferences, conducting a nutrition consultation before the trip and creating a bespoke itinerary for the group. A private chef will be at guests beck and call to whip up anything from a five-course vegan feast to a light midnight snack.

A typical day will begin with an energising vinyasa flow yoga and meditation session led by a local expert on the chalet’s large top floor terrace. A delicious and nutritious breakfast spread will follow, before the group heads out to the surrounding countryside for a guided ‘mindful’ hike, during which guests will roam and forage for herbs, botanicals and berries to be used later in the day during a healthy cooking lesson.

The afternoon will be spent enjoying a series of restorative spa treatments by Bramble Ski’s dedicated therapists.  The group will then enjoy a balanced cooking masterclass with a Michelin-trained private chef, where they will learn to make tasty, wholesome recipes including wild garlic, sweet potato and goat’s cheese frittata and apricot and honey cannellini bean drizzle cake.

Guests will then head back outdoors for an al-fresco art lesson, where they will learn various painting and sketching techniques with which to depict the beauty surrounding them.

A sunset yin yoga and meditation session will allow guests to synchronise their mind and body through ancient chanting and breathing techniques designed to relax and unwind in preparation of a restful night’s sleep.

The concierge will remove all televisions and Wi-Fi from the chalet, with guests encouraged to hand over their phones and electronic devices at the beginning of the stay, preventing any distractions and allowing guests to be truly in the moment.

Perched atop the Verbier mountainside with unspoilt vistas of the surrounding valleys and lush greenery, wilderness-seekers will be in their element at Chalet Les Étrennes, which boasts a large landscaped garden complete with a hot tub in which to soak up the views.

The four-story property boasts six en-suite bedrooms, including a master suite with a walk-in dressing area, with floor-to-ceiling windows and wrap-around balconies which flood the interiors with light. A hammam provides the ideal space to recharge after a busy day, while a large dining room with space for up to 12 is the perfect spot for a delicious, guilt-free banquet.

When taken on a catered basis, Chalet Les Étrennes comes with a professional chef and a host who serves breakfast every day, afternoon tea six days a week, champagne, canapés and dinner on six evenings a week, the finest selection of wines, soft drinks and beer, turn down on six evenings and a dedicated driving service.

Prices for Bramble Ski’s Chalet Les Étrennes, sleeping 12 in six bedrooms, are available on request. For further information or to book visit www.brambleski.com or call +41 22 534 97 74.

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