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Indulge in Luxury: The Ultimate Spa Day Experience at WaldHotel Davos

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While in college, I first started spa day as the annual tradition. My budget was pretty minimal, but it didn't keep me from my wellness utopia. I'd round up my coins and take them on over to Massage Envy for the simple deep tissue massage. With each passing year, I eventually worked my way up to nice and semi-posh day spas around Philadelphia.

Last year, I spent my birthday in Los Angeles at the W Hotel in Hollywood, Bliss Spa. It was nice and relaxing, but felt a little commercial for what I was looking for. I decided that the following year I'd be unwinding at a more unique facility with a more inviting, relaxing, and luxe environment. And let me tell y'all, this year the wellness gods smiled down upon me as I spent my birthday in one of the finest spas in Switzerland. Wald Hotel in Davos is nothing but a luxurious dream come true.

I had a full day of wellness booked which included lunch, a massage, and access to all of the amenities. Most of my time was spent in the saltwater pool and the sauna, because why not? The sauna rules stated explicitly NO TEXTILES, so you know that just about knocked my socks off. I understand the safety implications, but I do prefer a sauna experience without clothes.


Walking into the Waldhotel I was greeted by a staff member who was very authentic with just the right amount of politeness. It didn't feel like she was trying too hard, which to me is the exact opposite of what most concierge and front desk staff do when they can tell that you're not a local. I was treated like a guest and not a tourist. The difference is astounding, and I appreciate

The wellness center is located in the basement of the hotel. There's a swanky lift that makes you feel like you're on some sort of exclusive mission to the WaldHotel Spa, or maybe that's how traditional Swiss lifts are, I don't know. But what I do know, is that I loved every bit of the cute but brief elevator ride.

As you descend to the basement, the aromatherapy wisps from beneath the elevator door, and faintly fills the lift. The doors open, and the brief ride concludes with the warmth of oils inviting you around every corner. I was greeted by the masseuse who showed me where to change, and where I'd be getting my massage. I wasn't at all surprised by the cleanliness of the facility, but I was pleasantly surprised at how suitable the luxury facility was for me. The place was WARM. It was so delightful to know that their wellness center was regulated to a warm climate. I've been in too many freezing spas in my lifetime.


My massage was the first thing I had time to do, at 10 AM with the sweet Swiss woman who showed me around. Let me tell you, her fingers were perfectly nimble and agile, and just incredible for what kneading needed to be done. Gosh, the woman spent so much time on my neck and my thighs. She gave me the option to pick which scent of lotion that I wanted. The choices were between jasmine, lemon citrus, and rosemary. I picked rosemary though because it was more aromatic than the other two. As soon as she put it on my body, I knew I picked the right lotion, and I was passed out after the first fifteen minutes.


After the massage was over, the masseuse woke me up out of my trance, I put my robe back on and went straight to the saltwater pool for about thirty minutes. Then I sat in the sauna for another twenty minutes before hunger crept up on me. I was so ready for lunch. If you know anything about Switzerland, you know that Swiss LOVE their meat and cheese, which doesn't make much of an experience for a vegan. I wasn't nervous about how they would serve me, but I was a little curious about the options. Because really, there have been so many times where I've pulled up to restaurants, just to be presented with a basic ass salad or rice bowl. But this kitchen went all out with their imagination.

Once seated in the dining room I asked the waiter what was on the menu, he straight up told me that he didn't know because their business doesn't serve a lot of vegans. I wasn't concerned, but I was amused to see what they'd come up with. He assured me not to worry, and they'd be able to accommodate me. My first offering was a simple serving of roasted nuts. Even though this hotel is known for its fine dining, I did not by any means assume that they'd know what to do with the vegan. Not only did they figure it out, but they served a divine three-course meal.

1. Pickled carrots

2. Roasted cauliflower with coconut curry sauce, french fries, and a side salad

3. Baked pears with lemon sorbet

Each course was so divine. It doesn't seem like a lot of food, but it was the perfect serving, I was so satisfied. The flavors were balanced, and it was a light preparation that didn't feel heavy at all. But I did feel full; they could have seriously wheeled me out of there. I normally don't like posting pictures of myself with a full stomach, I don't know if a woman does, but I had to post the photo of my satisfied little happy belly.

After eating I disrobed and sat in the sauna some more and took about a thirty-minute nap afterwards. I got out of there around 4:00 PM, and still had some time left to spare to go sledding down the mountain. I'll tell you more about that adventure later. I couldn't wait to share this experience with you guys, because it was a true day in a dream. I am looking forward to what this next year brings forth, and already manifesting my next luxe Bearthday spa day retreat!

Happy Holidaze.

Treat yourself to something amazing this season

peace & purple


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