We have just returned from a ski week at this lovely hotel, and agree with all of the comments about its good quality, convenience and friendliness.
I want to review the wellness rooms, open from 3pm to 7pm. Those of us not used to saunas may find them daunting, but there is no need. They provide a calming way to spend an hour or more after a strenuous day of skiing.
After our first day's skiing, we asked for complimentary bathrobes at reception, and kept these throughout our stay. First, we would shower in our room, put the robes on with nothing underneath, and then head down the stairs or lift (wearing flip-flops) to the wellness rooms.
You find the wellness through one of the labelled doors one floor down from reception. There are three consecutive areas separated by glass doors.
You pick up a towel in the first one, but it also has its own shower. You may be able to shower here instead of in your room, but we saw no one doing this.
The second area has showers, sauna, steam room, foot spa and coin-operated whirlpool. There's also a place to make a mug of herbal tea, and sit down.
The first thing most people do is hang up their robe outside the sauna and go in with their towel. Either, place your flip-flops outside the sauna, or on the floor inside. It's important not to let your skin touch the wooden benches (including your feet), so drape your towel appropriately, and sit down, or lie down. The temperature is about 90 °C, and 15 minutes will be long enough. You can use the egg timer on the wall if someone else hasn't started it. Invariably someone will ask to add scoops of water to the fire. You will feel such a wimp if you say no, and it will quickly appear much hotter. If they stand up and swing their towel around their head, you may find it stifling and prefer the lower bench. Anyway, this ritual always gets a conversation going, and you quickly forget you’re naked in mixed company!
After cooling, and rinsing off the sweat, we would use the steam bath. This is a room with tiled seats rather than benches (and very steamy air), but the procedure is similar.
After yet another rinse and dry, we sometimes used the foot spa. We never tried the whirlpool, and only once saw a couple using it.
After the treatments, and drying ourselves, we would make a cup of tea. Although I think there are no rules, it seems appropriate to wrap your towel around you, or put on your gown for this. If still hot, I would delay covering up a little. You can drink the tea on the seats provided, or take it into the third area.
The third area is for relaxing, and has recliners, mood lighting and gentle music. It's nice to sit down to drink tea before reclining to rest. Although I think it's meant to be a quiet area, it seems to be OK to speak for some of the time. Everyone wears their robes on the recliners, and puts their towels behind their heads when lying back.
When you are completely rested, drop your towel into one of the receptacles provided. The hotel provides staff to come in from time to time to empty these and tidy up. You may suddenly find it's close to 7pm, and you're rather later for dinner than you intended!