Familiar with the dilemma?
You fancy relaxing for a few days but don’t have the budget or feel like a luxury hotel?
These two things usually kept me from taking a wellness holiday…until recently.
Because I was invited to enjoy a night at the recently opened wellnessHostel3000 in Laax
Memories of red and white checkered plastic tablecloths
I must confess that the last time I was at a youth hostel was while I was in school. They are positive memories, but still I associated attributes like «very simple», «old-fashioned» and «red and white checkered plastic tablecloths» with my last hostel experiences.
What I encounter at wellnessHostel3000 gives my youth hostel memories a complete reset.
Boutique hotel at a hostel price
Even from the outside, the wellnessHostel3000 looks modern and inviting. Inspecting the lobby and the meeting areas, any boutique hotel can pack up and go home! Cool designer furniture, panoramic windows, a billiard and table football table and a large wall of books invite you to linger, and you can get the drinks you need at the bar opposite.
We stay in a double room with a priceless view of Lake Laax and a private bathroom. It captivates with its stylish simplicity. The beds are already made and only need to be stripped before check-out. An XXL wardrobe, a salon table with a stylish rocking chair complete the Scandinavian-inspired interior. We immediately feel at home.
By the way, if you are travelling with your family, there are also family rooms with private bathrooms. A youth hostel wouldn’t deserve its name if it didn’t still offer dormitories: At wellnessHostel 3000 you can also book a 4- or 6-bed room with a washbasin, which are no less aesthetically pleasing and fresh.
Five-star wellness area
The icing on the cake of the wellnessHostel3000 is the «Aua Grava» wellness area, which extends over 735 square metres. I’ve rarely seen such an aesthetic and versatile oasis of relaxation. We find everything our relaxation-seeking bodies desire: A Finnish sauna, an herbal sauna, a steam bath, a KESE micropeeling room, a sound room and feature showers. My favourite is the fire bath, which is illuminated by soft coloured light and a high window, and the ice bath next to it.
But I would also love to pack up the hammock chairs, which are reminiscent of Corbusier loungers, and hang them up in my home.
The setup of the whole landscape is so generous that we hardly get in the way of other guests, even when it’s busy.
If you have more time than we do, there’s also an inviting 910 square metre pool area with a 25 metre swimming pool, a non-swimmers’ and children’s pool and a water slide.
As befits a «real» wellness hotel, you can also book various treatments, massages, facials and beauty treatments. The sporty among you can let off steam in the fitness room or sign up for yoga and Pilates classes.
Charming morning atmosphere
As my time is rather short, I decided to have a morning yoga session on my own at the idyllic Lake Laax, and then to fuel up at the generous breakfast buffet at the in-house restaurant «BiBlau», which I can also recommend for lunch and dinner.
By the way, wellnessHostel3000 is not only ideal for a relaxing wellness holiday, but also the perfect starting point for activities such as the world’s longest tree-top walk, the «Senda dil Dragun», various hikes or an exciting ride on the Rhaetian Railway. If you want to learn more about it, you can do so here
There is even more wellness at the Swiss Youth Hostels
Do you know Laax like the back of your hand and would rather go somewhere else for a wellness holiday? No problem, the Swiss Youth Hostels run a second wellness hostel, wellnessHostel4000 in Saas Fee.
In any case, I’m already looking forward to my next wellness escape at the youth hostel, a place where I feel comfortable and that fits my budget.
About the author
Jesca Li is a blogger and journalist.
In her eponymous blog www.jesca.li, she tells stories from everyday life, takes readers on trips, gives fashion tips and conducts interviews with exciting personalities.
She gets her inspiration from traveling and observing people and nature.