Swiss Bliss for Design and Spa Lovers

Vivienne Tang

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Experience the ritual of bathing at the 7132 Thermal Baths, one of Switzerland’s most impressive wellness havens

Every designer and wellness enthusiast’s dream, the 7132 Thermal Baths in Switzerland are everything and more than you possibly imagine. Architects and spa lovers from all over the world flock to the small village of Vals in Graubuenden to bathe and laze away the day in the hot thermal springs, famous for its healing minerals.

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The remote village is a picturesque valley dotted with cute chalets that reach all the way up to the mountain ridges. However, it is the spa (built over the only thermal spring in the canton of Graubuenden) and the super luxe and ultra chic 7132 Hotel attached to it that give it its attraction factor.

Designed by award-winning starchitect Peter Zumthor (he won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2009), the wellness temple is of timeless quality and offers a complete sensory experience. A mystical oasis, the interior is a minimalist maze of stone and healing waters with sharp 90-degree angles.

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Built from layer upon layer of dark grey Valser quartzite, Zumthor created a number of hidden high-ceilinged, almost cave-like, spaces around the two main pools (30°C), one of them being inside and one outside.

Even though the elegant wellness haven plays with visuals, temperatures (the fire pool boasts 42°C and the ice pool 14°C), and sounds (there’s a dark echo chamber), at the end of the day, the 7132 Thermal Baths invite you to while away the day and do absolutely nothing, giving you space to simply be. Especially in our growingly busy culture, it is vital that once in a while we allow ourselves to veg out, to rejuvenate and to gather our thoughts and emotions. Guests can also enjoy ESPA spa treatments, but given the limited time, I would suggest spending it in the thermal baths instead.

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While the interiors of the 7132 Thermal Baths create a highly sensuous and restorative experience, designed to soothe the senses and to envelope and nurture our tired bodies and minds, the indoor pool then leads you outside into the wide-open mountainous space. Here you simply marvel at Mother Nature’s beauty and spend time observing how your mind, body and soul respond to her call.

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The 7132 Thermal Baths are exclusively reserved for 7132 Hotel guests from 7am – 11am, but open to public from 11am to 8pm. Night swimming is exclusively for hotel guests on Sunday and Friday, and on Wednesday also for non-resident guests from 11pm – 1am.

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Weekends are very popular and the 7132 Thermal Baths only allow a certain number of people to enter at the same time, which is another great reason to book a stay at 7132 Hotel, as hotel guests have a guaranteed entry throughout the entire day.

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The room of the 7132 Hotel are designed by world-class architects, connecting the thermal baths, and has its very own helicopter, 7132 Hotel offers something for everyone.

7132 Hotel and its adjoining sister property House of Architects by 7132 offers rooms designed by some of the world’s most famous starchitects, including Tadao Ando whose designs resemble Japanese teahouses, Thom Mayne whose designs provide a futuristic three-dimensional experience, Peter Zumthor whose designs involve stucco lustro with a modern take, and Kengo Kuma whose designs are inspired by Japanese carpentry.

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It also offers three gourmet restaurants, including the two-Michelin-starred 7132 Silver Restaurant by Sven Wassmer, 7132 DaPapà, which serves up pizza, pasta and great wines, and 7132 Red Restaurant, which offers a modern casual dining atmosphere.

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Vals is beautiful all-year round. Come during summer and go hiking around the Zervreila lake, or schedule something for winter and enjoy the ski slopes and warm thermal baths during snowfall.

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