Nescens Better Aging Spa Break
VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU Grand Hotel & Spa Interlaken
… Personalised Pampering, Relaxation & Wellbeing
Feeling stressed, tired or generally below par? Maybe what you need is a rejuvenating spa break – but one which is personalised to you and which will help you maintain a healthy outlook long after you’ve left. After three days at the VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU Grand Hotel & Spa in Interlaken I certainly felt totally invigorated, with a new found joie de vive! The “Nescens Better Aging Program” at the hotel’s dedicated Nescens Spa takes wellbeing, pampering and relaxation to a new level and it’s all based on cutting edge science.
I was pampered and pummelled to within an inch of my life and it felt wonderful – so invigorating yet so relaxing too. The whole experience was so good that instead of leaving on the last day at the time I was supposed to, I delayed my departure twice as I couldn’t bear to go – ending up taking very nearly the last train back to Zurich!
A Tailor Made Luxury Experience
So what makes it so special? The key difference is the level of personalisation. This isn’t just a luxury spa program that everybody follows in the same way – it’s tailor made to your preferences, to your requirements and to YOU! It also focuses on ways to optimise your health and wellbeing not just now but for the future too. The Spa uses the most advanced international research aimed at helping you stay healthy and look good for as long as possible.
Personal trainer Iris accompanies me on a “personal training hike” up nearby Schynige Platte
A Holistic Program
I went for 3 days to test it out but the usual program for the Nescens Better Aging Program is 4 or 7 days. However, some people go for 10 days or 2 weeks or longer and the VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU Grand Hotel & Spaalso offers overnight packages as well as day spa options too.
The Nescens Better Aging program is informative as it gives you tips and tricks to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle – to keep you feeling younger for longer; small changes which you can take on board which will have long-term effects. On top of that it’s totally enjoyable and luxurious. It’s holistic as it takes into account all aspects of your life and health, and gives you a total break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life!
Health Consultation and Diagnosis
So what does the program consist of? It all starts with a detailed consultation and analysis. You are weighed, have your body analysed by computer, blood tests are taken and if necessary you have a consultation with the resident osteopath. You discuss the results in detail, highlighting areas you want to focus on.
Your personal schedule is put together incorporating massages, treatments, facials, exercise, personal training and nutrition. This is where all your preferences are duly noted – your food likes and dislikes, favourite types of exercise (and exercise you loathe!) – and of course, all with reference to the goals you decide you would like for the program. Many people stay here to combat the effects of stress, fatigue, overweight and more – but if your goal is simply pampering, total relaxation and indulgence that is fine too! In fact the spa complex encompasses 5,500 square metres of pools, saunas, steams, quiet rooms, beauty and treatment areas as well as a gym that you can explore.
The spa offers both indoor and outdoor facilities with wonderful views of the mountains
The Four Day Better Aging Program
To give you an example, the 4 day program contains the following:
1 daily personal training session from the second day with access to all the wonderful spa facilities -swimming pool, sauna, hammam and fitness – and it includes the following Spa treatments:
- 2 exclusive better-aging massages – 1h30
- 2 exclusive better-aging massages – 2h
- 1 complete 3-in-1 remodelling treatment – 1h30
- 2 body wraps
- 1 body scrub
- 4 balneotherapy treatments
In addition the better-aging dietary program contains 3 personalized healthy meals each day.
Nescens is all about making small steps to a healthier lifestle. As well as eating healthily and exercising, they also have a range of products and treatments for both your body and face to help you look better too.
The Spa Staff and the Treatments and Exercise
A special mention must be made of the friendliness and professionalism of the staff at the hotel and especially at the Spa. Under the leadership of the energetic and dynamic Spa Director, Hans-Peter Veit, everyone works unceasingly to exceed their guests expectations and nothing is too much trouble.
Spa Director Hans-Peter Veit alongside Personal Trainers Iris and Miguel
The team includes Iris, the excellent personal trainer who takes a fabulous (but quite challenging!) stretch class, and who took me hiking up the Schynigge Platte for my personal training class, knowing how I dislike exercising in a gym. The amazing Miguel who took me hiking around the local woods and organised a brilliant aqua aerobics session for my cardio class, knowing how much I like water. Even the treatments can be personalised to your reuqirements and you can ask for more time to be spent on for example your back or shoulder, if that’s what you want – it’s all about having a tailor made experience.
My favourite treatment was the Preventative Facial by highly experienced facialist Claire. Including a peel and an amazing massage it really made my face glow and look “lifted” for days. In fact so many friends told me afterwards that I was looking much better than normal – and it was definitely due to this facial. Another fabulous treatment which I highly recommend is the “3 in 1 remodelling” by Elisabeth, which incorporated cupping, massage as well as a Cellutec machine which helped with lymphatic drainage – you really felt amazingly reinvigorated afterwards!
As Hans-Peter Veit says, the whole thing is about adapting to a healthier outlook and making small changes that you can maintain all year round. That’s when you will see a difference. As he says “If you go somewhere for a 2 week detox, hardly eat anything at all and exercise rigorously you are bound to lose weight. But what happens the other 50 weeks of the year? Will you be able to keep it up? Probably not”.
The Nescens Better Aging Cuisine
Another aspect of the program was the healthy and delicious food. I had dinner with Hans-Peter one evening and he amazed me by telling me that the three course dinner (comprising coconut and prawn soup, a generous portion of grilled fish and vegetables, followed by a light apple mousse dessert) I had just consumed was a total of around just 400 calories.
Chef Stefan Beer works hard to create dishes which are packed full of flavour but low on calories. The other great thing is that you can of course eat your meals in the main restaurant alongside for example, a partner who may wish to eat from the regular menu.
There is plenty of choice and the food is fresh and always beautifully presented.
The hotel boasts a choice of lovely restaurants and also offers dining on the terrace
The Historic VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU Grand Hotel & Spa
The beautiful and historic VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU Grand Hotel & Spa is centrally located in Interlaken and set amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in Switzerland and directly overlooks the Jungfrau mountain.
The bedroom where I stayed was in the Spa Complex and was luxurious, spacious and bright with an outdoor terrace where you could sit and lounge in sun. Equipped with all mod cons, if you’re following the program they emtpy the minibar of all alcohol (no point having any temptation!) but it is stocked instead with healthy juices and smoothies. There’s also a Nespresso machine and a complete array of herbal teas.
The large bathroom is equipped with a lovely bathtub as well as a super strong power shower in its own cublicle. To complete the package you get gorgeous generous sized Molton Brown toiletries as well as a Nescens starter pack in a cute little case to set you off on the right path.
So if you feel like in investing in your health and wellbeing, and don’t fancy travelling miles by plane, you might find that a trip to the Nescens Better Ageing Spa at the Hotel Victoria Jungfrau in Interlaken, is just what the doctor ordered!
It could just be the perfect present for your partner or maybe for yourself? You’re bound to feel better and healthier after a break here and what’s more it’s only a couple of hours away from Zurich by train and even less by car.
Nescens Anti-Aging Cosmecuticals
Nescens is a Swiss company and their offerings are based on medical research from their laboratories in Genollieres. Professor Jacques Proust is the brains behind this brand of anti-ageing Cosmecuticals whose products are based on years of research in the field of the biology of aging and antiaging medicine.For more information please visit the Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Nescens Better Aging page here.
All photos taken on Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mk iii
We were invited to stay at the Grand Hotel Victoria Jungfrau but all views are entirely our own.