Make the Most of Summer Days in Leukerbad at 51º Spa Residences
9th May 2012: The most common misconception about life in the Alps is that once the winter ski season is over, the mountain range and surrounding regions fall dormant. In reality, spring and summer give winter a serious run for its money when it comes to adventurous pursuits and laid back al-fresco living.
A tempting example of the enticing year-round lifestyle available in Switzerland can be found in the idyllic mountain town of Leukerbad which sits at 1,402 metres above sea level and just over two hours from Geneva. Luxury property developers and investors, Swiss Development Group have chosen this very special Swiss enclave for one of their most impressive real estate projects to date; 51º Spa Residences.
Breathing new life into the alpine town, 51º Spa Residences is set to transform the largest thermal spa and wellness resort in the Alps into an even more desirable destination. On completion, each luxury apartment in the two chalet-style buildings will feature its very own thermal spa, with unlimited access to Leukerbad’s remarkable thermal water supply.
The four million litres of water that flow through the town annually have been used since Roman times and are renowned for their therapeutic and restoring qualities and soothing temperature, running naturally at 51˚. To take advantage of this local wonder, all properties at 51º Spa Residences have been crafted with water in mind. Apartments feature innovative thermal moon baths on their wrap-around balconies, offering residents the rare chance to spa outside in the privacy of their own home whilst taking in panoramic views of the Valais Alps. The world of spa continues indoors with large bathrooms boasting deep baths and expansive showers. Master Suites showcase spectacular fireside soaking tubs made from stylish dark wood.
The extensive spa facilities offered to owners are the ideal way to relax and unwind after spending a rewarding day exploring Leukerbad and the surrounding area. The hiking trails of the Gemmi Pass vary from short walks to day-long excursions. Whilst all take in stunning scenery, the more experienced hiker will be rewarded by an exceptional view from the peak of the pass. For more leisurely forays into the surrounding landscape, designated horse riding trails can also be followed to the lower areas of the Gemmi Pass and down into the Rhone Valley with a handful of traditional mountainside restaurants for refreshment en route.
Keen cyclists will be in their element thanks to the 18 scenic bike routes which wind across both the rugged terrain of the Torrent Pass and through the picturesque Rhone Valley. For more serious adrenaline seekers, Leukerbad is also home to Switzerland’s longest via ferrata or climbing pass, featuring 216 metres of ladders and 2,000 metres of steel cable installed in the rock face of the majestic Dauberhorn.
Other interesting times to visit this fascinating valley are autumn for the annual wine harvesting and tasting celebrations and summer when the famous Circus Harlekin comes to town from 8th – 15th July. Leukerbad will also be home to the 17th International Literature Festival from 6th – 8th July and to the Swiss Country music weekend from 28th – 30th September.
On completion, owners of the 51º Spa Residences will not only have this myriad of alpine pursuits on their doorstep, but also access to a 5 star Kempinski Hotel, a 900sqm thermal Banya Spa, as well as an extensive wine cellar and gourmet restaurant. What better choice then, for investors of all ages whether they be keen equestrians, dedicated hikers, lovers of the outdoors or devoted spa enthusiasts and luxury lovers.
51˚ Spa Residences: Building A prices start from CHF 2’900’000. Average apartment sizes 230m² (freehold ownership available to purchase by all non-Swiss nationals).
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