After a sparkling day in the snow and sun of the glorious Alps, nothing beats warm bubbles and a pair of soft hands. Austrian wellness spa’s are among the best anywhere. Maybe the best. Here are a few of our tried and tested favorites of the Innsbruck Region.

Dampfbad, Innsbruck.

An art nouveau masterpiece dripping with history and health-giving moisture, Innsbruckers have been sweating it out here in Jugendstil splendour since the 1920s. Today, lying beneath the enchanting glass dome, amidst marble pillars and ornate stucco work, it can be tough to close your eyes. One of the most elegant saunas and pools in the Alps, and a protected heritage site.

Spa Hotel Jagdhof, Neustift.

This is traditional Tirol at its finest – all carvings, paintings and perfectly correct hospitality from the Family This Relais et Chateaux wellness hotel features 20 different types of bath, relaxation and saunas, its Vitalwelt Spa is considered one of the best and most lavish in the Austrian Alps. For the ultimate escape book the private spa suite, a chalet unto itself, for exclusive use. Located a half hour from Innsbruck with access to skiing on the shimmering Stubai glacier.

Parkhotel, Igls.

Part medi-spa, part alpine retreat, the Parkhotel Igls is globally famous for the Mayr Method, a renowned diet-exercise regime aimed to shed the pounds and improve health. From diet to detox to dementia screening, choose from an exhaustive menu to personalise your wellbeing experience. Just a few miles outside Innsbruck and close to skiing.

Hotel Klosterbräu, Seefeld.

Monastic austerity gets a decadent makeover behind metre-thick walls in this historic cloisters. Celebrating its 500th anniversary, this expansive five-star resort offers nearly 100 rooms and suites, eight restaurants and bars and The Spiritual Spa, justly named. This 4,000m² universe of pampering has just had a makeover — two swimming pools, several whirlpools, six saunas, relaxation rooms a-go-go — make it one of Austria’s leading wellness hotels.

Theresa Wellness Hotel, Zell am Ziller.

From the panorama outdoor saltwater pool at 35°C and the power-packed energy water enhanced with ozone and oxygen, this gracious family-run hotel delights and surprises. Hostess Theresa Egger is one of Austria’s most gifted and charming sommeliers and her brother Stefan rules a gastronomic kitchen and offers cookery lessons to guests. The elegant spa offers all the relaxation tricks and treats in the books from personalized training to medical consultations.