There’s nothing quite like a day at the spa – detoxifying your mind, body and soul, forgetting all day-to-day stresses and completely unwinding. Now imagine all of that – with a dream location to top it off. The High Tatras, Lake St. Moritz, Rhine Valley… Europe is full of sensational spa havens, many based in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here are our favourite places to recharge your batteries in style…
Badrutt’s Palace Hotel: St. Moritz, Switzerland
Relax, stimulate and connect to the true Engadin experience at the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, where panoramic views of Lake St. Moritz and the surrounding Swiss Alps can be soaked up from the stunning indoor infinity pool; which also boasts an alpine diving rock with a waterfall. Or, take to the heated outdoor pool and admire the snow-capped mountain peaks with a glass of champagne in hand. The indulgent spa hotel also offers salt steam rooms, massage showers, rain showers, and a mist room to close pores after heat therapies (unique to Badrutt’s spa).
Chateau Gbelany: Žilina, Slovakia
Historic castles and luxurious spas work hand in hand – and no more so than at Chateau Gbelany, where 18th century charm is combined with absolute harmony. Set in a pristine English park and garden, this restored Baroque castle offers unique massages, whirlpools and five types of saunas for a true rejuvenating escape.
Grandhotel Praha: Tatranská Lomnica, Slovakia
It’s hard to image how the magnificent Tatras could ever transcend in beauty – until you visit Grandhotel Praha. With a very special location under Mt. Lomnický štít (one of the highest peaks in the High Tatras), guests have been reaping the benefits of the mountain air and spa house since 1894. Today, the 4-star hotel boasts the only exterior pool in the High Tatras, a summer mountain beach, whirlpools, an impressive sauna world and stunning pools.