Best of Europe’s hot springs: 20 of the best spots to soak

27 Oct 2016
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Best of Europe’s hot springs: 20 of the best spots to soak

Sliding into a bathtub after a long day is one of life’s little luxuries, but there’s nothing quite like the restorative buzz garnered by a dip in a proper thermal pool. From Iceland’s idyllic Blue Lagoon to Switzerland’s most chic spa, here’s a rundown of some of Europe’s best hot springs. Blue Lagoon geothermal open air spa pool in Iceland.  Blue Lagoon, Iceland The vibe: see it to believe it. Nestled in rugged lava field 30 minutes from Reykjavík, this vivid turquoise pool could easily be mistaken for Iceland’s otherworldly natural landscape, but it’s actually a man-made complex fed by mineral-rich water recycled by the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power plant..

Taking the Refreshing Plunge in Budapest

27 Oct 2016
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Taking the Refreshing Plunge in Budapest

In Budapest, Hungary’s vibrant capital, you can sample spicy paprika at the Great Market Hall (designed by Gustave Eiffel), sip coffee in a genteel turn-of-the-20th-century café, and enjoy an affordable performance at the luxurious Opera House. Budapest has its fair share of museums and monuments, too: You can ogle the opulent interior of the Hungarian Parliament, get a taste of the gloomy Hungarian psyche at the National Gallery, and wander through a field of quirky old communist statues at Memento Park. But for me, splashing and relaxing in Budapest’s thermal baths is the city’s top attraction. Though it might sound daunting, bathing in Budapest is far more accessible than you’d.

Nude and Relaxed in Baden-Baden

27 Oct 2016
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Nude and Relaxed in Baden-Baden

On a recent trip to Germany, I spent an afternoon relaxing at the German spa resort of Baden-Baden. In two hours, I saw more naked people than I’ve seen in the last two years. Since the Roman emperor bathed in the mineral waters of Baden-Baden, this town has welcomed those in need of a good soak. And it’s always been naked. In the 19th century, it was Germany’s ultimate spa resort, and even today the name Baden-Baden is synonymous with relaxation in a land where the government still pays its overworked citizens to take a little spa time. I happened to be here when one of my company’s tour groups.

Discover a Haven of Tranquility in London

27 Oct 2016
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Discover a Haven of Tranquility in London

The Digs: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London welcomes you with legendary service, steeped in the values of the orient. Overlooking Hyde Park and Knightsbridge, The Mandarin Oriental features elegant rooms, a Guest Services Manager on every floor to cater to guests’ needs, two outstanding restaurants and a stunning bar. A luxurious retreat spread over two floors, the spa offers a tranquil ambience and indulgent treatments from around the world that will transport you into a healing world of calm. Learn more about the luxe amenities here. The Destination: Overlooking iconic Hyde Park and Knightsbridge, this luxurious five-star hideaway is within easy walking distance to London’s major attractions, and the rest.

3 SPAS IN BELGIUM I LOVE

25 Oct 2016
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3 SPAS IN BELGIUM I LOVE

With the arrival of the warm and sunny weather, it’s finally spa season, (well let’s face it, it’s always spa season in Belgium). We thought it would be a great time to recap 3 of our favourite spas in Belgium. For those of you who have never been to a Belgian spa, it could be a bit different than what you’re used to back home, especially for you North Americans. If you’re like I was, you probably think of a spa as a place to get a massage, facial or manicure. Belgian spas have all of this but are so much more. In fact, Belgians have perfected the spa. As.

Gorgeous, Romantic, Tuscany. Need We Say More?

29 Aug 2012
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Gorgeous, Romantic, Tuscany. Need We Say More?

The Offer: A seven-night stay complete with five spa treatments, full medical examination, dietary cooking classes, fitness lessons, and daily group activities. The Digs: Fonteverde is tucked within the rolling Sienna Hills of the Tuscan countryside, encapsulated within a restored 17th-century Medicean residence. With world-class, mineral thermal spas and therapeutic facilities, Fonteverde has become a go-to for visiting oenophiles and wellness-seekers alike. These healing hot springs are fed by the Ferdinando I dei Medici, and are elevated by underwater benches, current circuits, and waterfalls. Learn more about this luxurious property here. The Destination: Fonteverde is located in San Casciano dei Bagni, a small Tuscan village in the Siena Hills. This.

The Three Best Spas in Amsterdam

29 Aug 2012
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The Three Best Spas in Amsterdam

WELLNESSSS & SPA AT GRAND HOTEL AMRÂTH AMSTERDAM Treatment and facilities: Revive Wellness & Spa at Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam offers a full range of individual face and body treatments to help revive and relax you. Fully trained professional massage therapists use top cosmetics brand BABOR in all their treatments, containing pure vegetable and natural sea-based ingredients. The spa’s facilities include a sauna, steam bath, fitness area, whirlpool and swimming pool. Signature treatment: Chocolate massage – pure heavenly indulgence. Guests will be treated to an invigorating message using cocoa oil with a rich milk chocolate aroma that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. The cocoa oil is a great.