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.
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.
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.
NYC’s cutthroat attitude is great for things like chasing down taxis and forcing tourists to get back in their lane. But all that innate New Yorker stress and rage has a way of bubbling over when, say, someone accidentally touches your hand on the subway or cuts in front of you on the elevator line. Thankfully, there are a number of excellent spas primed to lead you into a state of ultimate bliss with the help of massages, body scrubs and more, and though some of these will cost you a year’s worth of monthly MetroCards, others are affordable enough to have you kneading out your knots on the regular..
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.