If you’re in need of some rest and relaxation, treat yourself to a relaxing spa break where you can recharge the batteries and treat yourself to a few days of pure bliss and pampering. While Hungary is known for being the hotspot of spa vacations, we’ve highlighted a variety of other alluring European destinations where you can unwind. Feel like a whole new you with a visit to one of these top spa destinations in Europe.
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You’re truly spoiled for choice with spa breaks in Italy, as you’ll find an array of luxury-laden hotels that will cater to your every whim. Head to Aman Venice, a former palace that dates back to the 16th century, to enjoy traditional Asian therapies with plant-based products, or pretend you’re a royal at Montecatini Terme, a chic spa retreat known for its thermal mud baths and balneotherapy and hydroponic treatments. The Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como has a heated indoor infinity pool with hydro-massage areas and Hammam treatments, while Four Seasons Hotel Firenze in Florence has a Chianti wine massage.
Portugal’s laid-back lifestyle is perfect for a spa getaway, from the honey and almond scrubs at the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon to oxygen-infused facials at Conrad Algarve in Quinta do Lago. Vila Vita Parc in the Algarve’s Armacao de Pero offers unique treatments, with specialists in osteopathy, craniosacral therapy, reflexology and physiotherapy. For the ultimate spa experience, head to Six Senses Douro Valley. Housed in a 19th-century Manor House overlooking the Douro Valley, it boasts 10 treatment rooms, manicures paired with local wines and aerial yoga.
The romantic atmosphere of France lends itself easily to a spa getaway, where you can enjoy anti-aging facials and restorative massages at Cheval Blanc in the French Alps or visit the largest hotel spa in Paris, The Peninsula Paris. Known for its vinotherapy with grape Marc bubble baths and crushed cabernet scrubs, Les Sources de Caudalie also has its own natural hot-water spring. Step inside the regal Shangri-La Hotel in Paris to find candlelit treatment rooms where you can enjoy its signature Experience Precieuse with plant-based scrubs.
While England is not often associated with spa hotels, it offers plenty of pampering opportunities. The Lanesborough in London in Hyde Park Gate boasts luxurious thermal suites and a hydrotherapy pool, while Corinthia Hotel London features sleep pods and enzyme peels. Escape to the seaside at The Scarlet Hotel in Cornwall, where holistic experiences include mud bathing and cliff-top hot tubs, or visit the centuries-old spa city of Bath to experience natural thermal pools and saunas at The Gainsborough Bath Spa. Over in the Cotswolds, Dormy House is a country house hotel with a thermal suite, salt-therapy room and outdoor hot tub.
Switzerland is known for its postcard-worthy views, and one of the best is from the infinity pool at Hotel Villa Honegg in Ennetburgen, while its spa offers massages, facials and beauty treatments. Head to The Chedi Andermatt for yoga classes and mountain walks or stay overnight at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz in St. Gallen to take advantage of its acclaimed thermal and medical treatments. For cutting-edge medical treatments, La Reserve Hotel and Spa Geneva offers CoolSculpting, lipo massage and facial tissue regeneration, but if views are what you’re after, head to Parkhotel Vitznau for Lake Lucerne and mountain views at the heated infinity pool.
A country bursting with vibrant culture and picturesque landscapes, Spain is a great place for a spa vacation. Stay at the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona to explore its luxurious spa, which includes an indoor pool, treatment rooms, a beauty studio and steam room. URSO Hotel & Spa in Madrid offers popular citrus scrubs and bitter orange masks, while Las Arenas Balneario Resort in Valencia has thermal pools and Hanakasumi massages. If you’re looking for something truly unique, get a volcanic stone treatment at Hesperia Lanzarote or visit the clifftop hydrotherapy pool at Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Port de Soller.
After you’ve visited the country’s centuries-old castles and indulged in bratwurst and schnitzel, check in to one of its alluring spa hotels. Stay at Waldorf Astoria Berlin for a pampering getaway, where its 10,000-square-foot spa has eight therapy rooms, a cloud-shaped pool, sauna and steam room. Hotel Neptun in Warnemunde offers 5-star luxuries, including a spa with water pumped from the Baltic Sea. For jaw-dropping Bavarian Alps views and luxurious suites with whirlpool baths, stay in Lindner Parkhotel & Spa Oberstaufen, which also has a sauna, indoor pool and private couple spa suite.
You can find spa hotels all across Scotland, from Loch Fyne and Argyll to Edinburgh and Glasglow. Portavadie sits on the shores of a sea loch on the Cowal peninsula, boasting the largest outdoor heated infinity in the world. Indulge in signature treatments at The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, which has saunas, steam rooms and hydrotherapy pools, or marvel at Glasgow city views at Principal Blythswood Square Hotel, which has a thermal spa with a laconium and tepidarium. Only an hour drive from Edinburgh, Stobo Castle is an impressive destination spa, while the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh boasts a well-regarded spa with a 60-foot infinity pool, rooftop hydro-pool and Espa treatments.
After a day of ice cave touring, waterfall chasing and glacier hiking, retreat to one of Iceland’s luxury spa hotels. Silica Hotel includes access to the famous Blue Lagoon, but it’s also got its own private geothermal lagoon with in-water massages. ION Luxury Adventure Hotel is in a category of its own with its chic spa built of lava rocks that specializes in body scrubs, wraps and facials, while hour-long massages and outdoor geothermal hot tubs can be found at the remote Hotel Ranga. For a convenient option close to the airport, stay at the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica to enjoy a flotation pool and outdoor sauna.