Looking for a Christmas treat or a New Year’s detox? Then it sounds like a spa retreat might be just what you need. And what better way to relax and unwind than at a spa that offers the best in organic treatments, using only the best locally sourced ingredients. To make your spa break as relaxing as possible from beginning to end, Expedia has created an easy to use guide to Europe’s best organic spas. Read on to discover some of the most unique spa experiences Europe has to offer…
Four Seasons Spa, Budapest, Hungary – Where else to begin our list of Europe’s best organic spas than with Budapest, the official ‘International Spa City’. The Four Seasons Spa is the creme de la creme of European spas and Budapest’s number one destination for relaxation and rejuvenation. Signature treatments use essential oils such as ylang-ylang and plant extracts such as peony, as well as the mother of all luxury ingredients — gold particles. Located on the top floor of the hotel, the spa has beautiful views across the city — they’re particularly good from the indoor pool.
Bernard Beer Spa, Prague, Czech Republic – For something a little unusual to say the least, Expedia recommends heading to Prague for a traditional Czech beer spa. Using top quality Czech hops, yeast and other natural ingredients, beer baths have a surprising amount of health benefits and have been enjoyed since the Middle Ages, They are known to cleanse pores, regenerate skin and revitalise the nervous system. Need any more persuasion? Well just in case, we’ll mention that a spa day at Bernard’s Beer Spa includes unlimited beer consumption during your time there!
Thermae Bath Spa, Bath, England – Looking for something close to home? Appreciate the healing properties of South West England’s famous Roman baths with a relaxing spa day at Britain’s original natural thermal spa. After enjoying luxury massages and treatments, guests can detox in a series of aromatic steam rooms, each with different scents and varying properties. There are two soothing pools filled with hot, mineral-rich water straight from the source — the same source that the Romans used 2,000 years ago! The indoor pool is Roman-themed, with invigorating waterfall showers. The highlight has to be the open-air rooftop pool, where you can swim while overlooking the beautiful city and its surrounding hills.
L’AND Vineyards, near Lisbon, Portugal
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a long, relaxing spa break, this secluded hotel spa is the place for you. Surrounded by scenic countryside and nestled within vineyards, the spa uses natural ingredients extracted from its surroundings, including grapes and wine valued for their antioxidant properties. Try the ‘Wine Maker’s Massage’ which recreates the ritualistic steps of the wine-making process on the body, or the ‘Merlot Wrap’ which purifies and improves your skin’s texture.
La Plantación del Sur, Tenerife – For complete luxury combined with a holiday in the sun, look no further than Tenerife’s Plantación del Sur. The Nammu Spa features several different ‘circuits’ of treatments, so there’s something to suit everyone! Choose the Canarian circuit for the ultimate organic experience, where you’ll receive treatments in an dimly lit, ambient volcanic cave. One treatment not to be missed is a banana face mask using bananas grown in the hotel’s tropical gardens. Thanks to its potassium content, the banana mask will leave your skin moisturised and supple, relieved from stress. The main spa facilities are on the ground floor and look out to beautiful palm trees and picture-perfect swimming pools. What a way to spend a day.