In need of some rest and relaxation?
When you find yourself feeling stressed in your everyday life, be that from work or personal pressures, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and forget to take all important time out for some essential self care.
Booking a holiday is always a great way to escape the pressures of your daily routine, and what could be more perfect than pairing your travels with a trip to a spa or wellness centre, ready to indulge in total relaxation? Holidu, the search engine for holiday rentals, has formed a list of where you can find the most original and beautiful spas in Europe, ideal for treating yourself and your loved ones to the perfect getaway. Time to pack your bags and head to these stunning locations!
Aqua Dome, Austria
Skiing followed by a trip to the sauna… In Austria, the most popular country for skiers, many hotels and holiday rentals offer this service for their visitors. The combination sounds like absolute paradise! Our top sauna recommendation is the Aqua Dome.An area of over 2000 square metres awaits you at the Aqua Dome in Längenfeld, Tyrol. Here you can experience many spectacular saunas and on Friday evenings swim in the thermal pools under the moonlight. Romantic, isn’t it? aqua-dome.at
© Aqua Dome, Austria
St Michaels Resort, England
If you don’t fancy taking a trip out of the country, don’t worry as there are an abundance of dreamy spas right here in the United Kingdom. Our favourite? The luxury St Michaels Resort, which offers a world-class hydrothermal spa equipped with a Finnish-style sauna, Cornish sea salt steam room and a hydrotherapy swimming pool big enough to make your head spin. With a panoramic view overlooking the coast, the outdoor barrel sauna and hot tub make for the perfect viewing spot to watch the sun go down. stmichaelsresort.com
© St Michaels Resort, England
The Finnish are considered to be the inventors of the sauna, they even have one up in their Parliament House in Helsinki! With saunas considered as an integral part of Finnish culture, it is clear that this is the dream destination for this activity. Löyly (meaning steam in Finnish) is located on the Helsinki coast and offers a beautiful setting with saunas, a restaurant, solarium, bar, and terrace, where you can also enjoy some live music. This is an authentic hot-spot in an environment totally respectful of nature. loylyhelsinki.fi
Sanduny Bath House, Russia
Cold in Russia? This is a well known fact… maybe that’s why in this country the traditional sauna, known as banya, reaches up to 100 degrees at least. Sauna means heat for your body and tranquility for your soul. Here it’s common practice for hats to be worn and it is not surprising that with such warmth it is best to lie down so that both your head and feet are at the same temperature. The Sanduny Bath House is the oldest sauna in Russia, with its magnificent architecture and fairytale decoration, you will feel like royalty whilst enjoying all the benefits of the sauna and thermal pools. msk.sanduny.ru
© Sanduny Bath House
Germans are also addicted to this activity, which is reflected in the tremendous amount of public saunas available, especially found linked with swimming pools or gyms. Of course, in true German style, everything is well organised and it is said that you have to be inside the sauna for at least 15 minutes for it to be really beneficial. To escape the hustle and bustle of Berlin, take a sauna session at Vabali, very close to the central station, but isolated at the same time. You will find different types of saunas, from a Russian banya to a panoramic sauna that will transport you into the perfect setting with its unbeatable garden views. vabali.de
Luxurious villa with sauna, Spain
Public saunas are not very common in Spain, so why not rent a holiday home with a private sauna instead? With a bit of luck, even in beautiful Mallorca, you can find a stunning accommodation that comes complete with a sauna. This Majorca holiday home, for example, has its own sauna in the garden on a 10,000 m² plot of land near Alcúdia. The villa accommodates up to eight people and you will have the entire property, outdoor heated pool and private spa to yourselves. This might actually be heaven on earth! holidu.co.uk/d/12025117
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