Imagine a place in which breathtaking scenery combines with the deep breathing of true relaxation — where exquisite service blends with professional pampering experiences. Within the prestigious Historic Hotels of Europe collection, there are divine spa treatments waiting to be discovered; enjoy them not against the backdrop of bland one-size-fits-all hospitality but in destinations rich in character, history and personality. Relax and recuperate during your stay and when you leave you will be energised and ready to face the demands of your everyday life. We’ve chosen five historic spa hotels in Europe that are ready and waiting to soothe your cares away.
1. Escape to the Italian Dolomites
Just a stone’s throw from the stunning Val Gardena valley in the Italian Dolomites is Hotel Angelo Engel, a unique destination in the alpine village of Ortisei. As the mountain air begins to work its magic, visit the spa to unwind in the heated indoor and outdoor pools (connected by an electric sliding door). Guests have access to a Tyrolean-style sauna, outdoor sauna hut, mountain pine steam bath and herbal sauna (for women), while specialist treatments, revitalising scrubs and soothing massages are also available at the characterful Hotel Angelo Engel.
2. Rejuvenate on Ireland’s west coast
A sumptuous four-star spa hotel perched over the River Moy, Ice House Hotel combines heavenly views with incredible spa experiences. Visit the Ice House Hotel Chill Spa to choose from luxurious facials, revitalising body scrubs and other tailor-made treatments and massages. Inside the Thermal Suite, you’ll find the Eucalyptus Steam Room, an aromatherapy chamber, stunning cedarwood hot tubs, a sauna and even a Snooze Room, where guests can recharge after some invigorating pampering sessions.
3. Discover your zen self in the French Alps
Nestled on the ski slopes of Méribel in the Allues Valley, Hotel l´Hélios & Spa is a quaint and characterful five-star destination. A sports lover’s paradise (offering winter sports, golfing, fishing and hiking), it’s also the ideal place in which to unwind and disconnect. Visit the excellently equipped Spa by Payot to indulge in personalised treatments delivered in a thoroughly soothing atmosphere. Enjoy luxurious floating beds, an infinity pool with massage jets, Japanese sauna and more at Spa by Payot by Hotel l´Hélios & Spa.
4. Find serenity in the Swiss mountains
You’ll find Hotel Waldhaus Sils in a picturesque alpine forest, overlooking the fairytale village of Sils Maria. Awe-inspiring views teamed with laidback luxury is this family-run hotel’s forte and after a day on the cycling trails or walking routes, the Waldhaus Spa is the perfect place to soothe the muscles. Set across three levels, the spa offers panoramic views of the alpine landscape through striking glass walls. Relax in the Finnish and bio saunas, steam baths and stone pine and larch relaxation pool, before treating yourself to an indulgent massage and chillout session in a relaxation room.
5. Let Slovakian thermal waters restore calm
Located in the Slovakian spa town of Turčianske Teplice, Hotel Royal Palace is a renowned five-star spa hotel with an on-site therapeutic centre. The Royal Bath, a spectacular circular swimming pool with golden mosaic, forms the centerpiece of the spa; here, an active piscina draws restorative thermal water directly from the earth. A variety of soothing massages are available (choose from lava stone massage, sports massage, Indian head massage and others) before retiring to the thermotherapy and hydrotherapy rooms for complete relaxation.
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