Did you know that day spas are very popular in Germany? There are also wonderful spa hotels situated amidst beautiful countryside – some places you may have never heard of.
I always enjoy spending time with my friends – whether it’s a girlie night out, a cultural outing, an exhibition or going to a concert. I love being able to put the world to rights, exchanging tips and advice or just being able to chat about the ups and downs of our relationships!
My ideal ‘mates’ day is a spa day – or even better a spa weekend!
In the UK, day spas tend to be reserved for hotels that don’t often open up their facilities to external guests. Whereas, in Germany, you’ll find an abundance of day spas solely for the purpose of relaxing – saunas, steam baths, swimming pools and treatment rooms. When I was still living in Germany, there was nothing I enjoyed more than treating myself to a day spa with friends. Although, admittedly, I probably didn’t appreciate it at the time as much as I do now I’m a mum! These hours of not being in ‘mum mode’ are very special to me. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my son and enjoy his company immensely, but I do need some space at times to recharge my batteries.
The perfect place to treat myself to that kind of time-out is a day spa where I can relax in a sauna while inhaling the scent of eucalyptus, enjoy a back, neck or shoulder massage or just sleep, read or chill in the calming relaxation areas. On one of my frequent visits back to my home country, I spent a couple of hours with a friend in the glamorous Momentum Spa in Düsseldorf. It is currently 35€ for two hours – moreexpensive than other day spas – but I must admit, it felt very special indeed! The atmosphere is calm, the interior design is wonderfully elegant, and the ambience is based on a clear and holistic concept, balancing the mind, body and spirit.
It feels like being on holiday for a day
There are also many larger day spas spread out all over the country. Another one of my favourites is the Wellneuss Spa, which is also close to Düsseldorf. It is more spacious and is currently 31€ for a day ticket – not as pricey as the Momentum Spa. I like the outdoor area with its natural lake and sun loungers, which are situated in a beautiful park. The variety of saunas on offer as well as the treatment packages make it an experience not to be missed. They have recently (2018) refurbished parts of the indoor and outdoor area to improve the wellness experience even more, which I’d certainly like to try out.
Another favourite of mine when I’m visiting friends in Düsseldorf is Vabali Spa. Located close to Düsseldorf, it has an Asian influence, which is right up my street. It offers a good variety of saunas and steam baths, an indoor swimming pool and a natural swimming lake situated in the beautifully designed garden with views across Elbsee Lake. I went there for a second time in Spring 2018 and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s like being on holiday for a day and leaving feeling completely refreshed and rejuvenated.
Treat yourself to a short break plus some me time
Why not think about including some me time in a day spa when on a short break – maybe to the North Rhine-Westphalian cities like Cologne, Düsseldorf, Münster or Essen? You could grab a day of pure indulgence in between visiting all those Christmas markets! I know, for me, that would be the perfect time-out experience!
Wellness time in a spa hotel
Another option to combine some metime with a short break is to have a look at the many wellness hotels that Germany has to offer. The hotels themselves are not only investing a lot of money into their trendy spa designs but they also have a wealth of health and beauty treatments on offer that are overseen by medical experts. Nutrition, meditation, yoga and Pilates are just some suggestions – perfect for spending quality time with your partner or friends. Some hotels also specialise in family-friendly spa breaks or holidays offering professional child care alongside all the fun activities children love with great facilities for parents to completely relax. Wonderful!
Relaxation galore – my last spa hotel visit
My latest discovery was the Seezeitlodge Hotel & Spa in the Saarland region with its stunning views across Bostalsee Lake. It’s the perfect retreat to completely relax and escape the stresses and strains of everyday life. I spent a weekend there with my husband, brother and sister-in-law in May 2018. All of us enjoyed the professional treatments, various saunas, steam bath and the indoor and outdoor swimming pools. My brother actually came out of the treatment room with a big smile on his face saying that the physiotherapist was very knowledgeable and gave him some good tips for his back and neck problems.
We combined this spa break with a quick visit to Germany’s oldest city of Trier – something I can highly recommend. The three quarters of a day that we spent in Trier was definitely not enough to fully embrace this impressive Roman city. Next time, we’ll definitely spend more time there.
The Saarland region has so much to offer and is perfect for walking and cycling as well as discovering its Celtic past. One thing on my list of must-see places was to do the Saar tree-top walk (Baumwipfelpfad Saarschleife). Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to do it this time but it’s certainly something for our next visit.
I’ve also been to many other wellness hotels over the years like the Strandhotel Ostseeblick (Usedom), Landhaus Stricker (Sylt island), Achterdiek (Juist island) to name but a few. If you’d like to discover other tried and tested wellness and spa hotels in Germany, have a browse on Wellness-Hotels & Resorts. All the hotels are situated in pristine locations and surrounded by beautiful nature – some in the most secret of spots that you may not have heard of. It may not have been something that you would have immediately thought of when thinking about a spa break but it’s definitely worth checking out.
If you’re interested in an itinerary for a spa break, check out my website regularly as I’m constantly creating itineraries to inspire you. You’re also welcome to contact me on nadja@nadjasgermany if you’d like to get some tips and advice from a native German. I’ll try to get back to you as quickly as I can.
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