Europe has seen a revival in health and wellness spas with a distinctive edge against the austere environments that dominated in days of yore. These spas focus on a balanced perspective in their treatment programs, taking into account the mind, body, and spirit.
It’s no longer about rigorous regimes and strong discipline. Today’s wellness spas encourage relaxation, enjoyment, and pleasure just as much as it reinforces healthy principles. The following five European spas stand out for their focus on in-depth, personalised treatments designed by experts from a range of disciplines.
The Waldhotel, Switzerland
This luxe, contemporary interpretation of the bygone sanitorium makes wellness its sole mission. The Waldhotel is a 160-room hotel spa, one of four properties that make up the historic Bürgenstock Resort.
Perched atop a hill almost 500 metres above Lake Lucerne, the Waldhotel is infused with crisp alpine air that will be as restorative as the many treatments it offers.
Waldhotel prioritises health in everything from its low-sodium Mediterranean restaurant Verbena to its spa and medical centre. Guests come here to recuperate, detox, and revive, undergoing sports-medicine treatments, cosmetic and dental procedures, physical therapy, and plenty more.
Lefay Resort and Spa, Lago di Garda
Grounded by a fusion of classical Chinese medicine and Western research, this 93-room Lake Garda resort is best known for its customised programs that address specific issues, such as weight management, detox, beauty, and sleep.
Short and long-term programs canvas treatments such as osteo-physiotherapy analysis, traditional Chinese tui na massage, hydro-aromatherapy, and qigong. And it’s all managed across the property in a playground of pools, sauna, and relaxation zones.
Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, Germany
Baden-Baden has long been renowned for its restorative thermal waters. Brenners Park, an institution since 1872, draws on the curative powers of this elegant nineteenth-century spa town at the edge of the Black Forest for its treatments.
At Villa Stephanie, the adjacent mansion turned medical spa, there’s a plunge pool and a hammam. Guests can check in for long-term bespoke retreats revolving around detox, fitness, and weight loss. Programs include nourishing cuisine and on-site physician consultations.
SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain
Natural healing philosophies, good nutrition, and modern medicine merge at this 104-room resort in Spain’s eastern Alicante province. Wholesome meals and multi-day programs are tailored to promote healthy sleep, weight loss, stress management, fitness, and healthy aging.
Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
The spa within this charmed coastal village property is a temple to wellbeing. Treatments embrace a centuries-old tradition of wild harvesting and incorporate many of the Balkan country’s medical botanicals (Montenegro has more than 650 recognised medical species of herbs).
The 80-acre spa follows a holistic, personalised approach that incorporates movement, relaxation, therapies, and nutrition. There’s also a gym and studios for yoga and pilates.
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