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Wellness tourism is one of the fastest growing trends in travel. Restorative travel experiences were on the rise before the pandemic; now, in an environment exclusively focused on health, they have returned stronger than ever.
Most of today’s travelers are looking to spend more time and money on trips that benefit their well-being. They are looking for rejuvenation, prevention and relaxation, and that will not change anytime soon, as wellness tourism is now doing. expected grow 21% each year.
Here are three European destinations that offer the best spa and wellness getaways.
Hungary is home to more than 100 baths and spas focused on the health benefits of powerfully concentrated mineral waters. Budapest alone, the jewel in Hungary’s geothermal crown, has too many options to choose from.
Gellert Baths they have been beloved by travelers for over a century. Gellért, the most elegant of Budapest’s baths, offers visitors a unique Art Nouveau and palace atmosphere. Tourists can enjoy colorful murals as they stroll through the mineral-rich indoor thermal pools, or soak up the natural rays from its signature skylight in the lap pool.
The great Széchenyi Baths They are fun and crowd-pleasing with a wide variety of indoor and outdoor pools. Or, travelers can take a step back in time with something more unique. Rudas Baths It offers a 400-year-old Turkish pool surrounded by Ottoman stone arches and topped with a colorful mosaic skylight, as well as six other pools from cold to warm water.
For those looking to venture outside of the capital city and a bit off the beaten track, the quiet Hungarian countryside offers plenty of refreshing options.
Two hours south of Budapest, Hévíz Thermal Lake boasts some of the most powerful (and pungent) waters in Eastern Europe and the title of second largest thermal lake in the world. Geothermal spring currents are constantly circulating, completely refreshing. waters of Hévíz every few days
Thermal Spa The Spirit Hotel it is located between four similar geothermal lakes in the city of Sárvár, which fill its 22 pools. When you’re done with your hot spring bath, try the spaHerbal massages, oxygen therapy, sauna or plunge pools.
Italy has a reputation for indulgence and pleasure. Naturally, it may not be the first place travelers think of for a healthy vacation.
But if you look beneath the delicious wine-stained surface, Italy has just as much restoration to offer well-being to travelers.
Lefay Lake Garda infinity pool overlooking one of the best views in Italy. Given its distinctly Italian setting, travelers may be surprised to learn that lefay offers a unique menu of oriental-inspired wellness treatments, from Tai Qi meditation and Zazen to acupuncture and Gua Sha facial massage.
guests in the world renowned Preidlhof Spa in southern Italy you can enjoy wild forest baths, steam baths, salt rooms and other cleansing treatments. For those looking to clear both body and mind, Preidlhof offers a variety of yoga classes, meditation booths, sessions on traditional Eastern breathing techniques, and a variety of Ayurvedic treatments.
What do Michelangelo and Pope Boniface VIII have in common?
Drink the healing waters of Fiuggi, Italy to cure your illnesses.
Less than an hour from Rome, Fiuggi Palace balances its age-old wellness story with a focus on modern western medicine and nutrition. Goal-focused programs like the Immune Boost Package use state-of-the-art tests and treatments to send travelers home the healthiest of their lives.
Guests can enjoy both tradition and modernity, from the Roman baths section of its hydroelectric circuit to new age sound healing sessions.
If you’re looking for something a little more understated, Saturnian Baths in Tuscany it might be just what the doctor ordered. Ice Blue Tiered Pools waters cascading organically artistic rock formations framed by geothermal steam.
Even if the picturesque Tuscan hills steal the show, the medicinal properties of these sulfuric pools are sure to satisfy travelers’ well-being expectations.
Anyone who’s been on social media lately is familiar with Iceland’s perfect blue lagoon. What travelers may not know is that there’s a lot more to this Norden country’s world-class geothermal baths and spas than those (deservedly) Insta-famous pools.
One of the newest geothermal spas in Iceland, sky lagoon, is known for the spectacular ocean views from its enormous infinity ledge. If the amazing scenery and 100 degrees healing waters weren’t enough to convince you, the convenient location just outside of Reykjavik should make this spa a no-brainer.
Geothermal sea baths lying on the cliff of an unsuspecting fishing village in the bay of Skjálfandi. what sets geomar apart is geothermal salt water instead of mineral fresh water. Visitors can get a real taste of Iceland, from whale watching to sunbathing under the Northern Lights.
Finally, from the designers of the renowned Blue Lagoon comes The Forest Lagoon. Hidden within a towering lush forest, two geothermal infinity pools look out over the stunning Eyjafjordur fjord. travelers can enjoy swim-up bars, sauna and quiet meditation rooms among the pines.
Self-care getaways may look as different as the people who enjoy them, but one thing is for sure: There’s a European wellness activity or retreat for every type of traveler.
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