When you find yourself feeling stressed out by everyday life, by work and the pressures of running a home, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and forget to take time out for yourself. Taking a moment for yourself, however that looks is essential for your mental health and wellbeing. You might choose to sit quietly and read a book or venture a little further by taking a trip to a fabulous wellness getaway or health spa. To offer a little moment of wanderlust and eco-travel inspiration, here are four wellness getaways in Europe that you can reach by land or sea from here in the UK.
Aqua Dome, Austria
The breathtaking mountains in Austria are heaven sent, those blue skies, fresh air and endless horizons are guaranteed to lift your mood. In Austria, the most popular country for skiers, many hotels and holiday rentals offer a sauna facility for their visitors to use after a day on the slopes. The combination sounds like absolute paradise! Aqua Dome has a beautiful natural wood spa that looks pretty special indeed.
The Aqua Dome in Längenfeld, Tyrol boasts spectacular saunas and on Friday evenings you can swim in the thermal pools under the moonlight. Possibly the Mother of all wellness getaways in Europe! Sounds pretty fabulous, right?
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 wellness getaways and fabulous spas right here in the United Kingdom. The luxury St Michaels Resort, 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.
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. 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.
Luxurious villa in Alcúdia, 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!