Crunchy globe-trotters never sit still: after Christmas holidays, it is time to start planning a new, fun adventure, preferably in the company of your BFFs. The cold, raging winds of January call for a relaxing, rejuvenating spa weekend get-away. And not just the local spa you’ve already visited and know well: there are dozens of marvellous locations around Europe that will astonish you with their unique wonders.
CrunchyTales suggests five get-aways that offer different benefits for your body and mind. You’ll return home full of energy and delightful memories to cherish while waiting for the summer break to arrive!
Admire the beautiful views of the French Champagne region
If you’d like to spend a relaxing spa weekend admiring a gorgeous view while sipping some world-class champagne, choose Royal Champagne in Champillon. Winner of several awards, including Tatler Travel Guide 2019 Best Location, this gorgeous hotel in France’s Champagne region overlooks the vineyards that supply the legendary sparkling wine house, Moët & Chandon. The hotel reopened in 2018 after four years of renovation and offers spa treatments, swimming pools, and ample terrace space to sit and relax in case of a lovely, warm spring day. Taking pictures of the beautiful French countryside, laying in bubble baths and tasting sparkling pleasures will swipe away that worn-out look from anyone’s face!
Double rooms starting from 400 euro/night – Winter Promotion: 15% off Best Flexible Available Rate for a 2 nights stay. Free Spa access
Recover from stress with ayurvedic treatments on the isle of Madeira
Ever think of visiting the volcanic island of Madeira for a winter spa experience? The warmth of the sunshine radiating off the clear blue Atlantic Ocean will certainly enhance your vitality, as will the Ayurvedic healing body and soul rejuvenation programme that uses natural and holistic therapies. Let the Ayurvedic Cure Center of Alpino Atlantic Hotel inspire you and your friends to gain a state of optimum wellness with its Asian workshops. You can also participate in cooking classes to enhance the beneficial effects of the treatments that focus on insomnia, weight loss, back problems and arthritis, just to mention a few. You will return reinvigorated and ready to tackle your every-day routine with work, family and the rest!
Double Sea View Balcony room starting at 130 euro/night – Full-board Ayurveda package included
Rejuvenate your skin with the trinity of the natural wonders of Iceland
If you’d like to experience a true change of scenery and feel the rejuvenating power of the volcanic earth, fly to Iceland for a weekend at the Blue Lagoon. Close to Reykjavik, this world-famous spa boasts an exhilarating cycle of wellbeing based on the trinity of natural wonders: silica, algae, and minerals. In the spacious sanctuary of three interconnected chambers, you can cover your body with the treasures of geothermal seawater, becoming one with the rejuvenating powers of the volcanic earth. Silica, the iconic white mineral, cleanses and strengthens your skin, giving you a fresh, pure, radiant appearance. Algae renews, nourishes, and moisturizes your skin—opening the door to an enduring, youthful glow. Minerals have energizing effects on your mind and body exfoliating your skin and stimulating your circulation. The spa restaurants offer local, arctic dishes with delicious fish, meat and vegetarian plates that you won’t forget easily. What a wonderful opportunity to lavish your skin and body with magical ingredients!
Double rooms at Lava Hotel starting from 500 euros per night – Spa retreats from 280 euros
Nourish your soul in a luxury Turkish bath in Istanbul
The Spa Soul at Hotel Rixos Pera in the heart of Istanbul is a true haven for anyone needing quiet time and relaxation. The hotel combines a mesmerizing atmosphere with excellent quality and Turkish hospitality, surrounded by history, culture, art, entertainment and a spectacular landscape over the Golden Horn. You can spend a luxurious weekend enjoying the sauna, steam bath, relaxing room, ice fountain and fitness room that are all included in the hotel fares. On top, you can book massages, revitalizing body treatments, nourishing skincare treatments and lavish in the atmosphere of a Turkish hammam, right in the centre of the city.
Double room prices starting from 150 euros – Special packages for Women’s day and San Valentine’s day
Detox your body with a retreat in the Alps
If you’re ready to really get serious about your well-being, then Palace Merano is your choice, as it has a reputation for being the best place for anti-ageing and full detox treatments. The Biontology system was devised by Henri Chenot, a French biologist who founded his unique mix based on Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. The effects of ageing or tiredness are not only caused by a bad diet, habits or the intake of excessive toxins; it is also about lack of equilibrium between the physical body, the mind and the unconscious being. The expert team at Palace Merano has a personalised approach and will assess your body’s state to establish a treatment plan for your stay; it might include massages, hydrotherapy, chiropractor, nutritionists, elaborate blood oxygenating procedures, supplements, vitamins and minerals. There are also hyaluronic, Botox and other skin rejuvenation treatments available for a weekend of relaxing and self-care!
Double panoramic rooms starting from 470 euros per night – Spa packages starting from 107 euros