Best Wellness Destinations in Europe
You dream of pure moments of relaxation and well-being? You long to be transported into a blissful state, being pampered like a celebrity for a few days or even two amazing weeks? Discover your selection of the Best Wellness Destinations in Europe in the perfect setting for relaxation.
For their thermal waters rich in trace elements, the quality of treatments, hotel infrastructures with spa, swimming pool, sauna, hammam, an exceptional range of massages and body treatments, these destinations are the Best destinations for a wellness retreat in Europe.
There are a thousand reasons to stay in Opatija, whether it is for a gastronomic stay, outdoor sports, a cultural stay or a shopping getaway; the number 1 reason is definitely to be pampered like a star in the many 4- and 5-star hotels as well as the numerous Spa and wellness centers of this destination ‘par excellence’.
Opatija has been the queen of wellness in the Adriatic for over two centuries.
A premier destination for the aristocracy, it has retained its letters of nobility and still attracts celebrities, royal families and travellers who want to invigorate their body and soul. After winter, come and recharge your batteries at this paradise for wellness lovers; from March onwards, the best wellness centers in Opatija offer an incredible choice of massages, relaxing baths, innovative body treatments and even aromatherapy. You will find no two places like Opatija in Europe.
After difficult times or simply to reboost yourself, it is now time to take good care of yourself and put Opatija at the top of your travel wish list of the best wellness destinations in Europe. Are you traveling as a couple? Opatija is also ranked among the best destinations for a proposal in Europe and among Best Wedding Destinations. Love and well-being make the perfect combination, don’t you think?
As a couple, with friends, family or alone (no harm in taking care of yourself), do not postpone this wellness trip until later and book your flights and accommodation today, in the best possible wellness destination in Europe.
Where to stay: "Hotel Milenij" and the Hotel Ambasador are among the best hotels in Opatija. For an unforgettable stay, book at the "Hotel Palace Bellevue" or at the "Hotel Sveti Jakov" situated in the city centre.
Need calm, to recharge your batteries? You are in the right place. If you are more palace than rustic, Montreux is the wellness destination for you. Famous rock stars such as Freddie Mercury and David Bowie have made Montreux their healthy stopover to recover from their exhausting tours.
With its palaces, guaranteed anonymity and 5-star service, its gastronomy and high-level commercial (shopping is great) and cultural offer, its closeness to nature, Montreux is the chic and elegant wellness destination on the Swiss Riviera.
Where to stay: The "Fairmont Spa Le Montreux Palace" is one of the legendary hotels in Switzerland.
Azores - Portugal
There is nothing better to unwind than a stay in the heart of nature, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Pure air, local gastronomy, dozens of outdoor activities, hiking, trekking, paddle boarding, whale watching and, for the icing on the cake, thermal hot springs, await you for moments of pure wellness and relaxation.
For those for whom relaxation goes hand in hand with nature, green spaces and birdsong, the Azores are the perfect destination. On the main island of the Azores archipelago lies Sao Miguel, with Ponta Delgada as its capital; there, you will find two of the main sources of well-being in the Azores: Caldeira Velha and its waterfalls and hot springs, and Poça da Dona located in Furnas also famous for its thermal waters.
These two places of well-being and wellness are located just 25 minutes by car from each other. Some tours will take you to one or both sites, as well as one of the only European tea factories nearby. Tea, thermal springs, waterfalls, lush vegetation, all the ingredients are there for a great wellness stay.
How to get there: Book your flights to Ponta Delgada Airport, your accommodation (villa, tourist apartment, guesthouse) as well as your tours and activities in the Azores such as a "Night Thermal Pools & Food Experience"..
Where to stay: "Terra Nostra Garden" surrounded by calderas, mineral and thermal spring.
For a 100% natural and well-being stay, Brittany is just what you need. French people love it when English speakers speak their language; so, why not learn a few expressions like ‘Je voudrais ce soin’ (I would like this treatment), or ‘Je préfère le beurre salé”’(“I prefer salty butter”).
One of the biggest French stars of rock & roll , Johny Halliday, used to frequent the "Sofitel Quiberon Thalassa Sea & Spa". This prestigious hotel offers a wide array of treatments and natural sea products for a stay combining relaxation, strolls by the sea, gastronomy and utter well-being. It has a gym and over 2000 m2 of relaxation area overlooking the sea. Many hotels in Quiberon have a relaxation and well-being offer for all budgets.
Where to stay: “Sofitel Quiberon Thalassa Sea & Spa”.
One of the most luxurious ski resorts in Europe and the best ski resort in Switzerland also happens to be one of the best wellness destinations in Europe. Terribly chic, St Moritz is the ideal destination for those who want to combine skiing and wellness or simply shopping, relaxation and well-being.
While some come to St Moritz to show off and observe social events, vernissages and parties, many come for the quality of its spa & wellness hotels recognized worldwide. From centuries-old mineral springs to yoga with goats, St Moritz is the perfect balance between tradition and modernity. The international reputation of St Moritz does not come from skiing, but primarily from its healing mineral springs. "Badrutt's Palace Hotel" is one of St Moritz's legendary wellness hotels with spa and fitness centre.
Where to stay: "Badrutt's Palace Hotel" is one of St Moritz's legendary wellness hotels.
Blue Lagoon - Iceland
Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, iconic wellness location ‘par excellence’, attracts travellers looking for relaxation and well-being in unusual settings. It is the ideal destination to relax in a wild and unspoiled nature.
To prolong the relaxation do not settle for a brief time in the emerald waters of the Blue Lagoon and treat yourself to a stay out of time and stress by booking at "The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland". This hotel will give you access to geothermal sources but also to a Spa unique in the world, suites made for relaxation and well-being, yoga rooms and a restaurant for a great well-being cocooned experience.
Local products such as geothermal seawater, silica, algae and minerals, will fully regenerate your body. This year dive into the warm aquamarine waters of Iceland and be pampered.
Where to stay: “The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland” featuring a subterranean spa and a geothermal lagoon.
Just 30 minutes from Bern, the Swiss capital, come and recharge your batteries in Spiez, one of the best wellness destinations in Europe.
Nestled between mountains and vineyards, Spiez, also renowned for its castle ranked among the best castles in Switzerland, is a perfect wellness destination all year round.
Your treatments and cures will be punctuated by visits to historic or natural places of rare beauty. A cruise on the lake is obviously a must to discover some of the pearls of this prestigious Swiss destination.
In addition to treatments offered by the hotels, you will enjoy many outdoor sports activities such as kayaking on the lake.
Where to stay: "Hotel Eden Spiez" features an outdoor bath, spring water fountain, underwater loungers, salt cave and much more.
Isola dei Pescatori
Borromean Islands - Italy
Lake Maggiore is the perfect destination for a wellness break combining refinement, gastronomy, nature, luxury and simplicity. Many wellness centres and Palace hotels offer spas, massages and various treatments for total fitness.
Relax and recharge your batteries surrounded by the magnificent landscapes of Lake Maggiore.
To enjoy sublime views of Isola dei Pescatori, one of the Borromean Islands, stay at the "Hotel Villa e Palazzo Aminta". It offers a luxurious wellness centre and a private beach overlooking the Borromean Islands.
Combine body care, massage and tourism and discover Isola dei Pescatori, a small island full of charm, where 25 inhabitants live peacefully. Breathe and relax, you are surrounded by nature, beauty and calm…
Where to stay: "Hotel Villa e Palazzo Aminta" offers a luxurious wellness centre and a private beach overlooking the Borromean Islands.
Baden-Württemberg - Germany
With more than ten 4- and 5-star spa hotels, Baden Baden is one of the wellness capitals of Europe. Almost a million litres of mineral-rich, naturally warm water (21°C/ 70°F) bubble from twelve springs. Do you want more? Enjoy a full program of relaxation and well-being in the many wellness hotels in Baden-Baden.
Whether you chose the Sea Salt Grotto, yoga classes, aromatherapy, light therapy, massages or body treatments, the stress of everyday life will simply vanish and you will experience pure moments of detox and regeneration.
The Friedrichsbad is a must for fans of Roman bathing. Do not miss a visit to the Salina Sea Salt Grotto and experience its virtues, especially if you have respiratory problems.
Baden means "bath" in German, so it is just the right place to relax. Want more than wellness? The state of Baden-Württemberg is world famous for the beauty of its castles classified among the
most beautiful castles in Germany, the Hohenzollern Castle and Heidelberg Castle to name just two.
For a wellness trip combining relaxation and enchantment, book your stay in November or December and discover the Baden-Baden Christmas Market, ranked among the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany.
How to get there: Book your flights to Karlsruhe / Baden Baden Airport (10 min by car) or Stuttgart (1h30 by car or public transport) and book your accommodation at the best price as well as your tours and activities in Baden-Baden.
Where to stay: "Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa". with its exclusive spa facilities, several restaurants, 10-minute walk from the Kurhaus Spa Centre.
Hydrotherapy is a real institution in France, to such an extent that if you are French, your spa treatment can be reimbursed almost in full by social security (up to 2 weeks per year) on doctor's orders.
The French are right, hydrotherapy is a real cure for health and well-being for your body and your mind. SPA, short for Salus per Aquam' (health from water) takes on its full meaning here.
Stay in one of the many wellness hotels in Evian and take advantage of their facilities; the “Thermes d'Evian" offer slimming treatments, fitness classes, treatments with Evian natural mineral water or even aqua maternity sessions for mothers-to-be and "baby & mum" stays. If you are accompanied but your companion is not passionate about well-being and relaxation, no problem as Evian is also famous for its restaurants, casinos and car races.
Where to stay: "Hotel Royal" offers a spa, wellness centre and 2 pools.
This fairy-tale site in southwestern Turkey is famous for the mineral left by the flowing of thermal water; in fact, Pamukkale meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is classified among your best thermal destinations in Europe.
With Cappadocia, Pamukkale has become one of Turkey's trendy destinations. It is famous for its natural swimming pools of radiant streamed water rich in minerals. Calcium oxide gives the white colour to this unique place in the world and an earthquake is, most probably, at the origin of these large terraces which form real ponds and natural swimming pools.
Pamukkale is also ranked among the best natural pools in Europe. Depending on the number of people, it may be more or less difficult to bathe in these pools, but you can enjoy a moment of well-being and calm by booking your room in one of the Pamukkale thermal hotels.
How to get there: Book your flights to Denizli Çardak Airport (1 hour by car). You can also reach Pamukkale from Izmir (3h) or Antalya (3h). You can get there on your own or book a transfer with a guided tour.
How to get there: Book your flights to Denizli Airport (50min by car). You can also reach Pamukkale from Izmir (3h) or Antalya (3h). (3h30).
Where to stay: “Doğa Thermal Health & Spa”. Guests love its thermal pool and the friendly staff.
Resort for royal and aristocratic families from all over Europe, Estoril is the chic and elegant wellness destination. Estoril is the Bad-Gastein or Courchevel of the South.
Luxury, elegance, sun and beaches await you. After a day of relaxation at the Palacio Estoril (one of the best equipped hotels with fitness, pool, thermal treatments, massage, sauna, hammam, etc.) you will enjoy a gentle stroll on the beaches of Estoril and Cascais or perhaps try your luck at the Casino.
How to get there: Book your flights to Lisbon Airport (20 min by car, 1Hh by public transport) and book your accommodation at the best price in Estoril as well as your tours and activities in Portugal.
Where to stay: “Palacio Estoril”, a 5-star hotel set in lush gardens with a golf course.
Bordeaux & Saint-Emilion
Better known for its wine offer rather than its wellness hotels, Bordeaux and its surroundings are, nevertheless, a perfect destination for “bon-vivants”, nature and history lovers who need a break away from stress.
The welcome and kindness of the winegrowers and their passion for wine and other local specialties (try the delicious ‘Macarons de Nadia’ in Saint Emilion), will immediately make you feel at home. You can alternate days of treatment with days of walking in the vineyards and wine tastings.
We stayed at the "Chateau Hotel & Spa Grand Barrail" which we can highly recommend. This chateau hotel located in a 3-hectare park surrounded by vineyards, offers a wide range of treatments as well as spa facilities: two saunas, two hammans, a hot tub, a relaxing spa treatment room and a fitness centre.
Need a real wellness break? Do stay at "Les Source de Caudalie" located 30 minutes by car from Bordeaux. Treat yourself to a treatment or even a complete stay in this Mecca of Well-being in Occitanie. With its original and refined decoration, unique architecture and design, swimming pools, wellness areas, Caudalie skin care brand, vinothérapie and restaurant, you will love this place created by the very innovative and daring Alice Tourbier who understood before others the importance of connecting luxury to nature.
How to get there: Book your flights to Bordeaux Merignac Airport (50 min by car, 2h by public transport) and book your accommodation at the best price as well as your tours and activities in Saint-Emilion.
Héviz, the second most popular destination in Hungary, has established itself in recent years as a must-see wellness destination. Relaxation and well-being are your key words for a great holiday? Hévíz is the answer. Actually, "Hévíz" means "hot water" in Hungarian and the city is so named thanks to the world's largest natural thermal lake. Imagine a whole city surrounded by lush forests and dedicated to relaxation!
Located near Budapest and Vienna, Hévíz has been welcoming spa visitors since the 18th century. It's probably the only spa destination where you can swim among white, pink and purple lilies, enjoy relaxing thermal mud massages on a pavilion floating on the lake, canoe in the steamy warm water of the Hévíz stream or have a winter swim in the 24 ° C thermal lake, whilst big snowflakes fall around you…
Hévíz is good for heart and mind. This destination is ideal for lovers, families and amateurs of outdoor sports (kayaking, golf, cycling, hiking) not forgetting the gourmets of course.
How to get there: Book your flights to Budapest (2h by car, 3h by train).
Where to stay: “Ensana Thermal Aqua” located just 500 meters from the thermal lake.
The people of Crete have one of the longest life expectancies in Europe. Could it be because they have learned to live harmoniously with nature? They know nature is simply priceless and avoid stress, the source of many psychological and physical illnesses. Cretan sun and Cretan food, what better combination to recharge your batteries during your next vacation in Europe? Whether you are stressed by work, a single mum who juggles work and family, an athlete who seeks to increase his performance or recover faster, you will find a wide choice of wellness practitioners of massage, reiki, shiatsu, acupuncture as well as workshops and hotels, for an exceptional wellness retreat in Crete.
Some hotels and guesthouses offer 100% organic menus of food cooked with the best virgin olive oil in the world. Want to combine wellness, sun and tourism? Book your flights to Chania or Heraklion Airport, as well as your wellness accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Crete such as a "Day Trip to Santorini From Heraklion".
Where to stay: "La Mer Resort & Spa - Adults Only" offers a spa centre and a sauna as well as an outdoor pool and a fitness centre.
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