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Berlin works hard and plays hard, which is why sometimes the city’s inhabitants need to simply kick back and relax.
Though it may not be a considered a conventional wellness destination, Berlin knows how to unwind in style — and with good reason. As both the country’s political nerve centre and undisputed party capital, this is a city that tends to go full-throttle, 24/7.
With that in mind, it suddenly makes a great deal of sense that Berliners need to treat themselves once in a while and these truly indulgent urban escapes are the perfect places to do so.
If you aren’t overly sensitive to public nudity, check into this sprawling 20,000-square-metre Balinese-inspired day spa. Despite the size, sheltered areas connected by lush, green paths keep the feel intimate. Of particular note are the 10 different saunas, including an aromatherapy option, chromotherapy room, Turkish bath and Russian-style steam room, all of which are available for the flat day rate of €31. Individual massages and treatments are extra, but not necessary to enjoy a bit of R&R.
A class-act to the core, this grande dame in the heart of Potsdamer Platz gets every element right, from its fine dining restaurant to its perfume-inspired cocktail bar where tipples are derived from specific fragrances. The spa, with a whirlpool tub, pool, fitness centre and sauna, is no exception.
Germany’s first Guerlain Spa is also one of the most spacious wellness complexes in all of Berlin. It features eight treatment rooms, a sauna, Vichy shower, steam room, and a pool with a dreamy cloud-like shape mirrored by the decorative feature stationed above it on the ceiling. Opt for the Zoofenster room, which overlooks the Berlin Zoological Garden.
If the luxe spa at this boutique hotel feels especially secluded, that might have to do with the fact that it’s buried in a former bank vault. This grand building stands on the former site of the Dresdner Bank building, dating back to 1889. The design team did their best to preserve as many of the original features as possible and the aesthetic style extends to the spa, which has a Finnish sauna, steam room, indoor pool, relaxation vault and fitness centre.