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When thinking about thermal spas in Austria, you’ll tend to imagine bucolic locations, deep within the woods… but actually, the capital offers advanced, exotic, luxurious and typically urban facilities.
Being able to enjoy a spa break and beauty treatments in Vienna is something special. In winter, it is a way to escape cold days, and in the summer, to discover the passion that Austrians have for the sun. In any case, it gives an opportunity to appreciate the architecture that shows how the town’s history has been closely linked to the ritual of thermal baths since the early twentieth century.
An excellent example is the Amalienbad, one of the most beautiful indoor pools in Vienna, an impressive architectural monument that combines Art Nouveau and Art Déco elements, rigorous from the outside and well planned inside, with a large pool surrounded by balconies. The building is located in a working-class neighbourhood and it represents a magnificent example of socialist enterprise of “Red Vienna” in the 1920s.
If you prefer to swim in the former vault of a bank instead, just book the Arany SPA at the Park Hyatt Hotel. In the middle of the shopping district, the Goldenes Quartier, it is built in wood, mother of pearl, gold and set within a historical building which belonged to an important financial institution. Aromatherapy baths, sauna and steam rooms, vitality showers and relaxation areas are all available. For those seeking more privacy, there are six exclusive suites offering treatments and private massages, even for couples.
True luxury is also guaranteed at the Hotel Sacher – the name being linked to the famous cake – where chocolate treatments are offered in a central and friendly Spa. This area is an elegant salon and is not confined in a dark basement, but on the 5° floor of the hotel, with a wonderful view over Vienna’s rooftops. La Prairie, Ligne St Barth and German make-up artist Horst Kirchberger products are used here.
For those looking for an exotic touch, the Dhevari Day Spa is a luxurious Asian alternative, nominated the Best Day Spa in Austria in 2013. It combines traditional Oriental treatments such as the Shiro-Abhyanga, the Royal Thai or the Balinese massage with hot stones.
Try the Bamboo massage, a specific treatment for pregnant women, and the Dhevari golden anti-aging body scrub to renew the skin.
The completely renovated Therme Wien, reopened in 2010, has received the prestigious EUROPEAN HEALTH & SPA AWARD twice – what you might consider a sort of International Oscars for Wellness. With their 26 pools, 2500 spa beds and 6000 cubic meters of water, they occupy a path among beauty, relaxation, fitness areas and saunas. You can swim in a cave-like pool or relax on heated benches, drink an herbal tea in Austria’s first thermal library or even watch a movie. Outside, the Jahreszeitengarten, the seasonal garden, features a 25-metre long swimming pool, salt water pools, sport courts and lounge chairs for sunbathing.
The pride of Vienna, featuring high Sulphur healing springs among the most therapeutically effective in Europe.
The showpiece is the 100-square meter pool built in the vault of a previous bank, featuring underwater music.
The signature treatments are called Time to Chocolate, offering three different options based on beans and cocoa butter, to soften up life in every sense.
Outside, an imposing socialist building, inside, a huge pool. Women can enjoy the sauna surrounded by original 1920s mosaics.
The signature massage is a perfect combination of seven different techniques such as the Royal Thai and the Balinese with hot stone and classic massages.