European Spa Guide

Home to some of the oldest spas and therapies in the world, with an abundance of geothermic and mineral waters, said to possess healing properties, Europe has been a hotbed of spa activity for centuries dating back to the Roman and Ottoman Empires. Every spa experience is possible here.

Image: St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort

St. Regis Mardavall

Experience the extraordinary island of Mallorca in one of the most exclusive resorts of the Mediterranean. The Tramuntana Mountains, the luxurious marina of Puerto Portals, and the sea frame the unique St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort. Relax in the unrivaled surroundings of Arabella Spa. Pamper yourself with alluring beauty programs, or discover wellness experiences like Ayurveda, thalasso, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Indulge mind and body in one of three swimming pools.

Image: Porto Elounda Deluxe Resort

Natural Europe

As a place with a rich spa history (it's been said Greeks have indulged in social baths since 500 BC, and the term "spa" goes back to Roman times), Europe's spa culture is naturally steeped in tradition, whilst remaining relevant enough to meet the expectations of today's well-seasoned spa-goer. Europe's spa experience is widely diverse, from thalassotherapy along the Mediterranean Sea and saunas in Finland to thermal springs of Tuscany and vinotherapy in France.

Image: Hotel Métropole ESPA Monte-Carlo

European Cuisine

Eating your way through Europe (along with spa-ing!) is among the continent's most memorable, popular, and insightful travel experiences, as its gastronomy allows you a deep connection into each region's culture and history. Similar to Europe's spa scene, European cuisine comprises various signature enticements throughout each country, from fondue in Switzerland and tapas in Spain to wurst in Germany and, of course, pasta in Italy.

Image: Fonteverde Tuscan Resort & Spa

Spa Travel Tips for Europe

Spa-ing in a different country can leave the most discerning spa-goers feeling out of their comfort zone. Be cognizant that several European regions are relaxed when it comes to spa nudity—in Germany and Austria, it is natural to go au naturel in front of others. In Sweden and Finland, nude co-ed bathing is common among friends, though separate men's and women's sections of public saunas/bathhouses are also the norm. The UK practices greater modesty.

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