Brenner’s Park Hotel & Spa, Germany
One of Europe’s first spas, this is a “grand hotel”-it was on my bucket list of must-do spots, and it didn’t disappoint. Its enormous spa is divided into theme areas using specific products, and I went for a phyto-aromatic Sisley botanical facial. Then I indulged in aromatic steam rooms, Finnish and Bio saunas (featuring coloured lighting panels for chakra balancing) and a cool plunge pool before conking out in a relaxation room overlooking a courtyard. Afterwards, I strolled through Lichtentaler Allee park to the modernist gem by American architect Richard Meier, the Museum Frieder Burda.
Baden-Baden is a beautiful little town where 800,000 litres of healing thermal waters flow from 12 springs each day. The ruins of the Roman bathhouses are preserved as a museum under the Römerplatz. A pass to the Friedrichsbad Roman-Irish bath above the ruins and other thermal-water day spas is an inexpensive and interesting option for visitors. (brenners.com)
Image: Brenner’s Park Hotel and Spa