Karlovy Vary, a few hours away from Prague, is the best-known spa town in Czechia — but that doesn’t mean there aren’t great wellness centers near the capital.
Pivní Lázně Praha (Spa Beerland Prague)
Beer spas are actually a popular tradition in the Czech Republic. As the name implies, the treatment includes the use of beer in the form of products made with beer and, of course, a lot of the drinking kind. At Spa Beerland, visitors get a spa experience, unlimited amount of beer to drink, homemade beer bread, a sauna experience in a beer barrel, and even a straw bed in front of a fireplace on which to relax.
Žitná 658/9, Praha 1, Czechia, + 420 252 544 849
Lily Wellness & Spa Center
Part of the luxurious Hotel Hoffmeister near Prague Castle, this wellness retreat is the perfect place to spend a day or two. Aside from a number of massages and spa treatments, Lily also offers access to a special steam bath located inside a 15th-century cave with steam produced by hot lava stones.
Pod Bruskou 7, Praha 1, Czechia, +420 251 017 111
A waterpark as a wellness retreat? When you’re in the Czech Republic, that’s definitely a possibility. Aquapalace has all you can expect from a water park: slides, pools, a 450-meter-long river, toboggans, and artificial waves. As the biggest aquapark in Europe, the place also boasts a number of other offerings you won’t find anywhere else, including Finnish saunas and outdoor saunas, a medical spa, and special “pamper yourself” packages. Too tired to go anywhere after a day in the water? There’s a four-star hotel connected to the park.
Pražská 138, Shopping Zone Průhonice – Čestlice, Czechia, +420 271 104 111
Surrounded by the green lush of meadows and forests close to the border with Slovakia, this hotel is famous for its many thermals pools and whirlpool soak tubs, as well as Finnish and herbal saunas, a massage center, and a vitamin bar. The hotel is also home to the first tepidarium in the country, a type of relaxing dry sauna featuring a temperature of just 38°C – a lot lower than traditional saunas.
Léskové 583, 756 06 Velké Karlovice Czechia, +420 571 495 500
A popular destination for weddings, this self-described eco-chic chateau hotel is also a great place to relax and unwind. Mcely produces its own organic skincare products, which are available for sale and used in the chateau’s spa for treatments such as outdoor massages, facial care, sauna experiences, and Onyx steam baths. For the ultimate pampering experience, book one of their spa suites or try their natural swimming lake and beach available for all guests.
Mcely 61, 289 36 Mcely, Czechia, +420 325 600 000
Darovanský dvůr Hotel
Just minutes from the city where Pilsen beer originated, this fancy hotel and spa is all about traditional luxury. Originally a former farmstead, the building has retained much of its charm and is now well known for its international level 27-hole golf course and for being next door to the Upper Berounka Natural Park and its many beautiful hiking trails. The hotel’s wellness center offers horse riding, swimming, tennis courts, a Roman steam bath, a salt steam room (popular for respiratory wellness and relaxation), and an ice well perfect for a dip after a visit to the sauna.
Darová 3, 338 24 Břasy, Czechia, +420 371 740 716
Areál Botanika Center
Located near Krivoklat Castle and surrounded by magical forests great for hiking, Areál offers tons of opportunities to unwind and relax. From tennis courts and swimming pools to horse riding and beach volleyball, this is one place that has it all. A popular retreat place for companies, the center also offers a spa, a sauna and a whirpool. Not enough? Try their rope course up in the trees for lots of adrenaline-inducing fun.
Horní Bezděkov 154, 273 51 Unhošt, Czechia, +420 312 698 583