The luxury capital of Germany, the spa town of Baden-Baden, in the Black Forest, is famed for its mineral-rich thermal springs that flow from the slopes of Florentiner Berg down into the city’s Roman bathhouses. For extra exclusivity, take some well-deserved pamper time at Baden-Baden’s best spa hotels, all available to book on Culture Trip.
An elite team of medical experts, therapists, naturopaths and nutritionists pride themselves on their holistic approach to wellness at Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa. At Villa Stéphanie, a monumental mansion dedicated to health and wellbeing, Ayurvedic massages and Sisley skincare treatments are paired with bespoke detox and diet programmes and professional medical care. Take a dip in the palatial pool, with towering glass walls overlooking the gardens, or indulge in a soothing steam bath. Yoga, mindfulness walks and qi-gong classes are all part of the experience.
Sleek dark stone interiors mirror the shadowy silhouettes of the surrounding Black Forest in the Roomers Spa, boasting top-of-the-range skincare products. Treatments focus on the face, using the dermacare expertise of Dr Barbara Sturm’s Molecular Cosmetics range and nature-friendly Comfort Zone creams, gels and serums mixed with organic essential oils. Top it off with a hot stone massage, then get ready for a memorable meal on the panoramic rooftop. Salty-sweet sake teriyaki salmon and shrimp sashimi pair perfectly with a lychee lemonade at pan-Asian restaurant, Moriki.
There are all kinds of sciences involved with skincare at Maison Messmer. Its beautiful Romanesque spa offers treatments like a microneedling facial which uses hyaluronic acid to hydrate and ultrasound technology to allow anti-ageing agents to sink deeper into your skin. If all that sounds a bit much, you can always while away your stay in the heated indoor pool, overlooked by ceramic murals. The journey to total relaxation continues in the suites, some with private saunas or whirlpool tubs, and all with balcony views of the spa gardens and forested mountains beyond.
If you’re planning to visit Baden-Baden on a budget, you can treat yourself to some low-cost luxury at this Radisson Blu hotel. Surrounded by stately gardens, the colonnade-fronted former monastery houses two thermal pools of naturally healing spring waters, each at a muscle-easing 37C (100F) heat for ultimate relaxation. Massages and treatments are available on request, whilst deep-sleep pillow sprays help you drift off to a dreamy sleep in the suites.
Two hours south of Baden-Baden in Wurmlingen, Hotel Traube Revital provides a countryside escape for those looking for peace and quiet. Begin the day with a bracing dip in the Kneipp wading pool, designed to stimulate circulation and strengthen the immune system, followed by a top-rated complimentary breakfast. Slip on a fuzzy bathrobe and pad down to the spa, or swim in the sunlit pavilion pool in the garden. Enormous beds and squashy armchairs await in the rooms.
With shuttered french windows, neat hedgerow gardens and a traditional design, this hotel in central Baden-Baden is every bit as elegant as any belle-époque abode. Opt for the wellness package for free entry to the Caracalla thermal baths and Friedrichsbad Spa, plus welcome evening cocktails, nightly three-course dinners and daily afternoon teas at the hotel. Staff will go above and beyond to make your stay extra-special: in-room massages, welcome bottles of champagne, a romantic bath setting… Just say the word.
Down a cobblestone street in the centre of Baden-Baden, this hotel turns heads with its wisteria-clad walls and sunshine-yellow exterior. Couples upgrading to the honeymoon suite are rewarded with a freestanding jacuzzi bath facing the bed, whilst the Napoleon Suite boasts two balconies overlooking the pretty street. Emerge revitalised after a deluxe facial – a combination of cleansing, peeling, massaging and masking to leave skin glowing – and an Ayurvedic massage.
Set among the rolling vineyards and wooded hills of quiet countryside village Neuweier, just 15 minutes from Baden-Baden, Hotel Rebenhof invites you to slow down and taste the good life. On mild mornings, breakfast is taken on the lavender-scented terrace beside the vines, whilst dinner options like spicy deer ragout and herb-butter snails pair perfectly with a local Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir). In the relaxation room, claim the hanging egg chair for an afternoon snooze after a soothing steam and sauna.
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