Germany’s largest state offers the most opportunities for wellness retreats, and mountains, lakes, trees and more fresh air than a pair of human lungs will expect await all those who wish to partake. Here are our picks of 8 wellness hotels that we think are a good start.
Bad Gögging, not far from Munich, has offered spa treatments from its thermal waters to weary travellers since the days of the Roman Empire. The four-star Monarch Hotel offers a full menu of onsite spa and wellness treatments and is walking distance from the Limes-Therme Bad Gögging. Outside, visitors may wish to explore the old town’s cute streets or take a bike ride through the forest.
This child-friendly wellness hotel (celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019 with a total renovation) has children’s waterworks and daily adult classes in yoga, pilates and autogenic training. Opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking are plenty, and childcare runs 12 hours a day.
While Munich has many excellent hotels, the Bayerischer Hof’s Blue Spa offers visitors the choice between sauna and massage table to help the stress of the city melt away. Lose yourself in the plush carpet, read a book under the glass dome in the lobby or nap the afternoon away on the roof terrace.
One of the most modern spas in Europe, Rottal Terme offers a rain sauna, saltwater lagoon, salina thorn room as well as standard spa amenities. With 30 pools ranging 26°C–40°C (78.8°F–104°F) and trained onsite therapists offering healing for soul as well as body, Rottal Terme has certainly got the relaxation game sorted out.
Health through water – that’s the theme at Rupertus Therme in Bad Reichenhall. Saltwater is used in a variety of treatments to enrich dry skin, boost immunity and relax muscles and joints. Try Finnish sauna or steam room, achieve intense relaxation in the underground saline flotation chamber to cleanse your lungs or enjoy the mountain view from the 31°C (87.8°F) outdoor pool.
In addition to offering normal sauna and heated pool regimens, Lanserhof place specialises in the F.X Mayr cure, a treatment developed by the German doctor which emphasises fasting and exercise. The young hotel (just three years old) features 55m² (600-sq-ft) rooms, all with balconies, hardwood floors and isolation to prevent electrosmog. Treatment rooms offer state-of-the-art Mayrkuren treatments as well as medical checkups and noninvasive lifts.
With a view of mountains majesty in the Alps foothills, Alpenhotel Waxenstein is an oasis of wellbeing. Inside, hotel walls are adorned with original paintings from French artists, while massage therapists and an array of saunas and pools promise to make aches and pains a distant memory. Outside, cyclists, hikers and skiers are rewarded with springs, gorges, valleys and the unspoilt Grainau countryside.
High up in the mountains, Allgäu Sonne enjoys more sunshine than anywhere in the Alps. Relax with a good book in front of the open fire, or dance the night away in the Stiessberg Stüberl. During the day, fitness nuts can take advantage of 235m² (2,530 sq ft) of exercise equipment with the help of a personal trainer, go to back strengthening classes or hike the Alps with a guide. Alternatively (or afterwards), guests can relax in the hotel’s 2,100 m² (22625-sq-ft) spa world.