Relax and rejuvenate with a European spa break

Take a step back from the hustle and bustle of the 9-5 and give yourself a well-deserved break. With nurturing facials and unique hydrotherapy treatments, you’ll come back from your European break feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and refreshed.

We give you the low down on four top European spa sanctuaries for you to escape to.

Rome Cavalieri, Rome, Italy

Take yourself on a roman holiday and lavish in the luxury of the Cavalieri Grand Spa Club at the Rome Cavalieri Hotel. The award-winning spa is a pampering haven set in a tranquil environment overlooking the Eternal City.

At the centre of the Rome Cavalieri hotel’s Grand Spa is a magnificent amethyst Turkish Bath with marble platforms and Roman mosaics. Supplied with wet steam heat, it is a place to stretch out and allow muscles and mind to uncoil. Hot and cold plunge pools, with hydro-massage elements, are on offer for stimulating contrasts. Later, when your spa treatment is complete, you can retire to the Relaxation Lounge, a re-creation of a Roman rotunda with fabrics, mosaics and classically styled loungers.

Getting there: Fly direct from Birmingham Airport to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumincino Airport. Rome Cavalieri is around 30 minutes from the airport by car.

The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

Closer to home, why not hop over to the heart of Ireland’s capital and step into The Shelbourne Hotel where they pride themselves on having self-care nailed down to a fine art. Relaxation, tranquillity, and wellness are given centre stage in their spa, salon, and health club.

In the spa, across three floors, luxury face and body treatments are delivered by highly trained therapists, and the opulent relaxation room overlooks the lush St. Stephen’s Green allowing you to escape from every day cares. The spa offers guests a holistic approach to mind and body with exclusive therapies developed with natural products, including signature rituals and treatments created by world renowned brands. A complete menu of world-class experiences for both men and women include, facials, purifying body wraps, intense body scrubs and intricate hand and foot care.

Getting there: Fly direct from Birmingham Airport to Dublin Airport. The Shelbourne is around 30 minutes from the airport by car.

Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat, Spain

Nestled in the surroundings of Sierra de las Nieves Nature Park, leave the stress of your everyday life behind and submerse yourself in the sanctuary of tranquillity of the Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat. The retreat brings Eastern style to southern Spain with Balinese architecture and oriental gardens for you to soak up a piece of harmony.

The highlights of Shanti-Som are the variety of different classes and sessions on offer including yoga, pilates and personal training. No matter your level, the Shanti-Som wellness team will teach you how to incorporate physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual change with the help of yoga and meditation. Wellness is the upmost priority at the retreat and the spa offer treatments from traditional pampering to holistic healing.

Getting there: Fly direct from Birmingham Airport to Malaga Airport. The retreat is located 60 km and 45 min from Malaga Airport.

Dolder Grand Spa, Zurich

An oasis of calm, The Dolder Grand Hotel in Zurich is the perfect place to relax, feel pampered and daydream. The unique range of spa and fitness facilities cover 4,000 square metres and is available to both hotel guests and outside visitors.

The award-winning Dolder Grand Spa is one of the most exclusive spas in Switzerland and offers you a comprehensive range of wellness experiences that are tailored to your individual needs and that you can combine freely.

In the separate Ladies’ Spa and Gentlemen’s Spa areas there are saunas, steam baths, kotatsu foot baths, aroma pools, steam pots, cold-water basins and sunbeds. The relaxation, chillout and meditation areas provide the perfect place for peace, quiet and relaxation.

Getting there: Fly direct from Birmingham Airport to Zurich Airport. The Dolder Grand is around 20 mins away from the airport by car.

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