One of my favorite ways to beat stress besides hiking in the Alps is to check into a wellness hotel for a weekend.
Nothing says self-love or quality time together quite like an entire weekend of pampering. That is why I like to book a wellness hotel once in a while.
7 Tips for making the most of your Wellness Weekend
Choose the right wellness hotel for you. If you want an area that offers a sauna where nudity isn’t required (as it is in many German saunas) choose one that has a clothing-optional section. Also, check out my My Shy Girl’s Guide to the German Sauna before checking into your hotel.
Decide how far you want to travel.
I tend to choose wellness hotels within a 2-hour drive from Munich. The whole point of the weekend is to relax – not be stuck in traffic.
Determine your budget beforehand. If you’re anything like me, you could happily get treatment after treatment. However, it’s not exactly budget-friendly. Instead, look over the spa menu in advance and choose one or two treatments that you’ll enjoy the most. I do this on every wellness getaway and thoroughly enjoy the treatment that I do receive.
Book spa appointments in advance.
Wellness weekends are popular in Germany so if you want a particular treatment, book it in advance to avoid disappointment. I’ve lost out on massages several times by trying to make an appointment when I was there for the following day and they were booked out.
Choose a wellness hotel that’s aligned with what wellness means to you.
While all wellness hotels have their similarities each offers something different. Is it important for you to have a rooftop view of a city? Mountain or lake views? A large comfortable area for lounging and reading? A city to explore or an idyllic place in the country? Figure out what you need the most, then search for hotels accordingly.
Bring a book that’s a treat for you to read.
I love reading but all too often I read business books – books that I feel I should read. Don’t get me wrong they’re helpful, but there’s something to be said for reading strictly for pleasure and a wellness weekend is an ideal time to treat yourself to a book you’ve been wanting to read forever but never have the time to do so. Check out these books for wildlife lovers that I recommend.
You deserve a break. Don’t bring work with you and try to really disconnect by putting your phone on Airplane mode. By doing this every so often, you’ll be able to get more done when you’re back at work. None of us can be on all the time.
Pay attention to what you’ve enjoyed about the wellness hotel and try to replicate it at home.
Once you’re at the hotel pay attention to the little things. What makes you feel relaxed? Is it the lavender scent? Soft music? Candlelight? Cozy chair? See which ideas you can implement in your own home to inspire wellness there – not just when you’re away.
Now, that you know how to make the most of your time, let’s check out some great
Wellness Hotels in Germany:
Wellness Hotels in Bavaria
This gorgeous 5-star designer hotel overlooks the Botanical Garden. Art lovers will enjoy the original paintings from Franz von Lenbach, a Munich artist. At the Rocco Forte The Charles Hotel you’ll find a sauna, steam room and a variety of beauty treatments. This is a great place to stay if you want to combine wellness with some sightseeing due to its convenient location in the heart of Munich.
Grainau (93 km from Munich, or an 8-minute drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen
This cozy hotel is decorated in country-style rooms. The spa area at the Romantik Alpenhotel Waxenstein offers fantastic mountain views. It’s a great place for a combination of an active wellness weekend with hiking, cycling, and skiing at your doorstep.
Wellness Hotels in Baden-Württemberg
Baden-Baden (110 km west from Stuttgart)
Baden-Baden is a scenic spa town in the Black Forest near the border of France. At Brenners Park-Hotel you’ll find well-manicured gardens and two Michelin star restaurants in one of the town’s top-rated locations. It’s a great place to pamper yourself and go for leisurely strolls through the pretty town.
Wellness Hotels in Hesse
While Frankfurt wouldn’t be my first choice for a wellness break, the Jumeirah Frankfurt is a good option for combining business with pleasure. The hotel is centrally located and offers breathtaking views of the skyline and the Tanus Hills. You’ll find tropical rain showers, two saunas and an indoor pool in the neighbouring building.
Wellness Hotels in Lower Saxony
Lüdersburg (68 km SE from Hamburg)
Schöss Ludersburg is your chance to stay in an artfully restored manor dating back to 1776. Set in the idyllic countryside near the Elbe River, it makes a great wellness getaway from Hamburg, especially for golfers. It offers two 18-hole golf courses.
Friedrichsruhe (139 km east from Hamburg)
This 5-star hotel offers Michelin-star cuisine. At the Wald & Schlosshotel Friedrichsruhe, you can choose between the 27-hole golf course or a walk in the private forest. It also offers both indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a tennis court.
Wellness Hotels in North Rhine-Westphalia
This 5-star hotel complete with a steam room and pool also offers gorgeous views over the Old Town. Breidenbacher Hof is a great place to stay when you want to combine sightseeing with wellness.
Isselburg (90 km north from Düsseldorf)
This was the first castle that I stayed in and I LOVED it. The Romantik Parkhotel Wasserburg Anholt sits on 103 acres giving you lots of room to go for leisurely walks or practice your best princess walk in the Baroque gardens. You can also drop all pretenses and try your swing on the golf course. This is a great place to stay when you want a wellness break with a bit of sightseeing. Moyland Castle is nearby and the historic town of Isselburg is worth checking out.
Winkhausen, Schmallenberg (160 km east from Düsseldorf)
Spa lovers will enjoy this 5-star hotel’s 3,200 m² spa area complete with five saunas, indoor and outdoor pools and views of the hotel gardens. The Hotel Deimann is an ideal spot if you’re seeking wellness, regional cuisine, and light hiking.
Wellness Hotels in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Binz on the island of Rügen (311 km north from Berlin)
Located on the Baltic Sea, you’re just a 1-minute walk to the beach. At the Travel Charme Kurhaus Binz you’ll stay in classic beach-style accommodation and have your choice of Finnish saunas, steam rooms and a pool that’s heated the whole year. This is a great option if the seaside is your idea of a wellness break.
Ahlbeck, on the island of Usedom (231 km north from Berlin)
Germany’s islands are one of the country’s best-kept secrets among locals. The Seetelhotel Ahlbecker Hof is located on the Baltic Sea, you’re just a 2-minute walk to the beach and close to the Polish border. You’ll love the historic facade that dates back to the 1890s and the extensive spa area. You also have four on-site restaurants to choose from.
Wellness Hotels in Berlin
This hotel is conveniently located near the shopping boulevard of Kurfürstendamm making it a great choice if you’re seeking a wellness/shopping weekend. The Waldorf Astoria Berlin is also home to Germany’s first Guerlain Spa and an indoor pool. Once you’re feeling blissed out, head to the 15th-floor library for stunning views over Berlin.
Wellness Hotels in Saxony
This is your chance to stay in one of the oldest manors in all of Saxony. You’re right in the heart of Dresden’s historic Old Town and just 500 m from the Elbe River. At the Romantik Hotel Bülow Residenz you’ll also have free access to the neighbouring Bülow Spa and Fitness Centre. This is a good choice if you’re seeking wellness combined with art and cultural sightseeing.
Hartenstein (103 km SW from Dresden)
If you’re seeking nature this is the place for you, set in the Erz Mountains and surrounded by gorgeous gardens. Guests enjoy the spa area, traditional furnishings and sampling cuisine from the Saxony region. The Romantik Hotel Jagdhaus Waldidyll is a great place to stay if you want to combine hiking or cycling with wellness. Bikes can be rented from the hotel.
Budget-Friendly Alternatives to Wellness Hotels in Munich, Germany
If a stay in a wellness hotel isn’t in your budget at the moment, consider a day pass which many wellness hotels and spas offer. For example, Therme Erding near Munich is the largest spa in the world and it offers passes from 2 hours starting at €17 per person.
Alternatively, I also recommend Muller’sches Volksbad. This is a public swimming pool located in the heart of Munich. It’s one of the most beautiful swimming pools in Europe designed in art nouveau. Besides the swimming pools, there’s also a Roman steam bath. You can have full use of the sauna and pools for €18 for 4 hours.
You’re likely to find thermal baths and public swimming pools in most cities in Germany making a wellness break affordable for everyone.
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