It’s hard to resist the temptation of a relaxing spa break to help you unwind from the stresses of daily life. Luckily, there are plenty of stylish spa destinations all across Europe which are just a short flight away.
Here we pick three completely different spa experiences to help you plan your next heavenly holiday.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon has become a picture postcard destination that is a must-do on any trip to Iceland. Although Iceland doesnâ€™t offer the warming autumnal sun that some other European locations do, it does boast the options of visiting ice caves, enjoying husky rides and, of course, spotting the spectacular aurora borealis (Northern Lights).
Despite now being quite a popular tourist spot, the Blue Lagoon still warrants a visit. Witnessing the icy blue waters contrasting with the billowing steam from the hot springs is a sight to behold. Plus, you can opt for a luxury package which includes plush robes and slippers, a glass of bubbly (or the drink of your choice) and mud face masks, so you can have a truly tranquil experience. Why not book yourself into the Retreat Spa with one of their signature in-water massages for an extra special treat?
Lake Como, Italy
Itâ€™s hard not to feel as though you’re living the life of luxury when you’re staying in one of Lake Como’s stunning spa hotels. Whether you spend your day relaxing on a sunbed while appreciating the breathtaking lakeside views, soaking up the sun in the solarium, or enjoying one of the many relaxing massage treatments on offer, you’re sure to feel like you’re floating on air when you return home!
For those who need to burn off a little more energy, you can take part in yoga and Pilates classes, work out in the gym, enjoy a spot of tennis, or make the most of your location with a walk around the lake.
By night, there’s no better place to dine on traditional Italian cuisine. Thanks to your lakeside location you can be assured the fish will be as fresh as they come, and they certainly know how to serve it! With tasty handmade pasta (the carbonara at the Belvedere is to die for) and delectable desserts, you may well experience one of the best meals of your life!
Although not one of the better-known spa destinations in Europe, Edipsos (also known as Aidipsos) is locally renowned for its hot springs. The thermal baths here have become synonymous with healing, relaxation and serenity thanks to their mineral qualities which claim to offer relief from aches, pains and ailments.
You can choose from wellness, detox, and medical programmes at Thermae Sylla Spa, each of which has been designed to target specific areas for improvement.
Alongside your relaxing treatments in the ‘City of Spas’, there are plenty of other sights to explore. Wander along the promenade, discover historic folklore in the town’s museum, visit local churches and monasteries, or stroll through picturesque olive groves before sampling some local produce.
A break in Evia can easily be combined with a few days in Greece’s capital, so you can enjoy the spa relaxation as well as the eclectic culture, history and architecture of Athens.
Thanks to budget airline flights heading to all over Europe from the UK, you can save the pennies on the journey and splash out on luxurious massage treatments, fine dining cuisine and perhaps a glass or two of fizz!