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We landed in a "Mini Suite" which was very nice; spacious,
simply but tastefully decorated in wood with stainless steel accents and
a very large bathroom with fun, unexpected amenities. The tub sat
underneath a large picture window so one could gaze out upon the
surrounding fields while bathing.
A DAY AT THE SPA:
Lindner Spa Binshof In Germany
This summer we were lucky enough to take a vacation to Germany and Italy and my In laws gave me a gift certificate to the Lindner Spa Binshof which is about 80 kilometers outside of Frankfurt, where we were flying home from. I have never been to a spa before, so this was a special treat but I was unsure of which services to use. Actually, I could have kept myself busy with the different pools, saunas and steam baths alone.
The main pool was a beautiful blue sparkly indoor/outdoor pool that had a 2% salt content (the salt is from the Dead Sea). The water was a perfect temperature; neither too warm nor too cold. The funky shape and the "secret passages" to the outdoor half of the pool appealed to my kids (and to the kid in me).
There were also two strong jets spurting water into the pool, which I first took for a water version of a stationary bike as they made it possible to swim in place. (Spa staff later told me they were there for back massage and were really too weak for swimming in place. I stick by my first assessment.)
Once sufficiently pruned by the pool, we ventured down into the "Textile Free Area" (Nude) where the various saunas and steam baths are located. After stifling the giggles that started to erupt from my children, we chose the steam bath which happened to be empty. The Spa Steam Bath
This particular steam bath is kept between 45 and 50 degrees Celsius (113° - 122° F) and has 100% humidity, which means you are completely dripping wet after about 5 minutes.
The spa recommends partaking of the steam bath for 10 to 20 minutes, after which you hop into a cold shower. Aromatherapy is also at work, and you will find yourself lulled into a steamy trance by the scent of rosemary and mint.
The benefits of such steamy bathing are said to be purification of the skin (you sweat like a porker in there) and repertory system, as well as revitalizing you (which may come from the cold shower afterward). Altogether a very relaxing experience, and my personal favorite in the sauna and steam bath category.
Nothing beat this, however:
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE SPA? Care to tell us why it's your favorite?
What should I do at a spa?
Use the free stuff first!
A good spa will be able to keep you busy with the in-house amenities - pools, saunas, steam baths, relaxation rooms and outdoor activities.
Depending on your budget and time, the paid services or "Treatments" can be well worth it.