I laid down in bed last night and stared at my ceiling for the 330th time this year, and I realised something important I’ve overlooked. I need a break. To recharge. I’ve been so focused on work that my body is beginning to feel the wear and tear. While, I don’t have the most physical job in the world, it keeps me stressed with looming deadlines, dissatisfied clients and on and on. What I need even more than time away, is reinvestment in myself. I’m not getting any younger but I know my muscles and bones could benefit for a bit of pampering and help me destress. I’ve been searching for local deals online, but I feel like staying here in Essex will just make me remember all the chores and home improvements I’ve got on my list, even if I pop in to London for a spa day.
That’s when I got the thought of combining a travel holiday with spa retreat. These spa retreats are located around the world, but I looked in Germany as I’ve never visited the country before. My search turned up hundreds of public and private baths through Germany. It turns out that German medical culture incorporates theses spas directly into preventive public health measures. If you talk about your stressful circumstances to your GP in Germany, they may prescribe a day at the local spa. This has been show in many studies to reduce the need for medication and reduce loss of productivity. In short, it pays to recharge, and here are a couple amazing places I found to do just that. Baden Baden is a spa resort town first made popular with the Romans many years ago Getting there is fairly easy flying into Stuttgart airport, but the local Baden Baden airport is accessible to some smaller continental carriers and will cut your driving significantly.
Brenners Park-Hotel and Spa is quite possibly the most opulent in Germany. This 5-star hotel and spa is extravagantly furnished with rose red carpets trimmed with gold and crystal. This is a retreat to make you feel like royalty, and indeed many royals and heads of state have dipped in their toes and more into these healing waters. In the storied town of Bad Elster on the Czech-Bavarian boarder, you can find the better examples of traditional German architecture and village life than any other spa town could offer. It was not destroyed by allied bombs nor Soviet remodeling. Nestled in a mild valley the hotels and spa retreats here are vastly less populated than Baden Baden. This means that in addition to your soaks and scrubs and can get out and explore the many kilometers of trails running through the Black Forest.
Exercising the body and the mind on a holiday may seem like lofty goals for your time off. But doctors around the world agree, relaxation is a vitally important part of being well. It can be hard to find that complete unplugged feeling we need, but the rewards for maintaining a healthy mind and body are too large to quantify. Recharge and explore your world