For a healthy and blissful start to 2013 why not start planning your spa or detox breaks? Although spa and wellness centre hotels are not known for their good value prices – there are a few exceptions. From pampering spa breaks to advanced medical wellness centres here are some of cheapest spa and wellness hotels around the world:
Hotel Merkur – Vrnjačka Banja, Serbia
Eastern Europe is a good place to start your budget spa break search. Many Eastern European countries combine forward thinking medical centres with the healing powers of the local nutrient-rich thermal waters. They also offer exceptional value, especially compared to the rest of Europe. For a place that takes your ailments very seriously, try the medical institute Hotel Merkur, located in the attractive Serbian spa town of Vrnjačka Banja. The modern facility specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of digestive diseases and diabetes and relaxing thermo mineral bathing rooms are also based on site.
- Prices from €44 a night which includes diagnosis and medical treatments.
- To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Mekur
Hotel Azúr – Siófok, Hungary
Hungary is another country famous for its thermal springs and wellness centres can be found throughout the region. Most people head for the historic spas of Budapest but the coastal holiday town Siófok is another good option. Try the four star Hotel Azur for a good standard of accommodation and access to one of the largest wellness centres in the region. They offer an excellent range of spa and well being services including thermal water baths (said to aid healing for gynecological, urological and dermatological diseases), aroma room, salt room, infrasauna and steam baths.
- From €50 a night (not including treatments).
- To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Azur
El Ameyal Hotel – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
If you avoid Cancun, Mexcio can be an excellent good choice for affordable spa and wellness hotels. El Ameyal Natural Health Spa Resort located in the popular resort town offers a pleasant stay and a robust menu of spa and wellness services. These range from nutrition counselling to detoxifying mud baths and steam treatments. For those still wanting more there are even more options to try including the traditional Temazcal sweat lodge, yoga and meditation sessions, naturopathic medicine, steam baths and lymphatic drainage.
- Prices from $65 a night (not including treatments).
- To book, check prices or availability for El Ameyal Hotel
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort – Lagos, Portugal
Portugal is usually more reasonably priced than its neighbour Spain and the European country offers some very good value deals. This beautiful but inexpensive resort hotel is set in a prime location overlooking the Porto de Mós beach. The hotel’s central feature is the spa which includes a hydrotherapy pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish Bath and relaxing Chromotherapy suite.
- From €66 a night (not including treatments).
- To book, check prices or availability for Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Hotel Jurmala Spa – Latvia
The spa resort town of Jurmala is located just 12 miles from the Latvian capital of Riga. An ideal place for a relaxing break, highlights include white sandy beaches and a pedestrianised street of shops, cafes and restaurants. One of the more popular hotels in this area is the Hotel Jumala. It’s a modern hotel offering an eye-watering range of over 100 different wellness and spa treatments including a state-of-the-art spa capsule, five different types of saunas, a salt room and three pools of differing water temperatures. Being Latvia, you also won’t need to worry about the prices being sky high.
- Prices from €45 a night (treatments not included).
- To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Jumala
Patara Prince Hotel & Resort – Turkey
Kalkan is an old fishing town located on the woefully underrated Turkish Riveria. Home to ancient ruins, white-washed houses and the longest sandy beach in the Mediterranean, this area is an idyllic yet mostly undiscovered travel destination. Here is where you’ll find this very reasonably priced health and spa resort. In addition to the beautiful views there’s a good range of services on offer including a Turkish bath, sauna, yoga and pilates studio and over 15 types of massages.
- Prices from €25 a night (not including treatments).
- To book, check prices or availability for Patara Prince Hotel & Spa
Melsa Coop SPA Hotel – Bulgaria
Bulgaria is known to be one of the cheaper European holiday destinations and for an exceptional value break try Nesebar. The ancient resort town is one of the major seaside resorts on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast and is an UNESCO world heritage site to boot. The Melsa Coop located only 100 metres from the beach offers wellness facilities include a fitness room, steam bath, jacuzzi and sauna. Therapies include everything from mud treatments to massages.
- Prices from €21 a night (treatments not included).
- To book, check prices or availability for Melsa Coop Spa Hotel
Farmona Hotel and Spa – Krakow, Poland
This is a popular hotel set in peaceful surroundings not too far from the historic centre of Krakow. The hotel has dark wood interiors and specializes in original, ancient treatments from the Indonesian Archipelago. The owners also take advantage of the healing properties of the surrounding underground springs. Treatments include mud baths, chromotherapy, Qi balancing massages, a Turkish hammam and only top-quality natural products are used in their services.
- Prices from €34 a night (treatments not included).
- To book, check prices or availability for Farmona Hotel and Spa
Hotel Laguna – Anjuna, Goa, India
Very close to Goa’s famous Anjuna Beach is this boutique spa resort with a hippy heart. The retreat consists of an old colonial mansion and surrounding laterite cottages set in peaceful gardens. Highlights include a large lagoon-like pool, spa and health centre where you’ll find Ayurvedic treatments galore, mudbaths and massage rooms.
- Prices from $45 a night (treatments not included).
- To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Laguna
Risley Hall Hotel – Derby, England
It’s not easy to find an affordable spa break in the UK but there a few if you search hard enough. Risley Hall is an elegant 11th Century Country manor nestled in 10 acres of private landscaped grounds. The hotel is also home to a brand new Aqua Health and wellbeing Spa where a team of attentive on-site therapists provide a range of holistic, healing and beauty treatments. Also expect to find a large swimming pool, hydrotherapy bath, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
- Prices from £45 a night (not including treatments).
- To book, check prices or availability for Risley Hall Hotel
Nahrawess Hotel & Spa Resort – Tunisia
Thalassotherapy is a healing therapy using seawater and algae and Tunisia is the second world destination of this popular treatment. With over 30 centres integrated into (mostly inexpensive) hotels dotted along the coastline there’s no shortage of spa and well being places to choose from. Try the Nahrawess hotel which has 83 treatment rooms, an impressive Turkish bath and hydrotherapy pool.
- Prices from €24 a night (treatments not included).
- To book, check prices or availability for Nahrawess Hotel & Spa Resort
Arenal Vista Lodge – Costa Rica
This affordable spa hotel couldn’t be better located. The lodge is perched on a vista adjacent to the active Arenal Volcano and the surrounding area is filled with natural hot springs. Catering to both families and couples, you can make use of the spa baths and other wellness facilities, including sauna, gym and massage services. Organic food is also served where possible. Although the lodge doesn’t offer a huge range of wellness options (like some of the other hotels on the list) the incredible views more than make up for that.
- From $60 a night (treatments not included).
- To book, check prices or availability for Arenal Vista Lodge