This beautiful modern spa facility, spectacularly designed in glass and wood by one of Belgium's foremost architects, is equipped to provide up to 35,000 treatments a year to those with heart and respiratory problems or rheumatism. Facilities include two large heated circular indoor and outdoor swimming pools with hydromassage jets, each heated to a blissful 32°C, so that you can sit out in the exterior pool overlooking the woods even in cold weather, as well as Hammams, Jacuzzis, relaxation rooms and an infrared lamp area. Treatments range from bathing in carbogaseous water in brightly polished copper tubs to soaking in glorious mud baths containing rich peat originating from the High Fens of Spa. A more conventional beauty centre offers face and body pampering, and a Mother-Baby institute, which runs five-day packages for mothers and babies up to six months will help new mums regain their shapes while getting babies relaxed at the same time.
The Thermes de Spa is directly linked by glass funicular to the newly opened Radisson SAS Palace Hotel, a chic interior-designed 120 room hotel which also offers its own spa facilities and treatment rooms. The hotel complements the already existing Radisson SAS Balmoral, and guestrooms all have minibars, bathrobes, modem points, personal safes, trouser press and tea and coffee-making facilities.
It is located right in the centre of the pretty town, and makes an ideal base for exploring the many other attractions the town has to offer, such as shopping in the many boutiques or at the Sunday flea market, golf on the excellent course of the Royal Golf des Fagnes, or long walks and excursions in the forests and marshes of the Ardennes where many of the natural springs can be visited. Not forgetting of course the excellent restaurants and the prestigious Belgian F1 Grand Prix (www.spagrandprix.com) takes place every year on one of the world's most exciting racing tracks at Spa-Francorchamps, attracting hoards of visitors from every corner of the globe.