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Thermal treatment

August 10, 2013

This week, in the name of research (and a long overdue holiday), I’m in Central Europe with my husband. Our first stop was Budapest, a city I’ve wanted to visit for years because my Grandfather was born not far away. History and culture aside, a must do experience here is to visit one of the public thermal baths. We chose Gellert Baths, mainly because they were the closest to our hotel, but also through recommendation (thanks to the mother-in-law!)

Having spent a large proportion of my professional career designing luxury 5* spa facilities, I wasn’t sure what to expect. This bathhouse is around 100 years old, so it’s highly decorative and detailed. But it’s this detail that makes it. There is something missing in our modern day clean lines and simple colours that is found in abundance in these Art Noveau style buildings.

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We, of course, tried everything. 4 indoor thermal pools of varying temperatures, one indoor and one outdoor swimming pool, saunas, steam rooms, cold plunge pools, drench showers and spoiled ourselves with luxury massages in the treatment rooms. The minerals in the water from the natural hot springs contains healing properties so we can justify the indulgence!

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Whilst its nothing like the modern facilities I’ve designed in the past, the fundamentals were the same, and I realise how much enjoyment I got from designing spas. I feel rejuvenated after my visit there, both physically and creatively.

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One Comment
  1. Phillippa permalink

    So glad you enjoyed it as much as i did.

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