The top spa resorts in Spain
When was the last time you relaxed? I mean properly relaxed. Switched off your mobile phone, computer, tablet, radio, and just sat still and calmed your mind? The answer to that for most would be “not in a very long time, if ever.”
Abama Golf & Spa Resort, Tenerife
This resort is apt for the whole family, couples, or an individual as it combines the concept of relaxation and rest with that of being active in a healthy way.
As well as a wellness centre where you can totally unwind in the hydrotherapy circuit, treat your body to a therapeutic massage or body wrap and mud bath, for those who prefer to wind down through sports, there’s also the chance to play golf, tennis and paddle, swim or use the gym.
And, if you go as a family, there are plenty of activities for the little ones including a kids’ club, water activities, football with a qualified teacher, and science, theatre and handicraft areas.The resort is set in 160 hectares of private land in the tourist-free and tranquil area of Guía de Isora, in the southwest of the island. There are stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the neighbouring island of La Gomera, not to mention the more immediate sights of all the plants, lush greenery, palm trees and the volcanic slopes of the Teide, Spain’s highest peak at which the resort sits at the bottom.
The price of a standard room starts at 300 euro per night and this is for two people sharing.
Balneario de Archena, Murcia
The natural spring thermal waters in this area, which maintain an average constant temperature of 34-36°C, are well-known across the country for their mineral and medicinal qualities. For this reason, the Archena Spa is extremely popular with those who suffer from skin or joint problems, or with those who just want to improve their health.
The resort is set on a 200,000 square metre plot right in the heart of the Valle de Ricote Natural Park, which is up in the Ricote Mountains and next to the River Segura.
The Archena Spa resort consists of three hotels, with the main attraction for those interested in the healing properties of the water being the Thermalium Spa.
The Spa includes a number of swimming pools located outside complete with water jets and spurts, waterfalls, Jacuzzis, a flotation pool, a crosscurrent pool, a natural essences pool, an igloo and so much more. There are also saunas, massage areas, hammocks, sunbathing areas and beauty treatments.
A standard room at the Balneario de Archena Hotel Levante is priced at just 70 euro.
Hotel Balneario Lanjarón, Granada
The Spa resort of Lanjarón is another that is renowned for the healing properties of its natural water. Housed in the idyllic setting of the National Park of the Sierra Nevada (Parque Nacional de Sierra Nevada y de la Alpujarra), the resort has it all – breathtaking scenery, stunning views of the mountains, history, fantastic architecture, and, of course, peace, quiet and tranquillity.
The outstanding facilities of this spa include the six mineral-medicinal fonts of natural water, which are said to treat ailments such as poor circulation, poor digestion and water retention.
In addition, there’s the Flotarium, a weightlessness pool, for total muscle relaxation, the excellent thermal treatments and the location itself.
The restaurant bases its menus on featuring local and healthy produce.
With the historical Arabic-influenced city of Granada just a short drive away, and the Sierra Nevada on your doorstep, what better place to enjoy the surroundings and totally relax?
Rooms are available around the 49 euro a night mark, but increase with the number of meals and treatments included.
Balneario del Gran Hotel La Toja, Pontevedra
This is one of the most well-known spa resorts of the country. La Toja is a small island on the coast in the heart of the tourist area of Galicia in the northwest of Spain. It is also famed for its mineral-medicinal thermal waters which remain at temperatures between 20 and 60°C. The thermal water of La Toja is said to help with skin inflictions, rheumatism, respiratory problems and muscular and joint pains.
For those that just want to relax, the location is idyllic and you’ll only be disturbed by the sounds of the ocean lapping at the shore or the sound of the wind whistling through the trees.
This is also a family destination as there are many activities to cater for children and all ages.
There are three different hotels to choose from, which all vary in price and facilities. There is a balance of modern mixed with the traditional ensuring that there is something to suit everyone. For those that want to relax and be pampered there are infinite possibilities as guest can enjoy the thermal baths, seaweed wraps, massages, mud treatments, aromatherapy packages, beauty treatments and much more.
The price of a standard room starts at 60 euro per night and this is for two people sharing.
Gran Hotel Balneario Puente Viesgo, Cantabria
Cantabria is known for being green. Everywhere you look you’re surrounded by green trees, green hills, green grass, green bushes. And, here, if it’s not green, it’s blue! The spa resort is a real temple of water and you can see how highly the town’s medicinal and mineral pools are regarded. The healing properties of the water were discovered and used by the Romans, who spent time under jets of warm water in order to cure their ailments.
Whether you’re interested in pure relaxation of the body and mind or more specific health solutions, the Puente Viesgo Spa has it all. For those with respiratory or cardiovascular difficulties, the thermal healing water here is particularly apt.
Other sporting facilities include a gym, bike hire, tennis, padel, and, of course, swimming. The spa resort is child-friendly and even possesses a playroom for the youngest ones, a cinema and a TV and games room.
The picturesque village, which is a cross between somewhere in the Swiss Alps and the beautiful English countryside, is situated just 28km from the historic city of Santander, on the northern coast of Spain.
The price of a standard room starts at 70 euro per night and this is for two people sharing.
Hotel Balneario Vichy Catalán, Caldes de Malavella, Girona
The Hotel Balneario Vichy Catalan is located in the spa town of Caldes de Malavella,
on the Costa Brava in Girona.
Although in the northeast of Spain, it is set in a Neo-Mudéjar-style building, with dozens of fonts, fountains and Arabic influenced arches wherever you look, giving it a sense of being somewhere in the Middle East.
Vichy Catalán is one of Spain’s most famous mineral waters to drink, and so it’s not surprising that this resort is one of the most popular in the country.
The thermal and balneotherapy centre offer clients the best in relaxation, treatments, hydrotherapy services and wellness sessions, and include installations such as the Finnish sauna, hot tub, steam room, fitness centre, table tennis hall, indoor and outdoor gardens, spa facilities and swimming pools.
For golfing enthusiasts, the PGA Catalunya Golf Course is just a few kilometres away.
The price of a standard room starts at 75 euro per night and this is for two people sharing.