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Best European Spa Vacation Destinations
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European spas have been experiencing something of a renaissance in the past few years. Some of grand dames have been treated to a head-to-toe makeover, while plenty of young upstarts are competing by promising health, fitness, and pampering at

European spas have been experiencing something of a renaissance in the past few years. Some of grand dames have been treated to a head-to-toe makeover, while plenty of young upstarts are competing by promising health, fitness, and pampering at world-class levels. From coastline retreats to high-altitude havens, the spas in Europe cater to a wide variety of spa enthusiasts.

Seaside resorts are popular throughout the continent, offering stunning views as well as programs to ease the body and mind. Mountain retreats, once thought to heal a variety of ailments with their crisp air and soothing waters, now offer an array of treatments. These high-up resorts are also popular because of their numerous outdoor activities.

If you’re looking forward to a particular treatment – hydrotherapy, reflexology, or yoga, for example – there is most likely a spa where it’s the specialty. Once you select a perfect spa retreat, reserve your treatments well in advance. You wouldn't want to miss the chance to pamper yourself because the schedule filled up.

If you aren't interested in a full-blown spa retreat, consider seeking out a hot spring. Few experiences compare to a soak in a steaming thermal pool. Among the best known are the Blue Lagoon in Iceland and the Széchenyi Baths in Budapest. Check the prices before you go – you may save a bundle by bringing your own towel, lock, and robe. 

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