Huge investments have been made in Greece in hotel spas since the middle of 2000. Most of 5 star hotels are equipped with a state-of-the-art spa, displaying indoor pool, hydrotherapy equipment, hammam, sauna and of course treatment rooms.

Large thalassotherapy units can be found in Crete & Peloponnese,- Aldemar and Grecotel,  Makedonia- Porto Carras, Attika- Divani Apollon, Atrium group in Rhodes. There you can enjoy massage with hydro-jets, detox with seaweed powder mask, and revitalize in an indoor pool filled with sea water and heated at 37-38 degrees Celsius, the condition to create an osmosis enabling trace elements to penetrate the skin pores.

Thermal spas like Thermae Sylla in Aedipsos (Evia) benefit from a medical tradition and offer a special tailor-made program to the guest comprising “fango” mud baths,  hydrotherapy through drinking thermal water and immersion into it, and body massages. The facilities totally comply with international standards, and lately the hotel has been targeting young urban professionals by offering short packages aimed to de-stress.

Natural spas like Pozar thermal springs in Aridaia, Makedonia, are blessed with natural phenomena such as water coming from the earth at stable temperature of 37 degrees Celsius. Legend has it that Alexander the Great visited the place many times.

 In Greece there are more than 750 of these natural water spas that flow, and consist of minerals such as Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, and many more. Among these, there are approximately 75 that actually operate professionally as natural spas for therapeutic treatments, with accommodation and other facilities.  

Luxury spa premises attract international spa goers at Porto Elounda, Six Senses spa, in Crete, an impressing 3 floors’ spa decorated with glass sculptures and an indoor pond.

In the GB Spa of the famous hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens or in the Arion Spa in Astir Palace of Vouliagmeni, a holistic approach to well being is being offered through details such as dark pebbles and orchids in pots, a peaceful atmosphere, the attentive and discreet behavior of the personnel and of course the wide array of sophisticated treatments and exotic massages listed in the menu.

In Mykonos and Santorini, boutique hotels with a minimal design, have also created small spa units where decoration helps guests, reach a state of well-being already triggered by the blue of the Aegean. These romantic destinations for privileged honeymooners pay special attention to “spa for two” packages such as in the Aressana hotel & Spa, in Santorini.

Wellness tourism is now a reality in Greece and can be easily combined with the discovery of a region, gastronomy, visits to archeological sites and of course with the everlasting attractive pleasures of swimming and sunbathing.

 Marylise Saulière
February 19th



                                                       

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