A paradise for the wondering and the wandering, Hungary's capital is an intricate tapestry of stunning architecture, rich history and of course, a sprightly nightlife.
It is where creatives get lost and find themselves, finding the balance in between the awe-inspiring neoclassical structures set against the haunting remnants of war. By dusk, the city turns golden; and like a hearth ignited by fire, it reminds one to slow down, relax, and soak into its best offerings. Among them: baths and spa.
In Budapest, dipping into thermal pools domed with massive columns is the best treat. On weekend nights, bathing customs are seen all around Rudas Baths where a crowd flocks the octagonal-shaped pool. But if you want some privacy, you might want to check the best spas in Budapest and enjoy a comfortable soak on your own.
Four Seasons Hotel
Image © Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace
Setting the standard for luxury in Budapest, Four Seasons Hotel oozes with spectacular views from the inside out. You'd be driving through the city's landmark bridge before you hit the stained-glass-and-marble lobby; a perfect treat for your Instagram feed! But the real deals are the lap pool and nearby spa which offers Hungarian Moor mud wraps, and even gold facials.
Image © Boscolo Budapest
Boscolo Budapest glimmers with its well-lit pools, frescoed ceilings, and dramatic walls. Here, you can enjoy its spa, steam room or sauna during your best break. Other facilities, such as a 24-hour gym and a hair salon complete your pampering. Go at night; a pianist serenades the guests at the fancy Nyugat Bar.
Harmony Spa, Aria Hotel
Image © Harmony Spa Aria Hotel
One cannot miss Aria Hotel, whose music theme is one of the attractions for the young and the youthful. Its rooftop is often the venue for evening cocktails, but the true spotlight is on its spa, a subterranean designed indoor pool and hot tub made to seduce locals and tourists alike.
The Spa, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus
Image © Kempinski The Spa Hotel Corvinus
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus is perched at Erzsébet tér, offering the services of a true five-star hotel, and perhaps even more. Its indoor spa offers a Finnish sauna and steam baths, reminiscent of the feeling of soaking in the land's famous thermal pools. But what sets it apart is its sauna ice well and solarium, a double dose of intriguing facilities made to make your rest more rewarding.
Image © Corinthia Hotel Budapest
The marble columns of the spacious, five-star Corinthia Hotel is enough to take your breath away. Bearing a royal mark in its glass-covered atriums, Corinthia conjures a restful retreat for the kings and queens of the economy. Spa Royale, its most pleasurable treat, is a showcase of two saunas, three whirlpool tubs, a juice bar and a steam room. But the true spotlight is the pool surrounded by extravagant columns and a stained-glass ceiling overhead.
When in Budapest, revel in its spa. Take this time to detoxify your mind, body, and heart as you wade into a glorious, steaming rest – a worthy reward for all your hard work. And then, right after that, hit the sack fully rejuvenated, in your luxurious silk pyjamas, and dream away for the next day’s adventure.