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Vienna: Best city spas

Take a break from shopping to rest your weary feet, languish in a chocolate-based body treatment, or float in zero gravity at one of Vienna’s luxurious day spas

City Guide
Paulina Szmydke,

When the renowned Hotel Sacher offers a Symphony in Chocolate, it is not with a classical concert in mind, but a luxury treatment at its day spa. On the menu: a rich chocolate wrap, an aroma steam bath, a purifying cacao-bean peel, a nourishing chocolate body mask and a relaxing massage with sweet chocolate body products. If you prefer vanilla or coconut, it offers those aromas too. The beauty of it is there are no guilt-inducing calories.

Sacher Spa, Hotel Sacher Wien, Philharmonikerstrasse 4, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 5145 6510

La Mer products are legendary in the beauty world, and body treatments employing its entire range are available at the Nägele & Strubell spa, where skincare is taken very seriously indeed. Nothing is done without an initial peel based on minerals and diamond dust, to help your skin better absorb La Mer’s active ingredients. When the time comes to put your Prada spa slippers back on again, a final reflexology foot massage will ease the strain.

La Mer: The Spa Experience, Graben 27, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 533 7022

Just off one of Vienna’s busiest shopping streets, indulge in a truly exotic experience at the Hamam, the city’s much sought-after traditional steam bath. Three temperature zones await the bather (35, 40 and 45 degrees celsius), and a Moroccan masseuse will perform a peel then massage away the stress, before you are served mint tea in the adjacent Moroccan lounge. A thorough cleansing ritual, from top to toe.

Aux Gazelles, Rahlgasse 5, 1060 Vienna, +43 (0)1 585 6645

The Dreaming is Pure Day Spa’s full-body treatment based on the traditional healing methods of Australian native peoples. It includes a facial, a body wrap, hand and foot masks, plus a series of energising massages with oils and scents selected to suit your personal needs. Indulge in an ancient ritual for total peace of mind.

Pure Day Spa, Tuchlauben 11, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 532 6922

Is there any natural element more relaxing for the body than water? For a zero-gravity experience, visit the Floatarium Centre at Vendome Vienna. A huge tub filled with sea water, warmed to 35 degrees celsius, will keep your body effortlessly afloat in a candlelit space with calming music. An hour-long float is the equivalent of three hours’ sleep in terms of recreational value. For rehydrated skin, relaxed muscles and a feeling of serenity, it’s superb.

Vendome Vienna, Parkring 16, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 515 178888




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