Feeling burnt out? A winter break at The Grand Park Hotel in the small Austrian town of Bad Hofgastein, one hour’s drive from Salzburg Airport, might be exactly what the doctor ordered. We’re not talking about a metaphorical doctor either; the resort’s Grand Detox programme involves real medical practitioners and a series of treatments that will reset your immune system and reduce the stress levels of even the most overworked professional.
Nicknamed ‘the healing valley’, Gastein has not only the infrastructure but also the landscape – beautiful mountains interrupted by quaint, atmospheric towns – to earn its widespread reputation. It’s no wonder the European Health Forum meet here annually.
One of the major attractions is the Gastein Healing Caves, said to be the world’s most effective natural pain management centre. Drawing thousands of visitors to the area each year, the caves were opened 60 years ago after workers searching for gold reported feeling extraordinarily well. Scientists discovered that, due to naturally occurring levels of radon gas, coupled with high humidity, spending as little as half an hour in the unique atmosphere of the caves could help treat conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis, as well as improve skin conditions like psoriasis and speed up sports injury recovery. Scientific research shows a 90% success rate in the reduction of chronic pain.
But you needn’t step out of the hotel to begin indulging yourself. Grand Park’s 2,000 square metre spa area includes two steam rooms, three saunas, a hot tub, a cooler tub, a cold room (-5 degrees), endless loungers and a jacuzzi. The hotel also offers a range of beauty and health treatments including facials and massages. Particularly unique is the Tibetan Bell massage that uses vibrations to give your body an inner cell massage – quite an experience, as is the 6.30pm ‘sauna show’ involving a man called Walter, a fake bowtie, some menthol and ice. It’s all part of the Grand experience…
Three nights at the Grand Park Hotel Health & Spa in Bad Hofgastein, complete with Gastein Curative Treatment programme, is from €399 per person (based on two people sharing). The Grand Detox programme, for six nights, starts at €1,266 per person (based on two people sharing). Prices do not include flights but do include airport transfers, half-board and afternoon snacks.
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