Spa culture in the Czech lands and central Europe can be traced back to medieval and perhaps even Roman times when health-seekers visited natural springs in search of cures for a number of ailments.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Czech spa industry has seen a significant slowdown in recent months. According to preliminary reports, the country’s spas could face losses of up to 50 percent this year.
In light of the pandemic, spas and hotels, as well as the Czech government which hopes to give the struggling industry a helping hand, are encouraging domestic visits to spas with steep discounts, package deals, and more. If you’re looking to keep your summer holidays local, laidback, and affordable this year there’s no better time to visit a Czech spa.
Vouchers & Discounts
In addition to hotel discounts, cities are trying to draw in visitors as well.
Starting July 1, Czechs over the age of 18 years old will be able to apply for vouchers for spa visits in the Czech Republic. If you spend at least six nights in a spa facility and get at least five procedures done, you will be eligible for a 4,000 CZK voucher.
The vouchers are meant to boost the local spa community, which has been deeply impacted by the loss of foreign tourists. Vouchers can be used until the end of the year.
In addition, the town of Karlovy Vary, a tourist hotspot, is offering discount vouchers for stays in the spa town.
Ten million crowns will go towards these vouchers, valid from May 25 to September 30. The Vary Vouchers offer three types of discounts: a 1,000 CZK discount for a minimum three-night stay with a reservation value of 3,000 CZK; a 2,500 CZK discount for a minimum four-night stay with a reservation value of 9,000 CZK; a 5,000 CZK discount for a spa stay of at least nights with a value of 19,000 CZK or more.
Wellness hotspots around Prague and the Czech Republic offer everything from massages to saunas to steam rooms and beyond. Whether you’re looking for a contemporary luxury spa, an outdoor spa in the middle of the woods, or a historical spa, our complete guide to the Czech Republic’s spa escapes has got you covered.
The charming neo-renaissance Carlo IV spa is located in Prague’s city center and offers a number of treatments to help you relax and forget your stress. The exclusive spa facilities feature a 20-meter-long swimming pool with massage beds as well as a whirlpool, fitness room, steam room, sauna and more. During the summer months, the spa is offering 30 percent off its usual menu of treatments. In addition, find their summer special here, including the sought-after gua sha facial treatment. The hotel also sells vouchers to be used for any of its services, from spa, dining and accommodation.
The Spa at the Four Seasons may be one of the most luxurious spas in the city with a beautiful view of the Prague Castle. Normally, a night at the Four Seasons with spa treatments would cost well over 1,000 EU. However, due to a lack of foreign tourists, the Four Seasons is offering rooms for a fraction of the price. In addition, their spa deals are heavily discounted as well. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of a luxury spa with a beautiful view of the city.
Housed in a former 14th-century chapel, this modernized spa offers luxury and serenity for its guests. The two-story spa offers a variety of spa treatments, including massages, vitality pools, and more. Take a look at some of their spa treatment packages here.
Located in the center of Prague, this sauna at the National Theater has been running for more than 30 years. For many of the sauna’s years, the facility was only for ballerinas and actors. Now, the sauna is open to the public. It’s a relatively small and recently renovated sauna tucked away on the 7th floor of the theater. If you happen to be around at showtime, you can listen to a live feed of the audio from the stage.
Tucked away in the rolling hills to the northeast of Prague is Chateau Mcely, a private and isolated luxury chateau. Their small spa focuses on natural and local aromatherapy. The spa offers skilled therapists focused on your individual needs as well as homemade products to soothe and relax you. The chateau offers a number of spa packages, including a couples package, a ladies’ weekend, and more.
In the middle of the beautiful Czech countryside, the Teepee & Spa offers a luxury outdoor tepee in the middle of the woods with an outdoor spa; the spa features a cedar sauna, a whirlpool bath, sun deck, observation terrace, and barbecue area.
The outdoor paradise is located 45 kilometers southeast of Prague in the village of Pyskočely. However, in order to use the spa, you’ll need to book more than one night at this tepee accommodation. One night costs 6,900 CZK for two people, and two nights cost 9,000 CZK. The cost includes breakfast.
If you love the outdoor vibe of this unique spa hotel, you may need to think ahead. This luxury tepee is booked out months in advance.
This spa is the first radon spa in the world and offers mineral radon water treatments to treat the joint, skin, and nervous system disorders. Jáchymov Spa offers wellness packages for rest and relaxation in addition to medical treatments. Officials will prepare an individual treatment plan for you based on your ailments. The spa recently received the award for Best Spa and Wellness Package.
This spa, located near Karlovy Vary, uses natural healing resources to help you relax and reset. The town is located in the smallest town in the classic spa triangle, Frantiskovy Lazne. The spa of the same name treats a number of diseases, including heart and vascular disease, musculoskeletal system issues, infertility, and more.
This secluded chateau in the Jihlava region boasts the first all-inclusive L’Occitane spa in the Czech Republic. The spa facilities are located under the medieval vaults and include a private swimming pool, traditional Finnish sauna, an herbal sauna, an infrasauna, and a steam sauna. They even have a whirlpool in the castle tower. You don’t have to be a guest at the 5-star resort to use the spa. The chateau has a number of special offers available, including a summer pampering getaway.
This 100-year-old house near Luhačovice emphasizes soul generation and order. This house, run by two brothers, was transformed into a hotel and spa. In the basement, you’ll find several saunas and steam rooms; in addition, they offer treatments and massages of all kinds. Their specialty is a massage of the 6 senses as well as Augustinian massages and whole body rituals. If you book more than two procedures before your arrival, the hotel will give you a 200 CZK discount on each procedure.
Mariánské Lázně is one of three traditional spa towns in the Czech Republic, and the Ensana Health Spa hotel group owns a large group of historic hotels in the town center. Their group of seven hotels offers a variety of price ranges and options for each budget. The 5-star Nové Lázně hotel is a member of the Royal Spas of Europe and one of the most prestigious spas in Europe with historic Roman baths. When booking a stay at one of these hotels, you can opt just for accommodation or book a spa package with half-board. In addition, they have special discounts on packages for residents
This modern art sauna in the heart of the Beskids features an indoor swimming pool with a hydro-massage, a Finnish sauna, fitness center, swimming pool, and more. You can opt to use their facilities for several hours, or book procedures. The Spa offers a variety of treatments, including a chocolate massage with a wrap or peel included. The hotel is offering discounts for stays from Sunday to Wednesday.
This classic hotel from 1912 offers a variety of luxury spa services steeped in history. The spa offers medical treatments with full board or half board as well as a variety of wellness programs. You can use the Karlovy Vary voucher towards your stay here; in addition, the hotel is offering a 20% discount on certain stays. If you’re interested in staying here, consider booking a few months in advance.
Why not combine your love for beer with your love for relaxation? Bathing in beer, heavy with yeast, has a number of historical health benefits and dates back many years. This original beer spa has locations in all three major spa cities, including the historic Karlovy Vary. Relax in handmade, thousand-liter oak vats and drink an unlimited amount of local beer. You have the option to book the entire spa for yourself and your party, as well. www.beerspa-carlsbad.cz
For many spa-goers, the city of Pilsen, best known as the birthplace of Czech beer isn’t an immediate choice for a spa getaway. But the Purkmistr Beer Spa on the grounds of the Purkmistr houses a series of wellness areas devoted to Finnish sauna and massage while the beer-themed selection of treatments from a hops detox bath to a soak in a wooden tub of pilsner beer complete the beer ritual package. Peat baths, chocolate, baths, and a range of cosmetic treatments are also available. A tempting day trip or overnighter for Praguers seeking an affordable last-minute escape. www.purkmistr.cz
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