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We were recently in Slovakia, in the charming capital of Bratislava that is only forty minutes from Vienna. Our plans were to head to the High Tatras around three hours away to enjoy the country’s winter sports destination. This turned out to be as great as we hoped, but we discovered something wonderful along the way, the spa town of Piestany, located around one hour outside Bratislava on the way to the Northern Tatras.
The town is located off the main highway that connects to Poland Czech Republic and the rest of the Northern and Eastern realms of the country. It is only around an hour and fifteen minutes away from Bratislava so a great place to stop for lunch and a great place for enjoying wonderful spa culture.
There are many mineral springs and spas in the city, but one of the coolest is the Hotel Thermia Palace. It is a complex located on an island in the middle of the town’s river. There are two entrances from the main city road and plenty of parking. It is probably packed when weather is nicer or on weekends, but we found plenty of space on a cold winter weekday.
Once inside the compound there are many buildings housing various spas at various price points. We went into the Thermia Palace hotel itself and went for the main treatment desk. The staff were multi-lingual and a menu of all kinds of treatments was available.
Since we were on the road we wanted the simplest spa entry and we found a 35 minute entry for 10 Euros per person to be advisable. There is a changing room and an attendant walked us through the three treatment areas in which we spent 10 minutes each. A hot mineral pool, a mud pool and a warm blanket relaxation session. Once completed we showed ourselves out and gathered our belongings.
The benefits of this place are its impressive infrastructure, high emphasis on well being and treatments as well as the laid back atmosphere for a great price.