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Gorgeous Spa Hotels in nearby locations
Ostentatious is out – but there’s no harm in building a little discreet, personalised pampering into your programmes. BBT Online has scoured Belgium, its near neighbours and the wider world for hotels with exceptional spas for guaranteed post-meeting bliss.

Read here all about 20 hotels with a great spa in 11 different countries.

Carbon Hotel, Genk
Martin’Spa at Château du Lac, Genval
The spa at Hotel Carbon, a brand new addition to the Design Hotel group that has recently opened its doors in Genk, is a modern oasis in this up-and-coming post-industrial city. It boasts a south facing terrace and ‘cocoon corners’ for any harassed visitor in need of a quick retreat from the real world.

- www.carbonhotel.be

A massage at this rooftop spa perched atop a country house hotel promises to be a luxurious experience: after approaching along a corridor lined with softly lit mother-of-pearl walls and overhung with a swaying trail of Swarovski stars, you will be invited to lie down on a large, heated, white leather massage table and lulled into a sense of calm with a play of coloured LED lights and chromotherapy.
spa@martinshotels.com - www.martinshotels.com

Manoir de Lébioles, Spa
Dolce la Hulpe, Brussels

This newly opened spa is Spa’s most luxurious; with its cool, mysterious interior, panoramic forest views and extensive use of stone and natural materials, this is a thoroughly modern take on the spa concept. Delegates can get to know each other on the ‘jacuzzi sofa’ – a stone tablet submerged in the pool with relaxing massage jets.

As participants in BBT Online’s 1st headers event in March will doubtless remember, Dolce La Hulpe’s brand new super-chic Cinq Mondes spa is a force to be reckoned with. Send a delegate for an ‘aromas and flowers Japanese bath’, a sensual onslaught with essential oils and floating rose petals, and you can be sure he’ll have had an unforgettable work day.

Château de Limelette, Louvain-la-Neuve
Chateau des Thermes, Chaudfontaine
This spa, only 20 minutes’ drive from Brussels, features a hammam, sauna, treatment rooms and jacuzzi as well as a cardio fitness room for all those busy execs who’ve been overdoing the stress (and business lunches!).

Set in a huge wooded park, this spa boasts the only 34° hot spring in Belgium, which feeds into its outdoor pool in the middle of the trees. You’ll be swimming in the same Chaudfontaine mineral water you can buy by the bottle; water that has spent an amazing 60 years filtering through its underground ‘circuit’!
info@chateaudesthermes.be www.chateaudesthermes.be

A Touch of Wellness in the Brussels Hotels:
Bristol Stephanie Brussels – www.bristol.be
Conrad Brussels – www.conradhotels.be
Crowne Plaze Brussels City centre – www.crowneplazabrussels.be
Chelton Hotel – www.chelton.be
Hilton Brussels – www.hilton.com
Manos Premier Hotel – www.manoshotel.com
Montgomery Hotel Brussels – www.montgomery.be
NH Atlanta Hotel – www.nh-hotels.com
Best Western Premier Park Hotels Brussels – www.parkhotelbrussels.be
Radison SAS Royal Hotel – www.royal.brussels.radissonsas.com
Renaissance Brussels Hotel – www.renaissancebrussels.com
Royal Windsor Hotel Grand Place – www.warwickhotels.com
Sheraton Brussels Hotels & Towers – www.starwood.com/brussels
Hotel Silken Berlaymont Brussel –
The Stanhope – www.stanhope.be
Thon Hotel Brussels City centre – www.thonhotels.be/brusselscitycentre

Hotel Mondorf, Luxembourg

The spa at Hotel Mondorf is fed by a mineral thermal spring that obligingly comes out of the earth at bathwater temperature. The water, which has being curing aches and pains since 1847, should be an ideal location for a stress-busting soak.

Hotels Van Oranje, Noordwijk
Scandic Sanadome Hotel, Nijmijgen
This luxurious beachfront 5* hotel features a 30 metre sub-tropical wave pool (reserved entirely for naturists on Sundays!) as well as an intriguingly named ‘mist garden’. After the pool, don’t forget to visit ‘Beauty Oranje’. A relaxed massage or a salutary facial treatment with exclusive La Prairie, Lancaster or Chanel products, will make you feel reborn.

A super-spa awaits tired businessmen at this modern Nijmijgen hotel, which boasts both its own freshwater and salt-water sources. Inhalation is a big thing here, whether it’s lavender or pine in the herbal whirlpool baths or mint- in the 65°C ‘mint-room’.


Also in the Netherlands:

- Landgoed de Holtweijde – www.holtweijde.nl - www.vitaalinstituut.nl
- Resort hotel Bad Boekelo – www.beautyenwellness-badboekelo.nl
- De Zwaluwhoeve – www.zwaluwhoeve.nl
- Hotel Sterrenberg – www.sterrenberg.nl
- Hotel Okura – www.okura.nl
- Chateau St. Gerlach – www.chateauhotels.nl
- Droste's Wellness - www.drosteswellness.nl
Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa, Sussex
Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire
Natural light floods into this spa’s spectacular swimming pool, with exposed timber beams in a former Sussex barn. And in clement weather delegates can dive into the tree-lined outdoor pool.

Signature treatments at this hotel’s luxurious spa make use of herbs that grow in the local countryside: great for frequent fliers is the Mint and algae foot ritual, where tired feet are submerged in a natural infusion of hand-picked mint leaves and massaged using Asian pressure point techniques.

The Vineyard at Stockcross, Berkshire Chewton Glen, New Milton Hampshire

This manicured, oh-so-English country-house has a brand new spa with a circular, glass-domed pool for views of the sky (English-weatherproof!). A range of treatments includes a ‘ghd men’s treatment’ – a scalp, back, neck and shoulder massage with vitamin boosted serums to encourage skin cell vitality. Billed as having been created ‘for men that demand instant results’ it should be ideal for a few execs we know…


An English Original. Chewton Glen is a Luxury Country House Hotel and Spa set in 130 acres of Hampshire countryside on the edge of the New Forest National Park and just a few minutes walk from the sea.
Chewton Glen is a member of Relais & Chateaux, is one of the finest Luxury Hotels in the UK and has just been voted 'Best Small Hotel/Resort Under 100 Rooms in the World 2009' by The Gallivanters Guide. Perfect place for business or pleasure. Excellent travel links with direct flights from Europe to regional airports.


Park Hotel Weggis, central Switzerland
The Europe Hotel spa, Killarney, Ireland
This half-timbered hotel on the shores of Lake Lucerne features a 1500m² wellness centre surrounded by a Japanese garden. Highlights include a black-stone-lined ‘sparkling pool’ and 6 unique ‘wellness cottages’, featuring steam baths, whirlpools and rose-petal baths, that can be hired separately for treatments.

With wrap-around views of Lough Lein and the McGuillycuddy Reek mountain range, this 4,500m² spa offers top-of-the-range pampering.
The spa is built on two levels, linked by a spiral staircase alongside a magnificent two-storey high water wall. Highlights include an outdoor vitality pool, ice fountain and heated loungers.
Winner of Best new spa 2009 award.

Hilton Warsaw Hotel and Convention Centre, Poland Son Brull Hotel & Spa, Majorca, Spain
Put your prejudices beside. Hilton? Poland? The spa at this modern hotel is a pleasant surprise; it has a long, narrow swimming pool with swanky decking where you can actually swim some serious lengths, along with a spacious, airy spa area with all the usual suspects, and a huge gym. Prices here compare favourably to some European cities. And don’t miss the facial treatments.

This sophisticated hotel and spa is set amongst olive orchards in the Majorcan countryside. You can lounge at the side of the teak-lined pool with a view over the bay of Pollença, or enjoy one of the treatments with essential oils distilled from local flowers. The locally-grown theme is carried through to the restaurant where you can eat a piece of Majorca in the form of locally-grown organic olive oil, wine and citrus fruits.

Il San Pietro di Positano, Campania, Italy Tivoli Victoria, Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal
Perched dramatically on a rocky clifftop, this hotel and spa’s charm is very much in its location. A unique lift cuts down through the rock from the hotel to a private rock-beach. A panoramic, semi-circular pool is perched higher up the cliff, and the hotel offers complimentary morning boat trips along the coast. If all this isn’t relaxing enough, you can visit the new spa for a ‘cellular resurfacing facial’ to restore your sparkle!

Tivoli Victoria – Golf Resort, Conference & Elements Spay by Banyan Tree. The hotel just opened, the spa will open soon its doors. The hotel is located in Vilamoura, Portugal. Climb to the top floor of the hotel. There’s an area of 1,200m² at your disposal with 7 treatments rooms, heated indoor pool (vitality pool), spacious veranda’s and a panoramic view of the sea with sauna, jacuzzi, hydro-massage and relaxation areas. There’s a team of professional Thai masseurs. The first Elements spa, by the known Banyan Tree, in Portugal.

We also recommend:

- Voted twice as Germany’s leading Spa Resort. berchtesgaden.intercontinental

- The recently opened luxury hotel Kempinski Palace Portorož***** lies at the very heart of the cosmopolitan tourist town Portorož ("Port of Roses") - Slovenia, renowned for its mild climate and a century of spa traditions. www.kempinski.com

- The hotels of the chain Lucien Barriere in Enghien-Les-Bains, Paris and La Baule in France. www.lucienbarriere.com. With as highlight the just new opened hotel in Marrakech (Morocco), with a great spa.

- Hotel Anassa, Polis, Cyprus - www.anassa.com.cy

- Swissotel The Bosphurus, Istanbul, Turkey – Leading Hotel of the World, The Amrita spa & wellness covers 4000m² (!) – www.swissotel.com/istanbul

- Vilalara Thalassa Resort, Portugal - www.vilalararesort.com

- Romantik Hotel Boglerhof, Austriawww.romantikhotels.com/Alpbach

- Hillside Beach Hotel, Antalya, Turkey - www.designhotels.com

- Adler Thermae Spa Resort, Tuscany, Italy - www.adler-thermae.com

- Also consult the website of Starwood Spa Collection, www.starwoodspacollection.com with 13 Spa Resorts in Europe, www.starwoodspacollection.com. All worth a visit.

- Opened in April 2009, the first eco spa in France by Yves Rocher. Bretagne. 30 rooms, a spa of 300m². news-e.hoosta.com

- Opened this month, a new hotel and spa in Ramatuelle at the Cote d’Azur. 23 suits and rooms, a 1,000m² spa. Member of Design Hotels. www.lareserve-ramatuelle.com

- The hot new VIP destination this year is Domes of Elounda, built above the Bay of Elounda, in the heart of Crete, Greece. There’s a thalassotherapy centre and the SOME Spa, signed by Britain’s Elemis Spa. www.domesofelounda.com

As of November 2009 the Radisson Blu Resort & Thalasso will open in Monastir, Tunisia. Both Cinq Mondes and Thal’ion Thalasso will pamper the guest. The spa facilities will spread over 14,000m² (!).
For those combining business and pleasure, conference & meeting facilities as well as a business centre are available. 3 golf courses are located near the resort. Info: Petra.de.zutter@rezidor.com

Don’t forget to consult the website “Leading Spa’s” - www.lhwspas.com107 Leading Spas
You can find the following different categories: Ski & Spa, Resort Spa, Golf & Spa, Beach & Spa, Urban Spa, Weight Loss, Anti-Aging and Ayuveda.

And the bakermat of Ayurveda - India

Ananda Spa, Indian Himalayas
OK, it can hardly be described as close by, but BBT Online thought it would be sinful not to mention this truly breathtaking 2,100 square feet of spa, located in a hilltop Maharaja’s Palace and offering over 80 different treatments. Who could resist an extravagant 3-hour ‘Indian Rose Ritual’, which features a wild rose salt glow aromatherapy massage, a Himalayan honey and rose facial? It’ll leave you buzzing like a Himalayan bee!