The weather can be depressing for everyone. But if you’re planning on visiting a wellness or health centre as a couple, with friends, here or outside Brussels, there are several options available to you.
Relaxation, well-being, the chance to let go… you’ve been thinking about this for weeks and it’s time to finally listen to your body. With saunas, jacuzzis, hammams, massages, facials, you can let yourself be pampered for an afternoon, a day, or even longer.
Ones not to miss
Nestled on the Annette and Lubin hill, the Thermes de Spa offers you a relaxing break at the heart of the Ardennes. The European nobility have been frequenting this part of the world since the eighteenth century for its healing properties and today saunas, jacuzzis and hammams will complete this oasis of well-being. There are more than 60 cabins waiting for your relaxation and enjoyment.
Also in Ardennes, the Thermes de Chaudfontaine, a smaller spa but just as charming, is waiting for you at the heart of the village of Chaudfontaine. The Château des Thermes is unique in offering short-term sessions (from an afternoon) and different packages designed especially for end-of-year parties.
Brussels and its surroundings
If you’re looking for relaxation near Brussels, there are several centres that offer you pampering just a few steps from the capital. Thermae Grimbergen is waiting for you whether you’re arriving for an afternoon or longer – after a day taking care of yourself, you can prolong your relaxing break in one of the hotel’s 27 bedrooms. Thermae Boetfort in Melsborek offers a range of baths and wellness amenities, while you can choose from between ten saunas, including one located in the castle’s old cooling room.
To the south of Brussels in Grand-Bigard, Waer Waters dedicates 6000m2 to your relaxation needs. The hotel boasts swimming pools, saunas, hammams, water beds, and a fitness room for your enjoyment.
In Walloon Brabant, the Château de Limelette will immerse you into nature, located at the heart of a three hectare park. Its wellness centre, restaurant and four star hotel will ensure you have an unforgettable break. Dolce Spa Cinq Mondes in La Hulpe combines relaxation, massage and sport with incredible views over the Sonian Forest.
Dolce Spa Cinq Mondes
The private spa boom
If you’d like a private moment with your partner, with the girls or with friends, there are several private spas where you can reserve the facilities for a couple of hours, an afternoon or a day. No neighbours, no stares, no-one to judge you! Among the numerous spas near Brussels, Ô Siam in Evere promises you a relaxing stay with an Asian twist thanks to its Japanese Zen garden. With a hammam, a Finnish shower, and a chill-out space with a starry sky, you’re guaranteed a delightful moment of relaxation.
A stone’s throw away from the Porte de Namur, Lys Spa waits for you in a beautifully luxurious house. These private spaces can welcome up to nine people – and if you want to visit with your partner, there are numerous packages provided such as the ‘cosy morning’ with a private spa and breakfast included. In Schaerbeek, the Riad Hammam offers a range of baths to enjoy: Moorish baths, Turkish baths, steam baths… and different hours for men and women.
On the outskirts of Brussels, Aqua Seven Privilège and its lounge space with an open fire guarantees total disconnection from the stresses and strains of daily life. At Aquastelle in Leeuw-Saint-Pierre (two steps away from the Anderlecht Ikea store) you can dive into a private pool heated to 32 degrees before making the most of the catering service. Watch the eyes of your other half sparkle with delight thanks to the romantic package and rose petals delicately scattered around your room at the Saffran Wellness spa in Dilbeek.
Christmas is coming! The majority of wellness centres offer gift vouchers to hide under the Christmas tree..