Historically, Spa has always been a centre for water therapy: the upper classes come here all year round. Today, the curing ability of the waters, although still acknowledged, is less important than the notion of well-being.The Thermes de Spa have moved to the hills of Annette and Lubin.
Still in the Ardennes, the Chaudfontaine spa centre is smaller, but just as charming as the former, and welcomes you in the centre of the town of the same name. If you prefer sand to mud, flat land to the hills of the Ardennes, you will be interested to hear that some of the hotels at the Belgian seaside offer marine treatments and/or swimming pools filled with seawater.
The capital is not at rest. Various centres are combining well-being with proximity to the city. The most "urban chic" is undoubtedly Aqua Heaven in Vilvorde. This haven of peace welcomes groups and private individuals for completely disorienting sessions within the contemporary setting of the first "Living Tomorrow" house.
In the Flemish Brabant, the very respectful Bruxelles Thermae de Grimbergen proposes all the benefits of a cure in stays of more or less short duration. And in the Walloon Brabant, Thalgo Limelette in the area of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve is a well-being centre located at the heart of the Château de Limelette.
The Domaine Thermal de Mondorf is situated south-east of Luxembourg (20 minutes away of Luxembourg ville) at the Franco-Luxembourg border at Mondorf-les-bains in the Luxembourg Moselle. The establishment uses thermal water, drilled at 700m, very rich in minerals and recognised as having healing abilities for the skin, airways and the digestive system.
Lastly, Maastricht, a neighbouring European town, has a spa complex providing what is called "thermoludisme" (www.thermae.nl). Vinciane Colson et Stéphanie Guillaume