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The best spas in Eastern Europe to visit in 2024

Simon Calder’s Travel

Indulgence, rest and relaxation – there’s a lot to love about a spa experience, whether you’re treating yourself to some much-needed self-care or celebrating with friends or family members.

But spa trips in the UK can easily spill into three figures, with the price of treatments notching the cost up even higher. So with a whole host of incredible (and affordable) spas to discover in Eastern European cities, it’s worth considering how you can incorporate a spa experience into your next holiday.

Prices tend to be significantly lower across Eastern Europe, with many hotels offering packages, and budget airlines running flights daily. The Hungarian capital of Budapest has proven to be particularly popular for low-cost luxe spa breaks, but there are plenty of other cities to explore across the region, whether you’re watching your spending or have a little more cash to splash.

From “beer spa” sessions to Finnish saunas, mineral soaks to luxury mud wraps, we’ve selected some of the best spas across the continent for all tastes. 

Nové Lázně Health Spa

Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic

The interior of the Nové Lázně Health Spa (Nové Lázně Health Spa)

Named as one of the Great Spa Towns of Europe, Mariánské Lázně is renowned for its 100 mineral springs that boast high levels of carbon dioxide and iron. Famous philosophers and royalty are reported to have stayed in the historic five-star Nové Lázně, which dates from 1896. It’s arguably one of the prettiest spa hotels in the region, with its distinctive dandelion-yellow exterior and neo-Renaissance aesthetic. The spa remains fit for royalty, with beautiful tiling and marble columns in the Roman bath, which is a spa-lover’s dream. There’s also a sauna complex consisting of a Finnish sauna, steam room, cold plunge pool, foot rock pools and a whirlpool. And with an eye-popping range of medical and wellness treatments on offer, from oxygen therapy to mud wraps, you’re guaranteed to float out. A three-hour pass to the Roman baths costs 800 Czech Koruna (£27) without treatments.