Pam­per Day!

A pas­sion­ate sauna goer, Annabelle Mallia shares her hot (and steamy) tips to for­get about the cold.

Where Berlin - - Contents - BY ANNABELLE MALLIA

Spas and saunas: Hot and steamy tips to re­lax and for­get about the cold.

Ger­mans have one of the strong­est spa tra­di­tions in Europe, and who can blame them? After all, there’s noth­ing quite as pleas­ant as sub­merg­ing into warm wa­ter when it’s cold out­side. Many nat­u­ral springs scat­tered around the Bran­den­burg re­gion have ther­a­peu­tic prop­er­ties, and towns like Bad Freien­walde and Bad Saarow have made ther­mal treat­ments their main at­trac­tion. When it comes to strictly leisure-fo­cused day spas, how­ever, Berlin of­fers many mod­ern-de­signed oases of re­lax­ation, typ­i­cally equipped with a va­ri­ety of saunas, ther­mal pools, and beauty treat­ments aplenty. Here is a list of our fa­vorite ones:

LIQ­UIDROM

The cen­ter­piece of this spa is the dark­ened dome with its warm salt­wa­ter pool. Float on your back as col­ors and lights in­ter­min­gle with un­der­wa­ter clas­si­cal mu­sic, elec­tronic melodies, and whale songs. There are also four saunas, in­clud­ing a steam bath, a Hil­malaya salt sauna, and a Fin­nish-style sauna room that of­fers scented in­fu­sions ( Auf­guss, see box on next page) ev­ery hour, fea­tur­ing salt peel­ing and honey or fruit-scented aro­mas. With an out­door hot tub and mas­sage treat­ments, re­lax­ation is guar­an­teed.

Möck­ern­str. 10. liq­uidrom-berlin.de

COW­SHED

Whilst the rest of the Soho House is ex­clu­sive to mem­bers only, the spa is open to vis­i­tors. Fea­tur­ing a sauna, steam room, and Turk­ish bath, it is de­signed in

the style of a Bri­tish club, with pan­eled walls from old cowsheds, wooden herb boxes, and soft so­fas for man­i­cures and pedi­cures also pro­vid­ing a com­fort­able liv­ing room feel. This is a place to eat, drink, shop, and in­dulge in so­cial groom­ing with friends.

Torstr. 1. www.so­ho­house­ber­lin.de

VA­BALI

A piece of Bali in the mid­dle of the hus­tle and bus­tle of ur­ban Berlin. This Tier­garten new­comer has been called Berlin’s sauna vil­lage, with 11 dif­fer­ent sauna rooms in­clud­ing a Rus­sian “banja” gar­den sauna, a panorama sauna with views over the whole com­plex, and an or­ganic lounge sauna. Nu­mer­ous pools, mas­sage and ther­a­peu­tic treat­ments such as reiki and al­gae body packs, and an over­all Ba­li­nese dé­cor are all de­signed to bring mind, body, and spirit to­gether in har­mony.

Sey­dl­itzstr. 6. www.va­bali.de

FLOAT BERLIN – DAS SCHWEBEBAD

There’s noth­ing quite like the Dead Sea, the only place on Earth where your body can ex­pe­ri­ence close to weight­less­ness as it floats above the wa­ter sur­face due to the high con­cen­tra­tion of salt. To recre­ate the feel­ing, Float Berlin in­vites you to sub­merge in a lit­tle pool filled with highly con­cen­trated salt wa­ter. For a bit of ro­mance, cou­ples can also float to­gether by can­dle­light, and achieve com­plete re­lax­ation with one of the many beauty treat­ments on of­fer.

Dunck­er­str. 12. www.float-berlin.de

HAMAM

If you are still squea­mish about the en­forced nu­dity in the Ger­man mixed saunas, then a Turk­ish-style hamam, which is for ladies only, might be more your style. A project of the Choco­late Fac­tory Women’s Cen­ter, it pro­vides a wel­com­ing place for all cul­tures to col­lec­tively re­lax and com­mu­ni­cate – ei­ther in the Turk­ish bath, in­frared sauna, or in one of their many chill out rooms. Mar­i­an­nen­str. 6. www.hamam­ber­lin.de

The bar at Liq­uidrom. Above: the Liq­uidrom float­ing pool.

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