Thermal swimming, Gastein valley, Austria
Alpentherme Gastein, a spa in Austria’s Gastein valley, near Salzburg, has an impressive new addition planned for this summer: Two new thermal swimming lakes. The lakes have taken two years to complete and cost Dh18 million. The spring-fed lakes (1,300 and 370 square metres) are refreshed daily from the Hohe Tauern mountains and are kept clean by an organic cleansing system, meaning no chlorine or stinging eyes. The family area of the resort has also seen fun new additions, including a four-lane, 28-metre wave slide and a new toddler-and-babies pool. All this can be enjoyed with the Alpine peaks of Salzburgerland adorning the skyline.
Day ticket Dh140 adult, Dh80 children, family Dh340, alpentherme.com . For budget to five-star hotels, self-catering apartments and farm-stays visit gastein.com