Affordable spas and steam baths in Europe
This spa in the trendy Kreuzberg area offers a luxury experience at a bargain price. The centrepiece is a salt-water pool with a domed roof; the salt density high enough to mean floating is easy. There’s also a range of steam rooms, including a Himalayan salt sauna.
Sauna Hermanni, Helsinki
“Raising steam since the 1950s”, Sauna Hermanni is one of three public saunas in the Finnish capital. Expect classic wood-pannelled saunas, with a mellow, completely relaxing, atmosphere and vintage design touches throughout.
• saunahermanni.fi Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı, Istanbul Istanbul is another city with great spa heritage. Built in the 16th century and named after an Ottoman navy admiral, this hammam reopened in 2012 after a seven-year restoration. It has the city’s largest hammam dome and a classic hammam ritual experience.
Turkish baths, Harrogate
These Turkish baths are an impressive 19th-century spectacle, featuring lavish Moorish and Islamic architecture. Refurbished in 2004, it now offer a contemporary spa experience, with steam room and a plunge pool.
Built in 1904 and right in the centre of the city, Centralbadet is an art nouveau palace where visitors can unwind in a magnificent setting. Along with bath and sauna rooms there is space for yoga and meditation, too.
• centralbadet.se Will Coldwell See the full list of 10 budget spas on Monday at theguardian.com/travel