Weekend Post (South Africa)

Hop into beer spa for ultimate treat

- Bart Biesemans and Christian Levaux

Belgians will soon be able to relax in hops and barley as a new beer spa experience is about to open for the first time.

The Good Beer Spa in southern Brussels was founded by Benedict Biebuyck and his girlfriend Ana Bordonada, both 42, after experienci­ng one in Prague in the Czech Republic two or three years ago.

Biebuyck prepares the mixture for the jacuzzi: hops, yeast and malt combined with beer.

He mixes it and then pours it into the jacuzzi, where clients will sit for 45 minutes.

In preparatio­n for the June 4 opening, they invited a few neighbours to try the experience.

All said they enjoyed the smells and the relaxing atmosphere.

“I heard that it really rejuvenate­s the skin so, who knows, it might make me look 10 years younger! And also I like the smell, it’s very natural. I feel very much in nature!” Aleksandra Tarchini, 34, a web designer from Bulgaria, said.

Dermatolog­ists, however, may disagree with the skin benefits.

Vera Rogiers, the head of the department of dermato-cosmetolog­y at the Free University of Brussels’s faculty of medicine said she would be more concerned about sitting in a bath for 45 minutes as it breaks the barrier function of the skin.

“These substances, these natural products, contain quite a bit of active substances but it’s not just a question of active substances, the concentrat­ion plays a very important role.”

“That concentrat­ion is extremely low, so if you then go and sit in the mixture with a low concentrat­ion, it does nothing for the skin,” she said.

Biebuyck and Bordonada are looking forward to receiving the public, who will be able to book a private jacuzzi for up to two people for €115 (R1,970).

The price includes unlimited access to draft beer served from the tap.

 ?? Photograph: YVES HERMAN/REUTERS ?? BUBBLE TROUBLE: Brussels yoga teacher Dorien Dierckx enjoys a beer while relaxing in a jacuzzi full of hot water mixed with beer ingredient­s
Photograph: YVES HERMAN/REUTERS BUBBLE TROUBLE: Brussels yoga teacher Dorien Dierckx enjoys a beer while relaxing in a jacuzzi full of hot water mixed with beer ingredient­s

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