Prague may not be the first place you think of when you think of a wellness-oriented vacation, but perhaps you should think again — the spa hotels are of the highest quality and offer top healthcare and beauty amenities in addition to traditional luxury hotel services. Settle in for a holistic holiday in the beautiful, laid-back atmosphere of the Czech Republic’s capital. Stately on the Vitula River, this magical city emanates an old-timey, romantic energy and is filled with special ways to relax and rejuvenate. A dip in the pool, a bath in rose oil, or an Ayurvedic massage will help you regain your wellbeing in style.
Where to stay at a spa hotel in Prague? Top locations at a glance
Old Town: Wellness in the romantic Staré Město
Malá Strana: Castle & river views on Prague’s “Little Side”
Welcoming guests to the west side of the Vitula River are the Malá Strana Bridge Towers, a beautiful coupling of towers of differing heights and construction dates. Behind this, up the hill, is the Prague Castle and adjacent St Vitus Cathedral, worth a visit for any lover of things beautiful. The Cathedral was built over a span of 600 years, and the trained eye may be able to place some of the various architectural elements to particular decades or centuries. Elsewhere on the “Little Side,” or Lessor Prague, is the pretty Lesser Town Square, home to St. Nicholas Church, 10 centuries of history, and the bright-colored facades typical of Eastern Europe. A spa hotel on the square or hillside promises unbeatable views of the city and to be a dreamy oasis of wellbeing. Slip into the whirlpool, settle in for a massage, and top it all off with the best parts of a hotel stay — modern amenities, amazing dining opportunities, and even luscious on-site gardens primed for drinking coffee in the morning & champagne in the evening. Whenever you do make it out of your spa hotel, spend a day wandering cobbled streets into old-fashioned bars and charming clothing shops.
Anděl: Modern living in Prague’s commercial center
If you want a taste of what’s new in the Czech Republic, head to Anděl City. This neighborhood was redeveloped in the 1990s and is now home to the Prague’s largest mall Novy Smichov, a series of deluxe cinemas, first-rate restaurants, and even a handful of casinos. Anděl is the perfect location to while away a day in a spa hotel, where you’ll forget all your woes amid hyper-modern design and top amenities and services including, for example, a cardio zone, body-building room, sauna, solarium, steam bath, and bookable massages. Still just a 20-minute walk into Lesser Prague, the location strikes a happy balance between the bustle of commerce and the quieter energy of a once-industrial zone turned entertainment district. Surrounding the neighborhood are a series of pretty parks primed for long strolls in the sunshine or on snowy days. Looking over on one of said parks is the Bertramka Villa where Mozart stayed in 1787, and which now operates as a Mozart Museum. After a day of strolling about and taking in the bright colors and ancient sights of Prague, cuddle up in your spa hotel for a truly tranquil overnight stay.
Good to know
Currency: The Czech Republic uses the Czech Crown, not the Euro.
Getting around: Prague is quite walkable so there’s little reason to rent a car or even take too much public transport — if you do though, it’s relatively easy to figure out. Try to avoid hailing cabs yourself as there’s a good chance you’ll be scammed — have your hotel call you one or use a rideshare app instead.
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