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  • A. Denise Beltré

How I Became Addicted to Spas

Updated: Mar 18, 2019

It started out innocently enough. We were living in Taiwan, a country that is full of thermal hot springs. Since they were so plentiful and cheap enough, we started taking weekend vacations to thermal spa hotels. It was the perfect way to relax and unwind outside of the city.

Then we encountered our first Hammam. We were traveling in Spain (as previously written about in another blog post), and I decided to book an afternoon at Hammam Al-Andalus, an Arab-style bath house. It's really only possible to describe life before and after the Hammam experience. Post-Hammam, the world is a bit brighter, the thought of experiencing the Hammam again, a constant thought. (Yes we thought about building and opening our very own Hammam, but realized that as professionals we didn't have the time.) After experiencing the magic of that Andalusian Hammam, we craved more, and in each city we visited we would look for a Hammam or something like it. Over the next few years we visited Hammams in Miami, Sicily, Madrid, and Marrakech. We also branched out to spas that had hot and cold pools, such as the amazing Caldea in Andorra, and many others in Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and Hungary. It suddenly became the number three thing on the list after flights and accommodation: finding out if there was a good spa. The beauty of these places was that they weren't expensive-- in the USA the spas were at least twice as much, and half as nice. No, we saved our spa obsession for international travel, and each time it was worth it. I'll stop here, but will leave you with a few of our favorites:

Hammam Al-Andaluz in Granada, Spain- http://granada.hammamalandalus.com/en/

Inuu (Caldea) in Andorra la Vella, Andorra- https://www.caldea.com/en/inuu

Beitou Hot Springs Resort in Betou (Taipei), Taiwan- http://www.tyq.com.tw/en/