Spas: 20 urban oases
Relax and unwind without breaking the bank
Barcelona is full of tiny oases of calm where you can seek refuge from city stress. Leave your worries behind and give yourself over to pleasure.
The Hotel Me, part of the Sol Melià chain, incorporates a spa with a hydro zone (hydro massage pools, hydrotherapy showers, dry sauna and steam room), a relaxation area, gym and treatment booth. The good news is that the spa is open to the public, and offers very competitive prices. You can use
- Pere IV, 272-286, 08005
The upmarket Melia Barcelona is located in Barcelona's Sarrià District, close to Av. Diagonal and Francesc Macià square. It features a spa, a gourmet restaurant and free WiFi. The Melia Barcelona’s elegant rooms feature 32-inch TVs and bathrooms with hydromassage baths and showers. All
- Avenida Sarriá, 50, 08029
The Hotel Senator has a pocket-sized urban beach in its basement, which it describes as more of play space than a therapy centre; between 10am and 11.30am you can even take your kids. The facilities include a hydro massage pool, Turkish bath, sauna, boulder pool, Indo-Roman baths and an ice cave.
- Cardenal Reig, 11, 08028
Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona GL
- Price band: 3/4
Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona GL offers luxurious accommodation in a neoclassical building on Passeig de Gràcia. It features a spa, rooftop swimming pool and a terrace with amazing views of the city. The Majestic Hotel maintains its original façade and its stylish, modern rooms feature
- Passeig de Gracia, 68, 08008
Take a breather after a maddening trip to Ikea. Located in the middle of nowhere near the new Europa del Hospitalet square (in the Gran Vía 2 shopping centre), the Fira Congress is one of the luxury hotels that serve users of the new trade fair complex on Montjuïc. Its modern facilities
- José Agustín Goytisolo, 9-11, 08908
Aire de Barcelona revives the tradition of the Arab baths, themselves successors to the great Roman public baths. In the midst of the remains of medieval Barcelona in the Born, these carefully restored and modernised Arab baths offer the classic bathing combination of Templarium (warm), Caldarium
- Passeig Picasso, 22, 08003
This spa shares a premises with the Hotel Princess Sofia, and they like to keep things exclusive, although non-residents can purchase a one-day pass. The spa zone lacks for nothing: Scottish showers (alternating hot and cold water), hydro massage baths, and best of all, the garden swimming pool
- Av. Joan XXIII, s/n, 08028
Run by the Metropolitan chain, this is a luxurious, spacious, modern complex, whose enormous pool area is one of its main attractions. There’s a hydro massage pool in the changing rooms, a Turkish bath and a sauna, and in the public area, a pool with ‘thermoludic’ effects, a sauna with TV, a
- Provença, 408, 08025
It's good to be king. The spa in the Rey Juan Carlos I Hotel is just as prestigious and luxurious as the hotel itself, from the spacious and well-lit facilities to the charming staff. Once in the spa you'll see they've got it all: sauna, caldarium, cold and heated swimming pools, mild steam
- Diagonal, 661-671, 08028
The hydro massage pool at Skipper’s has views of Montjuïc. The pool area isn’t huge (hydro massage, steam bath, ice basin and contrast showers, with essential oils and aromatherapy), although it does have a small outdoor hydro massage pool next to the main pool. If you opt for a treatment,
- Av. del Litoral, 10, 08005
Imagine a giant capsule, containing 600 litres of water (with 300kg of healing salts dissolved in it), into which you can seal yourself off from the world, without light, sound or any another external stimulus. The sensory isolation is complete, and the feeling of weightlessness means that after 20
- Pl. Narcís Oller, 3, 08006
This blissfully peaceful oasis, intimate, cosy and gently lit space feels light years away from the bustle of the city centre – which is just outside. You can choose to enter the water zone only (with hamam, foot baths, ice fountain, contrast showers and a hydro massage pool), but the experience
- Passeig de Gràcia, 106, 08008
First-class facilities: from the pool, with its gigantic window onto the city, to the saunas, steam baths and ice fountains, all intimate and tastefully decorated spaces. On a sunny day, don’t miss the chance to go up to the solarium – an enormous roof terrace with views of the Villa Amèlia gardens.
- Eduardo Conde, 2-, 08034
Located on the site of the old Barceloneta swimming club, this municipal sports centre houses Catalonia’s first Thalassotherapy centre, which uses sea water as the basis of therapeutic treatments. Enjoy five freshwater and salt water pools at different temperatures, with high-pressure water jets.
- Passeig Marítim, 33, 08003
Behind its modest entranceway, Rituels d’Orient contains a paradise in miniature, a hamam split into two spaces. The first is maintained at 37°C by under-floor heating, and the second is a 46°C steam room. The hamam experience is said to help eliminate toxins and improve blood circulation.
- Loreto, 50, 08029
Gran Hotel La Florida
Located up on Mount Tibidabo, the five-star Gran Hotel La Florida offers spectacular views over Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea. Guests enjoy free access to the beautiful Zen Zone Spa, featuring an ice fountain, sauna, hydro massage pool and hot plunge baths. If you book a massage, entrance to
- Carretera Vallvidrera-Tibidabo, 83-93, 08035
Water as a therapeutic tool is the maxim of this independent spa in the Jardinets de Gràcia. It has all the facilities of a traditional public bath, with a hydro massage pool, steam baths (although no dry sauna), warm couches, various hydrotherapy systems and a bed of river stones under a contrast
- Gran de Gràcia, 7, 08012
Luxury and panoramic views are the big selling points at the Hotel Arts spa. They have it all: hydro massage, sauna and steam baths (sex-segregated), elegant relaxation areas, eight spa treatment booths and two terraces on opposite sides of the building, so as not to miss a minute of sunshine.
- Marina, 19-21, 08005
ABaC Restaurant Hotel Barcelona GL Monumento
ABaC Restaurant Hotel Barcelona GL Monumento features stylish rooms with Bang & Olufsen plasma TVs, spa baths and rainfall showers. The hotel has a 2-Michelin star restaurant, run by renowned chef Jordi Cruz. This boutique hotel has a zen garden and a spa with a hot tub, pool and tatami. There are
- Avenida Tibidabo, 1, 08022
This luxury hotel right on Passeig de Gràcia plays host to its Banker'sBar every Wednesday, when it's decorated with old safes and the like, left over from the bank it used to be before it was the hotel it is now. There's also the Gin & Live cycle, where, apart from hearing some live music, you
- Passeig de Gràcia 38-40, 08007
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