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“Spa afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Mediterana

Mediterana
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Delhi, India
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5 reviews
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“Spa afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

Truly an exceptional spa experience. The decor (from India and Morocco) is incredibly done. And although the parking lot was completely full, once inside, it did not appear crowded. An exceptional experience. The fees are consistent with other spas in the area - however, this is heads above all the other local spas.

Visited August 2012
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“A sensory delight and unique spa adventure!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore" -- this famous line aptly applies to a first time visit to the Mediterana Spa. While visiting friends in Cologne, we were gifted a day at the spa. The typical range of spa experiences is elevated several levels here at the Mediterana, as they have created an environment that is unique, adventurous and relaxing. You must come and spend as long a day as you can in an attempt to experience as much as possible -- which could actually be a challenge in just one day. It's a sensory delight on many levels -- visually through very artful architectural designs, impressive interiors, plus many beneficial therapeutic options that include artful showers, aromatherapy and mineral pools of varying temperatures. Hint: if convenient for you, bring your own robe & towels for increased savings. You are sure to emerge renewed and refreshed -- if not altogether dazzled! A very well thought-out sensory delight!

Visited August 2011
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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“One of the best sauna places in Germany”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2012

Although they also have a thermal pool part, we only visited the saunas. There are many, lost count but estimated ~15 different saunas and steambaths. Lots and lots of recliners and resting places. Aufguss going on every half hour, sometimes more. Decoration has a Moroccan and Indian theme. Not to be missed if you like sauna.

Visited March 2012
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Bellingham, Washington
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“Busy place - great resturant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2012

Lovely pools, saunas, rest areas... enjoyed an excellent and reasonably priced meal in the "formal" restuarant in my robe.

Visited February 2012
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London, UK
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“A vast playground of the senses”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

I’d been to the Mediterana before, a couple of times, most recently a couple of years ago – but I was not ready for what I found this time. To get the only downside over with, it is very popular. My party of friends arrived at 3pm on Saturday afternoon and we were told there would be a half hour wait for entry. Having taken the 20 minute ride out to Frankenforst on the tram line #1, the wait didn’t seem so bad, so we stayed.

The queue ahead of us only had 6-8 people but we were informed by the supremely helpful multi-lingual staff that the problem was they were full, there were no lockers available. As it turned out the wait was 15 minutes at most, and on entry another member of staff took you directly to an empty locker to save you hunting around. This level of customer service in extremis, when they are by definition at their most busy is highly commendable.

In all honesty I was a little anxious, not because of the nudity rules, I’m more than comfortable with the sensible attitude towards that, but because there are almost 1000 lockers available. I thought it would be uncomfortably busy. I needn’t have worried, in the few years I had been away the facilities had trebled in size. It was always a big spa; now it is vast. Even in winter it can comfortably accommodate being full to capacity, in the summer when the vast lawns that roll down to the Bensberger See – a lake that was iced over when we visited – are available to be used for sun worship it will feel almost empty.

It is simply amazing, and not for nothing is it regularly regarded as the best spa in Germany, it is an opinion I would echo, and I have now been to many. My sole criticism is that all the pools are just not quite warm enough to truly luxuriate in, with one exception. Beyond that, there are saunas of every conceivable variety, tepidaria, steam rooms, relaxation areas of every stripe, bars and restaurants to refuel in (and you’ll need it – you’ll want to spend time here) and plenty of places to bob around in water and cool down.

Echoing an earlier reviewer I was most astounded by The House of Elements in the new Indian area. It is a large room that seats 20-25 people around in a square. In the centre is a 5 foot square (simulated) open fire and below the wooden seating is a wading pool to dangle your legs into – I have never come across this before. Because it is a simple fire it’s not extraordinarily hot (the hottest saunas here are 100C) but a real builder, and it is such a pleasant place to sit that you don’t mind the time it takes one iota. Outside are quite the most violently cold showers I have ever experienced. A wide torrent of icy water plummets from the 4 metre double height ceiling to batter the heat out of you. Utterly refreshing, totally fabulous.

If you are spending time in Cologne, and don’t mind nudity (even if you think you do, it’s worth giving it a try), do not pass up the opportunity to visit the Mediterana, and be prepared to lose yourself, and lose a day.

Visited February 2012
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