Brussels, the vibrant capital of Europe, a city where business and pleasure harmoniously coexist in a seamless blend of work and leisure. But, as is so often the case with lively capitals as such, the need for a break, a real break, needs to be addressed from time to time.
From urban spas to soothing wellness centers, Brussels and its surrounding area present a diverse array of options for relaxation and escape, allowing individuals to unwind and find respite from the vibrant energy of the city.
Relieve some tension, indulge in a pampering self-care session at one of the city’s relaxations hubs: sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, Japanese pool, floatation bubbles and beer baths – the selection is vast and diverse.
Here are some establishments to choose from:
1. Urban Spas
1.1 Calm Spa
Calm Spa is a women-only public spa offering a range of facilities to enhance your relaxation. Enjoy a swimming pool, sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, and even a paddling pool for children. On Wednesdays, girls up to 12 years old and boys up to 2 years old are welcome, ensuring a serene experience for all. Indulge in a variety of à la carte massages and treatments or consider the option of privatizing the spa for a more exclusive experience.
1.2 Lovina Spa
Situated within the vast Tour & Taxis site, Lovina Spa is a haven of tranquility. Experience the perfect blend of hammam, massage, beauty, and hairdressing services. Treat yourself to oriental beauty rituals or indulge in a scalp massage that promises pure relaxation.
Transport yourself to the traditional hammams of the Maghreb and Turkey at LeRiad. This spa offers the most authentic hammam ritual, complete with scrubbing, black soap, clay, and more. The warm and inviting Oriental decor creates a familiar and soothing atmosphere, providing a truly immersive experience.
Step into the cozy ambiance of Versense, nestled in Brussels’ Châtelain district. This inviting space combines chromotherapy and balneotherapy for a holistic relaxation experience. Pamper yourself with a visit to the hammam, sauna, whirlpool, and relaxation room. Even children are welcome, with a designated area for them to play in the garden (weather permitting) while you enjoy your treatment.
2. Spa hotels
2.1 Jam Hotel – Atsukan Experience
For a trendy and unique experience, visit Jam Hotel and immerse yourself in the Atsukan Experience. Inspired by Japanese Sentô baths, this rooftop oasis offers 42°C baths where you can relax while savoring sake or Sencha tea. Put on a kimono, soak in the rejuvenating waters, and complete the experience with a visit to the sauna.
2.2 The Hotel
Considered a must-visit destination in Brussels, The Hotel boasts a spa with the most captivating city views. Located on the 23rd floor, the fitness room, sauna, and hammam provide a serene escape, allowing you to unwind while gazing at the magnificent Palace of Justice.
2.3 Martin’s Spa Fitness & Wellness (20 minutes from Brussels)
Located just opposite Lake Genval, a short distance from Brussels, Martin’s Spa Fitness & Wellness is a popular haven for relaxation professionals. Enjoy a lavish break in the luxurious facilities, including a 31°C pool adorned with a Swarovski starry sky, a sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, and a well-equipped fitness room.
3. Original concepts
3.1 Good Beer & Spa
Bringing a touch of Belgian flair, Good Beer & Spa presents the trendy concept of beer baths. Immerse yourself in hoppy water for 45 minutes of pure relaxation, while enjoying unlimited beer (in moderation, of course). This unique experience combines the pleasure of drinking beer with the benefits of soaking in it.
3.2 Bath & Barley
Building on the success of beer baths, Bath & Barley takes relaxation to another level. This one-of-a-kind treatment harnesses the nourishing and purifying properties of hops, barley, and yeast to deeply nourish the skin and soothe the spirit. Boost your experience further with a step in the sauna and reclining on straw beds.
3.3 Sea of Clouds
Escape the turmoil of the world at sensorial experience Sea of Clouds, where you can float in a bubble above the chaos. Immerse yourself in a weightless private cocoon, allowing for deep meditation, mental clarity, and physical recovery. For a more intimate experience, you can rent a private bubble for two and personalize your own flotation space.
3.4 Bulles à flotter
Bulles à flotter provides a sensory isolation experience within a capsule, located in the heart of Brussels. Drift away during a blissful hour of total disconnection in water saturated with Epsom salt, renowned for its therapeutic properties.
4. Wellness centers & thermal baths
Aspria is an upscale sports and fitness club with exclusive spa facilities, members only. With three locations in Brussels—Royal La Rasante, Art-Loi, and Louise—Aspria offers a wide range of amenities, including outdoor and indoor pools, spas, tennis courts, and group classes for both adults and children.
4.2 Thermae Boetfort (15 minutes from Brussels)
Nestled within a magnificent 16th-century castle, Thermae Boetfort is a beloved wellness center among Brussels residents. Featuring separate areas for swimming and naturism, guests can leisurely explore nine saunas, pools, Jacuzzis, and other facilities. The center also offers an incredible array of treatments, ensuring a truly immersive relaxation experience.
4.3 Thermen Dilbeek (15 minutes from Brussels)
Located in a serene green setting near the capital, Thermen Dilbeek invites guests to relax in an environment where swimwear is not allowed. In bathrobes, visitors can enjoy the indoor and outdoor facilities in their natural state. The spa boasts a variety of saunas (Bio, Ranta, Kuori, and more) and offers a range of customizable treatments at their beauty center.
4.4 Waer Waters (10 minutes from Brussels)
Spanning an impressive 12,000 square meters, Waer Waters is a paradise of relaxation. The facility offers both clothed and naturist areas, each providing a wealth of amenities for a comprehensive wellness experience. A dedicated sports team is available for fitness and training sessions. Moreover, after-work events are hosted seven days a week until 23:00, allowing you to unwind and socialize with colleagues, after a long day at the office.
Brussels stands as a dynamic capital that understands the importance of balance and rejuvenation. With its diverse range of relaxation options, from urban spas to wellness centers, individuals can easily find solace from the city’s energetic pace. Whether you seek tranquility in a sauna, immersion in a Japanese pool, or the unique experience of a beer bath, Brussels offers a plethora of opportunities to unwind and recharge. So, next time you find yourself in this vibrant city, take a moment to indulge and relax.