Imagine a spa the size of a suburban shopping mall. Travel to the Italian Tyrol and you'll find it inside a huge glass and steel cube. The Therme Meran is 7,650 square meters devoted purely to relaxation and pampering.
Inside the cube are thermal baths, indoor and outdoor saunas, pools, and steam baths. Surrounding the spa is a huge outdoor park with a thermal spring pool, hot and cold pools, a Kneipp pool, a subterranean steam bath, a waterfall, a rock geyser, power showers and a lily pond.
There are walking trails through the resort, and it even has its own bus station, doctors' offices and creche.
The thermal waters of Merano have attracted kings, emperors and other famous names like Richard Strauss and Franz Kafka for over 150 years. The resort specializes in curative treatments for disorders of the lungs and digestive systems.
In addition to the traditional ones, the spa also offers new treatments like radon water therapy, vibro-massage and mudpacks. Self-indulgence and great design against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains. What more could you want? RM
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