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Whoville spa

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There something about this spa that makes me think of Dr Seuss. Maybe it's because I've just seen the movie Horton Hears A Who and loved the whimsical sculpture of Whoville. I love the idea of staying somewhere this surreal. The architecture at Rogner Bad Blumau spa in Styria, Austria, designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, has also been likened to the art of Klimt, and that's not a bad comparison either.

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Colorful facades, lots of curves, golden onion domes, and green roofs all combine to create a magical world, perfect for lounging in the spa, contemplating getting away from all that's dull and conventional.

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The hotel is a little like a small village, with accommodation circling round the spa area in its center. There are two natural springs, the Melchior and the Vulkania, that provide waters to the spa. Melchior is soft and mild at 47.2°C, while Vulkania is more powerful, and hotter, at about 110°C. Bathing in it apparently feels like swimming in silk.

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And get this for facilities. There's a Finnish outdoor sauna, a Roman sweat room, a Turkish steam bath, a biosanarium (a dry Finnish sauna), an aroma chamber, a jet pool and a 800sqm sunbathing island. They even offer Lakota sweatlodges (a sauna with fumigation, drumming and singing). I wonder what the Whos would make of all that… RM

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