INVITATION | As I was lying in the 36 degrees warm outdoor thermal water pool, facing the stars, big fluffy snowflakes were falling on my face. The cold air around the pool covered all surroundings in a steamy paradise and when it suddenly started to snow everyone around me fell silent. It was mesmerizing and strangely calming to be lying in the hot water all the while the ice-cold air was carrying tiny snow crystals onto my body. And for the first time in weeks, I fell absolutely still and could enjoy just being in the moment. My mind did not wander – as it always does – but simply shut off, enjoying the spectacle and taking it all in. And that moment of stillness and peace is exactly what made my stay at the Parktherme Bad Radkersburg so special.
Escaping day-to-day stress at the Parktherme Bad Radkersburg
Only about an hour from Graz by car, the Parktherme Bad Radkersburg is located in a tiny village with only 1.500 inhabitants. We arrived late night after a scenic ride through snowed in towns and forests and immediately checked into our hotel and headed for dinner. For dinner, we had the option to either leave on our clothes and eat at the restaurant Fontäne or immediately change into our bathrobe and eat at the restaurant Meerblick at the spa.
I had already had lunch at work so I didn’t go big and opted for a salad, rather than the menu. The buffet was rich, healthy and had lots of good and healthy options to choose from. After having had a little something to eat, we finally headed to the spa for a bit of late night swimming. As the spa was open until 11 p.m. we had plenty of time to chill after a long and exhausting Friday.
The thermal water pool and sauna area
My favorite area was, no surprise, the sauna village. No screaming kids and temperature that make you forget that its -15 degrees outside. Count me in.
Amongst the eight saunas, my favorite was the bio sauna, which had a lovely scent and wasn’t that crowded. The Murnockerl Dampfbad was lovely as well, with its 45 degrees and humidity. So great for the skin, too! On Saturday I only visited the sauna once as the day was really busy and I do not like a crowded sweat session. Another favourite of mine, at the Parktherme Bad Radkersburg, was the salt grotto. We went in once to check it out and I immediately fell into a 30-minute meditation, without wanting to. I’ve never felt so good.
The highlight at the Parktherme, however, most certainly is their thermal water pool. With 36 degrees Celsius and about 9.000 mg minerals per liter, it is the most relaxing experience. I’ve always been drawn to water and feel like there’s nothing that helps me as much with relaxing, sleeping and reducing stress as a trip to the spa.
Eating our way through regional goodies at the ****Vitalhotel
Something I always look forward to when being in a hotel is the breakfast buffet. Nothing beats a hearty brunch on the weekend and the Vitalhotel did not disappoint. I did miss a few more vegan options and did not appreciate the coffee machine. But all in all, it was a great spa breakfast and supplied us with enough energy and vitamins for another day of relaxation and exploring (we headed to the city center after breakfast to discover a bit of the surrounding).
My first facial at the Vitalhotel
I was kindly also surprised with a little treatment at the Kaori Garden at the Vitalhotel and had my first ever facial. They used only regional and natural products from Styria (from the brand Vinoble) and massaged, peeled and masked my face for about half an hour. My skin is a bit of a problem area for me and I tend to break out after using new products a lot. Here, however, I left the house with glowing and healthy skin that felt nourished and happy. A++ would recommend.
What I liked and disliked
- As the Parktherme Bad Radkersburg is open to hotel guests, day guests, and rehab patients it can get quite crowded. Not all areas are accessible for everyone – the sauna area, for example, is only available for everyone over 16 – but it still was rather hard to find a quiet spot. I personally much rather prefer small hotels with a spa area that isn’t stuffed to the brim.
- We did not bring any slippers with us as, usually, with the bathrobe, you get some at the hotel. This wasn’t the case here and we had to buy a pair each for 10€. Not cool.
- On Fridays and Saturdays, the spa is open until 11 p.m. and that is something I really appreciated as we only arrived in time for dinner and could still enjoy an evening in the hot tub.
- The facial I had at the Kaori Garden would have cost about 70€ and while that, yes, isn’t cheap I would definitely recommend it. The products that were used are made from grapes in the region and I find that so fascinating.
- The Vitalhotel has its own house cat. Big plus!
- The Parktherme is much more beautiful in the warmer months when the surroundings are in full bloom. We did appreciate the cold air and snow too, though. I find steamy baths just so fascinating!
- The thermal spring first appeared in January 1978. With 80 degrees Celsius, it comes to the surface and is then being cooled down to bathe in. It is said that the water is one of the best healing sources in all of Austria and I find that so mesmerizing.
Have you ever been to the Parktherme Bad Radkersburg? And do you also feel like there’s nothing more refreshing and relaxing than a good thermal water bath?
A very special thank you to the Parktherme Bad Radkersburg for welcoming Miss Getaway as a guest and treating me so well. The opinion expressed in this post is, as always, 100% my own!