By Iva Ralica
When temperature fall and a cozy warm bed is the favorite place to be, there has to be a great reason to leave it. Thermal spas and hot springs can be a good invitation and an excellent choice to relax at. Here are five top thermal spas in Croatia to warm up in during winter.
This popular and well-known destination, located about 50km away from Zagreb in the picturesque region of Hrvatsko Zagorje, Tuhelj is one of the best wellness facilities in Croatia. To enjoy and spoil yourself, thermal baths offer massages, healing thermal mud wraps, sauna programs and hamam (oriental bath) and personalized body and facial treatments.
This big water world is family friendly and has wave pools, pool for kids, water slides and can include family wellness packages.
The water here contains calcium, magnesium, sodium and benefits the skin, as well as the regenerating mud used even for anti-cellulite treatments.
KRAPINSKE TOPLICE – AQUAE VIVAE
The small town of Krapinske Toplice in the middle of the Zagorje hills and forests hides rich springs that have been used since 1772, when the first bath was built. The water contains calcium and magnesium and is ranked 6th in Europe. This modern complex was reopened in 2015 with over 1100 m2 of water area.
That includes a combined indoor/ outdoor pool with waterfalls and water slides, wave pool, 4,5 m-deep pool for scuba diving and pools for children with temperatures ranging from 28 to 38 degrees.
There is also a sauna world and a special attraction of the ice room.
SPA & SPORT RESORT SVETI MARTIN – LIFE CLASS
The resort settled in the green scenery of Međimurje since 1911 is a great spot to relax or enjoy the many activities it offers. Thermal water pools and water, said to be one of the most healing in Europe, span over 2600 m2 of water surface, with more than 20 different massage and sauna treatments ( such as Finnish and Roman).
In the modern Wellness oasis, there are 5 types of saunas and and an ice cave, salt therapy and Lumbalis centre which is perfect for balancing the mind, body and spirit.
Thermal resort Jezerčica in Donja Stubica in the middle of green Zagorje, is settled near the thermal and mineral spring. The 38 degrees Celsius spring water is used for medical purposes and relaxation.
Guests can enjoy a modern wellness and spa centre with Turkish and Finnish saunas, an outside water park with three pools, five inside pools, a children’s pool and water slides, massage pools and the pool bar.
The Istrian thermal resort is located on the Istrian peninsula, near Motovun and beneath a 85 meter-high rock with the mineral spring Sveti Stjepan. High content of minerals in the water improves the body rehabilitation and it is highly ranked among the therapeutic hot springs in Europe.
Used since the 17th century, as the inscriptions show, the wellness and spa resort today consists of a 25 meter-long indoor pool, children’s pool, saunas and a fitness centre, as well as mineral-enriched mud treatment.