Get away from it all without leaving the city at one of Barcelona's urban spas.
Inspired by the traditions of the Greek and Romans, Aire de Barcelona turns bathing into a feast for the senses. The ultimate in urban spas, it is located in a former storage building for the Born Market, a huge space with high ceilings that is both atmospheric and extremely relaxing. A 90-minute thermal session includes the warm water pool, hot water pool, cold water pools, steam room, jet bath and salt water pool. Between pools, relax on warm marble stone with a tea or juice. They also offer treatments that can be combined with the thermal session.
2La Rambla 109, 08002 Barcelona
Located in the former headquarters of the Philippines Tobacco Company, this elegant hotel has a beautiful basement spa. All dimmed lights and original brick walls, the relaxed atmosphere is light years away from the busy Rambla outside. The water zone has a heated pool, whirlpools, therapeutic fountains, sauna, and a steam room. Complete the experience with a massage from one of their experienced masseurs.
At 43 The Spa you can find peace and pampering far above the city. Located on the hotel's 43rd floor, you can have a massage or relax on one of the open air terraces while soaking up spectacular panoramic views of Barcelona. There are eight fully-equipped treatment suites, hydrotherapy pools, saunas and steam baths and extensive menu of treatments by the luxury Spanish skincare brand Natura Bissé. Want to splash out? Try their signature treatment The Sublime Diamond Journey which includes a diamond dust body exfoliation.
Take a little trip to Morocco or Turkey at this city centre hammam. The circuit takes you through areas of progressive humidity (80% to 100%) and temperature, from 37 to 46 ºC. Relax on the warm stone benches, dipping into the baths when you need to refresh, and feel the tension just melt away. And when you’ve finished, enjoy some mint tea in the relaxation room before you step back out into the city. There are also lots of traditional beauty and body treatments available.
5Ctra Vallvidrera al Tibidabo 83-93, 08035 Barcelona
For some good old classic glamour, head up Tibidabo to this luxury hotel which boasts a 500-square-metre aquatic zone. There’s a sauna, steam bath, pressure showers and jacuzzi, but the highlight is the 37-metre indoor/outdoor stainless steel pool. And all this with unspoiled views over the city. The spa offers a wide range of beauty treatments based on L’Occitane products.
6Passeig de Gracia 68, 08007 Barcelona
Spoil yourself at this peaceful retreat located on the top floor of the elegant Majestic hotel. The spa has a hydrotherapy area that includes a dry sauna, an ice fountain and a steam bath, and they also offer massage and various luxurious treatments to get your body glowing. Bamboo peel anyone? There's a wide range of facial treatments from the Radiant Flash for an instant lifting effect, to the Diamond & Symphony anti-ageing programme.
7Rossello 265, 08008 Barcelona
With its clean lines and minimalist aesthetic the Omm Hotel’s Oriental-inspired spa is a truly calming place. Natural materials, such as wood and stone blend with soft lighting, soothing music and delicious aromas to create a harmonious ambience. Just a stone’s throw from Pg. de Gràcia there’s a steam room, ice fountain, contrast showers and a hydro massage pool. Plus an array of tempting body and beauty treatments from around the world, including Thai and Tuina massage.
8Pere IV 272-286, 08005 Barcelona
This spa is located in the ultra-modern 29-floor Hotel Meliá Barcelona Sky in Poblenou. Open to the public, it’s cool and classy with great facilities. The hydrotherapy zone includes a sauna, steam bath, contrast showers and heater pool with hidro massage, plus warm loungers. They also offer a wide range of body and beauty treatments.
9Gran de Gràcia 7, 08012 Barcelona
This lovely little spa in the Jardinets de Gràcia offers an easy break from the city. Enjoy the steam baths, hydro massage pool, contrast showers and Roman-style pool, then take it easy in the relaxation area with a glass of fresh juice or cava. Aqua Urban Spa offers lots of body and beauty treatments that you can combine with the thermal circuit.
The spa in this five-star hotel on Pg. de Gràcia is as sleek and beautiful as the hotel itself. It doesn’t come cheap, but then this is pampering at its finest. The signature therapies combine elements of traditional Chinese Medicine and aromatherapy and begin with a personal consultation. Your session then begins with the chime of Tibetan cymbals. Get there early to luxuriate in the zen-feel water zone which includes a 12-metre pool and oriental steam room.