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Having been enchanted with the idea of spas, especially old European ones, we tried Baden Baden and Karlovy Vary (former German Carlsbad) several years ago. In 2003 we checked into the Sanitorium Lietuva in Druskininkai for a week of relaxation and treatments, and liked it so much we returned for two weeks the following year! Druskininkai is particularly known for its wonderful black mud, full of healing qualities, and we enjoyed the hot feel of it, packed around aching joints.
The next year we were ready to try something new, and reserved a week's room, board and therapy course in Marianske Lazne, (old Marienbad), at the elegant Edwardian Grandhotel Pacifik. Here the staff coddled us with delicious meals and treatments like massage, water exercise, mineral baths, peat moss packs, and paraffin, all designed to make our aches and pains disappear.
The town is lovely, and the pace slow; we spent mornings in our hotel, going from one treatment to another, and took walks after lunch, often ending up in a charming cafe for coffee and tortes. Evenings brought little concerts in local churches or hotel salons. We found it so agreeable we came back in '06 for two weeks!
We flew to Prague, where a driver, arranged by the hotel, met us. In the golden late afternoon, we rolled along through fields, villages and woods, about two hours to Marianske Lazne.
The sunny glow on elegant buildings, all in shades of yellow, ivory, gold and cream, greeted us, as did the desk personnel. Nearly all the hotel personnel speak German, as visitors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland comprise a majority, but many also speak English.
Our spacious room, decorated in blues and golds, the Marienbad colors, was ready, and soon we descended to the elegant dining room for supper.
We were placed at a table with four elderly German ladies, and served the meal. Later we would choose from a menu (written in Czech, German, Russian and English) our meals for the week.
Strolling over to the Cross Spring Pavilion, just a couple of blocks away, we pulled out our paper cups to sip from the two springs recommended last year, the Forest Spring and the Rudolph Spring. We find the latter especially delicious, light, slightly sweet and fizzy, but would not drink it for a lengthy time, because of its repressing effect on the intestines. The Forest Spring water, on the other hand, suggested as an anti-inflammatory, has diuretic properties. It springs forth in Hotel Pacifik's lobby as well as in the pavilion.
Upon arrival, the newcomer is sent to a physician in the hotel, who administers a cursory examination and verbal survey, and then prescribes a regimen of water-drinking and treatments, up to six per day.
A beautiful pool with sprays and jets and mosaic'd walls sets the stage for water exercise, while the floors above hold massage and peat packing therapies, baths, electrotherapy equipment, and "Mary's Gas" treatment areas. The latter substance is a form of CO2, believed to relieve pain and stimulate joints and circulation when used in a bag "bath" or injection.
The therapists and technicians all speak German, and many know some English.
- Pros:A marvelous place to relax and rest, with beautiful scenery
- Cons:Rather inaccessible and very quiet
- In a nutshell:It's peace on earth!
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