See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. Wellness has long been at the heart of Baden-Baden, a peaceful German spa town that was known for centuries as “Europe’s summer capital.” Royalty would spend the summer months here to recharge surrounded by natural beauty. Brenners Park Hotel & Spa, which is set in the foothills of the Black Forest and dates back 140 years, was always a favorite. The property is comprised of a complex of villas and grand buildings set within a lush private park, surrounded by the Lichtenaler Allee, a historic park and arboretum along the river Oos.
In January, 2015, Brenners Park will open two new wellness-focused facilities: Villa Stephanie and Haus Julius. Beauty and detox treatments are the specialty at Villa Stephanie and emotional and medical care at Haus Julius. Villa Stephanie is located adjacent to the hotel and spans five floors, with 54,000 square-feet dedicated to the spa. Guests can stay overnight in one of Villa Stephanie’s 12 rooms or three suites, which have their own spa facilities for in-room treatments and relaxation. Guests also have access to a 5,000-plus-square-foot sauna and a tranquil plunge pool. At Haus Julius, which is directly connected to Villa Stephanie, an expert staff offers a very European focus on wellbeing, providing nutritionists to tailor a diet for your stay and a physio-spa team that includes an osteopath and a medical masseuse.
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Baden-Baden is small and sleepy, but does offer world class dining and shopping. Guests who grow tired of leisurely strolls and spa treatments can catch a show at the celebrated Festspielhaus Opera House, a 20-minute walk from Brenner’s Park.
Need to Know
Rooms: 100 rooms; from $286. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon Dining options: Brenners Park Restaurant: For a classy, high-end dinner. Wintergarten: For classic cuisine and spectacular views. Rice Gauche: For Mediterranean lunch and dinner. Salon Lichtental: For luxurious breakfasts. Spa and gym details: Access to the pool area, sauna, and fitness room are included in the room cost. Spa treatments are an additional cost.
Who's it best for: Seasoned travelers who appreciate luxury and wellbeing Our favorite rooms: The luxury suites have a view over Baden-Baden’s private park and a spacious living room. Insider tips: Make reservations for spa treatments and dinner at Brenners Park Restaurant before you come—they book up fast. Brenners Park can provide seamless transportation from airport to hotel, so coordinate with the concierge before arrival.