79215 Elzach, Germany
Photo courtesy of Elztal Hotel
Elztal HotelEight different sauna zones are spread over Germany's Elztalhotel, which has more than 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor pools, the latter with stunning views of the surrounding Black Forest hills and the town of Elzach below. Whether you book Ayurvedic or hot-stone treatments in the spa, spend an afternoon lounging under big red umbrellas, or take an indoor midnight swim, the resort has many options to let you work out the kinks from hikes along the 500 miles of trails nearby. Dining ranges from five-course set menus in the restaurant to grilled dishes on the terrace, or lighter fare in the spa's "bathrobe restaurant."
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