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Destination Dispatches: A Wellness Break in Wiesbaden

- Mary Gostelow, arguably the most-traveled, and most-traveling, lady of the 21st century. She is owner and president of The Gostelow Report, essential monthly market intelligence briefing for the top levels of the hospitality industry. She is also contributing editor to Elite Traveler, The Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine and EnRoute.

With 27 indigenous hot thermal springs, the German city of Wiesbaden ist gut for your health.

One such hot spring flows directly beneath Hotel Nassauer Hof, exuding a staggering ten gallons of therapeutic water at a constant 65.8 degrees Celsius per minute. It is piped from ground level up to the top floor of the hotel where it constantly replenishes the 700 sq. ft. thermal pool. Stay in the sodium chloride-rich water for at least 20 minutes, and your skin and circulation benefits, I’m told. Other properties show the water to be particularly efficacious in the treatment of rheumatic diseases (polyarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis), degenerative diseases of the joints and spine, joint anomalies caused by gout, diseases of the respiratory system and in post-accident or post-sport injury treatment plans.

Not surprisingly, medical tourism into Wiesbaden is already big and growing fast. As well as Germans seeking eternal life and prolonged youth, Russians and many from the Middle East are flocking here, especially for diagnosis. Wiesbaden has numerous internationally recognized hospitals (among the best known is St. Josefs-Hospital, which has a big aesthetic department for face-lifts, liposuction and the like).

I opted to take a Wiesbaden Wellness Break, as offered by Hotel Nassauer Hof. The package includes overnight, dinner in Orangerie, buffet breakfast, entrance to the hotel’s wellness area and a choice of treatments. The Nassauer Hof Therme & Estée Lauder Beauty Center offers an enticing range of facials and manicure-pedicures, but after my run in the Kurpark opposite the hotel a back massage awaited. For 50 minutes, knots that I never knew existed unraveled.

The hotel’s gourmet restaurant, the Michelin-starred Die Ente, is closed Sundays and Mondays so we dined outside on the terrace of the all-day, every-day Orangerie. The special spa menu is prominently featured. I went with an Orangerie classic, wiener schnitzel, with my addition of spinach.

Suite 123 is a favorite of the Dalai Lama and Liza Minnelli. The two main rooms, dressed in cream, gold and sage, look out to Kaiser Friedrich and the city’s classic casino. I slept like a log and awoke with the dawn. The gym and the aforementioned pool open at six, and I diligently spent 20 minutes immersed, looking out at churches and rooftops.

Then the buffet breakfast. My fresh juice went with real fruits and those healthy brown breads that are, well, so Germanic. Bobby Darin was crooning “Mack The Knife.” All in all, I felt gut at Hotel Nassauer Hof.

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