Rusas Spa in Budapest. Image from Budapest Winter Invitation
If our 12 Days of Sauna Christmas list wasn’t enough for you, the city of Budapest and Malev airlines just announced their “Budapest Winter Invitation.”
The deal is this: If you book a 2 or 3 night stay at one of the participating hotels, you’ll get one night’s stay free. Hotels at all price points are available. Malev airlines is also offering special fares as part of this promotion.
A part of the package, you get complimentary admission to one of Budapest’s historic spas: Gellért Baths, Széchenyi Baths, or the male-only Rudas Baths. Of course, with a three-day stay, there’s nothing stopping you from visiting all three of them, and even making a dent in the more than 40 other baths in the Spa Capital of Europe.
When you’re packing for your trip, make sure to bring your swimsuit, a towel, slippers and your own soap/shampoo. Any mixed gender baths are swimsuit required.
Single-gender areas are nude, but the custom at some baths is to tie a cloth around you to cover your private areas. Men’s cloths are worn around the waist, while women’s cloths are more like an apron. These are provided by the bath.
Budapest Tourist Guide advises that you should be sure to have some small change with you to tip the attendants in the bath. Many of the baths have the option to have your locker double-locked: once with your key, and a second time with an attendant’s. Take this option if you have valuables with you. They also caution that men-only days at some baths tend to attract a gay clientèle.
This promotion is available through March 2011, so book now if you’re interested.
Budapest Winter Invitation via Spa Finder Club Spa Blog