Need a break from meetings and doing deals in corporate Frankfurt? Take your soul on a trip to the historic spa town of Wiesbaden just half an hour's drive away from Germany's financial hub. Here are three of Wiesbaden's finest places to soak away the working week.
Thermalbad Aukammtal: Around $27 buys you all-day access to this spa's indoor and outdoor saunas and pools, which are equipped with neck-spray jets, massage nozzles and water-massage recliners. For an additional fee, numerous body treatments are available, too try the hot-chocolate massage. A beauty salon, two restaurants and a bar are also on-site. This is a modern facility and hugely popular, attracting more than 1,000 customers daily, so get in early. Leibnizstrasse 7, tel: (49-611) 172 9880. (Read TIME's stories about romance on the road.)
Kaiser-Friedrich-Therme: This exotic-looking venue has an exhaustive spa menu. Make your way around the steam rooms, saunas and showers and then slip into the Art Nouveau cold-water basin, brave it under an ice shower or chill out to harmonious music and mood-enhancing lights in the quiet zone of the Lumenarium. Numerous pampering treatments include oil massages, algae wraps, salt exfoliations and goat-butter conditioning. The summer admission fee is just under $5 per hour, with treatments costing extra. On weekends you'll all but have the spa to yourself after 8 p.m., but whenever you arrive be sure to leave your modesty at the door: nude bathing is expected. Langgasse 38-40, tel: (49-611) 172 9660.
Hotel Nassauer Hof: The thermal pools of this grand hotel's Beauty Centre look across Wiesbaden's rooftops through its fifth-floor windows. Guests are welcomed with a glass of champagne, perhaps followed by a basalt-stone massage, a water-bed exfoliating treatment or a marine-mud pack. Hotel guests have free access to the designer wellness area but nonresidents need to book a day treatment, which buys entry rights to all the facilities. A full-body massage and facial treatment form part of the day package, with prices starting at just over $230. The spa also works closely with local clinics, offering postoperative physio and medical massages. Kaiser-Friedrich-Platz 3-4, tel: (49-611) 133 656.