Relaxing in Benasque Valley
Benasque Valley is a benchmark in recovering the legendary SPA culture, invented in ancient times and which reached its peak in Roman days. Roman villas and forts featured these buildings, with the initials SPA over the doors, which were literally “Salutem Per Aqua”, meaning “Health through Water” in Latin. These centres used water from medicinal springs and from the best hotels in national territory, and given the boom of the sector, there was a wider range of possibilities and treatments aimed at repairing the body and consequently the minds of their customers.
Wellness, rest, relaxation and improving physical condition in general are the surprising and gratifying benefits of these SPAs, which basically operate using water supplied from the mains network, treated in accordance with current hygiene regulations, and with the help of contrasting temperatures and water jets.
There are many options: steam baths, mist showers, thermal waters, bi-thermal shower, ice friction, waterfall, hydro-massage chairs, hydro-massage beds, cervical sprays, bubble snakes, hydro-massage bath at 34º, surround system massage lounger and relaxation room.
Although any time is right for relaxing and “forgetting the outside world”, a session at a SPA is ideal after a day out skiing, as it favours muscular recovery. But if you want to make the most of all the wellness possibilities these centres have to offer, at Grand Hotel Benasque, specifically, there is personalised, specific treatment for each person, since “all customers are unique”. A physiotherapist, a beautician and two masseurs perform these treatments which include: the universe of thalassotherapy with sea water to protect and regenerate skin, relaxing, slimming, firming, stress-relief, hydrating and regenerating massages; muscle relief and lymphatic drainage.
There are also partial massages: cervical, facial, head and face, back, legs, hands, feet, therapeutic, migraines, relaxing, reflexology, cold or circulation bandages. Grand Hotel Benasque also offers beauty treatments, algotherapy and other successful treatments such as chocolatherapy, chromotherapy or music therapy, as well as some specifically reserved for men.
Grand Hotel Benasque SPA’s most loyal customers are women. The heated swimming pool, separated by glass windows, is where children can play any time of the year, helping them to relax and also establishing a play area.
Aneto Hotel is the first four-star establishment in Benasque Valley. The Aneto Hotel SPA Relax Centre has the newest techniques and treatments on the market with large, comfortable spaces. In conjunction with all the services and treatments at Grand Hotel Benasque, focussing on wellness, relaxation and health, Aneto Hotel also has a water area covering over 250 m2, four massage rooms, one of them double, a VIP zone with an impressive jacuzzi, heated beds and shower, reception and waiting room. It also has a fitness room which, among other interesting activities, holds belly-dancing classes. To encourage relaxation of families during their holidays, Aneto Hotel has a children's play area with educational activities in the mornings and more entertaining activities during the evenings.
The iconic Hospital de Benasque, in the heart of Posets-Maladeta Nature Reserve, and surrounding the Llanos del Hospital Nordic Ski Resort, is an invitation to relax and get away from the bustle of daily routine. A former mountain hospital built by hospitable monks which has been a shelter for walkers, smugglers and shepherds alike, and the renovated modern building conserves its original features typical of the Pyrenees and is today a SPA Hotel*** with 55 cosy bedrooms.
The community circuit holds unique sensations in the hydro-massage pool, the water jet bench, waterfall, swan-neck jets, cold rain shower, steam bath, season shower, jacuzzi and relaxation area. If you book the private area, you will be able to choose your company in the jacuzzi, steam bath, waterfall shower with the music of your choice to create an evocative atmosphere. A complete range of massages rounds off the services that Gorgues Galantes in Hospital de Benasque has to offer.
The modern HG Cerler Hotel is another of the establishments that provides “Salutem per Aqua” at the foot of the ski resort of Cerler, the highest village in the Aragonese Pyrenees.