Wellness lexicon

Spa - a term used for health and wellness facilities using water


The European term ‘spa’ is named after the Belgian town and was popular in Roman times, in the 7th century, for its mineral springs. In the 18th and 19th century, Spa was known for it´s water treatments in Europe. In American English, the term spa is used for spa towns in general. Worldwide it is a general term to describe health and wellness facilities, especially the bath or wet areas in hotels.

Research into the origin of the word ‘spa’ quite often lead to the idea that it originates from Latin as a short form for ‘sanus per aquam’, meaning healthy through water. Even if this idea can be seen as controversial, it does seem to make sense. It is common knowledge within the modern spa and wellness business that ancient Rome had an important bath culture and that water has significant soothing powers.

Nowadays, the term spa is used in a variety of ways. In English, spa stands for healing baths and is often added to town names, similar to the German use of ‘Bad’. Spa areas in hotels signify wellness and health facilities like pools, saunas and exercise areas as well as rooms for massages and beauty treatments. In spa hotels these areas are particularly developed and important for the hotels. Day spas, in comparison, are for day guests to enjoy beauty treatments and massages as well as saunas and water areas


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This service is offered by the following hotels

Wellnesshotel Diedrich

Wellnesshotel Diedrich **** Sauerland (Details)

Vital- & Wellnesshotel Zum Kurfürsten

Vital- & Wellnesshotel Zum Kurfürsten ****S Mittelmosel (Details)

Strandhotel Ostseeblick

Strandhotel Ostseeblick ****S Ostsee/Insel Usedom (Details)

Freund - Das Hotel und Spa-Resort GmbH

Freund - Das Hotel und Spa-Resort GmbH ****S Südliches Sauerland (Details)

Bad Clevers Gesundheitsresort & Spa

Bad Clevers Gesundheitsresort & Spa Allgäu (Details)

Hotel Therme Bad Teinach

Hotel Therme Bad Teinach **** Nordschwarzwald (Details)

Hubertus Alpin Lodge & Spa

Hubertus Alpin Lodge & Spa Allgäu (Details)

Wellness-Hotel Sommer

Wellness-Hotel Sommer **** Allgäu (Details)

Vitalia Seehotel

Vitalia Seehotel **** Holsteinische Schweiz (Details)

Angerhof Sport- & Wellnesshotel

Angerhof Sport- & Wellnesshotel ****S Bayerischer Wald (Details)

Nationalpark-Hotel Schliffkopf

Nationalpark-Hotel Schliffkopf ****S Nordschwarzwald (Details)

Krumers Post Hotel & Spa

Krumers Post Hotel & Spa **** Tirol - Österreich (Details)

ambassador hotel & spa

ambassador hotel & spa ****S Nordfriesland / Nordseeküste (Details)

Göbel's Schlosshotel

Göbel's Schlosshotel "Prinz von Hessen" ***** Nordhessen (Details)

Schüle's Gesundheitsresort & Spa

Schüle's Gesundheitsresort & Spa ****S Allgäuer Alpen (Details)

Seeschlößchen | Ayurveda & Naturresort

Seeschlößchen | Ayurveda & Naturresort ****S Niederlausitz (Details)

Lundenbergsand Hotel und Spa

Lundenbergsand Hotel und Spa **** Nordfriesland (Details)

Romantik- und Wellnesshotel Deimann

Romantik- und Wellnesshotel Deimann ***** Hochsauerland (Details)

Fürst Jaromar Hotel-Resort & Spa

Fürst Jaromar Hotel-Resort & Spa **** Ostsee/Insel Rügen (Details)

Engel Obertal Wellness & Genuss Resort

Engel Obertal Wellness & Genuss Resort ***** Nordschwarzwald (Details)

Wellness & Spa Resort Mooshof ****S

Wellness & Spa Resort Mooshof ****S ****S Bayerischer Wald (Details)

Hotel Neptun

Hotel Neptun ***** Warnemünde/Ostsee (Details)

Jammertal Golf & Spa-Resort

Jammertal Golf & Spa-Resort **** Naturpark Haard (Details)

Menschels Vitalresort

Menschels Vitalresort **** Naheland/Soonwald (Details)

Parkhotel am Soier See

Parkhotel am Soier See ****S Oberbayern (Details)

Spa & Resorthotel Georgshöhe

Spa & Resorthotel Georgshöhe ****S Insel Norderney/Nordsee (Details)

Sport- und Ferienhotel Riedlberg oHG

Sport- und Ferienhotel Riedlberg oHG **** Bayerischer Wald (Details)

Das Mühlbach Thermal Spa & Romantik Hotel

Das Mühlbach Thermal Spa & Romantik Hotel ****S Niederbayern (Details)

Hotel Sonnengut

Hotel Sonnengut ****S Niederbayern (Details)

Moselromantikhotel Keßler-Meyer

Moselromantikhotel Keßler-Meyer ****S Mosel (Details)