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Allsaintseve had the opportunity to visit Thermae 2000 in Valkenburg this weekend. Thermae 2000 is the biggest wellness center of the Netherlands and is surrounded by breathtaking green hills. What do they have to offer? Well, there are nine different saunas, two steam baths, several in- and outdoor pools, pool activities and body treatments. Do I need to say more? Bathrobe, slippers and towels are available, mobile phones forbidden! If you don’t want to drive home after relaxing, you can also spend the night at their wellness hotel.
Allsaintseve experienced different saunas and steambaths starting from 45 degrees up to 90 degrees. She even had a sauna pourring for the first time in life! A pouring session takes up to 20 minutes with a short break (you get some water) and is very healthy. Despite her persistance, she only finished the first part of the session. If you have never experienced such a heat on the body, it can be breathtaking (literally ;-)). Luckily the staff was very helpful and respectful.
Relaxing with a beautiful view
What was also appreciated: the lovely sunbathing area with outdoor pools. If you swim from the indoor towards the outdoor pool, you have the most wonderful view of the Cauberg. Walk into the field, lay down, and enjoy the panoramic views.
Suggestion: try not to get caught into the riptide, it is hard to get out 😀 If you like bubbles, there are two whirlpools outside as well. The water of the outside pools is pretty hot (33 degrees) and on a hot day we guess the temperature is even higher. The cool-down baths (you take after a sauna session) could have been colder. Normally they are 17 degrees but again it was a hot day and so was the water.
As for the food and drinks, you can choose from different wellness packages with food included if you like to. Allsaintseve took the whole day entrance package with 2-course menu (soup of the day + wok/pasta/salad bowl) at restaurant Senses. Besides the other 3 restaurants of Thermae2000 (Bread & Bites Buffet, Restaurant Pure and the Tapas&Cocktail bar), she believed the senses restaurant was the most cosy, modern and comfortable one.
With or without swimwear
Not everyone is comfortable visiting a sauna and pool without clothes. That’s why Thermae 2000 has introduced a “Swimwear Weekend” every first and third weekend of the month. Meaning that swimwear is required, either in pool- or sauna area. During the week, “Swimwear Day” is every Tuesday. The ideal opportunity to relax without worrying. Clothing is not obliged on Thursdays. For a detailed shedule, check out the website.
What do you pay?
For a regular day entrance ticket (9:00 u- 23:00), you pay €34,50 PP on the spot or two euros less if you order online. Discount rates for students and 65+ are available and so is a reduced cost for a morning or evening entrance. If you’re interested in a treatment as well, it’s advisable to make a reservation in advance. If you haven’t booked a treatment but on spot you feel like your back is hurting and you change your mind, no problem, there is an info centre in the pool area where you can check out the availabilities of all activities that day.
Relaxed, full of energy again and ready to start a new week again, are you too?
Biggest wellness Centre of the Netherlands by Thermae 2000