尋回青春的溫泉酒店 Rejuvenating Hot Spring Hotels

往寒冷的緯度飛去,天寒地凍回到酒店,除了泡熱水澡,可以更奢華泡個溫泉浴!寫意的溫泉假期令人真真正正地煥然一新!無論是喝幾杯捷克的溫泉水養生、往索契享受一個深度治療的溫泉療養假期、或者泡一趟冰島舉世無雙修補身體的矽質巨大藍湖溫泉,也必定令人體驗到「溫泉水滑洗凝脂,皓首沐浴回常春」的美妙感覺!

In the Czech Republic, it is believed that hot spring water has healing power when drunk. In Sochi, hot spring is combined with other methods to treat various conditions, while in Iceland, the silica-rich Blue Lagoon offers a soothing experience. In any case, a hot spring trip around Europe will surely be rejuvenating!


 

捷克卡羅維瓦利普普飯店

記得詹姆士.龐德的電影《007大戰皇家賭場》中的一幕,當詹姆士喝下毒酒要衝到跑車上打解毒針,背景就是這家雪白酒店。這所像冰雪一樣雪白的正是世界知名的普普飯店,而著名的「卡羅維瓦利國際電影節」正是在此舉行。

卡羅維瓦利溫泉鎮之名源於1346年即位的查理四世,他在一次狩獵時發現掉到溫泉中的獵犬不但沒炙傷,皮膚病反而痊癒了,遂發現這裏溫泉的療效而決定在這裏建立夏宮,逐漸發展成一個皇室、貴族與藝術家的靜養之地;自1521年Vaclav Payer醫師肯定了溫泉水的飲用療效後,馬上成為當時最流行的自然療法,深受歐洲各國達官貴人的喜愛。至於1775年建的普普飯店原來是奧匈帝國時代的貴族交誼場所,今天已是歐洲數一數二的溫泉度假勝地。

今天可以從捷克首都布拉格坐直昇機來到酒店,酒店大堂牆上除了好萊塢明星的簽名海報以外,還掛有1812年貝多芬造訪時留下的紀念簽名和小畫,而音樂家巴赫、莫扎特及馬克思等名人都曾到此享受一趟養生小旅行。

Grandhotel Pupp is known for its appearance in James Bond film Casino Royale and for hosting the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The power of hot spring in Karlovy Vary was discovered when Roman King Charles IV went hunting in the woods and his dog fell into a pool of hot water and recovered. He built houses around it after the incident and since then the town has been frequented by royals and nobles. In 1521, Dr. Vaclav Payer proposed the benefits of the spring water in internal use, and drinking it became the most popular natural remedy of the time. In 1775, Grandhotel Pupp was built and has soon become a hangout venue for the European upper class.

Nowadays, visitors can travel to the hotel on a helicopter from the country’s capital Prague. Signed posters from Hollywood movies line the wall, together with a small picture and monograph by Ludwig van Beethoven when he visited in 1812. Johann Bach, Wolfgang Mozart and Karl Marx were also among the hotel’s celebrity guests.

暢飲天然健康溫泉水

宏偉氣派的雪白新巴洛克建築,過去曾是東歐最豪華的大飯店,普普飯店處處是水晶吊燈,擁有冥想浴池、桑拿浴室、鹽洞治療等,享受溫泉水療浴池及按摩、美容等服務,這裏的溫泉水療有着獨特而歷史悠久的古法按摩治療,融和濃烈的溫泉水搓揉拍打肌膚,真正令全身有種舒筋活骼的感受。冬季時份,附近還有滑雪度假區,在按摩打通全身血腋遁環以外,再去滑雪運動令一身舒爽。午後陽光普照,最好在復古低調的古典普普咖啡室喝個下午茶。過去曾是一個東西歐情報交易的地方,天花板的巧思及閃爍燈飾,古典滿分。這裏有著名的莫凡彼冰淇淋,冬天喝杯熱的巧克力牛奶,奶油蛋糕Malovana Rolada有新鮮藍莓及香草,另一款為招牌的Dort Pupp,巧克力脆皮包著橘子香的蛋糕,就如身處捷克的上流社會,將古典浪漫攬於身上,細嘗中古世紀時光。

作為歐洲最古老的溫泉鎮,這裏的溫泉除了可以泡,人們長久以來都習慣喝的。據說只要喝足50杯,就可以延年益壽,對糖尿病、超重和肥胖等新陳代謝問題特別有效。不過這裏的溫泉水充滿鐵鏽味,要喝滿50杯實在不容易,幸好這裏有卡羅維瓦利的名物「溫泉餅」,以手工烘製的脆薄餅可追溯到18世紀,一邊吃餅一邊喝溫泉水可是內外身心的洗濯。

Grandhotel Pupp used to be the grandest in Eastern Europe. The white Baroque Revival building houses extravagant chandeliers, swimming pools, meditation pools, saunas, and salt cave spas. The hot spring spa with traditional massage is particularly good for relieving sore muscles. In winter, visitors can go skiing in the nearby resort, and it will make the best activity after spa.

The afternoon is best spent at the hotel cafe. Classically decorated, it was once a hotspot for spy information exchange. Mövenpick icecream, hot chocolate,Malovana Rolada with blueberries and vanilla, and Dort Pupp with orange zest and crispy chocolate are served here. It feels like travelling back in time to an upper-class gathering in the medieval time.

In Karlovy Vary, it is believed that drinking hot spring water will lead to longevity. It is said that the water can treat conditions such as diabetes, obesity and metabolism problems. However, the hot spring water has a strong taste of rust and is quite difficult to savour, let alone downing 50 glasses as required. The famous hot spring crisps served in Karlovy Vary then offers a good alternative. Its history dates back to the 18th century, and cleanses the body from the inside as one soaks in a hot spring.


酒店提供的「 海豚療法 」有助減輕壓力。 The “dolphin treatment” offers by the hotel can help to reduce stress.


索契羅迪納溫泉大酒店

這次特別停靠一下這個黑海畔的度假勝地,2014年冬奧會使俄羅斯城市索契變得為人所熟悉,這裏不少地方都可享受浴療、溫泉療和泥浴療。羅迪納大酒店是索契最豪華的酒店之一,首位太空飛行宇航員尤里,加加林曾在這進行療養,蘇共高層領導人都愛來此度假。

羅迪納大酒店的水療中心占地4,500平方米,能夠提供世界權威醫學專家的最新全系列治療,提供20餘種按摩、各種防衰老治療和排毒療法,還有游泳池、桑拿房和健身中心;在水療中心放鬆身心之后,還可在酒店佔地15萬平方米的花園中漫步,即使在冬季,花園裡也是生機盎然,種滿郁郁蔥蔥的熱帶植物,包括絲蘭、含羞草和常綠棕櫚樹等。

這裏更設有五家國內一流的溫泉療養院,用富含碘和溴的溫泉來治療肌肉骨骼系統疾病、心血管病、神經系統疾病及皮膚病等,並改善人體新陳代謝。 鄰近羅迪納大酒店的馬采斯塔溫泉區更加是俄羅斯最大的醫療溫泉,擁有世界上最大的硫化氫溫泉和碘、溴水域,更會採用一種神奇的「海豚療法」,當地專家認為浸泡在水族箱中,聽着海豚發出的聲波能夠提升人體T細胞數量和內啡肽的分泌,有助於減輕患者壓力,緩解發育障礙以及生理、心理障礙。可愛的海豚治療,為旅程寫下最難忘的一頁!

This time, I stopped by Sochi next to the Black Sea, which is known for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Here, one could enjoy bath treatments, hot spring and mud baths. The Grand Hotel Rodina is one of the most luxurious hotels in Sochi, and where Soviet astronaut Yuri Gagarin stayed after his historic flight. The hotel was also frequented by Soviet leaders.

The Grand Hotel Rodina has an area of 4,500 sq.m and offered a series of treatment recommended by top medics around the world. There are more than 20 types of massages, anti-ageing and detox treatments. Visitors can also enjoy the swimming pool, sauna room and gym. The 150,000 sq.m garden makes a good strolling spot. Even in winter, the garden is full of tropical plants, such as Adam’s needle, touch-me-not and evergreen palm tree.

The city houses the top five hot spring sanatoriums in the country. Hot spring water full of iodine and bromine can help relieve bone and muscle illness, cardiovascular diseases, nervous system conditions and skin diseases. It also improves one’s metabolism. The Matsesta hot spring area, near the hotel, houses the biggest medical hot spring in Russia. It has the world’s biggest hydrogen sulphide hot spring. The sanatorium offers a “dolphin treatment”, where sonic waves emitted by the animals are believed to increase human T-cells and endorphins. They help to reduce stress and ease developmental, physical and emotional disabilities. The lovely dolphins definitely mark an unforgettable memory to the journey!




冰島藍湖矽酒店極圈仙境

在冰島國際機場看到一幅巨型島國宣傳海報,拍攝的正是煙蘊繚繞的藍湖。藍湖溫泉是必到的景點之一,因泉水中的矽礦物折射陽光呈現藍色而命名,足足有十幾個足球場大小的溫泉也真是舉世無雙!原來偌大的藍湖溫泉水不是天然形成的,而是由冰島最大的地熱發電廠人工造成的溫泉。

藍湖唯一的Silica Hotel,也是冰島被譽為最好的酒店之一,酒店名字Silica正是說明溫泉中富含護膚成份的「白矽泥」(silica)。酒店建在一堆堆凝固的溶岩和藍色的溫泉中間,僅有35間獨立客房,簡約的裝潢,家具都是北歐風格,不花巧卻極為優美。酒店擁有一部分私人的藍湖溫泉,面向溫泉的一側有舒適的躺椅,是個聊天休憩的好地方。酒店的護膚品和飲用水全都是本土最著名的牌子「藍湖」,也正是採自藍湖水中的精華。不過與其用護膚品,倒不如直接到溫泉泡一泡!

池邊放置了一桶桶的藍湖特產「溫泉護膚品」,這些藍湖泥是真正的溫泉水沉澱物,就像死海的泥漿般可以令肌膚勝如雪,有去角質、讓皮膚恢復彈性的功效,也可以紓緩壓力,這些藍湖泥製造的護膚品可是價格不菲。

Upon landing at the Iceland airport, a gigantic poster of the Blue Lagoon welcomed us. The Blue Lagoon was so named for its spectacular colour of the silica refractive sunlight. It spans an area of 10 football courts and is fed by the water output of a nearby geothermal power plant.

Silica Hotel is the only hotel at the Blue Lagoon, and is considered the best in Iceland. Named after the ubiquitous mineral in the water, it is set in the heart of a stunning lava landscape. Only 35 guestrooms are available, all decorated in a simplistic Nordic style. Guests can relaxingly chat with friends or rest on the room’s veranda overlooking the part of the lagoon privately owned by the hotel.

Skincare and drinking water provided by the hotel are from the famous local Blue Lagoon brand, which extracts its ingredients from the water. However, the best experience is of course from bathing in the lagoon. Buckets of sediments are placed at the side. They make the best skincare and sooth pressure.

 

熔岩上建造的華麗酒店

藍色的湖面總是煙霧迷漫,繚繞的煙氣增添了浪漫的氛圍,一不小心就找不到身邊心愛的人兒了。零度的氣溫,在溫泉湖水中卻舒暖無比,還有湖中的小酒吧,喝上一杯冰島自釀的冰啤酒,在裊裊的煙氣中泡着泡着,世間的煩囂彷彿都可以忘掉。還有桑拿房及蒸汽房,更可以預定溫泉水上按摩,絕對是一個夢幻到不得了的體驗。

附近的Salthusid是著名的冰島美食匯聚的餐廳,小木屋裡面以紅絲絨椅子作點綴,這裏的龍蝦湯、鮮味自種的沙拉、還有冰島出產的三文魚,甜品是份量十足的巧克力蛋糕,充分展現北歐的份量和味道。鹽粒也都是此地的溫泉礦物鹽,一顆溫泉水種出來的蕃茄味道鮮甜無比,每一樣食物都絕對有着味覺驚喜。

夜裏回到酒店房間,打開露台的落地大玻璃門,看到外邊火山熔岩般的地形,峋嶙的青苔爬滿在黑色火山石環繞着酒店,像大地鋪上一層軟軟的地氈,上邊還覆蓋著瑩瑩的白雪。書桌上的平板電腦有著各項有趣的服務,其中一個是「NL Wake Up Call 」,就是北極光叫醒服務,按下鍵盤等待極光出現!泡在藍色溫泉水中仰望綠瑩瑩的極光,定必是人生中最難能可貴的經歷吧!

Steam streams constantly from the lagoon. It is perfect for a winter day. There is a small bar, where locally brewed beer is served. The sauna and steam rooms further
enrich the dreamy experience.

The nearby Salthusid offers a wide range of Icelandic delicacies. Housed in a small wooden cottage and furnished with red velvet chairs, the restaurant serves lobster bisque, salad from their own garden, Icelandic salmon, chocolate cake and other Nordic dishes. The salt is from the hot spring and the tomato is irrigated by the hot spring water. Every dish gives a pleasant surprise.

At night, the lava landscape outside is visible from the veranda in the hotel room. Moss carpets the rocks and snow covers it. The tablet in the room offers a range of interesting services, such as “NL Wake Up Call”. When northern lights appear, it wakes you up, so you could watch them while soaking in the hot spring. What an experience!


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