spa - Niagara Spa at Hotel Narvil, Warsaw
Written by Caroline Sylger Jones
Opened in June this year in Serock, just 39 km from Warsaw, the contemporary, family-friendly Hotel Narvil and its soothing Niagara Spa are set in mature forest beside the Narew River, or ‘Polish Amazon’.
The spa brings the natural elements of its surroundings inside to provide a haven for those looking to replenish their energies and well-being. Take advantage of the water experiences to help soothe your spirit and loosen tight muscles – bathe in an underground hot spring, sweat out your toxins in a steam room, or cool down with a rain shower in the ‘cave of sensations’.
The design cleverly enables you to see greenery and natural light from many places, and get that feeling of the outdoors while inside. Treatment rooms are uplifting spaces, with walls of glass draped in light muslin, offset with wooden floors and pretty ceiling lights. There’s a long lap pool with a bank of tall windows at one end, and plenty of comfortable loungers backed by floor-to-ceiling windows, which look out over the grounds and gorgeous trees.
Poland has a long tradition of spa therapy, but as well as more traditional treatments, the Niagara Spa offers therapies from all over the world. In six specially designed zones you can enjoy pampering and holistic rituals from Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe. Choose simple, deep-tissue massages, beauty treatments and mud baths, or the more elaborate rituals designed to de-stress both body and mind.
Leave time afterwards to get outside for some fresh air – there’s a network of hiking and biking trails to enjoy.
Did you know?
The Polish have used the curative properties of spa waters for centuries – one of the oldest and hottest natural spas in the country is at Cieplice Zdroj, where records date back to the year 1281. Today, there are spa resorts in over 40 towns and cities, from the Baltic coast in the north, to the mountainous regions in the south, each one close to natural sources of mineral-rich mud and thermal waters. One of the most popular treatments is the salt cave (jaskinie solne), a safe, natural therapy where you sit in a room and let the dry, saline-infused air reduce inflammation in the respiratory tract. Like taking an intensive seaside walk on a windy day, it helps you breathe freely again and is said to be particularly effective at treating asthma.