Wellness: Relax Around Brussels

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FITNESS HOLIDAY

We take a look at two exclusive thermal wellness centres around Brussels.

Thermae Grimbergen: For sisters Tine and Joke Vanderzijpen, their father’s dream became their own. Around 20 years ago, when the Thermae project began, there were in fact very few wellness centres to be found in Belgium: “I see my father, my sister and me as being among the pioneers of wellness in this country,” explains owner- manager Tine.

“Plus, for my father, it was all about finding the perfect location – and, for Thermae Boetfort, he certainly did that, with a 400-year-old castle in Melsbroek, but that came later, five years ago to be precise. Thermae Grimbergen was our first, and we can now look back on 18 years’ experience of providing what we believe to be the very best massage, beauty and all-over body care that money can buy.”

Thermae Grimbergen is located in a superb, early 20th-century manor house. Here, there are saunas, jacuzzis and steam baths to be enjoyed and all may be combined with a relaxing massage or an invigorating body treatment.

“We encourage our guests to stay overnight or longer at our hotel – why not make a beneficial wellness weekend of it?” says Tine.

And the accommodation would certainly appear set up to put body and mind at rest – the Thermae Grimbergen Hotel offers four types of rooms (Budget, Classic, Superior and Deluxe) and the breakfast room, all situated a stone’s throw from Thermae Grimbergen.

And Grimbergen itself is a pretty village near Brussels, not far away from Zaventem Airport (12 km), EXPO Brussels at Heysel 7 km), and only at a few kilometres of the A12 and the Brussels Ring.

“Thermae Grimbergen has 18 years of experience in wellness and related packages,” Tine explains. “Day after day, our professional staff are ready to give you various facial treatments and a great diversity of massages, from a short back or foot massage to an extensive body massage or even special massages such as a bamboo or herbal stamp.

Thermae Grimbergen is an oasis of relaxation and has all the necessary facilities to pamper you to the full. Make sure you look at our packages for a bargain package! For all our treatments we use only high-quality products from the Sirène range, a line of products which have been made exclusively for Thermae.com and are on sale only in our centres or via the web shop.”

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Thermae Boetfort: “You would not believe the work we had to do to get a 400-year-old castle into shape as a wellness centre, but it was worth every effort,” says Tine proudly.

And that’s just where Thermae Boetfort is located – it’s a historical wellness centre in a 400-year-old castle estate.

As with Grimbergen, the options are there for you to enjoy yourself for a few hours or several days, and combine public saunas with a beneficial massage. Boetfort also offers Classic, Superior and Deluxe rooms, with Classic to be found in a new building, while the Superior and Deluxe are within the castle walls in the original outbuildings.

“All our rooms were fully restored with respect for their history; here, you can imagine yourself as the mistress or master of the manor!” laughs Tine. “You can even go and perspire in the castle’s old ice-house!

“Of course all our rooms avail of the necessary, modern facilities to guarantee you a dream stay and both business clients and leisure guests are welcome. What we wanted to achieve was a locale that was as far removed from industry, or factories or retail environments as possible, and I think that is exactly what we have achieved here!”

Thermae Grimbergen
74 Wolvertemsesteenweg – Grimbergen B-1850 Tel: 02 270 8196 www.thermae.com/grimbergen

Thermae Hotel Boetfort
42 Sellaerstraat – Melsbroek B-1820 Tel: 02 759 8196 www.thermae.com/boetfort/en/home