Budapest

 

Budapest was absolutely beautiful and one of my favorite places I have ever been.  There are many old bath houses built around naturally occurring hot springs.  Corinthia Hotel Budapest is a beautiful luxurious hotel we stayed at. A couple interesting features of this hotel were a private hot spring with spa for guests only, and a dedicated elevator to access it directly from the room levels.

 

My boyfriend, Matt, and I were in Cambridge, UK on business and took a quick flight to Budapest for a long weekend to celebrate his birthday.  I treated Matt to a birthday massage at the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, a beautiful indoor/ outdoor facility with lap pools, relaxation pools, and full-service spa. They even had a juice bar with hammocks in the waiting area for treatments, and a regular bar outside by the soaking baths for guests.

 

The evening of his birthday was special because we went to this spectacular old Turkish bath house – Rudas Thermal Bath.  Women are only allowed on the weekends, so I was thrilled to be there at a time I could actually go in. There is so much beauty and history here; Rudas was established in the 16th century.  The oldest part of the facility is the central pool crowned with a breathtaking dome. In the nineteenth century a therapeutic swimming pool and sauna were constructed around the ancient dome. Guests can enjoy the benefits of numerous unique pools on several levels including a hot rooftop pool which looks out on the Danube river and a full bar.  We had a great time sipping Unicum in the rooftop pool at 3:00am.

 

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Unicum is a traditional Hungarian herbal liqueur or bitters, drunk as a digestif and apéritif. Ahh.. beware since it is potent!

My boyfriend’s second gift was a Hungarian cooking class at a local cooking school, Chef Parade. The school sent a car to pick us up at our hotel and took us to the Great Market Hall – a spectacular 130 year old market on the Pest side of town – to go shopping with the chef. During our cooking class we prepared dishes such a paprika chicken and goulash. They wanted this kitchen to feel like our home so we could help ourselves to any beverage available. This was so fun because it was an open bar!

 

I would travel back to Budapest in a heartbeat. Being pampered while seeing history at the same time is a win in my book!  The food is delicious and people are friendly.  I love how this city is focused on wellness and fun. It’s great to see the spa life play a major roll in everyday activities out here.

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