Pamper yourself

Whereas Amsterdam’s more affordable establishments rarely choose to market themselves as healthy retreats, most of the city’s luxury hotels (of which there are many) offer high-quality facilities that include spas and pools. Like all of the European capitals, Amsterdam is home to several iconic hotels that provide a befitting range of health and well-being services in a majestic setting. One such hotel is the Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam (from €141). Located 350 metres from Centraal station, the Amrâth seduces guests with its retro architecture, classic décor and convenient setting. Well-being facilities include an indoor pool and a modern fitness centre as well as saunas, steam rooms and Jacuzzis. A range of spa treatments and massages are also proposed. Five minutes’ walk from Dam Square, the Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam (from €175) also enjoys a prime location in the city centre. The hotel’s spa is equipped with an indoor heated pool, a sauna, a hammam and a fitness centre, and guests can also make the most of the sun by lounging in the elegant garden and on the outside terrace. Located less than ten minutes’ walk from Dam Square on the banks of the river Amstel, the Hotel de l'Europe Amsterdam (from €240) is another central address. A jazz bar, a gourmet restaurant, an indoor pool, a fitness centre and a riverside terrace should all help to alleviate any stress or toxins. Set within a monumental historic building, the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam (from €275) has received high praise from past guests for the quality of its well-being facilities, which include an indoor pool, massage suites, luxury spa treatments, a hot tub, a steam room and a sauna. As for keeping fit, the hotel also offers a gym with weight-training equipment and fitness machines, and personal trainers on call. The only drawback is the location: set away from the city centre, guests need to take a taxi or public transport to get there. The Conservatorium Hotel also deserves a mention for its 5-star designer facilities and ultra-modern spa (from €244).

Relax without ruining your bank account

Design-conscious travellers should head to the WestCord Fashion (from €75) with its flashy, contemporary interiors, fitness centre and modern spa facilities (indoor pool, massage therapists and treatments). The Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre (from €90) has a Scandinavian edge to its design. It offers a gym equipped with a range of fitness machines, a relaxation space, a sauna and a “landscape shower” with an ice fountain. For more classic accommodation but equally modern facilities, try the Hotel Park Plaza Victoria (from €114), which proposes a sauna, fitness centre, solarium, massages, Turkish baths and an indoor pool.

Specialists and alternatives

For those who are looking to immerse themselves in a healthy environment, there is one specialist establishment that specifically markets itself as a health and well-being resort: the Spa Sport Hotel Zuiver. More of a sport and relaxation complex than a classic hotel, it provides guests with a fitness centre, sauna, pool and spa, as well as tennis and squash courts. It should be mentioned that the spa is reserved for naturists, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but guests looking to get into shape are generally highly satisfied with the overall experience at the hotel.

But who needs a gym and a machine to keep fit? An alternative option is to take yourself away from the frenetic city and make the most of the great outdoors at the  Amsterdam Village Hotel (from €90). Set within a fisherman’s cottage a fifteen-minute drive from central Amsterdam, let the waterside location, bucolic landscape and fresh air work their natural magic!