Description & Details
South Tyrol’s only thermal leisure centre is located in the idyllic spa town of Merano. The spa’s imposing glass and steel cube is an eye-catching presence in front of the attractive mountain backdrop, and the spa doesn’t disappoint from the inside either. Matteo Thun, a star architect based in the region, was heavily involved in its design in 2005 and this successful concept serves to create a truly unique atmosphere and a great place to unwind.
This wellness oasis in the centre of Merano is located directly on the banks of the Passer and boasts no less than 25 pools in its indoor and outdoor area.
Enjoy the health-giving thermal waters 365 days a year
The 15 pools in the indoor area are open all year round and offer a truly unforgettable bathing experience for all the family. The 240m² main pool is heated to a pleasant 34 degrees, making it a great place to relax no matter the season. The 35-degree saltwater pool is infused with fine sea salt, so you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve had a short dip in the Mediterranean.
Another thermal pool boasts a low concentration of radon, which is said to intensify the healing effects of the water, while its warm temperature promotes healthy circulation.
Guests can also unwind in the whirlpools while they enjoy views through the vast glass facade out over the spa park and to the breath-taking mountain peaks beyond. The spa is also tastefully lit in the evening for anyone looking for relaxation after dark.
Wellness in a Mediterranean atmosphere
The 52,000 m² spa park opens its doors to the public during the summer months. Here, 10 open-air pools offer a source of cool and refreshment in muggy weather. The 25-degree sports pool, which is heated with environmentally-friendly solar power, is a great place to swim some lengths and put your body through its paces.
The outdoor area of Terme Merano also boasts a non-swimmer pool, a children’s pool, a flume pool and a Kneipp course. And as if that wasn’t enough, there is also a steam room, waterfall, rock geysers and power showers waiting to be discovered underground.
After all that fun in the pool, some relaxation is probably just the ticket. Luckily you won’t have to look far for the perfect place to unwind given the expansive surrounding park with grassy areas. Here you can enjoy the vista of the majestic surrounding peaks under the shade of century-old trees. Meanwhile, the palm and rose gardens offer up some quintessentially Mediterranean flair.
There is also a spa bistro serving tasty treats to keep those rumbling tummies at bay. The space in front of the bistro is used for various activities throughout the year – playing host to a beautifully lit ice rink in winter, while various events bring the space to life during summer.
If one day’s relaxation just isn’t enough, then you can nip through the “Dressing gown tunnel” for quick and easy access to the Hotel Therme Meran which is a great place to pamper yourself for a short break.
Great fun for all the family
Therme Merano is a true paradise for youngsters. Kids can really let off some steam in the specially designed thermal pools with a pleasant temperature of 34 degrees. In the summer months, youngsters can splash about in the outdoor children’s pool, run about on the grass or enjoy the kids’ entertainment programme.
The carers at the day nursery are also always on hand to care for the youngest guests, giving parents some time for themselves in the spa. Youngsters usually welcome the change and have fun playing with the other children and making new friends. Child care for kids aged 2-10 years old is free for all spa visitors.
The influence of star architect Matteo Thun is also immediately obvious in the sauna area. All the design elements are harmonious here, perfectly orchestrated to create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere.
Three steam rooms, the South Tyrolean organic hay sauna, a caldarium with salt infusion and two Finnish wood saunas give you plenty of different options if you fancy a good sweat.
The caldarium, which was a favourite in ancient Rome, is the ideal preparation for a visit to the Finnish sauna given its 70% humidity and 43-degree average temperature.
The South Tyrolean hay sauna is another special highlight. The moist, warm air in this sauna releases the essential oils from the hay, nourishing your airways and skin – an incredibly calming and relaxing experience.
Aromatic herb infusions are also offered in the Trauttmansdorff steam room. This stylish orange steam room soothes chronic rheumatic pains and promotes the healing process if you are suffering from a cold or cough. The herbs used are sourced from the botanical gardens of Schloss Trauttmansdorff in Merano.
The snow room even allows you to experience the magic of snowflakes on your skin in mid-summer. Soft freshies fall from the ceiling here, cooling you down in its brisk -10 degree atmosphere.
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Wellness & Beauty
Great emphasis is also place on regionality at the spa. The region’s renowned apples not only taste good but are also ideally suited to producing anti-aging products. Other local produce like grapes, hay and sheep’s wool are also fantastic ingredients for use in wellness applications.
The 1,400 m² SPA area is the ideal place to recharge your batteries and recuperate from the stresses and strains of everyday life. A wide range of relaxation treatments are offered here, including massages, fango and body packs, facial treatments, pedicures, hair removal and bubble baths.
If you want to get your body in shape for the walking or skiing season, or simply want to burn some calories, the Fitness Center in Therme Merano is the place to be. It offers a varied selection of courses and fitness machines, giving you plenty of options for building your muscles and feeling great.
How to get there
Terme Merano is located in the centre of town and is straightforward to find.
By car:From Bolzano, follow the MEBO main road (SS 38) to the Merano exit.
If you are travelling over the Reschenpass, you can follow the SS 40 and SS 38. You can then access the town centre from the Merano South exit.
From Austria and Germany, you can travel to Merano via the A22 Brenner motorway. Take the Bolzano south exit and follow the SS 38 to Merano.
Fly in: The nearest airport is in Bolzano, around 30 kilometres away. Regional trains then cover the last leg of the journey from the airport to Merano.