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Zen Asian Wellness at Maximilian Hotel

Published on February 05th, 2015 in Services

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Sabai is Thai for “relaxed,” and that is precisely how you’ll feel in this serene Thai-style environment with Art Deco accents deep within the Maximilian Hotel. They offer 20 different massages, ranging from the “Footjoy,” a 60-minute massage that focuses solely on feet (900 CZK), to the “Bali Blossom,” a 90-minute Balinese oil massage that is followed by a relaxing bath in coconut milk (1,945 CZK). During my most recent visit, I went for the aptly titled “Back Special” (60 minutes for 1,495 CZK), which left me very satisfied. Topping off your massage with a visit to one of their two ‘floating rooms’—basically enormous seven-meter bathtubs —is certain to melt the stress away. The water is enriched with natural salt and mineral crystals for what they call ‘The Dead Sea Effect,’ by which you virtually float on the water, experiencing a unique feeling of weightlessness, absolute silence, deep relaxation and peace. Perfect after a long flight or an endless day of sightseeing. Floating 50 minutes will run you 890 CZK, but if you combine it with a massage, it’s discounted approximately 30%.

Reservations required.


Planet Zen at the Maximilian Hotel

Haštalská 14, Prague 1, Staré Město
tel 225 303 116
hours daily: 10:00–22:00
metro Náměstí Republiky
tram 5, 8, 14, 26 to Dlouhá třída