Bathing in relaxing medicinal water, hot thermal water or in an infinity pool. For relaxation, take a few minutes in the steam room or aroma cabin, or a relaxing bath or a sauna session. Spa treatments have become an indispensable part of a wellness weekend, the perfect relaxation. However, you don't necessarily have to stay in a wellness hotel for a 4-star spa experience, as most hotels in Hévíz offer tickets for an evening of relaxation for non-hotel guests as well.
You can try the spa facilities of the following hotels if you stay in Hévíz
Here's some help on what services are available in each hotel:
Ensana Thermal Hévíz****
- Adventure bath in the garden (200 m2, underwater massage, waterfall, geyser, jacuzzi, colourful light show and underwater music in the evenings)
- Indoor swimming pool (28°C),
- Jacuzzi Indoor thermal bath with two pools (33°C and 37°C)
- Sauna, steam bath, bio sauna,
- Finnish log sauna in the garden (sauna show three times a week) Outdoor thermal pool with sun terrace (from mid-April to mid-October, 33°C)
NaturMed Hotel Carbona****
- Mediterranean-style outdoor adventure spa with a variety of neck and back massage jets, massage beds and whirlpools.
- Swimming pool (The impressive 25x12.5 m indoor sports pool is directly connected to the adventure pool area.)
- Sauna (The sauna section, where you can find a Finnish sauna, an aroma chamber, various steam baths and special showers, a salt cave, a tepidarium, a cold plunge pool.)
- Roman-style thermal baths (In addition to the two pools, there are two whirlpool baths, a relaxation room and a Kneipp treading pool.)
Kolping Hotel Spa & Family Resort
The daily swimming pool pass and wellness pass holders can use the following services between 5 and 8 pm:
- family adventure pool - colourful water world, family relaxation area,
- saunas and salt chamber
- 100% relaxation: thermal and swimming pool for adults only
- sauna park and steam bath with a relaxation area for adults-only
- fitness room with weight and cardio machines
Additional information: you can access the spa section through the reception, season ticket holders do not need to ask for information in advance, but if you want to buy a day pass, it is advisable to contact the hotel before arrival. Day passes are only issued if the hotel has less than 400 guests.
Hotel Zena Beauty & Shopping Center
- saunaworld: infra sauna, Finnish sauna, aroma sauna, steam cabin, ice fountain
- Massage pool (34-36 °C)
- Adventure pool (32-34 °C)
- There are massage and adventure infinity pools, which have countless adventure elements.
- The water massages the muscles through the jets, giving the body an even more intense health-boosting effect.)
- Pleasure shower (A large diameter shower head is used to spray a significant amount of water over the body.)
Lotus Therme Hotel & Spa Hévíz*****
- Thermal pool (36-39 °C)
- Jacuzzi Relax bath
- Shoulder shower
- Outdoor and indoor hot water pool (30-33 °C)
- Additional spa elements
Sauna world with garden and indoor saunas, laconium, steam cabin, aroma and light sauna, infrared cabin and Kneipp treading pool, sauna sessions.
Bonvital Wellness & Gastro Hotel****
- Pool with adventure elements: 63 m2, depth: 0.9 - 1.2 m, 30-32°C
- Jacuzzi: 6.3 m2, depth: 0.9 m, 35 - 38°C
- Sauna world
- Steam room
- Adventure shower with sound and light effects
- Relaxation area
- The ‘Well-being counter’ with its wide range of drinks provides a real refreshment for the guests.
Recharge your batteries in Hévíz with the power of nature
It's not enough to take a holiday, you need more to regain your energy. Experiences that fill you with happiness. A comfortable bed for a restful sleep, a walk or a relaxing exercise in the fresh air, the chirping of birds, the rustling of tree leaves in the wind.
Relax your muscles in the hot thermal water, which, thanks to its temperature of 32-36°C and mineral content, will unnoticeably have a beneficial effect on your muscles and joints, while the time spent in the water will effectively relieve stress at all times. Swimming moves your entire body and is an unrivalled benefactor of the spinal column. Life-giving water is a pillar of the body. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water every time you can.
When it comes to food, enjoy having your health looked after. Opt for fresh, seasonal ingredients or foods, whether you go to the farmers' market or a cosy restaurant.
Move every day. When it comes to recharging your batteries, being active in the fresh air is one of the best ways to do it. It clears the airways, activates circulation and metabolism.
And last but not least, go offline. When you only have a few days to relax, it's enough to become available to those who really matter to you.
These days, whether you go to a massage salon or walk into the wellness area of a hotel, you will find a long list of massages to choose from. You may already have some experience, but reading through the rather wide range of choices, you can wonder how to choose the one you need the most.
Rita Vas-Barna, head of therapy at the Hotel Spa Hévíz, helps you to discover the mysterious world of massages.
Can massages be categorised?
Yes, there are several types of massage. I distinguish between them mainly according to the area of application, such as therapeutic, refreshing or relaxing. Then, there are the classical massages, which are mainly therapeutic or sports massages. There are also the various wellness massages, which have so many types today that it would be difficult to list them all. Moreover, there are alternative massages based on natural medicine, which, of course, also have many types.
Each of them has its own philosophy and character and within them, we can make different groupings for example, whether it is done with an instrument (e.g. cupping glass, herbal compress ball, lava stone, singing bowl, bamboo, etc.) or with different carrier substances (chocolate, honey, aromatic oils, etc.).
What are your recommendations based on?
As it is very difficult to apply a pattern to massages, we prefer to consider what would best suit the client's needs. If you have any medical condition, we would recommend a classic therapeutic massage. If you want to relax and unwind, we would recommend a pampering wellness massage, while if you want something interesting, we would recommend a treatment with an alternative massage technique. The gender and age of the client may also determine the recommendation.
Are there any massages that can only be prescribed by a doctor?
Therapeutic massages are usually prescribed by a doctor taken into account the patient's complaints. The physician will prescribe a therapeutic massage, if, according to the guest's health condition, he/she deems it necessary to alleviate the symptoms. The majority of these massages can be given at the guest's own risk based on their own experience or the massage descriptions and recommendations. However, it should be noted that a massage given as part of a socially insured treatment may be free of charge to the patient, whereas a massage given at the guest's own request, even if it is a therapeutic massage, is a service to be paid for. (Massages financed by social insurance are provided in establishments contracted with the social insurance company.)
Does a massage therapist who performs therapeutic massages have different qualifications than a masseur doing wellness massages?
Therapeutic massage requires a high level of clinical knowledge. The masseur needs to know what changes are taking place in the musculoskeletal system and therefore in the body in different conditions and should structure the massage accordingly, or follow a predefined protocol accordingly. The therapist of wellness or refreshment massages learns the basic concepts of these treatments in a course of about 40 lessons, without any clinical knowledge. This leads me to conclude that the activities of masseurs are also subject to examinations and training.
Today, in Hungary, the profession of a medical massage therapist requires a higher qualification obtained at the courses of the National Qualification Registry. These courses are available in several schools with two years of training and considerable professional experience. During this training, the basics of therapeutic massage, Swedish massage, segment massage, connective tissue massage and periosteal massage are taught. All other types of massage are based on these.
How can the patient know if the masseur really knows what he or she is doing and has the necessary qualifications?
No one can practise as a therapeutic masseur in Hungary unless they are registered, which requires a therapeutic masseur's qualification, membership of the Hungarian Chamber of Health Care Professionals (MESZK) and the required further training. In accredited institutions, this is a basic requirement, and in private salons, proof of qualifications must be displayed in a visible place.
What types of massages are usually available in Hévíz? What kind of massages do you have at your hotel?
The whole range of massages, including many new types, can be found in Hévíz, as everyone is striving to make the spa and wellness area of their hotel more unique and attractive.
The profile of our hotel is mainly focused on massages based on therapeutic methods. These massages can be well integrated into the treatments even as a complementary, supportive therapy. These include classical therapeutic massage, or a combination of these with mobilisation, disease-specific massages, special massage techniques, such as massages performed with acupressure pillow or cupping glass, or Breuss massage. We also try to meet the needs of the guests who want to relax, in such cases, we suggest wellness or alternative massages, such as relaxing or Yumeiho massage.
What would you suggest to the average guest to choose from the many different types of massage?
My suggestion is definitely to ask for advice if they are unsure. In our hotel, you can find a brochure that describes in detail which treatments are recommended for certain conditions, but a short conversation with the masseur or the head of the massage department or even the person who assigns the treatment can be very helpful. Both the patient and the therapist must know the purpose of the massage.
How long does a massage treatment usually take?
The length of a massage is determined by the size of the area to be massaged, but it is specified in the protocol when the treatment is assigned. The massage of a body part takes 20 minutes, while the full body massage takes 40 minutes at us. Alternative massages can take up to 60 minutes depending on the type of massage.
Should a patient be prepared for a massage?
Patient should arrive for the massage clean and in as little clothing as possible. I think it's best if they relax in a bath beforehand. However, it is also important never to go for a massage in a wet swimsuit. For alternative massages, cotton clothing is often required.
It is not advisable to eat before the massage, especially heavy, acidic foods, and the last time you should drink is about fifteen minutes before the treatment. However, it is very important to drink after a massage.
If you like to exercise, do it before rather than after the treatment. We try to schedule the massages after a wet treatment, such as a weight bath or mud wrap, but there are some conditions where a massage before the physiotherapy can help to relax the muscles and help the physiotherapist.
Speaking of clothing, to what extent should the patient be undressed?
For most massages, patients need to undress because the carrier substances, chocolate, massage oil, honey act through the skin. However, the intimate areas will not be exposed, they will remain covered with a sheet or towel during the massage. In some cases, patients are allowed to use their own underwear, in others, disposable cloths are provided for this purpose. Some of the alternative massages, such as Yumeiho, are done in the patients’ cotton suits, or they are given clean clothes on the spot.
How often is it recommended to take a massage treatment?
If you do "recreational sports" or lead a stressful life, it is recommended twice a week but at least once a week if you lead a sedentary lifestyle. We are talking here, of course, about not specifically therapeutic full-body massages of at least 50 minutes. For professional athletes, massage is recommended three times a week or every time after training. There is also a special Hévíz massage. The Hévíz mud massage is one of the outstanding services of the Lake Baths developed by the staff of the therapeutic department of the Lake Baths and is performed in the summer season in the pavilions on the shore of the lake with the world-famous Hévíz mud. During the upper body massage or, on request the whole body massage, Hévíz thermal mud is applied onto the body of the guest, which is worked on the skin with continuous massage. The fine-grained, slightly heated mud feels very pleasant as it touches the skin, and during the massage, it gives a warming sensation. The essence of this wellness massage is to combine the dual effects of massage and medicinal mud. Not only is the skin renewed and the body is refreshed but the mineral-rich effect of the mud can also be enjoyed. At the end of the massage, guests are advised not to take a shower, but to go directly from the pavilion into Lake Hévíz, where they can take a refreshing bath after the relaxing massage. During bathing, the beneficial mud will continuously soak off the skin.
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CURRENT SAUNA PROGRAMMES, SAUNA INFUSIONS
Sauna programme dates and locations are being updated!
The benefits of saunas
The benefits and importance of saunas have been recognised since ancient times. However, research shows that saunas were first used by Aztec and Mayan Indians. Its basic principle is to alternate between hot and cold temperatures. Since the spread of wellness facilities, there have been countless forms but Finnish saunas are the most common. The name comes from the Finnish word "savu", meaning smoke. The temperature ranges from 90 to 100 °C and the humidity is 6-15%. Because of the low humidity, it is also called a dry sauna.
During a sauna session, not only your body but also your soul and spirit are purified. Take your time, enjoy the pleasant warmth and feel the weight lifted off your shoulders. The beneficial effects of the hot air can be enhanced by adding essential oils, and a coarser sponge can be used to remove dead skin cells
The ten commandments of the sauna
- Start your bathing with a shower, but go to the sauna dried.
- Place a sheet or towel on the seat before sitting down.
- While you are cooling off outside the sauna, do not leave your towel on the sauna seat, you will take up space from someone else.
- Make sure that infusions are performed by a bath attendant or sauna master, thus preventing the mixing of scents and possible disputes.
- It is not advisable to open the door of the sauna right after the infusion - enjoy the hot air instead.
- In many sauna areas abroad, a signal light is lit up letting people know that a sauna infusion has just been performed.
- All the drops that are poured on the hot lava stones are inhaled by evaporation in the sauna, which is why some liquids are not suitable for infusion, for example, because of their ammonia content.
- It is not recommended to take a sauna with a heavy stomach after a meal or after drinking alcohol.
- Do not wear jewellery in the sauna, as it can cause burning and blistering of the skin.
- Do not go to the sauna when you have a high temperature, because while it prevents the development of certain diseases and symptoms, it can aggravate the fever.
- Try to keep an eye on the other sauna users, because a careless person may misjudge his/her health and physical condition and need help or even emergency assistance.
- Take a break between each session to give your body time to cool down and then you can start all over again. Enjoy the silence in the sauna and let the other sauna users do the same.
What are saunas good for?
- to stimulate blood circulation,
- to relieve stress,
- to combat insomnia,
- to improve general health on the advice of a doctor, and for muscle weakness,
- mild depression, lethargy,
- coughs and upper respiratory tract infections,
- joint movement difficulties,
- rheumatic pain.
Do not use the sauna in the case of the following conditions:
- acute rheumatoid arthritis,
- respiratory infections,
- tuberculosis or lung disease,
- heart and circulatory disease (e.g. immediately after myocardial infarction, persistent high blood pressure, coronary circulation disorders, heart failure),
- other diseases such as stomach or duodenal ulcers, thyroid disorders, malignant tumours, venereal diseases, nodules, glaucoma, epilepsy and other diseases with convulsions, severe neurovegetative disorders, persistent inflammation of internal organs.
Sauna types - What is each sauna type good for?
A deep heat treatment in which 80% of the energy generated by infrared radiation heats the body and only 20% heats the air. The infrared rays enter below the surface of the skin, where they loosen the subcutaneous waste products and toxins that are released from the body through the sweat glands. The temperature ranges from 45° to 80°C and the humidity from 45 to 50%. It is less exhausting than a Finnish sauna. What it is good for: burning calories, boosting the immune system, detoxifying the body, treating cellulite, relieving stress.
The air in the cabins is scented with essential oils, which can have a relaxing or refreshing effect. Even our ancestors used various essences of essential oil plants: in religious ceremonies, for healing, body care, seduction or embalming. The essential oils are inhaled and absorbed through the skin. In addition to their soothing effects, they inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi, clear the respiratory tract, increase blood supply to muscle tissue and skin, reduce inflammation and pain, and have a beneficial effect on the excretory and digestive systems. Depending on the fragrance, it can be used in several ways. Citrus is invigorating and good for skin problems, jasmine is antibacterial, lavender is relaxing and antiseptic, chamomile relieves stress, sandalwood can be used for eczema and respiratory problems, orange is refreshing.
The Turks, Greeks and Romans all knew the beneficial and pleasant effects of steam baths. The temperature of the steam bath used by the Greeks ranges from 43° to 48°C. The traditional Turkish steam bath has a humidity of 100%. The humidity of the Roman bath is lower: 70%. It is recommended to spend 30-40 minutes in the steam once or twice a day. The traditional Roman steam baths consisted of several rooms with different temperatures, such as the caldarium, the danarium, the tepidarium, the laconium and the frigidarium. The Turks introduced the bath called Hamam, where, in addition to sweating, the "patient" also received a massage. A popular Arab bath was the Rasul, also known as the Arab bath. It was a mud bath, where the body was smeared with mud and the cabins were filled with herbal steam. The indications and contra-indications are the same as for saunas.
Beauty comes from within
but sometimes it's good to help nature a little bit. A nice make-up, a new hairstyle, manicured nails and you feel more confident in everyday life. But other practices can also make you look years younger, at least in spirit, when you look in the mirror after a pampering treatment.
Active ingredients for the skin
Many wonderful creams and serums are used in Hévíz, but the medicinal mud of Hévíz also has many beneficial effects. Combined with the sulphurous thermal water, it tightens, softens and detoxifies the skin. In Hévíz, you can try several face and body treatments that use either the medicinal water or the mud as one of the active ingredients. In addition, you can choose from a wide range of natural ingredients and the most modern skincare technologies to suit your skin type and needs. You can combine facial and body treatments with bath therapy or even light and oxygen therapies. And for those who want an even more effective firming treatment, laser treatments can be the perfect solution.
Body treatments, body contouring with or without plastic surgery
Most people would like to get rid of the extra pounds, pesky body hairs and possibly their crow's feet. In Hévíz, there is a solution to these problems too. The beauty service providers offer a variety of solutions for small and large interventions with lasting results. Even very specific intimate problems can be treated with plastic surgery.
Hairstyle, make-up and beautiful nails
Looking well-groomed is important for everyone, and if you need the perfect look for an occasion, you had better leave it to the professionals. Experienced specialists can be found not only in hotels but also in many other places in the town. It's worth making an appointment in advance at the smaller beauty salons and hairdressers, and of course, at the spa and beauty departments of the hotels.
A wide range of beauty services
Hévíz Lake Bath and Festetics Bathhouse opening hours and price list
The Hévíz Spa and St. Andrew's Hospital for Rheumatology reserve the right to change the opening hours and prices.
Hévíz Lake Baths phone number: 06 83 342 830
According to the current Hungarian laws, vaccines or PCR Tests are not required to visit the Lake. Masks are compulsory to wear indoors (by the entrance, in the clothing rooms etc.)
Thank you for your understanding, hope to see you soon!
There are several pools in the are of the Lake Bath
|Name of the pool||Water surface (m2)||Temperature (°C)||Depth (cm)|
|Indoor pools 4 pcs.||520||24-38 (depending on the season)||200-300|
- one of it with massage elements
|260||24-38 (depending on the season)||200-300|
- one of it with weight bath
|20||24-38 (depending on the season)||150|
|Children's pool on the coast (in summertime)||95 / 32||30-32||30-120|
As of right now only the following entrances are open: Festetics Spa, Schulhof Vilmos Promenade (main entrance)
|Open||Closing of the cash-desk||End of bathing time
||End of wellness
05.30.2022. - 04.09.2022.
|8.30 am||6 pm||6.30 pm||6.30 pm||7 pm|
03.28.2022. - 29.05.2022.;
05.09.2022. - 09.10.2022.
|9 am||5.30 pm||6 pm||6 pm||6.30 pm|
01.01.2022. - 27.03.2022.
10.10.2022. - 26.03.2022.
|9 am||4.30 pm||5 pm||
The Bath is open every day, all year around. The Bath closes on 24.12.2022 at 2 pm, and on 31.12.2022 at 2 pm. The Bath opens at 11 am on 01.01.2023.
|Type of ticket||Lake||Wellness||Maximum duration||Available||Price (HUF)|
|Nympha||√||-||2 hours||2 hours before closing||2 800,-|
|Lotus||√||√||3 hours||3 hours before closing||4 200,-|
(Per adult, child./pers. under 14 years
child./pers. over 14 years with student card)
|√||-||3+2 hours||During opening hours||3 500,- +children
|Lake ticket (3 hours)||√||3 500,-|
|Lake ticket (4 hours)||√||4 300,-|
|Daily ticket||√||6 000,-|
|1-hour complimentary ticket (To the valid ticket, except Lake-passes)||√||+ 1 300,-|
|Wellness-Saunaworld complementary ticket (To the valid Lake ticket)||-||√||+ 2 300,-|
|Hot & Cold (2 hours)||√||√||3 700,-|
|Relax (4 hours)||√||√||5 500,-|
|Senior ticket over 60 years (3 hours) – With preliminary presentation of ID card||√||-||3 000,-|
|Children ticket (3 hours), between 6-14 years||√||-||1 900,-|
|Student ticket (3 hours), with student card||√||-||2 900,-|
|Visitor’s ticket (30 min.) *||√||-||
|Group ticket over 20 people/person (3 hours)||√||-||3 300,-|
|Exit fee (In case exceeding the time limit)||-||-||30,- /min.|
|Cabin (To the valid ticket)||-||-||1 000,-|
|Lake-pass (10 hours)||√||-||11 000,-
Deposit fee: + 2 000,- **
|Lake-pass (20 hours)||√||-||20 000,-
Deposit fee: + 2 000,- **
Validity of passes:
10-hour pass: valid for 10 calendar days from the day of purchase for two entries a day.
20-hour pass: valid for 20 calendar days from the day of purchase for two entries a day.
* Please note that a visitor's ticket does not entitle the holder to bathe. The deposit of HUF 2,000 is non-refundable in the event of overstay. Thank you for your understanding.
** The deposit can only be paid in cash.
- Valid from 09.05.2020 until withdrawal.
- The depth of the medicinal lake is 2-38 meters.
- Free use of changing rooms (included in the entrance fee)
- A sauna sheet is provided free of charge if you buy a ticket that entitles you to the use of the wellness facilities.
- The services of the wellness area are only available to persons over 12 years of age.
- Children under 6 years of age are admitted free of charge.
- The deposit is refundable within 72 hours of expiry.
- Daily tickets are valid only on the day of purchase.
- All tickets are valid for one entry a day only.
- We are not able to refund the price of the purchased tickets.
- We reserve the right to change prices and opening hours.
- An ATM is available during the opening hours in the building accessed from the Schulhof Promenade.
You can have more information about our special offers at the cash desks or on our website.
Hévíz Lake Baths phone number: 06 83 342 830