As an island girl, I’m partial to natural therapies – we’re talking waterfall massages and exfoliation by sand. However the idea of soaking in a tub of beer was too intriguing to pass up so when I crafted my itinerary for Prague, ‘BEER SPA’ was at the top of my Must-Do/No-Exceptions/Can’t-Miss List. And I am so glad we made it happen through an appointment with the Original Beer Spa! Now the truth is, with a tub full of lukewarm beer and perfectly chilled, drinkable beer on tap, I don’t think you actually need much convincing, but just in case…here are 5 whole reasons why you need to visit a beer spa in Prague.
1. It’s Rejuvenating
The first time I heard about beer spas I thought it was just a gimmick – a novelty used to entertain tourists (like myself) who got excited at the thought of soaking in a giant tub of alcohol. Having “been there, done that” however, I’m happy to report that is not the case. Even before we stepped into the wooden tub and felt the effects ourselves, a brief orientation educated us on the health benefits. As it turns out, soaking in beer improves damaged skin cells, eczema and overall skin conditions; it exfoliates and improves elasticity; reduces wrinkles, hydrates your skin, conditions your hair and detoxifies your circulatory system! If that isn’t a good reason to visit a beer spa in Prague, I don’t know what is!
2. It’s Reasonably Priced
Two people in one room with one tub costs $51 USD per person. Depending on your budget, this may be a little steep for an hour long experience, but considering most other activities in the Czech Republic are either free or inexpensive, I think this little splurge is worth it. Especially because, as I just covered, it’s great for your body! What’s $51 USD for a unique activity that puts your mind at ease, leaves your skin feeling super soft, and has you glowing from the inside out?
3. It’s Private
Upon learning that beer spas were an actual thing, I envisioned a cheesy, “tourist trappy” experience. It didn’t diminish my interest in trying it out, but still, I envisioned a beer-garden-esque atmosphere that was more Oktoberfest, less Shangri La. The reality is though that beer spas (at least the Original Beer Spa) was very subdued and private. The room is all yours, the staff is very professional, the facility is very clean and most importantly, it is blissfully quiet. For the duration of your session the only people you will interact with are the receptionist who greets you and the spa assistant who briefs you on the process. Once the timer starts and the door closes, you’re able to enjoy the room uninterrupted for the entire hour.
4. It’s Unlimited
Beer that is. Unlimited beer. On tap. Along with a few gallons in a wooden tub that you get to soak in for 25 minutes. But back to the beer that you can actually drink. Beside your beer tub are beer taps that dispense dark and light Krušovice beer. You get to operate them yourselves – which is more fun than you might think – and it’s active from the moment you step into the room until the moment you leave an hour later. That means you can enjoy a few pints in the tub, follow those up with a few pints more on your hay-bed, pour a few extras to get the perfect photo, and then knock back just one more before it’s time to bid this awesome room adieu.
5. It’s Fun!
Truth be told, soaking in a tub of beer is as fun as it sounds. How could it not be? Even if you’re not a big beer drinker, you’re going to get a kick out of it! While you’re in there you can even master the art of operating the taps; roll around on a bed of hay (literally); and snap as many pics as you like – it’s pretty amazing!
So there you have it, 5 reason why you need to visit a beer spa in Prague. And, now that it’s been decided that this is happening whenever you visit the Czech Republic, here are a few things you should know:
- Reservations: Required, you can’t just walk in off the street.
- Time frame: 1 hour, divide as follows: 25 mins in the tub | 35 mins to enjoy the hay bed and get dressed
- Dress code: Wear a swimsuit (we were told it was optional but…yeah…no).
- Best time to go: At night (after a day of walking, soaking in a tub of beer feels fabulous!)
Where: Original Beer Spa
Beer Spa Žitná
Žitná 658 / 9, Praha 1, 110 00
Tel: +420 252 544 849
Beer Spa Rybná
Rybná 650/3, Praha 1, 110 00
Tel: +420 212 812 301