Hammam Al Ándalus (Madrid)

Date visited: April 24, 2019
Address: C/Atocha 14, Madrid, Spain
Website: Hammam Al Ándalus
Hours: 9:30am-11:30pm daily
Cost: ranging from 35€ (bath access 90 mins) to 105€ (bath access + 60 mins massage)
Reservations required: yes (online booking available)
Attire: swimsuit mandatory (available for sale if you forgot), long hair must be tied up
Mixed sex: yes
Kids: no
The crowd: couples, girlfriends, mix of locals and tourists
Indoor/outdoor: indoor only
Water therapies: warm bath (36°), hot bath (40°)
Cold plunge: cold bath (18°)
Steam room: yes
Saunas: no
Special features: relaxation area with mint tea (sweetened and unsweetened), water, and chess. Promotions offered on weekday mornings. “Quiet hammam” special Monday to Thursday evening at 10pm. Packages available including dinner and/or a flamenco show.
Amenities: 1 hammam towel, lockers, showers, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, combs, blow dryers, straightening irons

Liquidrom (Berlin)

That float pool though…
Photo courtesy of Liquidrom

Date visited: Friday February 8, 2019
Address: Möckernstraße 10, 10963 Berlin, Germany
Website: Liquidrom
Hours: 9am-12am (Sunday to Thursday), 9am-1am (Friday, Saturday) 
Cost: ranges from 20€ (weekday 2 hours access to thermal baths) to 32.50€ (weekend day pass for thermal baths + saunas)
Reservations required: no (but reservations for treatments are recommended)
Attire: “textile-free” (clothing not permitted) in sauna area, bathing suit required for the large salt water pool, bathing suit optional for outdoor baths
Mixed sex: yes
Kids: allowed; children under 1 year old are free (!)
The crowd: families with well behaved kids, couples, friends and the odd tourist
Indoor/outdoor: both
Water therapies: liquidrom salt water musical pool, “omm sound pool”, hot water onsen pool
Cold plunge: yes
Steam room: 1 steam room (40-45°C). 
Saunas: 3 saunas – Finnish sauna (90°C/10% humidity), Himalaya salt sauna (65°C/40% humidity), Kelo panorama sauna (80°C/15% humidity)
Special features: massages (including shiatsu massage under water), under water dance class, snack bar, special events with live acoustic or electronic music, tuesday “ladies special” (see website for details)
Amenities: lockers, robe + slippers + towel rental (€), showers, soap (no shampoo/conditioner)

Vabali Spa (Berlin)


Date visited: Monday February 4, 2019
Address: Seydlitzstraße 6, 10557 Berlin, Germany
Website: Vabali Spa
Hours: 9am-12am daily
Cost: ranges from 21.50 euros (weekday 2 hour ticket) to 39.50 euros (weekend/holiday day ticket)
Reservations required: no (but reservations for treatments are recommended)
Attire: “textile-free”, robes can be worn in lounge areas/between saunas or you can cover yourself with a towel. Robes are mandatory in the restaurant.
Mixed sex: yes
Kids: age 7+
The crowd: locals, solo spa goers, couples, groups
Indoor/outdoor: both
Water therapies: outdoor pool, indoor pool, mineral hot tubs
Cold plunge: yes
Steam room: 2 steam rooms, ~5o°C + 1 “laconium”, ~45°C.
Sauna: 10 different saunas (including 1 women-only sauna), ranging from 55 to 95°C
Special features: massages, spa day suite, tanning beds, full service restaurant and bar, outdoor smoking area
Amenities: lockers, robe + slippers + towel rental ($), showers, shower gel/shampoo