Toskana Therme Bad Sulza is part of Toskana World, a unique collection of wellness resorts based in the former East Germany. Since its inception in the early 1990’s, wellness has been at the core of its offering. Under the direction of Marion Schneider and her husband, the operation began at Bad Sulza offering rehabilitation treatments to workers and patients under a public health scheme. This continues today, but is just one of the wellness offerings. Bad Sulza has been famous for years for inhalation of the salt vapours and bathing in the thermal waters. This spurned the development of a hotel on site and in 1999, Thermae Toskana opened to great fanfare. With multiple pools which allow guests to bathe in the mineral rich water, it’s a popular attraction. A wellness centre opened within the building offering a wide range of traditional spa and massage treatments. The futuristic design is memorable and a great experience for guests. Add in some incredible spa and water therapy treatments, it makes for a wholesome wellness retreat.
What elevates the centre is the work of Micky Remann, cultural director at Toskana, who developed the concept of Liquid Sound. Music is piped under water and combined with lighting effects in a domed circular pool – it’s the most effective combination of these arts I have encountered. A great deal of time and effort has gone into the development of the sound system, the music is crystal clear when you are under water.
Floating in this pool to an incredible soundtrack is great in itself, but add in the work of Musia Heike Bus, who also happens to be Micky’s wife. Now this really is something. You may have heard of, or even experienced Watsu, well this takes water massage and bodywork to another level. Liquid Body Work Aqua Wellness is totally in tune with your body, Musia takes gentle movements in the water to relax the muscles and determine your flexibility. Then begins a wonderful session of floating, stretching, swooshing and underwater movement – it’s hard to describe. At times I felt like I was flying, others I was cocooned in her arms gently rocking, and all in body temperature water, with a soundtrack that is at time ethereal and sometimes classical, then moving into slightly more mainstream vocal.
Toskana Therme Bad Sulza isn’t a five star resort, far from it. It has functional three-star rooms, decent restaurant, by not high cuisine, however, its position in the heart of Bad Sulza surrounded by nature and the more wellness centred, caring open staff, it actually puts some luxury resorts to shame. For me this is true wellness. There are sauna facilities on site – massive ones and lots of thermal water to bathe in.
The business has two other locations at Bad Orb and Bad Shandau (where they have just opened a five-star hotel). Great spa treatments are offered in the spa which take a wellness approach to massage. There are some great facial and cosmetology services on offer too.
The best bits at Toskana Therme Bad Sulza
Walking through the forest at dawn
Liquid body work with Musia
Meeting Marion Schneider and hearing about her journey in life and business
Dining at the Chateau
Listening the birds in the trees
Having my skin troubles clear up in two sessions in the water
Room to improve
The rooms could do with a little modernisation.
I didn’t realise I had to take my towel from the room to the Thermae and had to go back for mine
A relaxation room in the spa would be good to enjoy post treatment. It was over and I had to get dressed. End of story. A little abrupt.