Saunas are definitely a Holido… the best fun you can have with your clothes on, or off.
Us Brits, or Irish like to take our togs. trunks, bathers, bikinis with us to the sauna.
So here’s my sweltering saunas to relax in.
No, not that hut
Not, what you might expect but my first sauna experience, in the Scottish Highlands, left its mark on me.
And Clare, my then-girlfriend, who I ran over on the nursery slopes.
And whose thigh swelled up into a lovely rainbow colour.
I ended up spending the rest of the holiday on my own. Still the sauna was a great hiding place.
I moved on, and thankfully had learned my lesson, when myself and my Snow Queen went to Soll on a Topflight trip a few years ago.
Sarah didn’t fancy the sauna so I went myself and decided to go au naturel with the other Austrians.
Though I kept my eyes front and centre (honest!).
The next day I was sorely tempted to say to the handsome dude at the next table at breakfast (and within earshot of Sarah): ‘I didn’t recognise you with your clothes off’
And visit Soll Mates.
The pick of my Czech saunas has to be in Marianske Lazhny with Czech Tourism www.czechtourism.com.
When I took a Japanese woman’s bathrobe (and they’re small) by mistake, and she called me out.
Then there was Prague last week in my Aspen Hotel, the Golden Key… https://goldenkey.astenhotels.com/en?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9azstJHy5wIVzbHtCh3vZQmYEAAYASAAEgI6GvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds and the Hotel Beethoven, Teplice.
Where the sauna, massages and medical treatments take years off you.
Some of the ninetysomethings looked like octogenarians.
Well, if it’s good enough for Florence Nightingale, Rudolf Nureyev, John Travolta, Kate Moss and East 17.
The 300-year-old Cagaloglu Hamam https://www.cagalogluhamami.com.tr is ornate and also offers trained assassins with karate chop hands for massage.
It’s blowy outside
Kuusamo, where even Santa sheds his big red suit… don’t worry, he puts a towel over his lap.
At Kuusamo Airport, eight to ten people can sit comfortably on its U-shaped benches.
And while cooling down on the terrace, you can admire the views of the runway and the tiny Kolvanki Lake.