Life & Soul Magazine’s Travel Guide to Eco Spas will whet your appetite for a vacation that brings healing to holidaymakers in accommodations that work in harmony with the planet.
11. Mas Salagros EcoResort, Spain
Where modern meets ancient, Mas Salagros EcoResort is an eco-friendly resort and spa located within an idyllic nature reserve in the Catalan village of Vallromanes, near Barcelona.
Housed in a traditional 15th-century Catalan farmhouse, this luxury eco resort lives up to its accolade of Spain’s first ecological resort. Mas Salagros was built with sustainable materials, and the buildings were designed to save energy. The hotel is equipped with eco-friendly textiles and bath products, the furnishings are made partly with found or recycled objects, the kitchen employs products grown on the old farm, and the resort uses eco energy throughout.
The resort is set within the Serralada Litoral protected park featuring a beautiful lake. A 20-minute drive from Barcelona, Mas Salagros EcoResort is likely to appeal to eco conscious travellers in search of an eco spa with both a rustic and rural vibe, or those who want to escape city life for sustainable luxury.
Mas Salagros EcoResort is a family-friendly resort which has been created with respect for the environment. While the resort itself is new, Mas Salagros EcoResort has respectfully integrated old traditions. In an effort to retrieve the ancient tradition of the Greek and Roman bath houses, Home to ancient thermal baths – Aire Ancient Baths, Mas Salagros EcoResort has effortlessly integrated these ancient thermal baths and placed them in a historic building cast in dim candlelight.
Aire Ancient Baths enables guests to experience in, dim candlelight, the centuries’ old tradition of bathing in baths of contrasting temperatures including hot, tepid and cold.
The eco spa experience at Mas Salagros EcoResort may begin and end at these three bathing pools for some visitors, but there’s more to savour including soaking in the steam baths, the Thousand Jets, and floating in the cleansing Salt Bath. As well as the Aire de Vallromanes Wellness Centre, which offers a variety of treatments and massages, Mas Salagros also has two seasonal pools.
Mas Salagros EcoResort was conceived of by SALAGROS 1497, a company that aims to contribute to a more sustainable type of tourism, in order to achieve an ever greener economy.
While Mas Salagros EcoResort embraces its five stars, this luxury resort is neither pretentious nor decadent. The design at this quiet countryside haven is rather down-to-earth and simple. Each of the 54 rooms, at their minimalist best, are equipped and decorated with 100% natural and ecological materials, including the natural latex mattresses. And the resort’s three ecological restaurants serve traditional dishes using products sourced from local ecological farms.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea