Channel Cleopatra With Organic Mare's Milk Treatments At The Grüner Baum, Austria
Wild roses outside the Grüner Baum: probably thrown into the treatments too
Ah, Austria, country of mountains, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and holistic healthcare. Eco spa treatments here are nothing new, of course – this is the country of salt caves and hay wraps and oil baths – but an organic spa in a soon-to-be organic hotel doing treatments involving mare’s milk? Why, colour us Cleopatra. Yes please!
The Grüner Baum is a family-run, 100-year-old, 80-room, four-star hotel in Bad Gastein (Salzburg province), which is currently transforming into an entirely organic hotel, from the food to the cleaning products. The conversion will finish next year, but they’ve just completed the most important part: the spa.
Forget Clarins or even Amala; at the Grüner Baum, you’ll now be treated with products from Marías Organic Care – not just organic, but local, too, as they’re based in Salzburg. And not just organic and local – organic, local mare’s milk. Yum.
The Mare’s Milk Facial (€95, 75 minutes) is a treatment for sensitive skin to prevent premature ageing (fun fact: mare’s milk “contains everything skin needs to regenerate”). For the full Cleopatra, there’s the Mare’s Milk Body Treatment (60 minutes, €70), which mixes up milk, cocoa butter and shea butter for an exfoliation, bath cream and body wrap. Meeting your own Mark Antony as a result is not guaranteed.
Other organic treatments include wild rose facials and body treatments, an eye overhaul and a “professional men’s treatment” (no layabouts here). But if you come to this spa and don’t try the mare’s milk, you lose all our respect.
Of course, the best thing about the Grüner Baum is the iPads dressed in lederhosen, but that’s a whole other story…
[Photo: Grüner Baum Hotels]