About the Danubius Health Spa Margitsziget
The thermal water on Margaret Island, known for its healing powers, was first brought to the surface in 1886. The 70°C/170°F warm, mineral rich, natural water comes from the Sigmund spring (Zsigmond forrás) that rises from the deep beneath the island. The water, rich in sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron, hydro-carbonate and sulfate, exerts its healing effects both as thermal water in the spa's pools & baths and as drinking water.
The Danubius Health Spa is part of the Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget, which opened in 1979 as one of the first urban spa hotels in the world. Although the building looks like (and it is) a memento from socialist times, don't get turned off by its appearance, the spa facilities are up-to-date and offer everything you need to unwind and relax.
Visiting the Danubius Health Spa Margitsziget
The spa and wellness area at the Danubius Health Spa features an indoor and an outdoor pool, four thermal pools, a steam room, an aroma cabin, separate saunas for men and women, a Jacuzzi and an exercise room. These facilities are available for hotel guests for free and for day guests for a fee. In addition there are a number of private massage and treatment rooms for the many spa and beauty treatments offered, plus there's a medical wellness area for therapeutic treatments. The medical wellness section also includes a salt cave, built from rock salt from the Dead Sea, good to cure respiratory illnesses and to boost the immune system.
The spa is accessible through the hotel's main entrance. The spa reception, just a few steps away to your left, is where you can buy your day pass and sign up for massages, facials, body wraps and other treatments. The admission includes two towels, an access card and a key to your locker. I was very happy about the towels, but it's a little uncomfortable that you have to carry around the access card and the key all the time. Some people, probably regulars, carry little pouches with them. A complimentary safe is available at the spa reception for valuables you don't want to leave in your locker.
Once you have donned your bathing suit (the Danubius Health Spa is coed), check out one of the thermal pools. The temperature in these pools is 33°C-34°C/96°F-98°F and 37°C-38°C/104°F-106°F. One of the warm pools even has a Jacuzzi. Each pool has a sign showing the temperature and the suggested retention time. The aroma cabin, steam bath and the saunas for men and women are located near the indoor swimming pool, a few steps away from the thermal pools. The sauna is as hot as 90°C/210°F and the steam bath is 40°C/110°F. There are showers to cool down and refresh and many deck-chairs to relax. For a complete experience try a relaxing aroma massage at the end. Although it's short, it takes only 20 minutes and costs HUF 6,500, your skin will feel amazing afterwards. To access the treatment area you need to go back to the spa reception.
All you need to bring with you to the Danubius Health Spa are flip-flops and a bathing suit. If you visit in the summer bring some sunscreen as the outdoor pool comes with a large sun terrace. Swim caps are not required at the Health Spa, should you fancy a swim. Sporty types looking to work out should bring training shoes and sportswear, as the day pass also grants access to a large, state of the art gym.
You don't have to have any ailments to appreciate the wonderful relaxing waters of Budapest. Locals enjoy the calming properties of the thermal baths and spas regularly. It's a fun and pleasant way to wind down and the Danubius Health Spa's healing water is an added benefit. The hot spring feeding the thermal pools is rich in sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron, hydro-carbonate, carbon dioxide and sulfate. The water's natural gas content is considerable, which has calming effects and is good for certain conditions of the central nervous system, like neurasthenia. The waters are also recommended to help cure illnesses of the spine, joints and muscles, rheumatoid arthritis, orthopedic and post-injury treatments and some circulatory disorders. There are doctors and trained instructors on hand, who offer a series of balneal and physical therapies, like underwater gymnastics, weight baths and physiotherapy. The thermal water here is especially good for cardiovascular and stress-dissolving treatments. Other services include mud packing, infra-sauna, electrotherapy and hydrotherapy.
The Danubius Health Spa offers several wellness packages with free access to the spa and fitness facilities complemented by revitalizing and relaxing massages, aroma baths, infra-sauna, solarium and much more. These packages come in different 'flavors' and they range in price from HUF 17,000 to HUF 27,000. They offer a good value and it's worth checking with the spa receptionist for the various types. Another great feature of the Danubius Health Spa is the very helpful and multilingual staff (English and German are widely spoken here). And don't forget that the Danubius Health Spa is located on the beautiful Margaret Island. This huge park provides ideal surroundings to recharge your body and soul at any time of the year.
Day passes grant access to the swimming pool (indoor and outdoor), thermal pools, steam room, aroma cabin, sauna and exercise room.
A day pass costs HUF 4,900 during the week (except Wednesdays when it's HUF 4,000) and HUF 5,900 on the weekends.
After 7 pm tickets are HUF 3,900.
A day pass with access to the salt cave is HUF 6,900 during the week and HUF 7,900 on the weekends.
A 20-minute revitalizing massage is HUF 6,500 and a 50-minute deluxe massage is HUF 12,800.
6:30 am to 9:30 pm, daily
Getting to the Danubius Health Spa Margitsziget:
Take streetcar 4 or 6. They both have stops on Margaret Bridge. Margaret Island is only a short walk from there. Once on the island, take bus No. 26 (the only public transport serving the island), as the Danubius Health Spa is located on the other end of the island.