Why visit: luxurious spa, Omorovicza skin care products, signature treatments
About the Spa at Four Seasons Gresham Palace
The Spa at the Four Seasons Gresham Palace conforms to all the high standards that Four Seasons Hotels are known for worldwide. Luxury is combined here with signature treatments that utilize the effects of Hungary’s mineral-rich thermal waters. The spa and wellness area features an exercise room, a swimming pool, a sauna, separate steam rooms for men and women, a whirlpool and a number of private massage and treatment rooms, including a suite that offers treatments with Vichy showers. The spa welcomes day guests, so even if you're not staying at the hotel you can still enjoy quality treatments, state-of-the-art facilities and an attentive service from the brand that is known for being a master in hospitality.
Visiting the Spa at Four Seasons Gresham Palace
The experience starts as soon as you enter the Gresham Palace. The building that houses the Four Seasons hotel is one of the most beautiful Art Nouveau landmarks in Budapest. The history of the building goes back to the early 1900s, when it was commissioned by a wealthy Englishman. The Four Seasons hotel chain bought the former office/residential building in 2001 and restored it to its original splendor. The Art Nouveau style is visible in every detail, from the mosaic floors to the door handles. The spa and wellness area is located on the top floor of the hotel, a modern addition that feels like entering into a different world as soon as you step out of the elevator.
Pampering started well before my treatments. The spa reception was welcoming and professional. After deciding on my treatments and completing a short consultation form (where you can specify the firmness of the massage and let them know of any allergies, etc.) it was time to change into a soft, comfortable bathrobe and slippers. The dressing room is equipped with showers, toilets and dressing-tables with mirrors, toiletries, and various accessories. From here you can head to the fitness room for a workout, to the sauna, to the pool or to the treatment rooms for a rejuvenating massage or an anti-aging facial. I was here to try Hungarian products, so I opted for the Classic Hungarian Body Wrap (90 minutes, HUF 48,000) and the Gold Plumping Facial (90 minutes, HUF 48,000). Both treatments use the products of the exclusive Hungarian spa brand, Omorovicza. The brand combines the beneficial effects of Hungary’s mineral-rich, healing thermal waters with cosmetology.
In the chic, minimalist treatment room, after slipping under the covers on the comfy, deeply padded bed, my body-wrap-experience begun with a sea salt exfoliation, followed by a complete body wrap with the mineral-rich Hungarian moor mud. My therapist, Krisztina, explained that the mud detoxifies and re-balances the skin while providing essential nutrients. After taking a warm shower, using water only, I received a relaxing massage to complete the treatment. I absolutely loved the Hungarian body wrap. The experience was pure bliss and my skin felt amazing afterwards.
The cozy relaxation room is a great way to enhance your spa experience before and after treatments. You can have a cup of green tea, a glass of water or lemonade or enjoy some fruits for a quick snack. A sauna and steam room is also available, although not recommended after the Hungarian Body Wrap, as the minerals will be less effective.
I was now ready for my facial. The rejuvenating Gold Plumping Facial includes a peel, facial and eye contour massages, a nourishing masque and gold serum and gold shimmer oil for the skin. Highlights of the facial were a copper-enriched lactic-acid peel, designed by Omorovicza to boost collagen production, along with a gold serum that helps to heal accumulated micro damages. The special facial massage helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles. This massage is based on a unique 'plumping' technique created by the spa brand to stimulate all facial muscles. To finish, I was given a gentle eye contour massage with cooling derma globes. Finally, Krisztina smoothed gold-shimmer body oil along my shoulders and down my arms making me feel ready for the red carpet.
Hotel guests can use the spa and wellness facilities for free (treatments are extra). Admission for day guests is HUF 12,000, but if you sign up for a massage or a treatment, the admission fee is waived. Other treatments to try are the Hungarian Moor Mud Therapy (2 hours, HUF 64,000), the Chocolate Indulgence (60 minutes, HUF 32,500) and a range of refreshing massages and facials, among them the Omorovicza Therapeutic Massage (75 minutes, HUF 40,000) and the Páva Facial (90 minutes, HUF 43,000).
A visit to the spa at Four Seasons Gresham Palace isn't cheap, but it will renew your body and mind and make you feel extremely special. The state-of-the-art facilities, the delicious treatments and the professional and polite staff guarantee a luxurious spa journey.
Spa and wellness area: 6 am to 10 pm, daily
Spa treatments: 9 am to 9 pm, daily
In 2011, the spa at Four Seasons Gresham Palace was among the top 3 spas in Travel+Leisure's World's Best Awards.
Hungarian skin care line Omorovicza is renowned for its anti-aging, hydrating and nourishing products. Omorovicza Cosmetics together with a Nobel-prize winning Hungarian laboratory of dermatology developed Mineral CosmetologyTM, a pioneering, patented delivery system that utilizes the natural anti-aging effects of thermal waters. The products were launched in 2006. Praised by beauty editors and magazines like Vogue, Elle, InStyle, Bazaar and Marie Claire, Omorovicza has a large number of devoted international followers.
Founders of Omorovicza Cosmetics are Margaret and Stephen de Heinrich de Omorovicza, descendant of a noble Hungarian family who owned the famous Rácz Baths from 1860 until 1935, when the city of Budapest took ownership. It was during the time of the Omorovicza's that the bath was enlarged and rebuilt. Rácz Baths has been recently restored to its original splendor and is set to re-open soon.
Best selling products worldwide are the Thermal Cleansing Balm that removes waterproof mascara and infuses the skin with nourishing nutrients at the same time, the Instant Plumping Cream that re-textures aging skin and fills in fine lines and wrinkles, and the Queen of Hungary Mist, an alcohol free toner that re-balances the skin's Ph level.
Omorovicza products are available at some of the world’s leading department stores, like Harrods, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman and some of the most luxurious hotels. Select properties of the Four Seasons hotel chain offer several spa treatments using the Omorovicza line. In Hungary you can buy their products in two locations, the Four Seasons Gresham Palace and the Omorovicza Boutique and Spa, the flagship store, located at Andrássy út 2.