I first visited Thermae Sylla Spa & Wellness Hotel with Travel Bloggers Greece in winter of 2016. I loved the warm thermal waters and the effect it had on my skin so much that I came back several times after. This is my review of a unique hotel with a special past.
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Thermae Sylla Spa & Wellness Hotel
The thermal town of Edipsos and Thermae Sylla Spa & Wellness Hotel are well known in Greece for its famous therapeutic waters. Because of these waters, the town and Thermae Sylla Spa & Wellness Hotel have a unique history going back to Ancient Greece. The Edipsos curative springs have been known for thousands of years (they are mentioned by the ancient Greek philosophers and Hippocrates) and it was Roman general Sylla who gave his name to the hotel. He visited the springs and was cured of his arthritis. Later on, Thermal Tourism, developed by King Otto and his Bavarian, was the first kind of tourism to Greece.
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The unique hotel is built at the thermal springs in 1890 and has been visited by the jet-set and politicians such as Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Greta Garbo and Winston Churchill. The Thermae Sylla Spa has been classified for several times among the 10 best medical thermal and natural spa’s in the world and has been chosen best Spa in Greece by several other organisations.
Photo credits: Thermae Sylla Spa Wellness Hotel
Thermae Sylla Spa & Wellness Hotel Facilities
The hotel is situated in a quiet corner of the town and overlooks the Evoikos Bay. It consists of the main building with a stately and elegant lobby, spacious sitting corners, restaurants, meeting rooms, a new wing with more rooms and suites, and the spa buildings. These buildings surround the large Classic Greek-inspired outdoor pool. In front of the hotel is a sundeck that gives access to the sea. There is also a well-equipped gym that gives you the opportunity to watch the sea outside pool whilst working out. A small playroom is dedicated to the youngest guests.
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The hotel offers a buffet breakfast which is a combination of Greek and international cuisine. There is a dedicated section for vegan products and people who follow a holistic lifestyle. Freshly squeezed fruit juices, plenty of healthy choices, a large variety of bread and sweets describe this 5* buffet. Possibly the best item on the breakfast table was the sweet and savoury local ‘sfoliata’ or Greek puff pastries. For lunch, we were offered a lunch buffet with many vegetable options, fresh salads and Greek dishes. Dinner is served at the Bistro with the a-la-carte Mediterranean and international menu. Thermae Sylla has its own farm and produces its own organic olive oil. (Even some of the spa treatments feature this oil).
Thermae Sylla Spa has a large and impeccably clean indoor and an outdoor pool. They are connected with the warm thermal waters found 300 meters underneath.
The outdoor pool is mixed with seawater. Around the indoor spa and on a second floor above it are all the facilities for esthetic and medical spa treatments. The outdoor pool can be used by children starting from infant age. In fact, a baby was in the outdoor pool during our winter weekend! Because of its temperature – 32-34 degrees C-, the outdoor pool is open all year.
Note that the indoor pool prohibits children younger than 15, so peace and quiet are guaranteed there.
In front of the hotel is a large sundeck overlooking the sea and mainland Greece. Due to the thermal waters, the sea here is warm at parts, even in winter time. Below is a photo that I took during my most recent trip in the winter time.
The Thermae Sylla Spa Wellness Hotel combines the medical benefits of thermal water with luxurious spaces and relaxation. The hotel is very close to Athens and suitable for a weekend break or a longer vacation all year around. There is a playroom and kids are also allowed to use the outdoor thermal pool. Thermae Sylla Spa & Wellness Hotel is a family-friendly hotel.
How to get there
The hotel is located on the Greek island of Evia. The journey by car takes about 3 hours total from Athens centre or Athens airport including a 45-minute ferry boat ride from a small port called Arkitsa on mainland Greece. From Volos airport (operating for international flights in the summer season) the distance to the hotel is about 2 hours including a boat ride from Glyfa port.
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** As always, all thoughts and opinions remain my own, despite any complimentary services received. ** Refer to Thermae Sylla Spa & Wellness Hotel’s website for prices and special offers.