A luxe hideaway near Berlin’s Tiergarten
There’s something wonderfully intimate about this 2,800-square-foot spa tucked away inside Tiergarten’s Das Stue hotel. Centered around Susanne Kaufmann’s famous organic cosmetics and treatments, which are informed by both alpine and Asian traditions and have been developed with a team of pharmacists and dermatologists, the compact white-walled space offers a holistic range of treatments that focus on anti-aging and regeneration. The Susanne Kaufmann Boutique Spa’s three treatment rooms cater to men, women and couples; all products are chemical and additive-free; and a 46-foot indoor swimming pool and Finnish sauna provide just enough relaxation options to keep you blissful for hours.
One of the main rituals here is the natural Susanne Kaufmann Anti-Aging Signature Treatment, which aims to tighten skin and counteract premature aging. Starting with an aroma foot bath, you are then given a face, neck and décolleté cleansing plus an enzyme peel, ultrasound treatment, facial massage and a lifting mask. Other lifting treatments for the face and eyes are on offer, too, including facial cleansing, alkaline facial treatments, and an ultrasonic express treatment that promotes cell regeneration, activates blood circulation and provides the skin with invigorating active ingredients. With all of these advanced, sometimes high-tech treatments, the Berlin spa aims to achieve real results.
Although beauty treatments traditionally cater for women, there are ways for men or couples to get pampered, too. Services range from waxing to sugaring with epiladerm to manicures and pedicures. The several massage options are indulgent treats — besides classics, you can go for head treatments that involve warm sesame oil and extended head and neck massages, and signature body treatment that involves a 100-minute full-body massage that ends with a cup of detox tea. More exotic options include the Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi-Nui Massage Ritual or the Abhyanga, an Ayurvedic full-body massage.
Couples might want to take advantage of the spa’s body rituals for two, which take place in a private treatment room with its own rain shower, massage bath and two beds. Treatments are conducted by two therapists and include stimulating whole-body massages (with soft brushes for the removal of dead skin cells) and nourishing body wraps. Tempting day-long programs include a full-day use of the spa area, welcome drink and a light lunch in the hotel’s posh but relaxed The Casual restaurant.
The most obvious way to relax after a treatment is to head to the neighboring indoor pool area, where you can enjoy some laps as well as a session in the Finnish sauna. That said, one of the benefits of visiting a hotel spa is that you can also take advantage of other facilities nearby. For a day of total indulgence, foodies might want to consider booking a table at Paco Perez's Cinco restaurant, which serves 25-course tasting menus. To build up an appetite, attend a personal yoga or Pilates class or book a session with a personal trainer in the gym or, weather permitting, outside in the Tiergarten.