Piešťany is Slovakia’s most distinguished spa town. Most of the soaking and soothing happens on Kúpelne ostrov (Spa Island), a sanctuary wrapped in the Váh River. Visitors to the island idle by lily ponds, clad in towelling robes, waiting for their next hot mud wrap; and turn-of-the-century buildings impart a grand, slightly nostalgic feel. Wellness treatments offered at Napoleon, the main booking office, range from a simple dip in thermal water through to massages and breathing in the seaside-like air of a salt cave.
Spa Island is connected to the rest of town by Kolonádový Bridge. West of the bridge brings you from spa serenity back to reality: a tourist office, shops and cafes, with enough lush parks and fountains to remind you of the healing springs simmering beneath.